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

Oh, it featured Iggy? So you're famous now? - TheAwesomeBrosVotes

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2 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.

3 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

4 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!

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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

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

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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

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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

21 Pilots, 5SOS, Coldplay, Fall Out Boy, claiming they're "alt," but really they're cheesy pop. (Personally, I like Coldplay, but they seem a bit poppy now.) - TheAwesomeBrosVotes

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 "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

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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.

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12 Bass Drop

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

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13 Being Slutty

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

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14 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

15 "Babeh", Instead of "Baby" V 1 Comment
16 Booty

Apparently it's all about the butt these days.

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

17 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

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19 Drugs
20 Saying Your Name
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1. Whoa Oh Oh!!!
2. Bass Drop
3. Featured Rapper
1. Sex
2. Featured Rapper
3. Partying
1. Featured Rapper
2. You Can Do Anything!
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