Top 10 Dumbest and Overused Criticisms of Pop Music


The Top Ten

1 No Real Instruments

Just because no real instruments are used does not devalue the quality of music. Most producers do have musical knowledge, and actually do know how to play instruments. To dismiss the many producers who can create something that would cohesively sound great would be incredibly disrespectful.

Thank you for making this list. There are a lot of people on the Top Tens hating on pop music, which I can't object to for most of the MAINSTREAM pop music, but if you dig deeper into the genre, you will find some great pop music. Just like with a lot of other genres, you have to look past the mainstream.

Hogwash. Fake is FAKE. Half the magical allure of good music once lay in the fact that actual, talented PEOPLE were making it. Computerized, gadgety, electronic "music" is simply reflective of a superficial, declining society rapidly losing the last vestige of appreciation for that which is real.

You do know that a real person produces the beats right? They don't just press a button and make a song. - TheEvilNuggetCookie

"Beatles used real instruments" if someone confuses then I would like to say him/her that beatles were also a pop band. - zxm

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2 Everyone Uses Autotune

Autotune is used to fix up vocal mistakes and off-key singing in songs, but even there, it's misused as some way to fix all the vocals (looking at you, Jacob Sartorius). However, compared to what everyone thinks, it's not used all the time. - Swellow

YES, THANK YOU. Autotune is always used as a filler word when someone can't think of a way to criticize a song they hate purely for being pop. And even then, autotune should ONLY get on one's nerves when it really sticks out (ala Future). - WonkeyDude98

It should not be used AT ALL. Fake music, fake talent, corporate-manufactured "artists," meaningless drivel, total lack of instrumental and vocal virtuosity, degenerate lyrics...Pop, for the most part, has never been much more than fluff. But the past twenty-five years have seen it descend into mindless, hypersexualized and often violent trash.

Most of the time it is used for effect and not actual vocal help. The whole point of pop music is basically to be abnormal, if you can't accept, then you shouldn't be critiquing pop music in the first place as you are automatically biased against any of it. Also, stop using big words to cover up the fact that your comment I nothing but overly dramatic, passive aggressive rambling. - TheEvilNuggetCookie

Autotune is also used in singers of all other genres as well. Most of the time, you need to sing well enough to actually sound good. Autotune is simply a tool to finetune some mistakes. Always remember that vocal ability is only one part of the equation.

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3 Overplayed

If it's overplayed, then you are obviously listening to pop radio. I'm sure that if I listened to a Metal channel, they'd have similar rotation. - TheEvilNuggetCookie

Okay I actually agree and don't agree wit this one. Pop music is overplayed, but that still doesn't make a song necessarily bad. - Mcgillacuddy

Even rock has less variety than pop, which therefore would hypothetically increase the overplay factor if rock was playing all the time. - WonkeyDude98

Pop music didn't have 8 songs in one rotation before, unlike now.

4 No Passion

Pop music can have just as much heart and emotion put into it as any other genre. Adele, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, etc. They all have a passion for music. - TheEvilNuggetCookie

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5 It's All About Drugs & Sex

"Sex, drugs and rock and roll" was not a "classic" anything. It was occasionally mouthed by burn-outs (you know, like Ozzie) who had no talent worth mentioning.

Honestly, I can barely think of any pop songs about drugs, if any. - WonkeyDude98

Are you a Idiot. Ariana Grande sings a lot about sex

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6 The Lyrics Are Stupid V 4 Comments
7 Pop Stars Don't Write Their Own Songs

That just blatantly isn't true. I don't even need to give examples, you can go look at the writing credits to tons of pop albuns. Even Justin Bieber co-writer a lot of his music. (Mainly his newer songs.) - TheEvilNuggetCookie

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8 Too Repetitive

Like I've said before, not always. Also, repetition isn't even bad all the time. The Beatles have a song where the entire chorus basically consists entirely of "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" and it's one of their most beloved songs. - TheEvilNuggetCookie

Choruses ALWAYS consist of a repeated lyric. That's why they're also
called "refrains." Rap and hip-hop, however, are nothing BUT repetitive, and repeat things you didn't need to hear the first time, let alone over and over.


As for rap and hip-hop, that's another genre people overlook because of what gets popular. Great rappers are still producing albums to this day, you just need to look harder. - WonkeyDude98

9 All Pop Music Sounds The Same

There is a lot of variety. If you are telling me that Adele, Taylor, and Nicki Minaj all sound the same, then you are delusional. - TheEvilNuggetCookie

Who the hell uses this to criticize Pop music? This should be #1 if people do. - Mcgillacuddy

They have variety, but they usually use the same pattern. - DieGedankenSindFrei

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10 They All Have to get Naked to Get Attention

Adele, Ed Sheeran, and so many more. If you consider this an argument, you're only looking at the very surface of pop music. Do me a favor and dig a little deeper.

See all of the previously listed artists. - TheEvilNuggetCookie

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