Oh, I really hate to do this.....
xxbad isn't entirely
wrong, but isn't entirely
right either. I submit the following:
That is, as you may have guessed, the billboard top 100. This is a world-wide, unbiased source, and is based solely on album sales to my knowledge. Thus, it can say definitively what the most popular style of music is.
Now, what I mean by "entirely" above - if you look just at the top 10, xxbad has a good point. 5 of the top 10 albums are pop/rap/hip hop kinda stuff. But if you look at the whole top 100, rap is FAR from being the most popular form of music. So, it seems everyone has made good points. Personally, I can't stand rap, and I'll bet dollars to doughnuts that 90% of the people on this board don't like it much either. But, though we may be in the majority here, we're in the minority worldwide it seems... at least for a top 10 spot. :P