Exclusive: Vevo Data Reveals How Often Gen Z Watches Music Videos and Which Ones Overperform With Them

Lil Poppa, SZA are among most-watched artists for the demographic
SZA at the REVOLT Summit x AT&T event in Los Angeles on Oct. 26, 2019. SZA's music videos were among the most popular with Gen Z women, according to Vevo data exclusively shared with Morning Consult. (Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for REVOLT)
August 02, 2021 at 12:01 am UTC

Key Takeaways

  • 85% of Generation Z said they watch videos at least once a month, while 36% said they watch them daily, according to Vevo’s proprietary Media Tracker.

  • Just over half (54%) of Gen Zers said they typically watch a music video in the first week it is available.

  • Half of rapper Lil Poppa’s music video views come from Gen Z adults ages 18-24.

Aug. 1, 1981, became a revolutionary day for music videos with the launch of MTV, the first channel dedicated to playing them. Now, as the network turns 40, the music video network Vevo has shared with Morning Consult exclusive data about Gen Zers’ engagement with music videos, as well as the artists whose videos draw a disproportionate share of viewers from that demographic.

Per data from Vevo’s Internal Analytics collected between March and May of this year, certain artists over-indexed among Gen Z adults, with a large share of their music video views coming from those ages 18-24. Rapper Lil Poppa topped the list among that demographic, with half of his music video views coming from the demographic. 

Olivia Rodrigo, whose single “Driver’s License” set a Spotify Technology SA record by becoming the first song to reach 80 million streams in seven days, also drew a significant portion of her Vevo audience from Gen Zers: 39 percent of her video views came from that group.   

Lil Poppa was also No. 1 among Gen Z men, followed by G Herbo and Polo G, while SZA, Rodrigo and Giveon reigned supreme among Gen Z women. 

Additionally, according to data from Vevo's proprietary Media Tracker, which is based on a 3,100-person survey, 85 percent of U.S. Gen Zers said they watch music videos at least once a month, while 36 percent said they watch them daily. 

Fifty-four percent of the 899 Gen Zers included in the survey, which was conducted in March 2021 and has a margin of error of 3 percentage points for the Gen Z subsample, said they watch music videos the first week they are available. 

The survey also looked at reasons Gen Zers watch music videos: 63 percent said they check them out to find new artists, while 54 percent said they watch to keep up with the videos and stay aware of conversation around them. 

Sarah Shevenock previously worked at Morning Consult as a reporter covering the business of entertainment.

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