Top 10 Worst Things About Modern Music

The Top Ten
1 Music artists become famous based on image, not musical talent

Music was so classic and artistic back in the day. We had the legendary Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Johann Sebastian Bach, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and many more. We also had classic pop, rock, metal, jazz, Broadway, blues, and disco.

Songs used to have meaning, good stories, and fit the moods of people. It took a lot of effort to write and make a song. Nowadays, up to 83.3% of music is total garbage with little to no originality, true creativity, or effort. Many songs talk about drugs, misinterpreted sex, violence, use profanity, and even racism. Some even promote depression, which can be serious.

The tunes are hardly anything to write home about these days. I can't believe all these amazing artists left us and the voids were filled with garbage "artists." Good music is very rare these days, regardless of genre. Today's "music," if you even want to call it that, scores high on charts despite its nasty "quality" and stupid purposes. Some songs even promote serious matters like depression or violence, which is totally wrong.

It's sad to see great artists go away too soon, some from drug overdose, reminding us of the good music from the past. We'll always miss the '70s, '80s, '90s, and 2000s. Those were the best eras for music, and the 2010s were when it all went downhill. Though some songs are still good today (like those by Lady Gaga and Carly Rae Jepsen), too many "artists" today try to be famous for their images and looks when musical talent and quality matter most. The shock value is total garbage.

Many older artists put a huge amount of effort into songs, yet today it's simple stuff with little to no quality, making classic music sound like the best thing for your ears. You're honestly much better listening to royalty-free stock music any day over all this garbage playing. Long live music.

2 Autotune

Autotune is useful if done right and not overdone, whereas many artists these days overdose on autotune, proving the lack of significant talent they have. Now don't get me wrong, the first autotuned song Believe by Cher was a perfect success and a hit, and some others were great too.

Autotune sounds good depending on what song it is and what it's about. But nowadays, songs are using too much autotune, taking us away from the true talent of music and creativity. Some fear that they're going to damage their vocal cords if they use their real voices (Adele had them damaged, and Miley Cyrus did too, though from her history of smoking).

Music is art and involves skills. Know how to do it all right.

3 Most of the stuff on the radio is pop music

And nobody cares about rock or metal. It's never on the news. Look at this: sometimes a music artist gets arrested. If it's a rock or metal person, it's on the news on the bottom scroll line two weeks later. If a pop artist or anybody that's not rock or metal is arrested, it will be the headline on everything, and Barack Obama would bail them out that afternoon.

Pop music does have a catchy style to it. Now, the problem is oversaturation of the genre, in fact, any genre. We need to have a variety because that shows different styles and efforts in instruments, writing, lyrics, and artists. We can't all just focus on one thing.

Things need a variety. Even genres need a variety. Better than one thing.

4 Too many artists have died young

Many legends died at an early age. Why does such incredible talent have to leave us so early? Selena Quintanilla, Kurt Cobain, and Chester Bennington are all examples.

It would be a tragedy if the terribleness of modern music killed Bernard Sumner of New Order. Because if he dies, it would be the biggest tragedy of all time. No, wait, that would be Peter Gabriel dying.

That's because the music industry puts too much stress on them and introduces them to drugs and looking sexually attractive.

5 Too many songs about love, sex, partying, and drugs

Are there any pop songs about the government, war, history, fantasy, or being positive in life? Or about the secrets and life of humanity? Or even about life?

I know a lot of songs that have these themes, not just love stories, but tragic stories, horror stories, historical stories, fantasy stories, war stories, and grudge stories. There needs to be a little more variety today.

Three Days Grace's songs are about turning your life around, making wrong choices and suffering the consequences, the hard times of life, the many things wrong with humanity, etc.

6 No heart, soul, or morals put into music anymore

All music is commercialized. All music is a product. It's all made to sell. Stop acting like it's different now than it was back in the "good old days."

Songs used to have meanings. Now it's just about butts and getting high at parties.

The real music was in the years '75, '80, and '85. They made music with heart, not for the money.

7 Parents letting their kids listen to inappropriate artists

No wonder kids in elementary school cuss these days. My younger sibling said he heard one of his classmates call another a "bitch" right in front of the teacher, and the teacher didn't even budge.

In my days of elementary school, if you said any cuss word or even said the word "stupid," you would get sent to the office or suspended.

Yep, there are parents who let their kids listen to trap music, even if it has a horrible influence. There are even parents that let kids listen to BOTDF. I would never let my kids listen to that pedophile's garbage.

8 People consider one genre of music to be the only good genre of music

One time in 7th grade, my social studies teacher played a song in class, and my classmate said, "This song sucks because it's not rap." That made me cringe hard.

YES. I don't mean to put anyone's taste down, but it's annoying when someone straight up refuses to listen to a song because it's not a certain genre. It's just so ignorant.

Who gives a crap about the genre? I only listen to a song for the story, the meaning, or the music.

9 Rap

Rap and hip hop were great back then. Back then, it had good messages. Nowadays, you hear generic raunchy rap with no messages at all. These modern rappers (especially Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj) are killing the genre.

Modern mainstream rap is the worst of "music." It all sounds the same, there's no talent whatsoever, and it's only about money. Old rap was good, but nowadays rap should be renamed to crap.

There is amazing rap out there, mainly old school rap. My favorite rapper is 50 Cent. But rap nowadays is not what I can call rap anymore. It's trap these days. Real rap is dead.

10 There are very few bands around that are good
The Contenders
11 Lack of soul and quality in music

Am I the only teen that listens to more "actual" songs of the past rather than the trash today that most others would consider popular? Seriously, there are others.

At least 70% of the tunes I listen to are over 10 years old, with most of them ranging from the early 1990s to the mid-2000s.

Today's mainstream music lacks passion and meaning, which is one reason why I've stopped listening to mainstream music.

All pop and rap music is about partying, sex, doing drugs, and cussing. What happened to morals, stories, and things that are realistic and deep?

12 Promotion of violence

Look at Carrie Underwood and her songs "Two Black Cadillacs," "Church Bells," and "Before He Cheats." Enough said.

13 Record sales have declined since 2006

I thought this started earlier than 2006, honestly. Maybe around 1999 was when sales peaked.

The only good thing about 2006 was that Three Days Grace's masterpiece album, One-X, was released.

14 Horrible songs being nominated for Grammys
15 There are many good artists that get no recognition while the crappy artists get plenty of recognition

This is true. And we know whose fault it is for making crappy songs and artists popular - TikTok. Leah Kate sings crude songs like "10 Reasons I Hate You" and became a hit. And Cardi B's "Up" was racist.

This is sadly true. In a perfect world, more people would be listening to good music artists instead of the bad ones.

Lacuna Coil gets little recognition, while Meghan Trainor gets too much! See the logic?!

16 Rock and metal are being called bad, emo and gay

Yes! I hate this! I am a huge fan of Three Days Grace, Evanescence, Seether, Breaking Benjamin, and many other rock bands. I have people calling me emo because I listen to that, but at this point, I don't really care anymore.

All that matters is that I like the music. They don't have to, but they don't have to be so disrespectful to me because I do.

When did sexual preferences become universally adaptable insults?

17 Few good male singers
18 One Direction One Direction (commonly abbreviated as 1D) were a British-Irish pop boy band based in London, composed of Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, and previously, Zayn Malik until his departure from the band on 25 March 2015. The group signed with Simon Cowell's record label Syco Records... read more

To me, One Direction is just so unoriginal. Most of their songs are rip-offs of songs from older artists. The best example is their song Rock Me, which sounds really similar to the opening of Queen's We Will Rock You.

Everyone knows Queen's We Will Rock You! Why steal from a song that everyone knows?

I like how one group got 18 on the worst things about modern music list. Ya gotta be a special kind of horrible.

At least NSYNC can dance and sing, but One Direction can't sing for their sorry excuse of a boy band.

19 Artists are becoming hypocritical
20 Almost no instruments other than synthesizers

Synthesizers are capable of producing sounds you couldn't make with regular instruments. Therefore, they're heavily popular today.

Worst song with a synth: Freaxxx by Brokencyde. Seriously, the lyrics are terrible, and it has an annoying scream.

Pop music is degrading electronic music brutally.

21 Nicki Minaj Onika Tanya Maraj, known professionally as Nicki Minaj (born December 8, 1982) is a Trinidadian/American rapper / pop music artist. Minaj is most known for her songs such as "Anaconda", "Super Bass", "Starships" and her feature on "Bang Bang"... read more

She killed hip hop with that one song Stupid Hoe. I know Soulja Boy was the first to kill hip hop, but this song made me die inside.

Thank goodness she's not doing the Barbie shtick anymore. Turning rap into a Barbie doll.

She was doing well before she released Stupid Hoe. Listen to her rap in the song.

22 Only popular genres are pop, rap, and country

All three of these genres suck, in my opinion.

23 Almost all of them sound the same
24 Justin Bieber Justin Drew Bieber (born March 1, 1994) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer. He currently resides in Ontario, Canada and is Christian. He is the son of author Pattie Mallette... read more

He has a voice as high as a girl's, his lyrics are beyond mediocre, and he has committed one too many crimes. He should be number 1.

He is the meanest, nastiest, most horrible person ever! How can anyone like this guy?

25 The media saying that Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj are role models for the youth of America

Kids are too young to listen to Nicki Minaj. All she talks about in her songs is partying, sex, booty, making it rain, etc.

In terms of "bad role models," of course.

The media. I have a question: What is the median IQ of the employees in your corporation?

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