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

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

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

This happens in almost every song I hear on the radio these days. I can't seem to escape it. Every store and restaurant has it playing when I'm in there.

Here's a short 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. ...more - BKAllmighty

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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 Breaking Up

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

15 Broken Hearts

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

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 Overly Catchy

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

20 "Babeh", Instead of "Baby"

Yes! I'm tired of that crap!

I don't get it. - lovefrombadlands

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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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