Top 10 Pop Song Cliches

This is a list of themes/beats/trends in pop songs that happen too much, to the point where it gets a bit irratating.
The Top Ten
1 Featured Rapper

One of many things I dislike about rap is how the idea of a song including a rap suddenly makes it appear incredible. It is really anything but. Especially given that any hip-hop influence detracts from the real purpose of music. It turns anything, from a pop song to an electro song, into a meaningless, deceptive, shallow and twisted entity of egotism and inapt worship. No matter whether the original song ever had a chance. If that doesn't disgust people, I don't know what would.

Sometimes this goes well but there are others when the rapper ruins the song or at least does not contribute anything memorable.

I think this is ok in some circumstances. Sometimes the rappers add something where the song falls flat, and other times it's just a lot of uneccessary lyrics. Not EVERY song needs to have a rap version/featured rapper.

Featured raps almost always ruined perfectly catchy and beautiful songs to me. I'd always find myself looking forward to the choruses or not listening to it at all.

2 "You Can Do Anything!"

Don't give up. Believe in yourself. Crash your limits. Never believe your dreams can't come true. You are the centre of the world. Born to rule it! Isn't this boring now? Your dreams CANNOT come true in all cases, and sometimes you HAVE to give up. I guess pop stars sell so many records because they believe they can sell this amount since this is the method they're teaching us to achieve our goals.

"I am the Lizard King, I can do anything"- Jim Morrison.

Don't stop, never give up. - S Club 7

I’m the only one who can, I just speak these untrue words so I can gain fans of my work.

3 Partying

You know, like We can't Stop, Party in the USA, We like to party, Tik Tok, Last Friday Night, lots of them. I mean, those songs just never die, they're literally survivors!

Tik Tok
We Can't Stop
I get a hangover just by listining to the radio...

Weezer wrote a song about partying. Let’s not talk about it.

Let's see anything in my collection...
Comin in Hot
War Child
Party by Myself
Everywhere I Go
Cashed Out
My Town
Guzzle Guzzle

4 True Love

Yes! Can't love songs ever go away? Nope! Love songs are too popular and overrated. All they care about is sexy bodies and big boobs. That's not true love. 99% of all songs on the radio are people saying "baby, I want you" or make weird sex noises. I've noticed that pop songs always have a female moaning. Dude, kids are listening to that!

You know you're listening to a pop song about love when you rhymes with you.

Also, love theme in itself is not a problem at all, one of the most common themes in highest poetry as well, it's the execution that is sub-par in pop songs.

The Heart Wants What it Wants
Call Me Maybe
Anything by Justin Beiber or 1 direction.

And the constant reason why they love you is because you look nice.

Jacob Sartorius even made songs about love... *cringes* Screw, even pop artists write songs about romance and love are just "love songs".

5 Sex

Sex has been talked about in rap and rock too ya know? It's not just pop exclusive. Hell, even Country music has discussed the topic.

Once upon a time, John Lennon wanted to hold your hand. Then the Mick Jagger wanted to spend the night with you. Now, Robin Thicke... well... he wants to have raunchy sex.

Don't forget 75-80% of Prince's discography, though Prince is my favorite artist

Sometimes it's done well, sometimes it's not

6 Going Crazy

Lets see, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Amanda Bynes, Hilary Duff, Lindsay Lohan, can't wait to watch Zendaya, Sabrina Carpenter, Rowan Blanchard, Olivia Holt, and Dove Cameron go nuts, score a few hits, then disappear.

7 Duet

Every hit Iggy Azalea has had includes some other artist.

8 Pretending to Be Rock

Ummm Avril Lavigne was rock. And she has never called herself rock. But yes there are other people that pretend to be rock but clearly aren't

Jonas Brothers, 1 Direction, Avril Lavigne, all think they are rock, but they are not!

Look guys, there's a subgenre called pop-rock.

5 Seconds of Summer is an example.

9 Bass Drop

I LOVE beat drops. They make the song easier to get lit to. I especially love those extremely pop/electronica songs that you hear in YouTube intros lol.

Pop is NOT dubstep. Get that through your heads mainstream pop artists.

Every modern pop song I've ever heard has that one part where its like "dun dun dun dun dundundundundundundundundudududud-d-d-d-d-d-d-d" and then bass drop.

Faster-faster-fstr-fstr-fsr-fr-fr-f- - -... -... - bass drop. On first listen it's energizing, but when I hear the 20th song do so it both turns out to be unoriginal and feels like earboxing.

10 "Put Your Hands Up!"

Fortunately I don't hear this from late 2010's pop music as much but it used to be practically every second pop song mentioned this phrase.

I hear it so much! In all the popular dance songs and stuff, it seems like they just run out of things to say so they go "Raise your hands in the air! /Put your hands up! /Put your hands in the air! /etc"

Wait a minute... That's my line during robbery.

Stand up by one direction.

The Contenders
11 "Whoa Oh Oh!!!"

It even happens in some Iron Maiden songs (Heaven Can Wait, When Two Worlds Collide, The Red and the Black, Shadows of the Valley, Face in the Sand, The Trooper, The Wicker Man), and don't get me started on Leprous (Foe, Contaminate Me, Leashes, Painful Detour, Below, The Last Milestone, Restless, Mediocrity Wins, Echo, The Valley, it would be easier to tell which songs of theirs do NOT have a whaa aaa or oh oh vocal line). Not exclusive to pop music

This is officially known as the "Millennial Whoop", and is included in numerous songs on purpose to appeal to that age bracket.


Here's a list of some examples:
Fun - Some Nights
The Wanted - Chasing The Sun
Fall Out Boy - My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark
Britney Spears - Till The World Ends
Youngblood Hawke - Stars (Hold On)
Bonnie McKee - American Girl
Kesha - Tik Tok
Fountains of Wayne - Someone's Gonna Break Your Heart
Hollywood Undead - Another Way Out
Imagine Dragons - Radioactive
Japandroids - The House That Heaven Built
Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen - Good Time
Pitbill - Timber ft. Kesha
Real Estate - Its Real
Shawn Mendes - Something Big
Philip Philips - Home
Coldplay - Princess Of China ft. Rihanna
Beyonce - Single Ladies
Shakira - Can't Remember to Forget You ft. Rihanna
Outasight - Tonight Is The Night
Coldplay - Viva La Vida
Sleeping With Sirens - Alone ft. MGK
The Neighbourhood - Sweater Weather
Ed Sheeran - Sing
JT Hodges - Sleepy Little Town
Of ...more

The worst

12 Autotune

Some artists, like Lady gaga use it for special effects, Ariana Grande when she makes a mistake, but then there are artists like Ke$ha who use it to make up for not being able to sing.

As long as it's not over-exaggerated, I'm fine with autotune, but when it is, that's when it gets annoying.

Rap with autotune is okay, but pop?

13 Being Slutty

Selena, Miley, Nicki, Lady gaga, Ke$ha, Ariana Grande, Katy Perry, Rihanna. Hoe it up, right?

You forgot to mention Taylor Swift. I love how people leave her out because she has a clean image. But in her songs she brags about how many guys she has been with. Don't know how much sluttier it can get.

How is Katy slutty?

14 Booty

Apparently it's all about the butt these days.

Yep. I have a big butt, and I'm not sexy

Why? That is a lame topic.

Tip Pon It video.
- TheDuttyGyal

15 Saying "Baby" a Lot

Why is this not on the top 5? or the top 3? obvious reasons why it should be.

And Justin Beiber probably broke the world record for that.

I'm pretty sure that's every single song since 1970s or something

I feel umcormfortable when pop singers say "Baby"

16 4-Chord Progression

I've never really minded 4-Chord Progression, sometimes it works really well

What is 4-Chord progression, and what's so wrong with it?

(pop-punk) progression in particular. Axis of Awesome perfectly illustrated this in their "4 note" medley.

17 "Babeh", Instead of "Baby"

Yes! I'm tired of that crap!

Ariana Grande, honestly..

I don't get it.

18 Breaking Up

*cough* *cough* Taylor Swift...

19 Annoying Sounds

Oh! You mean Harry Styles's voice? That is only in his songs.

You mean these high pitched synth sounds?

20 Acoustic Intro
21 Feminine Male Voices

My dad likes pop, so when he listens to music like this I ask "is this a boy... Or a girl? "

Wait by Maroon 5, I'm sorry Adam Levine.

22 Saying Your Name

They say their name because since all pop songs sound the same, they have to let you know who it is.

We get it. We know what your name is. You don't need to say it in every song.

Nicki Minaj did that in Super Bass and Starships


23 Profanity

It should end. But not in Walls Could Talk. It should end in every other song especially Don't Play because it is an amazing song but it says the bad f word too much.

24 Weird Music Videos

Panic! at the Disco who?

25 Empowerment Anthems

This is my fight song

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