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

This is at least 2/3 of all pop. - FortniteTotalDramaFan

I now realize, I can’t find any pop song without a featured rapper... oof.

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

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. Express yourself! Isn't this boring now? Your dreams CANNOT come true in all cases, and sometimes you HAVE to give up. Pop songs act like you can achieve everything by just believing in it. - Alkadikce

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

"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

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.

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5 True Love

Too much love song, can't they make more song with different themes?

Too much pop songs about love. It's getting annoying. - Userguy44

In these songs, you rhymes with you. - Alkadikce

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!

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

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

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! - ToptenPizza

Rihanna is definitely NOT rock!

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9 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 faster and faster drum beats before the bass drop are the most annoying thing I experience on the radio. I remember about 20 songs in a row featuring the drum faster-faster-fstr-fstr-fsr-fr-fr-f- - -... -... - bass drop cliche. - Alkadikce

10 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). - Alkadikce

The worst

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


The Contenders

11 "Put Your Hands Up!"

Stand up by one direction. - Ilovestephanie


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

12 Autotune

Rap with autotune is okay, but pop? - Userguy44

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

13 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

14 Booty

Tip Pon It video.
- TheDuttyGyal

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.

15 Saying "Baby" a Lot

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

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"

16 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

17 "Babeh", Instead of "Baby"

Ariana Grande, honestly..

Yes! I'm tired of that crap!

I don't get it.

18 Feminine Male Voices

I.e. Charlie Puth, Adam Levine, Shawn Mendes, and about 40 other singers I regularly hear on the radio. - Alkadikce

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

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

19 Saying Your Name

They say their name because since all pop songs sound the same, they have to let you know who it is. - NickelbackLinkinPark4Eva

Nicki Minaj did that in Super Bass and Starships - Iamcool

I’m aware of who you are. - FortniteTotalDramaFan

We the best music! Another One! DJ Khaled!

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20 Breaking Up

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

21 Annoying Sounds

You mean these high pitched synth sounds? - Userguy44

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

22 ''ooh Gurl!''
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 "I Love You!"

Even worse when it continues with "lemme show you" - Alkadikce

Hat chu - FortniteTotalDramaFan

I love you! You love me!

26 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

27 Empowerment Anthems

This is my fight song

28 Acoustic Intro
29 Drugs
30 Broken Hearts

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

31 Getting Drunk

On the bus, we were living it.

32 Being Jealous of Your Ex

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

33 Overly Catchy

Sean Paul’s Get Busy.
- TheDuttyGyal

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

34 Repetitive Lyrics that Make No Sense.

€It’s everyday bro. It’s everyday bro! ”
“England is my city.”
“Nicki, Nicki, Nicki...”
“Woah oh oh, woah oh oh! Wuh- uh uh woah! Woah woah woah! ”
“Ra ra ra mama. Gaga. Oh la la! ”
“It’s Friday! Friday! Gettin down on Friday! ”

35 One Finger Synthesizers
36 Repetition

Sweetener Ariana Grade was repetitive. A large number of song selections were the same words over forever til the song decides to be over. - FortniteTotalDramaFan

Are you down diddy down diddy down diddy down down down.

37 Haters

More like nostalgiatards! - Lucy1402

Shake it off.

38 Trying Too Hard

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

39 Putting "Baby" in the Lyrics
40 Ebonics

What is ebonics?

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.

41 I'm Feeling So Fly
42 "Aha, Aha"
43 The Plural of an Object as a Title for the Song

Why not just name your song “Plural Metaphor”?

44 Key Changes
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Top Remixes (6)

1. Bass Drop
2. You Can Do Anything!
3. Empowerment Anthems
1. Whoa Oh Oh!!!
2. Bass Drop
3. Featured Rapper
1. Featured Rapper
2. You Can Do Anything!
3. Duet

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