Top Ten Signs You are Listening to Bad Music

The Top Ten
1 It has more than a billion views on YouTube

So if you listen a song which you consider a masterpiece, and that song suddenly reaches 1 billion views, you decide a song is bad just because it reached popularity status? Sounds like flawed logic.

Many good songs that deserve 1 billion views are not even close to 1 billion views while crappy songs do.

It could be a sign your listening to good music, as well. Look at "Numb" from Linkin Park, for example.

2 The chorus starts with 'I love you' and ends with 'Yes Yes Yes'

This sounds like an early Beatles song. I forget the title.

3 The singer is twerking

Nowadays singers don't need talent, they just need to twerk and try to look attractive in the video to get views and gain in popularity.

If your music is good, you don't need tricks like this to sell your music. Are you offering music or sex?

Look what we have here...Nikki Minaj.

4 The guitarist is beating the guitar with his fist in the music video, the drummer's head is upside down and several neonlights are flickering

Great music can be sold without circus like this.

5 You like the album cover better than the song itself

I don't really care about a song's album cover. I like listening to the song more than looking at the album cover.

6 The lyrics are grammatically incorrect

Not necessarily; the sound is what should matter. I find lyrics mostly inessential for the music I listen to, and it becomes intolerable only when sung in a way that distracts me from enjoying the instrumentation.

Although it doesn't necessarily make the song bad, it is a little bit of a throw off when they use incorrect grammar in their songs.

There are so many great songs which have grammatically incorrect lyrics; It doesn't mean they're bad songs at all.

7 You are thinking about playing it in a senior club
8 The lyrics are bad

Not neccessarily. Stairway to Heaven's lyrics are also pretty dumb, and a lot of jazz songs have very silly lyrics due to improvisation.

A lot of today's song lyrics are about the same thing. Pop music is almost always about love nowadays.

"England is my city"
2017 flashbacks.

9 It talks about sex/drugs

Lucy in the sky with diamonds!
Why don't we do it in the road?
Look at me, I got a case of body language.
Lool the last two songs I referenced are my guilty pleasures. Nobody shall stop me from listening to them!

I don't like songs about sex and drugs, I just find it annoying and it seems to be a repetitive topic especially in modern music. Not saying that modern music is bad.

It's sad that most rappers nowadays pretty much only talk about those topics or of how much money they have.

10 The singer is semi-naked

This is another things that isn't uncommon. Singers and rappers, most likely female rappers are often semi-naked which means partial nudity to say at least.

The appearance of music artists doesn't have to do with the quality of the music itself.

Good music doesn't need sexual images to be sold.

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11 You always know which sound comes next
12 The YouTube comments are all "2018?" even though the song is from 2017

It doesn't mean too much good if they are already being afraid of people not watching it any more after one year.

YouTube comments don't determine song quality. It just determines fanbase quality.

How can this define singer's talent?

13 You listen to the song for the beat, not for the lyric

The instrumentals are the most important aspect of a song. If the beat is repetitive and unbalanced in sound, guess what? Your song sucks.

Well, some people don't pay attention to the lyrics much. That's just their preference.

If I am listening to a song in a foreign language...

14 You don't like the song

Just because you don't like a song doesn't mean that it is bad. Everyone has different musical tastes: some people enjoy rock, some jazz, some rap, and some R&B. Just because you don't like rap doesn't mean that it is bad. The same is true for other types of music mentioned.

On the other hand, if it is a song that you dislike from a genre or band you love then it probably is a bad song.

No, not always true. Most people don't like classical music but it doesn't mean Pavarotti has sung bad music or Paganini has played bad music.

15 The song starts with 'La la la' and ends with 'La la la la la'
16 The rapper mumbles
17 You like the video clip better than the song itself
18 Half-naked women in the video

That's pretty much all we see in music videos. Sensuality was always a very efficient tactic for selling things. Just look at some commercials that use half-naked women to make products look more appealing.

I saw a Polyphia music video. The band was just playing, but at some points there were clips of a busty woman walking around. WHY? Nothing to do with the music! (Instrumental Progressive Metal).

I mean "Girls on Film" by Duran Duran had naked women, and that was released in the 80s.

19 Awful/predictable rhymes
20 The singer uses Autotune

A little bit of autotune won't hurt anything. I'm sure a lot of my favourite singers probably use it, but if it's to the point the singer is relying on it to make their voice sound good, then there's a problem.

I'd rather listen to an autotuned voice than a weak, forgettable that needs autotune to sound decent, although I listen to neither when it is possible.

21 You've already come up with its melody when giving birth to your child
22 You want to listen to it at the gym

But how does this show that you are listening to a bad song? If I'm at the gym I would listen to Iron Maiden, Metallica, Slayer, Pantera, Powerwolf, Megadeth, Judas Priest, Rammstein, etc. Absolutely none of those bands are terrible.

I don't see anything wrong with that. Jogging with Iron Maiden can improve your results.

23 The song was barely released and everyone knows it

Just because people know a song, that doesn't mean it's bad! That doesn't even make sense!

24 The song doesn't make you want to dance

Because you can't dance to certain music doesn't mean it isn't good

25 The first lyric is "yeah" or "uh"
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