There are so many ways to discover, buy and listen to music. What's the best way? Read more to find out about the exciting music culture in the UK!

Do you download music? Do you buy CDs? Do you listen to music on your phone? Do you prefer to watch music or just to listen? What about the old-fashioned radio? Have you ever seen your favourite band or singer perform live? There are so many ways to discover, buy and listen to music!

Music videos

British teenagers like to watch their music online. Watching music on video streaming sites on the internet is now more popular than listening to the radio with young British people. Popular videos can quickly become extremely popular internationally. Justin Bieber’s song ‘Baby’ was the most watched music video on YouTube until 2012. Then, PSY’s ‘Gangnam Style’ became the first video to get a billion views. Now, it’s quite common for videos to pass the billion mark. Things can change quickly on YouTube!

Downloading music

Downloading music is a popular choice for young Brits. The BPI (an organisation which promotes the interests of British music) says that people in the UK prefer downloading singles rather than albums. In the UK you can download a single for about £1 and an album for around £10. Using file-sharing websites to download music is often illegal of course but some people still continue to get their music this way. Record companies and many musicians are very unhappy that people can listen to their music without paying for it.

Live music

The O2 in London is the second largest live music arena in Europe. There you can see world-famous bands such as One Direction, Justin Bieber, Scissor Sisters, Prince, The Rolling Stones, Elton John, and Take That. This massive stadium has space for 20,000 people. It also has 548 toilets! Tickets are not cheap. You can pay more than £50 to see a concert at The O2.

What about free live music? There are music festivals across Britain every year that are completely free of charge. Last year more than 150,000 people went to the Tramlines free music festival in Sheffield in the north of England. The two-day festival is held every July. Last year there were 900 performances in total including local bands as well as music from all over the world.

Music on TV

The X Factor is a British television music competition to find new talented singers. The 'X Factor' of the title refers to the difficult-to-define quality that makes a star. The show began in 2004 and is still popular. X Factor singers perform on a stage in front of the judges and a live audience. After the performance the audience at home can vote by phone for their favourite acts. Many winners then go on to get a UK number-one single. But you don’t have to win The X Factor to become famous: One Direction, the massively popular British boy band, competed in 2010 but they didn’t win, they came third!

What kind of music?

What are you and your friends listening to these days? Hip hop, dance, rock, heavy metal, rap, urban, reggae … individual tastes are very varied amongst British teenagers. If a type of music exists then there’s somebody who likes it. But a shopping centre in Birmingham, central England, recently discovered what kind of music some local teenagers don’t like. This is what happened: shoppers and shop owners complained to the police about teenagers behaving badly in the shopping centre. When a new sound system started playing Bach, Mozart and Beethoven, the antisocial behaviour stopped. The young people causing problems had gone! Classical music was clearly not popular with these particular teenagers.

Are you listening to music as you read this?


What do you think is the best way to find and listen to music? Tell us about your favourite music and how you like to listen to it.


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Andreea DArie 5 April, 2013 - 16:12

I listen to music every day. I don't have a favorite band, there are a lot of talented musicians I like. Music makes me feel relaxed and forget about my problems.

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Miley 5 April, 2013 - 13:58

I watch MTV and YouTube and there I listen to really nice songs.My faveourite genre is pop music ..My faveourite singers: Miley Cyrus , One direction, Taylor Swift, Conor Maynard, Britney,, Bruno Mars, Katty Perry, Justin Bibier is really relaxing and it helps u when u r sad or something like that ♥ MUSIC MAKES MY DAY ♥♥♥

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Stela.M 4 April, 2013 - 21:33

my favourit music is r&b and favourite singers are: eminem,rihanna and taylor swift.......................

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IvaParker 4 April, 2013 - 19:55

I love listen music i can't imagine my life without music i love listen english song and my favorite song for now is Pitbull this moment

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fatmira n 4 April, 2013 - 15:33

I listen music on you tube
When i am in computer to do sth i listen music because it is relaxing

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Gabby 4 April, 2013 - 01:49

I like to listen to music on my mobile phone and on computer. I had a MP4 Player, but it's broken up.
I don't have a favourite music because there are some many musics I like that is impossible to choose only one.

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ellen 3 April, 2013 - 17:35

I like to listen music on tv and in internet...
I love the music.i like the pop music
I watch MTV and there I listen to really nice songs. I usually listen to the same music for a long time, I don't like to change music genres. My favourite genre is pop . My favorite singers Rihanna, Taylor Süift and s.on
I watch MTV . İt is very nice music channel.
Things can change quickly on YouTube!

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dajana-n 2 April, 2013 - 14:33

I love the music.i like the hip hop music
I like to listen the music with MP3 or MP4.

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Natalija 2 April, 2013 - 13:49

I watch MTV and there I listen to really nice songs. I usually listen to the same music for a long time, I don't like to change music genres. My favourite genre is pop and I usually listen on you tube or on TV, and on MP3 when I'm not at home. Music is really important for me, and I like to dance while listening. It's the best relaxation for me.

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Demy 2 April, 2013 - 13:36

I enjoy to listen music. I can't imagin my life without it. My favourite kinds of music it's pop and rock. I like to listen music especially when I run in the morning or go walking. It's really very nice to be alone with music. Only you and your favourite songs...
I think that music is the universal language of the world. So everyone can understand this language.

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CaRo 15 May, 2013 - 16:38

cool! I love listen music when I run!! So..what style of music do you prefer? I like POP in the morning :) This is the best way to liven up :>

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Jona 2 April, 2013 - 13:25

But I also like other genres.
I am a crazy fan of Evanescence,Within Temptation,Linkin Park,Richard Clayderman...( and the list goes on....)

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RehinaParker 2 April, 2013 - 12:07

I like to listen music on tv and in my MP4...
I like balads and hip-hop music.
I like to listen music and in the same time to watch the video......

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