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

As The_Crimson_King said, it can be good if utilized correctly. An example of this is the Experimental Rock band Swans.

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Lil Pump is literally the king of butchering the use of repetitiveness. - 3DG20

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.

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.

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

I really don't care if they're a douche at least they make good music (my favorite artists aren't douches so I don't have that problem)

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.

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...

I like BOTDF's music but dahive vanity is a piece of crap human being

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.

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.

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.

4 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.

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

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

I like it in rap, but not in pop music.

Other way around. Rap should not have autotune in it at all, but pop music is alright sometimes. - DaWyteNight

*cough cough* Future

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

The thing that makes this dumb is that no talent implies anyone can do it and if that were the case then why would they not if they can make massive amounts of money from it?

This website.

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

Strange but I've seen lots of metal haters say that about metal... - Metal_Treasure

*looks at metalheads*

6 A lot of screaming or growling in songs

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

Yes this is annoying

Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind some screaming in songs. Almost all of my favourite bands have screamed in at least one song, but sometimes, the vocalist does it a lot, and it’s really hard for me to enjoy metal because of it.

7 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!

8 Stereotypes

Not all metal is about satan or burning things, not all pop is girly, not all rock is about an emo guy with a small peen, not all rap is about sex, drugs and money, not all

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.

9 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.

10 Bad or mindless lyrics

I hate flexing in rap songs.

RIP Nikki Manaj

The Contenders

11 Trying too hard to sound modern and trendy
12 Singers who try to sing out of their range
13 Trap beats

I actually like trap beats, but it has a bad reputation because a lot of trap rap artists are awful.

Not bad at all. If anything Trap beats are one of the best things in Trap music(Both Trap Rap and EDM Trap) although in Trap Rap the worst is the the soundcloud rappers who do Trap.

14 Forced rhyming

Every song I write.

15 Excessive runs or ad-libs

90's and 2000's r&b is filled with these. That's why I now prefer 70's and 80's r&b as well as neo-soul over modern r&b, because back then the singers actually had naturally great and big voices and didn't need to try so hard.

16 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.

17 People who think there’s only one good music genre

Aka elitists.

18 Music videos being the reason a song is popular

Well, that’s YouTube for ya.

19 People classifying solo artists as "bands"

This is something that annoys me more than it should.

20 Vocalists who sound bored and uninterested in what they are saying

I don’t usually mind singers who are not technically great but this is something I generally can’t tolerate.

21 “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.

22 Excessive swearing
23 People who pretend to be "woke"

I mean all the rappers who act like they're not mainstream and pretend to be woke and it all just sounds pretentious.

24 Songs that try way too hard to be meaningful

RIP Twenty One Pilots (Still love them)

25 Kid’s songs

To be fair, they are made for babies, so I won’t be too hard on them, but all of the lyrics are laughably stupid, and the singer usually sounds so annoying to the point it almost feels like they’re trying to sound annoying.

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