Top 10 Reasons Why the 21st Century is the Best Century for Music

Satire

The Top Ten

1 Rock and rap are just as good, if not better, than they've ever been

Kid A, A Moon Shaped Pool, To Pimp A Butterfly, Madvillainy, To Be Kind; All are albums that have been ranked among the best of the 21st Century, and among the greatest of all time. The Dark Side of the Moon and The Velvet Underground & Nico have nothing to those albums in terms of pure quality, in my opinion. Although I still like both. - Satire

I'd like to add metal has gotten surprisingly diverse too. Lot's of modern metal bands I enjoy more than some of the classics - cjWriter1997

Funniest list items in the history of TTT. Your examples are like punch lines to jokes in Jimmy Fallon's monologue.

true. - AnonymousChick

2 Pop has arguably gotten better

Pop isn't all Justin Bieber (who is now deserving of his recognition and is not talentless as some elitists claim he is) or Taylor Swift. There's better pop artists than The Beach Boys and The Beatles even today (The Weeknd, Bon Iver, etc.), so think twice before calling pop worthless due to songs you hear on the radio. - Satire

I'll list some lesser known Pop, considering I find them really underrated and need more attention. In addition, they're pretty good in their own right if you ask me:

Against the Current
Connie Talbot
Christina Grimmie
Dodie
Tiffany Alvord
Kurt Hugo Schnieder
Alex Goot
Sam Tsui
Shred Kelly
Tomorrow we Sail
Liza Anne
Lucy Rose
Chvrches
Phosphenes
Haevn
Melody's Echo Chamber
Superorganism
Gabrielle Aplin
Aurora
Hollow Hearts
Cimorelli - CrimsonShark

3 People are less offended by shock acts such as Marilyn Manson

And people rarely say that metal is the devil's music anymore. People have grown used to shock acts, therefore, people are less prone to prevent others from listening to them. - Satire

Marilyn Manson is also amazing, despite being all controversial. - DCfnaf

4 More diverse sound

It's expected as there are more and more new artists emerging every day - cjWriter1997

96.9 has this thing called Throwback Thursdays where they play hits from the 00s, 90s, 80s, and even 70s. From there I realized that almost every hit from pop, funk, and hip-hop sounded about the same. Pop and funk had that same flamboyant, of-its-time groove, and hip-hop had the same flaring chunky percussion-heavy trot with piano in there from time-to-time.

Now I still like this time period, but I realized that if there's one thing I can thank the increase of technology in the 2010s for, it's putting millions of new spins on music. Also, audio fidelity.

Seriously, listen to To Pimp A Butterfly, Run The Jewels 2, The Glowing Man, Bottomless Pit, Teens Of Denial, and Hand.cannot.erase and tell me the sound isn't ridiculously divese. - WonkeyDude98

Take a look at Kid A by Radiohead. Then take a look at A Moon Shaped Pool by Radiohead. Take a look at Untrue by Burial, then take a look at American Idiot by Green Day.

I think you get my point. - Satire

You’re literally calling me out for making a list that you disagree with. Yes, the 21st Century does have a more diverse sound than the 20th Century; listen to good kid, m.A A.d city, The Powers That B, and To Be Kind in one sitting and tell me that’s not more diverse than listening to TDSOTM, OK Computer, and Sgt Peppers in one sitting. You’re just making yourself sound like a hypocrite, saying I’m arrogant for thinking the blasphemous thought that the previous century is inferior to this one in terms of music, when you sound more arrogant for shaming me on that thought, trying putting someone down for an opinion, even though their reasoning is more accurate than yours. You are an elitist, and an ignorant one as well. - Satire

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5 More diverse lyrics

"A dollar might just make that lane switch that's just how I feel, now"

"I won't turn around when the penny drops
I won't stop now"

"Holding you,
Couldn't be alone,
Loving you,
Couldn't be alone
Kissing you"

All of these lyrics are amazing in their own way, and that goes to show how much more diverse the 21st Century is thanks to genres such as rap and electronic maturing. - Satire

6 Nostalgia

Due to the legacy/popularity they have, bands such as The Beatles and Nirvana are pretty popular among teenagers and adolescents today. This allows for the legacy to essentially carry on. Kind of a nice touch. - Satire

7 The Digital Age

Thanks to streaming services such as Spotify and YouTube, music from half a century ago can be played with ease. This confuses me as to why teens say they were born in the wrong generation. Grow up. - Satire

8 Better chance for musicians to get exposure due to Soundcloud, Twitter, YouTube, etc.

The internet was the best thing to happen to music in my opinion - cjWriter1997

Should speak for itself, to be honest. - Satire

9 Nu-metal has received a bad reputation come the turn of the century

Feel bad for the bands that were thrown in this genre as they really didn't deserve the bad reputation.

Deftones and System of a Down are mainly the two that come to mind as they really did stand out better than the rest. - cjWriter1997

Evanescence really got better when they ditched the nu metal sound in all honesty. - DCfnaf

Rightfully so, because it's a pretentious, angsty, whiny genre for middle schoolers. If a band as famous in nu-metal as Linkin Park can make a legend like Rakim sound horrendous, it definitely has problems. - Satire

10 Better portable music

MP3 players, phones, Bluetooth speakers, etc. - Satire

Some of them - Neonco31

The Contenders

11 Experimentation is more frequent and less frowned upon

This is the best list I've seen in some time. For a guy who calls himself Satire, this list can actually be taken seriously. - WonkeyDude98

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