Top Ten 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. - PositronWildhawk

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. - keycha1n

I don't understand how remixing an engaging song with additional rap would make it attractive. That would take a huge load on my brain just to process that - Kiteretsunu

This happens so much that I used to think every song had the rap as the 3rd verse when I was in 2nd grade. - lovefrombadlands

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2 You Can Do Anything!

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

I BELIEVE I CAN FLY! I BELIEVE I CAN TOUCH THE SKY! If you actually think you can fly after listening to that song then you're doomed. People can't fly. - RiverClanRocks

Lets see:
This Girl is on Fire
Let it Go - ToptenPizza

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... - ToptenPizza

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

4 Sex

Blurred Lines
All About That Bass

Remember The Beatles wanted to hold your hand? Now Nicki Minaj wants to do you in her automobile. - ToptenPizza

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

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

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.

5 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!

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. - ToptenPizza

Yes it seems like everyone famous got famous from singing some sort of love song for example here's one love you like a love song by selena gomez

True true love songs are about loving someone for who they are. - lovefrombadlands

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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. - ToptenPizza

And Madonna too because "b**** she's Madonna". - JaysTop10List

7 Duet

Every hit Iggy Azalea has had includes some other artist. - ToptenPizza

8 Pretending to Be Rock

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

Rihanna is definitely NOT rock!

5 Seconds of Summer is an example. - Fandomstuck

9 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. - ToptenPizza

10 Bass Drop

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

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. - BlueTopazIceVanilla

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.

The Contenders

11 Whoa Oh Oh!!!

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

Scars To Your Beautiful and Best Day Of My Life - lovefrombadlands

BKA Almyghty, Hollywood Undead isn't bad, that song is still good. :D

Fifth Harmony does examples and so does pop artists... 😳 - Fandomstuck

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12 "Put Your Hands Up!"

Wait a minute... That's my line during robbery. - Delgia2k

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" - higgsboson2142

13 4-Chord Progression

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

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

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

14 Broken Hearts

Me and My Broken Heart by Rixton is a good example. - lovefrombadlands

15 Breaking Up

*cough* *cough* Taylor Swift... - ArigatoKawaii

16 Being Slutty

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

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.

Ariana Grande... Keep it up and you'll end up just like Miley Cyrus. Once was a "just for kids" actor then later a slutty b*+€h making porn and pictures for men to jerk off too. - Chaotixhero

How is Katy slutty? - AnonymousChick

17 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. - lovefrombadlands

18 Repeating the Lyrics

It seems like every singer has to repeat their lyrics.


Well you have first verse, second verse, chorus, hook
If you mean repeating the chorus you have no choice - Hanasaki

19 Saying "Baby" a Lot

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

I feel umcormfortable when pop singers say "Baby"

20 Overly Catchy

Yes lol. I currently cannot get Rolex out of my head, and JuJu On That Beat too. - BlueTopazIceVanilla

21 "Babeh", Instead of "Baby"

Yes! I'm tired of that crap!

I don't get it. - lovefrombadlands

22 Feminine Male Voices

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

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

23 Saying Your Name

Nicki Minaj did that in Super Bass and Starships - Iamcool

We the best music! Another One! DJ Khaled! - lovefrombadlands


24 "I Love You!"

I love you! You love me!

25 Empowerment Anthems

This is my fight song - lovefrombadlands

26 ''ooh Gurl!''
27 Drugs
28 Getting Drunk

On the bus, we were living it. - lovefrombadlands

29 Being Jealous of Your Ex

This is a shout out to my ex, heard he in love with some other chick - lovefrombadlands

30 Annoying Sounds

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

31 One Finger Synthesizers
32 Repetition

Are you down diddy down diddy down diddy down down down. - lovefrombadlands

33 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. - lovefrombadlands

34 Weird Music Videos
35 Haters

Shake it off. - lovefrombadlands

36 Trying Too Hard

You don't have to try so hard, you don't have to give it all away. - lovefrombadlands

37 Putting "Baby" in the Lyrics
38 Ebonics

What is ebonics? - lovefrombadlands

Shorty, ima let you finish, but non-urban or non-black people using ebonics is the most cringeworthy thing ever. We through with that crap.

39 I'm Feeling So Fly
40 "Aha, Aha"
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Top Remixes (6)

1. Whoa Oh Oh!!!
2. Bass Drop
3. Featured Rapper
1. 4-Chord Progression
2. Broken Hearts
3. Breaking Up
1. Featured Rapper
2. You Can Do Anything!
3. Duet

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