Top 10 Reasons Why 2017 is an Awful Year for Music

2017... is probably the worst year for music since 2012... it's that bad. Most songs this year have been terribly awful.
The Top Ten
1 Mainstream music is at it's all time worst

I'm 15 and there were no new songs from 2017 I liked. Even 2015 and 2016 had one each. Whenever someone turns on the hit station, I almost immediately feel disgusted or repulsed, now that hip hop and trap are bigger than ever and rock is nonexistent. Why can't we have the music of 1983 back already?

Well, stuff like Sam Hunt, Kodak Black, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift, yes. But that doesn't mean all mainstream songs this year are bad.

Aside from Praying, Havana, and Feel It Still, I can't find any song on the charts that is a 5/5.

2 Death of Chester Bennington

Why isn't this at the top of the list? Because this is probably the worst thing that happened in terms of 2017 music, as well as the Manchester bombing at Ariana Grande concert. Sigh... I still remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when I found out that Chester died. I was on a vacation in the mountains, far away from my house. I was in a gift shop in town, just looking at all of the funny souvenirs that I knew would just get lost in my closet if I bought one of them. As I was browsing around, I took a big drink of my Root Beer, and the guy talking on the radio said something along the lines of "Chester Bennington committed suicide". I was so shocked, I almost spit my Root beer out! I just can't stop thinking about that day... R.I.P. Chester.

3 No passion has been present in music this year

It has been the greatest year for German hip hop since its existence. Never has there been more passion put into the lyrics (Kollegah and SpongeBozz established that rhetoric figures and rhyming have to be really complex) and flows (Fler established trap, which relies on flowing melodically, and DatAdam's experimental cyber hip hop introduced other similar artists like Westghosts or Sierra Kidd), and Cro released a chart topping conscious hip hop album this year. In fact, I never have seen that much passion and high quality in German hip hop at once. No matter what you listen to, you get a variety of interesting aspects, from atmosphere to lyrical complexity to musicality to content/depth. When rappers release 18 and a half minute storytelling songs as lead singles instead of your average structured hit, that's a move of passion.

I don't think many of you are familiar with German hip hop, but I just wanted to show you that music indeed still has passion, but as Metal_Treasure already said with his preferred genre (metal), maybe not the genres that get the most airplay.
But actually, I really liked 2017, also the mainstream. Do you remember the time in the early 2010s when EVERY single by EVERY pop singer, whether good or bad, was the same house pop style with the same stomping drum kits, synth lines and melodies (e.g. Rihanna's "Only Girl in the World", Pitbull's "Give Me Everything", "
Britney Spears' "Work B'tch", Taio Cruz's "Dynamite",...). THAT was boring and passionless. We have very much improved since then and now, today's pop and hip hop mixes artful experimentalism with dance catchiness, so that the sounds are much more varied and sophisticated yet easy to listen to. Finally rappers care more about their flow and musicality instead of keeping up a tough image. I really don't see what your problem is.

4 Way too much trap music on the charts

Trap music is boring, and it sounds the same. I prefer older rap beats to trap. Some tone deaf autotuned guy rapping, lyrics all about the coolest shoes, clothing, money, and girls, and the same overused beat.

My parents were born in the 1970's with actual good music, they're lucky but they actually like this wack ass trash, they tend to listen to the newest stuff more than the old stuff.

I hate trap. It all sounds the same. And now some pop artists are trying to copy trap in their songs.

5 Lyrics this year for the most part have been terrible

There are plenty of lyrical gems such as The Promise, Speak to Me, and Praying, but a lot of lyrics are reprehensible.

They're just about drugs and money and sex and just repeat the same thing over and over again. No meaning in the words.

Like BOTDF, Taylor Swift, Kodak Black, Katy Perry, and Sam Hunt, now those are terrible lyricists. But there are also some lyrical gems like Green Day's new song.

6 The worst music artists are getting exposure this year

@DC @Bored
Hopsin isn't getting exposure. That's his whole appeal, he thinks he's deeper than the rappers who are in the mainstream.
Kodak is pretty much a one hit wonder.
MISSIO's biggest hit was a song that barely impacted alt radio and was forgetten immediately.
AJR's biggest hit this year hit the Hot 100 but didn't last long.
Taylor Swift... ok fine, but...Ready For It and LWYMMD are bops..

7 Rock music has steadily declined and most rock bands are turning into pop bands

That really sucks, some rock bands turned pop, and others are declining in musical quality, like Blink-182 sadly. There should be new rock bands that are good, which is what I am trying to do, keep rock music alive. I am glad Green Day is still a good band and that Tom DeLonge will never become a pop artist and consistently makes good music, so I do have some hope.

Oh, my god, there's literally been one good metal album all year as well! What the hell?! In 2016 there was the new Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax Albums, and in 2015 I got my all time favorite song. What happened in 2017?!

8 Many rock artists have died this year

This isn't a good reason and I avoided using this in my original draft.

9 No effort was put into songs this year

That is the mainstream, if you don't focus on mainstream music, there will be lots of creativity in more underrated artists.

Again there's a few exceptions but the effort is barely there.

Mainstream was flooded with lazy songs.

10 There were a lot of disappointing returns from older artists

Praying was better than most of the rest of Kesha's discography, but I still didn't feel the craze for it. Pink's What About Us has been played a gazillion times (give or take) on car radio and despite the fact that it has a good message, the delivery doesn't quite work for me. Look What You Made Me Do was a guilty pleasure of mine but not as good as Taylor Swift's older songs. But the most disappointing return of the year...Kelly Clarkson, who came back again with her worst song yet, "Love So Soft".

That's always the reason why a year is bad. Or it's because there wasn't any good songs released on a year.

The Contenders
11 Too many music artists are selling out or running out of creativity

Creativity is an endless thing for most artist (either cartoonists, musicians, movie directors, book authors, etc.), but the problem is that most artist always running out of ideas. But what if creativity goes extinct for the next 1M years?

Creativity will never end, there will always be creativity no matter what. There are unlimited ideas in this planet.

Trivium and Sinners Are Winners have been the only big things I remember being creative.

12 Mainstream radio repeats the same horrible songs

Everyday, I hear that one song I talked about, with it's "bloody shoes" or whatever it says... ugh!

Like my life depends on hearing What About Us again...

Well, sometimes it plays Bad At Love. That is good.

13 Most of the singles on the radio are terrible and awful to sit through

I liked Now Or Never, Havana, Bad At Love, Feel It Still, Wait, and a few others but I agree.

There's a few exceptions but most 2017 Singles are mind numblingly awful.

This is just a rephrase of fifty other items.

14 Despacito was overplayed

So was What About Us. In fact, that song might be even more overplayed than Despacito, after all its overplay lasted at least 3x longer.

I like Despacito vut why would someine overplay it. I don't want Despacito end up like Toddler Titans No!

15 The charts have only gotten worse since last year

The songs may be worse, but hey, at least we got hits this year, unlike last year where we barely got any hits and it was boring.

They're much more active and less stagnant then last year.

16 Taylor Swift released her album Reputation

I hate this album, it has a bunch of terrible songs. This album is not worthy of selling millions of copies. No passion, no creativity, just plain mean spirited, and nothing interesting. Not as bad as a BOTDF album, but still awful.

I remember being a fan of her songwriting ability during my early years of unintentional exposure to radio pop music, but nowadays, her albums make me feel embarrassed about myself.

I love Taylor Swift, but that's just my opinion. End game is really bad though.

17 Pop music is at it's worst this year

To be honest, I agree with this. But at least we did not get a song as terrible as Watch Me Whip this year, so not really.

Alternative is at it's 2nd best! We should be happy that Halsey released an album though!

I'd say this year was better than 2016 just for variety.

18 Liam Payne released the abomination that is Strip That Down

I love the description for this. The abomination. Whoever added this is 11/10.

19 Not many good metal albums were released compared to recent years

Meanwhile we have Hollywood Undead who I can't even listen to with a straight face.

I don't really love much of the new metal works this year, songs from the 2000s are 1990s are better

20 Way too many overplayed songs

There was a time when every time I turned on the radio, it would be What About Us, Praying, or Love So Soft.

21 Praying being one of the best songs of 2017 but seriously underrated

I think it is overrated because everyone thinks it is the best song of 2017 but is it really?

It was one of the few actual good songs to come from this year.

22 Lil Pump became popular

Gucci gang? Worst song ever. I hate Lil Pump so he is more like Lil Pimp!

23 Katy Perry released the disgrace that is Witness
24 Country music sounds almost like pop music

It's not that bad though, I'll I listen to modern country sometimes, but who cares anyway since about nobody listened to country in the first place.

Just listen to Chris Stapleton, he's pretty much the best country singer out there today.

No it sounds more like rap music nowadays...

25 Fifth Harmony released trash

Down, He Like That, what more can I say?

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