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Soundcloud adds genre charts

You can now see the most popular tracks in genres from disco to dubstep

2016 Jan 30     
2 Bit Thugs

Just don't go near the 'deep house' chart unless you're in the mood to get really good n' cross...

Leading online streaming platform Soundcloud announced a month or so ago that they'd be adding charts to their platform... and now they have.

Now, if you visit their Charts page you'll be able to see the Top 50 most popular tracks in a range of genres (as well as an over-arching Top 50 of everything). The primary dance music genres of house, techno, trance, D&B, EDM, dubstep and disco are all represented, as are reggae, R&B/soul, dancehall, trap, trip-hop, ambient and various other styles.

Given how popular Soundcloud is as a way for up-and-coming producers to showcase their work, and given that a chart like this makes it easier for people to find "the good stuff", we'd say that on the whole, this is A Good Thing. And in the light of recent financial assessments that suggest Soundcloud may turn out to be a more valuable entity than Spotify, it's probably a shrewd move on Soundcloud's part, too.

On the downside, the "deep house" chart has precious little deep house on it, being instead full of Ed Sheeran and Major Lazer remixes... but to be fair that's the fault of cynical/opportunistic/clueless tagging on the part of the uploaders, rather than of the platform itself, so we'll cut Soundcloud some slack on that one. We'd also question the absence of a garage chart, but given the many different styles that go under that name (including 60s proto-punk guitar bands as well as modern dance music) that's possibly understandable.

Anyway, you can check out the new charts system for yourself here.





Tags: Soundcloud, streaming, charts, deep house