Reasons Rock is Better Than Pop and Rap

The Top Ten

1 Rock actually has good lyrics, while pop and rap have trash lyrics

"Animal I have Become" by Three Days Grace is a perfect example of awesome lyrics. "I will not Bow" by Breaking Benjamin is also an example. "All About that Bass" and "Old Town Road" is examples of trashy songs.

Lose Yourself? Changes?
This is untrue - Unnamed Google User Remade

Stairway to Heaven and Bohemian Rhapsody have better lyrics than Anaconda and Baby.

And you cite those songs as bad while rock has trash such as Nickelback, Creed, among others? No genre is perfect, but you're just being ignorant.

Some rap has some fantastic lyrics.

2 Pop and rap fans are more immature than rock fans

I can agree and kind of disagree. Every fan is good and bad, but most the time pop and rap is either about partying, sex, or weed.

As long as I've been on this site, I'd say that rock and metal fans are more immature because of the ridiculous amount of pop and rap music hate lists that flood the site - Mcgillacuddy

Oh right, because the pop and rap fans are the ones that comment on every song ever and talk about how their music taste is superior to that of everyone else's based on the genre of music they listen to. CLEARLY. - DCfnaf

Whenever I see a Pop or Rap fan going around saying they like music, I think of a whiny fetus.

3 Rock musicians work hard to learn instruments

Indeed they do, Rock Stars practice a lot to play their instruments and get better at them when they perform live or if their making a new album. Pop stars just sing with auto tune to a stolen drum beat that's it.

While most of this list is untrue garbage, I agree with this item. Because rock (where instruments are concerned) is more technical, it makes people want to replicate it. I've never heard anyone state that they want to be the guitarist for Britney Spears.

Pop musicians work pretty hard as well. It takes a while to get a melody, enhance vocals, make a beat, put it all together, nail performances through choreography. It's some hard stuff.

Free Bird: Rhythm, NATURAL voices (no auto tune), Bass Guitar, Slide Guitar, Drawbar Organ, Acoustic Drums, Allegro Guitar Solo

Sorry: Synthesizer, BS Percussion

4 Pop and rap don't have guitar solos, but rock does

My favorite guitar solos are from "Bad Company" by Five Finger Death Punch, "Bitter Taste" by Three Days Grace, and "Mr. Crowley" by Ozzy Osborne. Everything about pop and rap is trash.

These days pop and rap doesn't even have guitars at all. - AnonymousChick

Because Guitar Solos are good.

Hnng durr. And rock doesn't have people rapping. - DCfnaf

5 Pop and rap musicians have no talent, rock musicians have a lot of it

All music genres need talent of some sort - Unnamed Google User Remade

Well, let's be honest here. SOME pop/rap people have talent. Look at eminem - AnonymousChick

Eminem is actually good, Kanye West is good as well, but Nicki Minaj is terrible.

Especially Progressive Rock bands like Rush and King Crimson.

Just think about Freddie Mercury.

6 Rock songs don't have rapping

This makes it better so you can understand what they're saying.

There's an entire genre of rock infused with rap, and ill add its pretty good.

Well Red Hot Chili Peppers rap as well as Rage Against The Machine and others. - Jefftt

Really? I thought that they did! Wow, what great reasoning! - DCfnaf

7 Rock can be both loud and soft

Isn't the common assumption the other way around? That rock is loud and that pop is both loud and soft? - allamassal

So you're saying that "Irvine" by Kelly Clarkson and "Hello" by Adele are extremely loud songs? - DCfnaf

So as Rap. Eminem is loud and Drake is soft. We even? - AlphaQ

Every genre can.

8 Rock has better band/stage names than pop and rap

You telling me names like Eminem, Gorillaz, Gnarls Barkley, Outkast, and De La Soul aren't cool enough for ya?

Explain your reasoning - ProPanda

So Gorillaz, Twenty One Pilots, Eminem, Fall Out Boy, 50 Cent, Dr. Dre, 2Pac, etc. don't have good names? - DCfnaf

Nicki Minaj sounds stupid.
The Beatles sound much better.

9 Rock singers are better than pop and rap singers

Adam Gontier, Matt Walst, David Draiman, Ivan L. Moody, Corey Taylor, Chester Bennington, Mike Shinoda, and Ozzy Osborne are perfect examples of good rock singers.

Freddie Mercury, Robert Plant, Axl Rose, Bon Scott, and that also includes metal singers like Ronnie James Dio.

Agreed I'd rather hear Steve Perry then The Weeknd or Drake.

Disagreed I'd rather hear The Weeknd and Drake then Steve Perry - AlphaQ

I heard this one pop song once and I wanted to tear off my ears. - AnonymousChick

10 The best rock songs are still around today after 40 years while pop and rap are 2-3 years at most

"Uptown Funk", "Billie Jean", "Rolling in the Deep", "Happy", "On the Floor", and other pop songs are still around ya know... - DCfnaf

Well, didn't rock come before rap and pop?

Jackson, Goo Goo Dolls, Coldplay I still hear on my radio. - ProPanda

True... very true indeed.

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11 Pop and rap have more annoying fans

All genre have bad fans. All genres have good fans, okay? - AnonymousChick

Rock fans are pretentious, snobby, and condescending. - RecklessGreed

Rap fans? White kids pretending to be poets with a " black ghetto " attitude.

People can be annoying no matter what genre they listen to.

12 Rock has lots of sub-genres

I think this reason sucks.
Rock: Alternative Rock, Hard Rock, Country Rock, Progressive Rock, Heavy Metal, Grunge, Doom Metal, Power Metal, Blues Rock, Alternative Metal, Southern Rock, Grindcore, Punk, Rap Metal, Thrash Metal, Black Metal, Death Metal, Metalcore, Glam Metal.
Pop/ Rap: Electropop, Alternative Hip Hop, K-pop, J-pop, Trap, House, Techno, EDM, Disco, Rap Metal, Progressive House, Future Bass, Pop Rap, Electronic Rap, Southern Hip Hop, Dubstep, Trap Metal, Mumble Rap, Crunkcore, Chopper Rap, Future House, Dirty Rap, G-Funk.

You got Pop Rock, Soft Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Hard Rock, Prog Rock, Blues Rock, Southern Rock and much more.

Um, so does pop/rap.


13 Rock music has better, more creative beats than pop and rap

Listen to Surfin Bird by The Beach Boys and you get crap beats. Listen to Stylo by Gorillaz and you'll actually get something good. See? I can cherry pick too!

Surfing bird is a song recorded by " The Trashmen ", not by " The Beach boys ".

Listen to Nicki Minaj's stupid hoe and you will see a bunch of crap beats. Listen to AC/DC's Back in Black and you actually get something pretty good.


14 Rock is unique
15 Rock singers don't use auto tune

And auto tune doesn't make you talented. The only reason pop songs use auto tune is because they can't sing so they use this to hide their real voice making them sound fake. With rock singers they actually sing and don't need to hide how they actually sing.

I am a fan of rock but I beg to differ on this one - Jonerman

Very rarely they do.

That's not true, and autotune dosen't define talent! - ProPanda

Anyone that uses auto tune in a song can't sing. If you can't sing then you don't have singing talent hence why a lot of modern wannabe pop stars use it.

16 Rock singers have a large vocal range

Mike Patton, Corey Taylor, Ville valo and many others

Mike Patton

17 Some of the best selling artists of all time played rock music

Didn't Eminem and Taylor Swift sell more than every rock artist ever?

The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Led Zeppelin, and Pink Floyd have are all in the top 10 for most records sold.

And rap and pop. Eminem and Taylor Swift are better and sell more than Led Zeppelin and Linkin Park - AlphaQ


18 Rock songs don't get old

Straight Outta Compton is still nice to hear and it's an 80s rap song - AlphaQ

Ozzy Osborne is still good after the 80s.

19 Rock has drum solos
20 Rock has good guitar riffs

"No Sudden Movement" by Five Finger Death Punch, "Crazy Train" by Ozzy Osborne, "Pain", "Riot", "Break", "Chalk Outline", and "Infa-Red" by Three Days Grace are perfect examples of good guitar riffing.

21 Rock is innovative


22 Rock lyrics contain less profanity

Most the time it's true. Sometimes they cuss by accident.

23 Rock is inspirational

Eminem is inspirational - AlphaQ

Yes. Whenever I hear phrases like "FACK FACK FACK" it really aspires me to stay in school and become a better person. - ProPanda

24 You can head bang to rock
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