3 Reasons Why Today’s Pop Music Is So, So Bad

22 Feb

One Direction Teenage Kicks

It’s been a busy month, here at Llewellyn Towers, with lots of “day job” work (copywriting) to plough through, and not one but two scripts to write, hence why things may have seemed a little quiet in the Forest of Beasts.

If you're wondering, it looks a bit like this.

If you’re wondering, it looks a bit like this.

I’ve spent much of the last week or so wondering what to write about next, and then along came the Brits.

Oh, the Brits. A blogger’s goldmine. Not since the days of Samantha Fox and Mick Fleetwood etc. etc. But seriously, did you watch the awards show? Awkward isn’t the word. Poor James Corden was lumbered with banter about as funny as Primo Levi’s If This Is a Man, One Direction managed to murder three whole songs in as many minutes, and – though I missed it while slipping in and out of a boredom-induced coma – I believe Sharon Osborne (60) made a rather embarrassing (not to mention icky) reference to Harry Styles’s 19-year-old cock.

Fun Fact: Sharon Osbourne can strip the flesh off a horse in under 5 minutes.

Fun Fact: Sharon Osbourne can strip the flesh off a horse in under 5 minutes.

Now, while I’m more than aware that the Brits aren’t now – and probably never were – very representative of contemporary music as a whole, they are a fairly good litmus of where pop music is at, and if last Wednesday is anything to go by, it’s dying on its arse.

Here are three reasons why I think that is:

1) It’s Annoying

“Well,” I hear you say. “You would claim that. You’re almost 35. Most 35-year-olds think pop music is annoying. And besides… There’s always been annoying pop music.”

What’s different about today’s annoying pop music is how mathematically precise the annoyingness has become. It’s as if producers and songwriters have worked out the exact formula for making a song drill its way into your brain like those horrible bugs from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

No contemporary pop artist proves this more than Rihanna. Listening to a Rihanna song is like having flashcards rolled up and hammered into your skull by a hyperactive toddler.

“UMBRELLA! ELLA! ELLA!”

“Shine BRIGHT! like DIAMOND! Shine BRIGHT! like DIAMOND!”

Then there’s Justin Bieber, the Canadian Linda-Blair-in-Exorcist-II lookalike whose big breakthrough hit, here in the UK, was a song in which he sang the word “baby” over, and over, and over again, as if trying to hypnotise his pre-teen audience into submission.

Pictured: Justin Bieber, before he started turning into Gok Wan, and Linda Blair in 'Exorcist II'

Pictured: Justin Bieber, before he started turning into Gok Wan, and Linda Blair

Or how about Sean Kingston’s 2007 hit, Beautiful Girls, which featured him singing the word “suicidal” (“Sooo-i-cidal… sooo-i-cidal…”) on a loop, presumably in a bid to make the eponymous girls pity him enough to sleep with him? Because, let’s face it, if he wasn’t a pop star they wouldn’t exactly be swarming around him like something out of a Lynx commercial, now, would they?

2) It’s Boring

If it’s not been scientifically engineered to turn you into the kind of mindless, chuckle-headed oaf who stands, six-deep, at the bar of every Tiger, Tiger in the land, today’s popular music has been treated with a veneer of “sincerity” that’s about as convincing as Mel Gibson playing Tevye in a revival of Fiddler on the Roof. 

"Sunrise, sunset..." "NEXT!"

“Sunrise, sunset…” “NEXT!”

You see, there are two demographics still actually paying for popular music: Children, and the over-35s. RiRi and Bieber are aimed at the 12-year-olds, while for those of us a little grey around the temples there’s Mumford & Sons, Coldplay, Emeli Sandé and Ben Howard. Because that’s the kind of music we like. Safe, not too loud, not too emotional. The kind of music you can have on in the background during a dinner party, or while you’re doing the ironing.

Mumford

And even then, even though we’re told the lyrics are emotional and heartfelt (instead of them just being one word sung over and over), the whole thing has still been engineered to appeal to the very middle of the road, the widest possible audience. And yes, I know it’s a business, so of course this is going to happen, but our parents had Roxy Music, for fuck’s sake; a band who wrote love songs about blow-up dolls and threw bits of Wagner into the mix. And we’ve got fucking Coldplay?

3) It’s Safe

This, to me, is the worst crime of all. If I was a 35-year-old in 1925, there’s a good chance I’d have been a little scared of this “Jazz Music” that all the youngsters were raving about and dancing to in a most unseemly fashion. I mean, there were drug references in the lyrics, for crying out loud. If I was 35 years old in 1955, I’d have found Little Richard’s Tutti Frutti absolutely terrifying. Imagine being 35 in 1969 and hearing The Beatles, that mop-topped boyband who used to sing nice, inoffensive love songs, belting out Helter Skelter for the first time. Same goes for punk, hiphopacid house, just about everything, until now.

Right now there is nothing in popular music, at any point on the spectrum, that worries or surprises me. You have the likes of Calvin Harris and David Guetta churning out song after song which sound like they could (and perhaps should) have been recorded in 2002, while former grime stars Tinchy Stryder and Tiny Tempah have been rendered tame and not-in-the-least-bit frightening by cynically engineered “collaborations” with whichever singer or rapper they’re told to work.

Pop music doesn’t need to be avant-garde or dangerous or offensive, but it helps if we, the grownups, just don’t get it. Right now, we get it. We get it all.

With self-production and distribution of music now easier than ever, the time is perfect for something new, and startling, and absolutely baffling to my generation to come along and take us all by surprise.

So please… Young singers, songwriters and musicians. Surprise us.

Author

David Llewellyn is the author of six novels, most recently Ibrahim & Reenie, which you can buy here.

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48 Responses to “3 Reasons Why Today’s Pop Music Is So, So Bad”

  1. trixfred30 February 22, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

    It was boring, so boring – my other half always likes watching it but even she got bored this year. James Corden was asleep, no one did or said anything cringy or anything. And Mumford and Sons sound and look like the worzels

    • thedaillew February 22, 2013 at 6:55 pm #

      …Without The Wurzels’ terrifying, Straw Dogsy undertones.

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  3. Giselle Freude June 5, 2013 at 3:56 am #

    Dude I think pop music is bad but your reasons are incorrect. Pop music is bad not because it’s boring but because it lacks any true meaning or substance. There are only 3 subjects when it comes to this genre. Sex, relationships, or partying. Sometimes it’s a combination… anyway my point is pop music is meaningless and degrading to the mind. But sometimes it’s good for dancing.

    • Hugh July 2, 2013 at 10:19 am #

      Agree with Giselle!!

    • Jack September 28, 2013 at 5:40 am #

      You forgot money. Many pop songs are about money, having it, wanting it, and spending it. Some of the artists even incorporate it into their names, like Ke$ha or Fifty Cent.

  4. Patrick June 7, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

    Holy true

  5. matt July 20, 2013 at 7:54 pm #

    Im glad someone else feels the same way! I would like to add “lack of talent” to your reasons. What happened to a time where we had amazing bands like nirvana and REM. looking through my music collection, the only ‘modern’ bands are kings of leon and daft punk the rest are from my beloved 90s and 80s 70s etc. I feel sorry for my sons because I cant see music ever recovering from the depths it has fallen to.

    • Chad Burke August 27, 2013 at 9:41 am #

      Daft has been around a long time. I was rockin that sh#% in the 90’s.

    • Jack September 28, 2013 at 5:42 am #

      Plenty of good music still being produced – it just rarely gets on the radio. That’s sort of the limiting factor.

    • ACDC, Guns n' Roses, Poison, etc. May 12, 2015 at 7:13 pm #

      Yeah, 80’s music all the way! I just hope one day the music industry will be revived to its former glory.

    • William B November 6, 2015 at 3:33 am #

      The 80s were crap I’m sure your parents and grandparents felt the same way at the time

  6. bear August 1, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

  7. The Artful Scribbler August 4, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

    Bravo, I agree with everything you said. As a middle aged man, I’m constantly amazed at how annoying today’s popular music is. I think technology has bitten us on the ass. the bar for entry into music is gotten very low due to pitch and beat correction. A person no longer has to hone their skills, rehearse and figure it out in front of an audience. It’s funny, when I go to a restaurant where college age people are, guess what’s playing. Van Halen, the Kinks, The Who, Rush. I wrote a similar piece on my blog. Where’s the Talent?!

  8. Alec August 5, 2013 at 5:46 am #

    Glad to see some people get it. I am 21 but my dad always had a huge cd collection so I learned to appreciate the music of his era and even before his time. there is good music if you dig deep enough today just like there always was. I have out of print cd’s of bands from the 60s and 70s that even my dad hasn’t heard. I discovered the sheepdogs two years before they were really well known and they had some great music and I was impressed with their first real major album. Now they are starting to get main stream, it’s the way it is now though. The major record labels don’t want to invest in raw talent or something new, because that isn’t an instant sell. It always was kind of this way but I do believe it is getting worse. The thing that drives me insane is that all these “rock”bands today don’t know treble or change ups. The bass is maxed out on distortion so much you can’t even hear the guitar but that’s to hide the guitarists lack of ability to create a riff or lick. See a riff is supposed to be a hook kind of like the first line in an essay, gets the listener into it. Also the lyrics in ALL mainstream music today are lame. If the line has any meaning to it it’s probably still a cliche. Hardly anyone writes their own music anymore and those who do seem scared to put their heart and soul into the writing. I could go on forever. At least I still have the bands that hide from the limelight to thank. You might not get rich and famous but at least you have not sold out and become a pawn to these record labels.

  9. Richard August 31, 2013 at 12:55 am #

    The reason why pop music in general is so shithouse these days is because prior to the 2000s decade we had so many great artists to pick & choose from but that was before the Internet, Youtube, Twitter, & free MP3 file sharing. Now that the internet is here it’s really gone to the dogs. all the negativity on social networking sites (& I’m not just talking Facebook people) example Youtube etc. HAS SUCKED ALL THE FUN & SURPRISE OUT OF POPULAR CULTURE because the Internet has made everything so instantaneous there is no time to see the flower of creativity unfold naturally instead it’s just RIPPED up from the ground, roots & all then combine that toxic attitudes online hate bullying, $$$$ hungry record companies that have a flash in the pan business mentality, there is nothing left to the imagination, just a feeling of depression. I still buy Compact Discs because there is something organic about that whole experience rather than just hitting the download icon. So I guess what I’m trying to say here people is it is our choice to consume what we do when we do the reason why pop music is in a very bad place at the moment is because we have done it to ourselves we have no one to blame but each other we,are ALL responsible for this because WE choose to use this technology like the Internet which then supports the industry/machine to keep spewing out what It does. Sometimes I think it’s better nowadays to listen to classic music from back in the day while reading a good book over a bottle of Shiraz. I suppose what I’m trying to say is that there is other ways to entertain oneself without having to use the Internet as a be all end all of live because sadly that’s where it has headed.

    • The Artful Scribbler August 31, 2013 at 10:23 am #

      My point exactly. If we demand better music by not buying the crap that’s currently out there, they will stop pushing the Miley Cyrus’ of the world on us. I recently watched “Before the Music Dies” which opens with Ray Charles and Billy Preston. Is there anyone on popular music even close to that these days?

    • ACDC, Guns n' Roses, Poison, etc. May 12, 2015 at 7:16 pm #

      The music of the 2000’s isn’t bad, the music of the 2010’s is. Name one song from 2000-2009. Everyone thinks these songs are 80’s and 90’s songs. Modern music went down hill very fast after that.

  10. James September 22, 2013 at 6:43 am #

    I agree that music is terrible nowadays. Even the so called “meaningful” records today are crap. I don’t think artists are as willing to take the chances they took in the 90’s either. What happened to records like Mariah Carey’s Fantasy, or all the different genre’s we had like pop (true pop), house, dance, grunge, R&B, hip hop, UK garage, rock, Britpop, and so on? It seems like music is streamlined to fit into a mold now. I also think that too many artists have tried to cross over, which makes all music sound the same. I actually miss groups like N Sync as opposed to Justin Timberlake thinking he’s a hip hop star. It was more interesting back then. People weren’t afraid to make cheesy records. Everything is too streamlined now, hence music being boring. Bring back the 80’s and 90’s, when music was fun.

    • Jack September 28, 2013 at 6:04 am #

      I think music in general is actually more diverse, interesting, and accessible than at any other time in history. There are virtually limitless amounts of crazily inspired stuff just on Youtube if you dig around a little.

      You just don’t hear any of it in public, and if you play it around anyone else, they don’t get it, because they get their music from TV and the radio, and listen to what’s popular. None of my friends get my taste, because a lot what I listen to is instrumental, and it’s not music to them if it doesn’t have words.

      So you can find plenty of amazing stuff if you care to look, but good luck trying to share it.

      • James September 28, 2013 at 1:09 pm #

        Its like modern “dance music” too. Its terrible unless you specifically look for the good stuff yourself. I want to explore more 80s and 90s stuff. Miss those days. I will look for some modern stuff, but my tastes are pretty strict.

    • ACDC, Guns n' Roses, Poison, etc. May 12, 2015 at 7:17 pm #

      The music of the 2000’s isn’t bad, the music of the 2010’s is. Name one song from 2000-2009. Everyone thinks these songs are 80’s and 90’s songs. Modern music went down hill very fast after that.

  11. Lulu The Great October 28, 2013 at 4:35 pm #

    You left out the biggest problem: Clear Channel. CC owns almost all pop radio stations in America, and if you’re not a thug pushing the love of money or a whore circling a stripper pole, you’re not going to get airplay. Want that to change? Sign this petition. I say we vote Amazon’s Jeff Bezos to run Clear Channel. Better music, more variety played, plus you can buy what you just heard instantly with no friction. What’s not to love? CHANGE THINGS

    http://www.change.org/petitions/jeff-bezos-ceo-of-amazon-inc-buy-clear-channel-and-set-american-music-free

  12. ii cc December 18, 2013 at 2:28 am #

    Formula for today’s terrible Muzak: tear open prefabricated music Pack, add water, stir in Artist, nuke for 15 secs. Then you have a hit which appeals to the American Idol loving masses.

  13. Patricio García December 30, 2013 at 7:39 pm #

    There’s a 2006 Mike Judge movie called “Idiocracy”. It’s a comedy about a future world that has become IDIOTIC. Well, this is happening NOW! You can see it in any cultural expression. You can see t on movies: it’s all about throwing CGI 3D junk to your face. You can hear it in music: it’s all about looting 80’s choruses and repeat them until they are not good anymore but very annoying. The idiocracy is here.

  14. Sean The Gamer March 9, 2014 at 1:29 pm #

    I only listen to a few songs from 00’s and they are from tATu or the Veronicas

  15. LM April 9, 2014 at 10:31 am #

    Yes. This. Exactly.

  16. Sarah Barnes May 28, 2014 at 4:38 am #

    To me, American pop music is really bad. I used to like it and listen to it a lot. The majority of American pop songs I’ve heard of these days are about drugs, tattoos and sex. Instead, I listen to K-Pop (korean pop music).
    I really recommend k-pop to those who are tired of American pop music. I know a lot of people don’t like K-Pop, but it’s worth a shot.

    Come to the K-Pop side, we have an unlimited supply of beautiful men and women. XD

    • ACDC, Guns n' Roses, Poison, etc. May 12, 2015 at 7:29 pm #

      American pop is a very large category. MODERN American pop is what’s terrible. Back 30, 40 years ago pop was something that could be about anything, not just drugs, sex, etc. (I have never heard any songs about tattoos though…)

  17. Spam August 6, 2014 at 12:36 am #

    Just watched two country female singers go out onstage barely dressed like pole dancers and sing country rock that sounded way too much like hip hop. All about dressing up and getting laid. They looked great, but bouncing up and down swinging your arms around “boyeee” style in 4/4 time is NOT dancing. It is NOT sexy. It’s just gross. The “music” and “lyrics” had nothing at all memorable or talented about them, the only message it seemed to send was “me too”! Yes to the idea we all boycott anything like this! Force these people into working for a living. Growing up to Rush, Kansas, Led Zepplin, The Eagles, The Police, The Grateful Dead, Stevie Ray Vauhn, Lynard Skynard, and so many other great bands, I feel so bad for youth today. Even bands we mostly hated, like Journey and Madonna were so much better than any of this. The bar is way too low. Abandon the Beeb and Hannah Montana and Gaga blah blah get some real music. Nobody covered Rush or Kansas, because nobody else could do it! All of those guys are still in the top 100 on their instruments of all time, so NOBODY under 35 is good enough to challenge them? Shameful.

    • The Artful Scribbler August 14, 2014 at 12:38 am #

      What gets me is that it is so obvious. The talented bands are not getting the airplay. I recently heard Umphrey’s McGee to a cover of Tom Sawyer. It was very well done, but they will never make the charts with talent. Maybe if they dressed in meat and jumped around.

    • Esol Esek April 13, 2015 at 11:44 am #

      I think Rush’s star has risen, and they are finally getting serious due, but Kansas was an atrocity, minus Carry Wayward Son and Dust in the Wind. I listened to Styx recently, and they were better than Kansas. I agree totally that I thought later Journey was borderline, although Steve Perry could never be denied (until he went solo), and today it sounds relieving, along with REO Speedwagon who I couldnt stand.

      Anyway, the 60s were the peak, the 70s were a party, the 80s had some horrid pop music, and the best underground music in history, and the 90s came back and produced a fair amount of good music that was well engineered. Right after the millennium, things went completely wrong, because Clear Channel decided it was game over for anyone who had anything to say (note System of a Down singing about war, although that last album had some awfully indulgent bad music on it).

      Britney and Christina showed up and its been horrible ever since, minus some changes in EDM, and the scattershot environment we live in today. Still, people are back on instruments and vinyl is back, and eventually someone great should show up, but I’m not hearing much that’s truly daring, and that’s what it takes.

  18. Lucho352 December 2, 2014 at 5:14 am #

    That is so true
    I am 13 and since i started playing guitar
    I threw all that crap nowadays people call music
    How could you compare music from Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd,Deep purple, later Nirvana, whith the shit that is played on the radio today?

    Songs like Time, Confortably Numb with things like “baby” or “umbrella”

    I think music evolves, changes with time, but there’s a limit!

    And also not everything is lost, there are plenty of bands and artists like us that still aprecciate good music, but don’t have the resources to make themselves be heared, but with effort, dedication and talent, there will always be music that us worth hearing

    • Shubham November 27, 2015 at 7:21 am #

      Guitarist to guitarist…there’s also Led Zeppelin, BB King, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck…and all the blues players…listen to these guys they are literally gods…especially Led Zeppelin

  19. Lea December 6, 2014 at 5:02 am #

    May I humbly present an alternative from a current young singer/songwriter in Toronto? Soul-influenced indie pop. https://reenie.bandcamp.com/

    • thedaillew December 6, 2014 at 7:43 am #

      Yes you may! Thanks for sharing.

  20. chipaway5 January 7, 2015 at 9:36 pm #

    I agree 100%, I can’t stand today’s pop music. How it became popular in the first place is beyond me. And I’m 19, no where near 35… I wish most other people my age would share similar feelings. Maybe then we wouldn’t have this horrible noise blaring everywhere we step outside our homes

  21. Esol Esek April 13, 2015 at 11:35 am #

    if we scientifically remove certain variables, maybe we can achieve an answer.

    Music production is as good as its ever been – I believe some of the greatest engineers were around to record the greats of the past, at least in the 70s-90s. In the 60s, production could’ve been better. It was great, but could’ve been better. Anyway, lots of people have access to home studios, and while most are hacks, some are good enough to record a band – so music does not suck today because of production constraints. It’s as cheap as it’s ever been to record music.

    2. Talent – one would think there would have to be empirically as much talent as at any other time, but I’m convinced the 60s and 70s were great because musicians emulated a long-formed musical style in black blues and rock n roll. THe 80s and 90s had greatness because people either emulated earlier greatness or totally rebelled against it in the underground started after punk died, and 80s pop and hair metal stood as monopolies.
    The 90s were pretty rebellious, but the last rebellious period music had, other than edm, which is more a music revolution, than a political one.

    Past musicians were emulating something that gave them a massive head start, instead of today when they’re emulating other emulators, good and bad. I hear a lot of music today which isn’t bad, but it’s very derivative, and that’s ok if the song is a winner, but it’s also a huge trap for many artists. So the talent factor is an issue as it always is, since only a handful are true greats.

    3. Support from the industry. I think this is where things are really bad today. A good band with potential today may or may not get any help. This was true in the past, also, but in the past, once a band was in, the company would develop them to the max, get them a solid producer, and engineer, and get them on the radio, where another group of experienced professionals, would seek out what interested them, which was a much higher standard than someone hiring a model for an alcohol licensing ad. THe industry has been monopolized, there went the last DJ, and labels leave it to bands to DIY everything, and the result is sloppy.

    The answer is number 3, the industry doesnt lack more support, since it was more awful to artists before, but the industry does far less work finishing artists than they once did, and the result is worse music.

  22. Sumit July 12, 2015 at 6:12 pm #

    One area where music has evolved (not sure for the better, but still has evolved) is extreme metal. Metal has gone global with each country /city haveing their own underground scene and its fucking awesome. Metal has become more brutal with genres like slam, deathcore, technical death and elaborate with black and melodic metal. I was a fan of 90’s alternative rock and heavy metal, and easily slipped into today’s extreme metal bandwagon. Pop was never my forte, so really don’t care if it went from bad to shit. I do miss the 90’s grunge, punk and alternative rock scene, the one-hit wonders and the awesome videos on MTV.

  23. Claire August 18, 2015 at 10:19 pm #

    There hasn’t been any real musical talent – or imagination, for that matter – in at least the last two generations, with the odd exception here and there, like Deep Forest – but that’s world music, not pop/metal/punk/rap-crap shite.

    Today’s music lacks melody, lacks beauty and lacks inspiration; it’s dead, heavy, dull and downright depressing it’s sameness of the same old subject matters – sex, cheating, greed and violence.

    /yawn.

  24. stevopunkdude182 September 11, 2015 at 9:35 pm #

    I am in my nearly later early 30’s ( 33 nearly 34 ) to be precise and have always loved Metal , Hard rock , Grunge , Hip hop & hard dance & my reason for hating today’s pop music is for compleley different reasons to most mid 30′ s adults . I hate today’s artists because they are so bland , dull & tame they have no balls . The bouncier fast pop of the late 90’s was better & at least had the feel good factor and would get you smiling & moving around . Sam Smith , Adele , Ed Sheeran , Mumford & Sons are all so downbeat & it’s no wonder everyone looks so damn miserable all the time .People are walking around with their faces down to their ankles and look so negative & The music is a part in peoples moods and feelings , TV is another one with their diet of Soaps & Reality shows but that is for another rant . Music has got in a time machine and gone back about 5 decades and had all the flavour and crunch removed that some of the stuff from previous decades at least had got . I don’t rely on 24 hour pop music channels or radio for my music fix . YouTube is the best way & can find many of favourite genres that Radio will not play & the average person will never give a second lesson or hasn’t bothered with for over 15 years .

  25. ami030079 September 20, 2015 at 4:15 am #

    Same here, back before 2008 i used to heard both local and international music industry, but now, they all seems repating same pattern each songs. My escape is indie, need younger sense but still its quite good if you can find any. I also listening Jpop, but mostly 80-90 either. Since most of them suffering same fate with rest of the world music industry. Nowadays, they even push most of emo who didnt understand how to create skill ful music and mask it with girly androgyni make up or 48+ squeaky loli voice with skirt -_-. That’s downgrade man… To be honest not just in America, we are share the same fate actually… Well thanks for sums up my thought pal…

  26. Mike Carmel September 20, 2015 at 12:36 pm #

    As someone in his 50s, it is a barren wasteland in what is considered popular music. It is mostly formula, overproduced, slicked up, trashy dance beat sound with lyrics about sticking body parts into other body parts. There are still bands out there that can knock it down, Moe., Primus, Phish, but they don’t really get airplay. At the end of the day, it’s really up to us. If people would stop paying for all this crappy music, it would stop being made.

  27. norm October 25, 2015 at 7:08 am #

    Its the artists, who else could be to blame? And the problem is they are using the wrong drugs. Stimulants and opiates aren’t going to give you the great music the psychedelics and dissociative are. Second, how can you be an artist and yet deny your real persona to the media? In the old days the artists give not give a fuck, all of them versions of Charlie Sheen, bless his soul for he has been the only cool honest motherfucker in the USA in 15-20 years. He’s rock and roll. The rest of them may as well be running for president or leading a fortune 500 – that’s how rock n roll they are… not at fucking all.

  28. Shubham November 27, 2015 at 7:16 am #

    The biggest reason in today’s music is lack of music itself…everyone is jst auto tuning and overproducing their records, there’s nothing meaningful or genuine in it…its just visual and commercial, sometimes I don’t even blame my generation and I’m just 18, they have never been exposed to real music the only thing they know is out there is this crap and even if they listen to something old and like it, they think its uncool… These people will never know what real music like blues or jazz or rock n roll is…I just pity them sometimes that they miss such deep music cause in the words of the great Keith Richards “music is a basic necessity, first its water, air, food, n then music”

  29. Zacrobmor December 7, 2015 at 4:47 am #

    All the other kids these days are listening to gross pop, and im just here listening to David Bowie and other classic rock artists. I’ve told them multiple times of my dislike of modern pop/rap music, but no one understands what REAL music is. It’s sickening

  30. Nuke December 14, 2015 at 10:04 am #

    You guys tend to forget about the rest of the world. -.-

    There is not only America and UK in the world right?
    Where is the rest of the world’s music? There is wonderfull music being written as we speek in all parts of the world
    and people from America and UK only care about their music. And ofcourse that makes sense right? Like 99% of songs above
    1.000.000 views are in English. English is everywhere, and if you dont speek it or writte in it, then you can’t make a succes,
    because YouTube is “in English”. The _ End.

    If you start with a quick search of world music, you will discover, all this “lost music” that is “gone forever” being made
    but not being made by Enlish speakers… Ofcourse for you its not the same… Jazz withought english is the same? Will it be the same?
    Well… What can we do? Should we all learn to speak and think in English to live again the 70s and 80s and 90s etc?
    Or should we all ditch the mainstream music (Very easy with a chrome extension in youtube) and search for music beyond America and UK.
    Not that there is not good music there. But its true that 70s and 80s belonged to America and UK. Half percent of 90s also. But now
    at the 00s and 010s and 020s you are not alone anymore! 😛
    Music is everywhere and it is the same good as it used to be, only if you know where to look…
    Stop giving 1.000.000.000 views to shit like Sia’s Chandelier… Please, they dont deserve that…

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    […] All done? Alright, so today the topic I was given is as follows: Do major record labels have the best music, artists, and marketing skills, and do they make the most money? This is one of those topics where, I never realized how much I wanted to talk about this until I was asked. Before I begin I’m going to insert a little disclaimer. I understand that most people enjoy the music that is played on the radio, which is why it is considered popular. However, I am a strong believer that popularity has nothing to do with quality. […]

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