Reasons Why Modern Pop and Rap are Awful

The Top Ten

1 Talentless singing

You can see my comment that is somewhat related to this on "They are more celebs than singers" but this is mostly true. Even though there may be a handful of actual good popular singers (I don't really know, as I don't keep up or listen to current popular music), the majority (at least from what I've heard in public areas, radios, and music others have tried to play me have just seemed to be about the image rather than the music. It honestly should not matter how an artist looks or what they say on social media, etc., the music is what matters. - Element119

There are only a few pop singers I would genuinely say can't sing. Sure, not everyone is a world-class opera singer, but most of them can at least carry a tune live. I actually can't think of anyone who uses autotune purely because they need it. Most artists I can think of who use it (Kesha, T-Pain, Kanye West, etc.) use it for an interesting effect.

Literally, it's just talking meaningless, no talent required. If anyone can do it, how does that hold people's attention? Doesn't hold mine!

Greatest list ever. Modern Pop and Rap are threat to mankind.

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2 Autotune

You know modern pop/rap singers are bad when most of them rely on autotune to convey their art. When first released, it was used in an interesting manner in mainstream music, like in Cher's Believe and in Daft Punk's One More Time. However now, it's used to cover up bad off-key singers, hence modern pop's heavy reliance on it. It's funny how celebs like Jay-Z & Christina Aguilera spoke out against it in the late noughties but now it's more popular than ever. - Mrveteran

Some artists sound good with autotune, like Ariana Grande. There's a video showcasing it and she can sing without it. Autotune is just a voice changer/enhancer. Doesn't mean all artists who use it legitimately suck at singing. - Mcgillacuddy

What's so bad about this. It seemed fine when My Darkest Days used it, or when Tim McGraw did it - ProPanda

This list is stupid! If you hate something at least give a good reason for it.

Autotune? Not all rappers or even singers use it. Adele? Lady Gaga? Ariana Grande? Taylor Swift? Jay Z? Katy Perry? Justin Bieber? 1D?!?! Nicki Minaj?!?! Eminem?!? !?! w hat ARE YOU SMOKING?!?!

Besides Kanye West, an artist I don't always like, sounds better with autotune. Listen to Stronger. It's easily his best song. Yo, even Safe Sex Pay Checks, the best song from the absolute worst album of all time, is the only song where Rae Sremmurd use autotune. So I disagree. Maybe you listened to the wrong artists. If you want to judge a whole genre then listen to most of the artists. - AlphaQ

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3 Some songs are so annoying but still get more attention than the decent ones

Sweatshirt, Just Like Fire, Baby, Anaconda, - MetalObsessed

Well...you're not wrong. One valid item, which automatically makes this one of the best lists against pop mysic I've seen in a while. - WonkeyDude98

This item right here is the first genuine point I've seen on an anti-pop list. Congrats. - WonkeyDude98

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4 Pathetic lyrics

"Oh my God, look at her butt." Possibly the seven words it took for me to stop thinking pop was an okay genre. It's like an empty shell. Has no heart and soul. And when you put it to your ears, all you hear is a boring undistinguishable noise. - Britgirl

That song kinda held me back from wanting to see that movie Sing to be honest. - Anonymousxcxc

This is actually very true. I skip through songs like crazy on Pandora because a lot of artists make ridiculous cliche lyrics that pique no interest in me. Just horrible. - Mcgillacuddy

Yup all. Meaning there is no way on Earth I'd be able to present one that doesn't. And what's wrong with breakups, money, and sex? - ProPanda

Let's see sex is a something meant to put a feeling in someone, give them emotions they've never experience. Breakups are something most people can relate to, adds a feeling of sadness and depression to a song providing a good effect on the listening. And do you not like money? Sometimes, we all just need to let loose and let our egos take over (unless you're entire career is built off of it) - ProPanda

What about Present Tense by Radiohead? That's about denial that a relationship is failing miserably, with the person trying to forget about the relationship, but ultimately failing, leading to them being stuck in their own thoughts. Or Alright by Kendrick Lamar, which is about that even through the hardest of times, we're going to be alright in the end.

Call it pathetic now, I dare you. - SwagFlicks

They've done pop music in the past so they're technically a pop band. But they're more rock than pop. - SwagFlicks

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5 Modern rappers rap meaningless things

I beg to differ. - ProPanda

A lot do but there are modern rappers who actually know what they are doing, most notably Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole, among others. - Mcgillacuddy

Listen to Doomtree, Run The Jewels, Death Grips, Anderson.Paak, Denzel Curry, and Uncommon Nasa before telling me that nonsense again. - WonkeyDude98

6 Talented singers don't know how to use their talent well

This category applies to artists like Meghan Trainor, Maroon 5, and Fifth Harmony.

Adele doesn't? Sia doesn't? Justin Timberlake doesn't? - WonkeyDude98

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7 They are more of celebs than singers

Very true...popular music today has become not about the talent, but how good the singers look. And yes, these pop singers become celebrities since many teenage girls will listen to them just because of their looks or because it's "what's cool". This does not apply to all teenage girls (though I know quite a few this way)-as I am one myself and I choose to listen to what I like (which is typically hard rock and metal). It doesn't matter to me if everyone else despises my music choices, I will listen to it regardless. I know there are most likely a lot of people like me; however, it just seems the world is full of people who just follow whatever's popular at the time, just wanting to fit in or be like everyone else. I just wish more people would be willing to explore music genres and discover what they truly like-even if it isn't popular. Sadly, many people are not willing to listen to many genres because they think either they will be judged for it (just think about the stereotypes ...more - Element119

Except they are celebs by being singers - ProPanda

James Hetfield and Dave Mustaine? - WonkeyDude98

8 Music only selling because sex sells

It's not about people making songs about sex that are bad, it's bad music that are selling because of their over sexualized videos that are being payed more attention to than the actual song.

In metal literally peace sells - MetalObsessed

That's why Metallica is the best-selling metal act of all time, because their lyrics were obviously about peace. - SwagFlicks

Again not a bad thing. And metal songs can be about sex too. So much of it, that they just gave it a sub-genre. - ProPanda

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9 Untalented singers become too popular V 2 Comments
10 Lyrical themes include drugs, sex, one-time love, money, girls and breakups

You already used this. And it's not a bad thing. - ProPanda

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The Contenders

11 Singers don't know how to convey good messages

Scars To Your Beautiful by Alessia Cara. If that's not a good message I don't know what is. - ProPanda

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