Music is a pervasive and important source of entertainment, behind only television, and plays a particularly strong role in entertainment among young people. Those under 25 are more likely to listen to music than to watch TV on a daily basis, and are equally likely to say the two are “very important” for their entertainment.

Music from the Arab region is listened to most frequently – Arabic Egyptian music in particular – although Western music is also popular. Three-fourths listen to Arabic music, two in five listen to Western music (77% vs. 42%). Overall, one’s national origin clearly drives music preferences.