Top musical countries in the world

Most people agree that music is an important part of everyone’s life. Music can make us both happy and sad. It can energize us for work and reduce the monotony of tedious and repetitive jobs. We sing when we are happy, we sing when we are bored, we sing when we are alone, we sing when we have company, we sing in the shower… People like singing in so many different situations and for many different reasons, but do some people like singing more than others?

Which country in the world is the most musical country?

To answer this question, we need to consider certain criteria that will help us determine the top musical countries. Thanks to various music reality TV shows like The Voice or X Factor, we are aware that all countries in the world have great singers. So, if we decide that one criterion is the number of people who sing professionally, we may end up thinking that the musicality of a country is proportional to its territory, which is misleading. Another criterion may be the number of musical albums sold, but then our decision will be influenced by some other factors like the quality of music promotion and advertising. Therefore, we think that the most suitable criterion for deciding the most musical country in the world is the country’s history of music.    

Top classical music countries

Classical music is often considered to be superior to any other music genre. Here are the four top countries that gave birth to the greatest composers of all time.

Austria and its greatest composers: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert, Joseph Haydn, Johann Strauss II, Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Gustav Mahler, etc.

Germany and its greatest composers: Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Robert Schumann, Richard Wagner, Johannes Brahms, Richard Strauss, Hans Zimmer, Carl Maria von Weber, Georg Philipp Telemann, Felix Mendelssohn, etc.

Italy and its greatest composers: Antonio Vivaldi, Giuseppe Verdi, Gioachino Rossini, Giacomo Puccini, Claudio Monteverdi, Domenico Scarlatti, Niccolo Paganini, Vincenzo Bellini, Ottorino Respighi, Luigi Cherubini, Arcangelo Corelli, etc.

France and its greatest composers: Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, Georges Bizet, Hector Berlioz, Camille Saint-Saens, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Gabriel Faure, Jean-Baptiste Lully, etc.


India is well-known for its film industry, called Hindi cinema or Bollywood. This country produces over 1,986 films per year and about 360 of them are Bollywood movies. But how is this related to our question regarding the top musical country in the world? Well, India’s film industry is the largest in the world and 90% of Indian movies are musicals, which puts India among the top musical countries in the world. No matter whether the movie is a comedy, tragedy, thriller or horror, music and dancing must be woven into the script.


Although the history of music in the USA is not as long as that of Western European countries or India, the USA belongs among the top musical countries in the world because the size of its music market, which is three times larger than any other country’s music market. Due to its demographic diversity, the USA is the birthplace of numerous music styles and genres. A great number of musicians from the USA have achieved international success and have influenced their colleagues in other parts of the world.