Pet Peeves In Music

This list will be on annoying things relating to music, whether it’s something in a song, annoying fanbases/haters or false stereotypes about music.

The Top Ten

1 Too much repetition in songs

I don't get "repetitive" as a criticism. Repetition ain't a bad thing - it allows a piece to breathe. You can hypnotise a listener with it, letting the loop ebb and flow while you add new things on top, whether minor or major. Hell, Steve Reich and Basic Channel have made entire careers out of finding ways to entrance the listener. - BlarchBlaces

Well, if utilized correctly, repetition can actually greatly improve the quality of a song, evidence of this of course being most Krautrock bands, and a couple of Post-Rock bands bands as well. Also, the chorus sections in Chronic by Leprous are outstanding. - The_Crimson_King

I can't stand this. One of the reasons I don't like popular music. Metal is much less repetitive and many songs don't even have a chorus. - Metal_Treasure

Yep, - Camaro6

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2 Finding out that one of your favourite artists is a douchebag

Finding this out really sucks but I learned to separate my opinion about the musician from my opinion about his/her personality. Musical skills and personality traits must be separated - some douchebags are still great musicians and some nice guys are mediocre/bad musicians. - Metal_Treasure

Exactly right. I feel the same way. Many people immediately classify a person as a "bad artist" because they have a bad personality, but there is a difference between being a bad musician and a bad person. There are some artists that I still respect their musical skills for even though they may be a jerk. - Gg2000

Honestly. This is taken to whole new levels if you like Norwegian black metal...which I do... - romanempire249

I really like Halsey, but she's a terrible person, according to many people online. That's not a reason to say her music is bad, though. - allamassal

Now a bad personality obviously doesn’t make someone a bad musician, just like how a nice person doesn’t make someone a great musician, so I should’ve at least put this lower, but it still sucks meeting someone you’ve looked up to for a long time and they give you the cold shoulder. - 3DG20

3 Irritating vocals

Yeah. Pretty much ruins the song. You can add a grandiose of lush, or epic instruments and sounds to your music, but if the vocals suck, everything else goes down with it.

Like in the chorus of What About Us, which is undeniably grating after the third listen. - allamassal

Autotuned vox are extremely irritating to me. Also singers who sing off key and singers with weak voices.
But I would say this item is very subjective - for example, death metal vocals aren't irritating to me but autotuned vox are. Some people would say the opposite. - Metal_Treasure

I can’t even tell you how many bands I’ve been turned off from because of this. There are so many I’ve heard with great instrumentation, but annoying vocals, and it’s probably the number 1 thing that stops me from being a fan of the band. - 3DG20

4 When people say a genre they don’t like takes no talent

I've seen lots of metalheads say that about other genres - DarkBoi-X

Metalheads in the nutshell - lovestarlist

Genres such as metal or rap are nowhere near as easy as people think they are. Don’t believe me? Try playing a guitar solo for 10-20 minutes, or rap and actually be good at it, then come back and tell me they take no talent, and it’s not just metal and rap. The same goes for every other genre as well. - 3DG20

I'm surprised there are people who think that metal is easy to play/takes no talent. I know that many people don't like metal but at least I thought those people were aware of the fact that metal is the hardest to play, next to classical music. - Metal_Treasure

5 Excessive amount of autotune

Personally, I think that autotune could actually be used quite tastefully. Seeing as how I view the voice as just another instrument, I'd really like to see some artists get creative and start using autotune, not as a pitch correcting device, but instead as a distortion effect over their voice, in the the same way that most guitarists use distortion pedals to the alter the sounds of their instrument. - The_Crimson_King

Yes, I find it very annoying. Human warmth in music disappears. Music gets lost. - Metal_Treasure

The real vocal talent gets lost. It transforms the singers into robots. - Userguy44

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind a little bit of autotune, and some of my favourite singers probably use it, but please keep it in moderation. Heavily autotuned vocals are just a mess, and it kind of makes them sound like robots. - 3DG20

Autotune = :(

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6 Stereotypes

No, not all metal is screaming about burning churches, not all rock is some dude whining about how he hates his life, not all pop is repetitive and heavily autotuned, not all rap is about drugs, sex and money, and not all country is drinking whisky and having sex with a minor on a tractor, so cut the stereotypes already. - 3DG20

7 A lot of screaming or growling in songs

I actually have a lot of admiration for singers who are able to scream/growl constantly while maintaining control over their voices. That's a special kind of talent. - NiktheWiz

Meanwhile, I'm over here listening to Converge which is basically headache inducing noise at points, yet I love it. - cjWriter1997

Yes this is annoying

Ear raid - Epikrika

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8 Boy bands and girl groups

All of the boy bands and girl groups I’ve heard sound exactly the same as each other, only sing about love, don’t play any instruments, have annoying voices and have absolutely no variety whatsoever. - 3DG20

9 Bad covers of good songs

I’m really not a fan of covers because it usually sounds like a** compared to the original and sometimes they’re so bad to the point I can’t even listen to the original without being reminded about it. One of those covers was actually, believe it or not, by Three Days Grace. It was their version of “Lose Yourself” by Eminem. I loved the instruments, but whoever told Adam he can rap, let alone rap an Eminem song needs to be slapped, because, spoiler alert: Listening to his “rapping” was the worst 3 minutes of my life. Come at me b****!

I’m kidding, sort of... Please don’t kill me! - 3DG20

10 Humming in songs

This is probably a very unpopular opinion, and there are a few exceptions to this which is why it’s not very high on the list, but most of the time, I find it kind of annoying when there’s humming in a song. - 3DG20

The Contenders

11 Forced rhyming

There is a big handful of songs with rhyme schemes that really irritate me, not just the ones with monosyllabic, basic rhyme schemes. Two of the biggest offenders are the way Eminem rhymes soldier with composure and shoulder on Like Toy Shoulders and how Unkle Adams rhymes follows me with apology with mythology with biology with equality and so forth. They hammer them in so much to the point where they get really irritating. - NiktheWiz

12 Songs that try way too hard to be meaningful

Look no further than the so-called "real hip hop." Also, songs can be about topics like partying,sex, and/or drugs and still be good. - NiktheWiz

13 Trying too hard to sound modern and trendy
14 Bad or mindless lyrics
15 No single priority songs

There all like “Loveee! ”
- TheDuttyGyal

16 People who think there’s only one good music genre
17 Whispering in songs
18 Trap beats
19 “Sexy” songs

€Change” by Deftones and “This Broken Soul” by Korn are a perfect example of this. It’s really unfortunate because they’re also perfect examples of vocals that ruin otherwise pretty decent songs. - 3DG20

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Top Remixes (4)

1. Too much repetition in songs
2. Excessive amount of autotune
3. When people say a genre they don’t like takes no talent
1. Irritating vocals
2. Finding out that one of your favourite artists is a douchebag
3. Stereotypes
1. Finding out that one of your favourite artists is a douchebag
2. Irritating vocals
3. Boy bands and girl groups

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