Top 10 Reasons Why Pop Music Is Awful

I get a Headache every time hear pop music for over 10 minutes. The Simple notes, the bad singing, the stupid lyrics. It just hurts my brain.
And here I wanna list the top reasons why I think its awful
I mostly listen Punkrock, hardrock and metal, and with metal I mean everything in this huge genre what is good, from Melodic metal to trash and progressive metal to metalcore and numetal.

The Top Ten

1 "Singers" need AutoTune

Man I seriously hope that AutoTune gets banned or something. You can sing without it, it won't hurt your lungs or anything.

If autotune was banned, Kanye's songs would get a whole lot less emotional.

Crappy singers everywhere, from Chris Brown to Taylor Swift. Flops, show-offs, nothing more than to feed their ego and falsely show off their technical vocal "skills", and worse, do it all under the name of capitalism at its greediest: music companies that demand lots of $$$, as more crap, stale, lame, bland, generic, and repetitive music videos are released, further pushing the music industry's greedy and selfish agenda, forcing them to demand more generic auto-tuned "singers", and then feeding the "singers" ego and pockets, but also subliminally draining out their self-esteem and values. The deadly cycle goes on and on, and auto tune is definitely one of the biggest factors to that modern-day music industry cycle.

This is true for many singers (Bieber, Katy Perry, Rihanna etc.) but there are many Pop Singers who are very talented without autotune, the main example being Lady GaGa.

Other examples being Demi Lovato, Beyonce and obvious examples like ADELE, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith

If your gonna sing, at least try! If your so afraid of messing up that you need to use a computer to make everything perfect, perhaps you shouldn't even be singing or making "music" in the first place!

2 No instruments are played

I would like to elaborate that it's not necessarily that there aren't any instruments being played, it's that there is no longer any creativity, or any attempt at making anything other than overly simplistic, market-driven formula drivel. A computer can be an instrument too, it's all in how you use it. Unfortunately, especially varied or creative instrumentals in music doesn't really sell to the lowest common denominator, resulting in the constant generic spiel emanating from your typical Top 40 radio station.

Agreed. An instrument is a tool. A synthesizer is also a tool. It al depends on how you use it. - MChkflaguard_Yt

Pop songs mostly have no instruments played at all. A single boring beat, and the same 5 same computerized notes played over and over. There is simply no soul left in today's music, and anyone who hasn't lost their taste in culture or enlightenment can agree with my claim, while brainwashed sheep follow and listen to whatever they're told because they can't comprehend that the computerized garbage they relish in consists of no instrumental soul, emotional movement, or varying sound.

Drum Machine, and vocals. I understand that over half of pop songs use samples from other instruments, but real drum just sound better (just my opinion).

This is a problem I had when I started hearing to pop. No instruments are played or they're rarely used like literally, it looks like no popculture person wouldn't pick up a guitar and start strumming the crap out of it. This is another reason how technology is killing us because everyone literally counts on technology to do their work. Can't a person grab a book and read? Instruments are more easier to use than computer generated music composers.

That last sentence proves my point. It takes just as much talent if not more to use synthesizers and production techniques than instruments. - WonkeyDude98

3 Almost always about love

Me and my sister even 'count' all the love songs on digital radio in the car, and all of them are love songs, (we count with our fingers so we don't lose track) and I swear me and my sister need more fingers to count all these stupid songs.

Alternative singers such as Melanie Martinez and Billie Eilish actually WRITE their songs, use REAL instruments and don't fill their whole album with love songs. Melanie's album is a whole story! Sure, love songs are great, and their love songs are really good, but variety, hello? have they got nothing better to write about? I just asked some people to list off some shawn mendes songs and THEY WERE ALL LOVE SONGS.

Agreed. People are dying and the only thing pop stars care about is love. Humanity is devolving.

Oh my god, I could rant ALL DAY how love and sex are some of the only and my least favorite messages from pop music, especially from mainstream pop music. Some of my favorite songs AREN'T about love, including Suburban Train (instrumental and my all-time favorite song), Master of Puppets, Fade to Black, most other metal songs that I like, etc. Just make more variety in pop music and maybe I'll like it better. By the way, most pop, rap, and some EDM from 2016 and beyond absolutely SUCK (there are a few exceptions). And these songs are ALL about love and sex. PLEASE MAKE MORE SONGS NOT ABOUT LOVE AND ABOUT SOMETHING ELSE, PLEEEASSE!

Songs like Willow Tree March, Maxwell's Silver Hammer, Bohemian Rhapsody, Evelyn Evelyn and Wolf have nothing to do with love! They are all amazing, too. Not saying that love songs are bad-- El Tango De Roxanne, King and Sacred Heart are also of equal greatness. However, a little variety in the pop industry would be nice.

4 Songs are overplayed

Radio stations should play a wider variety of music. It's probably been like this for decades.

That's just radio music in general. The fact that people hate on songs based on how often they're played is just questioning my faith in intelligence.

Remember when Justin Bieber's song named ''baby'' come out? god dammit this song was overplayed everywhere.

Yeah it's probably because you're listening to a station that only plays rap or pop. Just change the radio station or somethih

5 Stupid lyrics and messages

Don't get me wrong but I think this website takes rock too far. I mean it's okay to like it but you're just making every other good genre invisible. What about Jazz? You guys just shame pop because of its stupid songs even though certain songs are stupid and repetitive but really you going to diss long time classics like Janet Jackson over rock? Are you serious? I mean rock is good but you just make everything else invisible. You know that some of the crappy pop songs could have meanings and I don't mean messages like get a new boyfriend or get over your heartbreak but messages that really stand out but you just compare that to rock. It doesn't make any sense. Fine, thumb down my comment I don't care I'm making a point here. Attack me all you want, it's a shame and you just hate people that don't like rock. Seriously.

Jazz music sounds great, while pop music on the other hand is turning your brain into a useless rotting clump. - IAmNotARobot

You all know what I mean there... "I came in like a wracking ball"
Like your kidding me? And the messages which does stupid lyrics deliver... I didn't had that much party yet in my life but I already know that it isn't that much fun to "party all the night"
And none of the pop songs really is about the real problems in the world. Did you ever heard a pop song even just say the simple message "War is bad". No because they suck and they don't care for the real problems and nobody wanna hear about real problems... Sad world

If you like Beyonce, she actually the first artist to sing this song but was disapproved by herself and later was given to Miley. - BeaM456

Wow! Before people start agreeing with this, let me just say, PAY ATTENTION TO THE LYRICS FIRST! People who say Shake It Off is bad probably say that because they DID NOT take time to pay attention to the lyrics! The song could help you in life if you ACTUALLY paid attention to the lyrics! The song was created for a REASON! So before you go saying some song is meaningless, MAKE SURE IT ACTUALLY IS!

Some of the worst lyrics in my opinion :
- "I was busy think about boys, boys, boys"
Who tf cares if you were busy thinking about boys? It's like some stranger walk to you and suddenly say "Hey you know, I was busy thinking about boys! " What you would do? I guess you would keep walking, pretend you don't listen, walk away, listen but then angrily say "I don't care! " or "You're wasting my time! " or something similar

- "Till I find someone I love, kissing strangers"
The songwriter is 100% abnormal. Normal person will never kiss strangers. Can you imagine disgust reaction from strangers when you suddenly kiss them? I can guarantee they'll think you're a crazy person. I never tried this but I use my logical thinking.

6 No talent

This really annoys me, every singer has talent. People just enjoy pointing out mistakes. For instance I thought that Katy Perry was an untalented pop artist who couldn't play an instrument if you paid her. Then I suddenly found myself on YouTube bawling my eyes out at one of the most emotionally deep and vocally impressive performances I have ever seen. (Funny, huh? ) Anyways Justin Bieber has a much different problem, he doesn't quite have ENOUGH talent. There are plenty of boys that sound just like him and are hardly recognized. Not to mention all the trouble he has gotten into, but you still can't say he is untalented. And by the way, I think it's ridiculous how people constantly say that pop music isn't REALLY music and that it's all horrible. That's your opinion and you need to label it that way. For instance, I don't like Adele that much, this is how I should point this out, "I think Adele is a really good singer, but I personally don't like her music," and here is how ...more

This is the greatest comment written in the history of the Internet. And finally, an Adele hater who IS NOT BIASED.

I don't say that pop music is all that bad, but it is way too overrated. The singers of this genre don't even need to make a song that sounds good and it becomes a hit instantly and gains hundreds of millions of views. Compare Justin Bieber to sum 41 or Green Day. While the last two pit their talent into their songs along with their music all Justin has to do is try to sound sexy and all his fans go crazy. People have their own preferences but it isn't coincidence that everyone likes only pop. To all the pop fans out there, give some time to listen to other genres like pop punk, alternative rock, soft rock, hard rock, post hardcore, etc.

Yes, I'll admit a lot of singers have no talent, but it's not just pop singers with no/fake talent!

All singers have talent. Maybe some like Jacob Sartorious (I dunno if I spelled his name right) don't, but others do, Ariana Grande can hit notes without autotune that are quite hard to hit, Taylor Swift is actually quite creative when writing her songs, and Adele has a beautiful voice. Most talent in pop is stuff you're born with. Talent in rock is stuff that takes time to learn. There are different types of talent. And there are more talents then just singing. Drawing, Dancing? Anyone forget those? You can't just go around saying folks have no talent.

7 You hear it everywhere you go

So true, especially if you work in a public place like a popular restaurant or amusement park, you're subject to hearing this crap and have no liberty to prevent it from reaching your eardrums.

It's like hearing hell! It's always on the radio, grocery store, public places in general, school it's unavoidable! My god I like Rock music, but at least Rock music isn't played non stop, every 2 seconds you're in public. Honestly I'm just glad to be a rock teen.

Whats the problem with playing ANYTHING that isn't modern pop?

That's what's so hellish about it.

8 It's corporate

It's a legitimate way to make a lot of money, nothing wrong with that at all, it actually shows the ease of doing business in the region

It's completely processed. Made with a team of audio engineers to clip the sound and beat-correct the instruments. There's no musical talent, and no musical effort shown.

Those sound engineers make me feel ashamed to be one. (I have never used autotune.) - MChkflaguard_Yt

It's made to sell, not to express any feelings

Most of the pop music nowadays is literally made by the same 2 people, and just made to sell.

9 Lack of creativity

Just look back at music in the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Each musician had their own style and each song was different. The melodies, the harmonies, and the layers of instruments and vocals all fit together like a giant puzzle and created something extraordinary and unique. Now in pop music, there is no more creativity. Every song feels the same with barely anything changing. It's truly sad.

Bobby Womack once said: "In my day, everybody wanted to sound different, individual. Nowadays, seems like everybody wants to sound like everybody else." Creativity uses influences, but is more than just copying what you admire.

Anyone in 21st century can "sing" and use auto tune, back when music was good they had a very specific style, now it looks and sounds the same

I don't even know how to use auto tune or editing stuff. I guess I can be seen as lucky. I don't do singing, that's probably why.

There is a study that shows that over the past few years, pop music has become slower, more repetitive in it's lyrics, and more use of the word I

10 Most of the modern Pop songs talk about Drugs, Partying, Sex, and Weed

This is why I don't listen to pop music

Pretty sure that's mainstream rap...

I definitely think this needs to be #1. The songs today are still talking about it.

That is basically all of them. Go listen to The Veronicas and compare it to one of the modern songs about only adult themes.

The Contenders

11 It's too simple

As a music reviewer, I pick apart the songs and analize them. I can get everything there is out of a pop song with my first listen. So why would I want to listen to something with the simplicity of a baby's lullaby when I can listen to less commercial music, perhaps prog rock/metal which you can get so much more out of. This also causes the songs to get old FAST!

The main reason why I prefer Rock over Pop when it comes to mainstream music.
I like Rock, Classical Music, Folk, and probably everything except Hip Hop and Pop.

I prefer dubstep over pop because my favorite artist is Panda Eyes and Mafia Pineapple! They took a lot of time to make an awesome song better than skrillex ones!

Never thought I'd be defending pop, but most classic rock is every bit as simple. So is punk.

What about Prog Rock? Apart from Classical, Jazz and Metal it's the most technical music genre and it is a part of Classic Rock. Also, Punk might be simple but Punk musicians do play their instruments, they write their own songs and they have an incredible amount of passion, things that Pop "artists" lack. - OC96

12 Only thing that plays on the radio

Once I dreamed that the only thing that played in the radio was Dubstep, Drum 'N' Bass, Classical, Punk and Metalcore. SWEET DREAMS.

I agree. I wish I could find a radio station that didn't play pop music, which these days, are always love songs. This is why I listen to the soundtrack I got from iTunes on my phone, or I go to YouTube and find a good song, and even if it's mainstream, it's never a love song, usually like a night core version of Can't Hold Us by Macklemore.

I dreamed about having a orchestra radio and dubstep radio 24/7! It would be much much better than the cancerous same pop song played over the radio!

I hear a lot of new wave on the radio, but maybe that's 'cause my dad's in charge of choosing the stations we listen to. lol

13 Hard sexual themes

True, its hard to find music on the radio that is really appropriate for kids. Not that they completely focus on the lyrics, but they may repeat words they hear

Nicki Minaj, go eat a cactus.

To be honest most of them sing with this theme and just to correct you Ed Sheeran, Adele and Michael Jackson all sing about sexual themes (But not mostly)

Good luck turning on the radio and have it child-friendly anymore.

14 Auto-tune

There is nothing wrong with autotune - when used in moderation as mean to add an specific atmosphere to a song. In pop, however, autotune is just used as a way to make mediocre singers sound acceptable. It's a waste of a potential tool...

Proves that pop singers can't sing for #$@!.

How it is used mostly its just a cancer.

Auto-tune is a tool, not meant to be used as a vocal effect. Period! Used sparingly, it can help correct difficult notes. My advice as a vocalist... If you have any, use your talent to fix the notes. If you can't, take vocal lessons.

15 No variety whatsoever

Yes , modern pop is all about love and beats are pretty repetitive, so boring. But some artistes like imagine dragons, twenty one pilots and blackbear are doing great job by adding lot more rock and rap vibes to pop make it much more fresh , energetic and cool.
Not to mention talented pop artistes r there like Halsey , ed Sheeran , Adele that r really talented and know how to make songs

I really hate how all the pop songs are above love, if not complete nonsense.

Dig a bit into the independent music scene. The artists listed on my "homepage" button on my profile are a good starting point.

Every pop song that has ever existed is about relationships. Every pop song is either "My girlfriend is mad at me and I want to make amends" or "I love my girl". It is the most unoriginal, exhausted, overused, unrelatable subject to write a song about and it needs to stop.

16 Bad singers

There's lots of good pop singers too to be honest. Melanie Martinez is a really good pop artist, But like EVERY good pop artist she's ignored and no talents like Justin Beiber and Katy Perry are noticed.

Look at how many people hate Justing Bieber and Rebecca Black. You listen to their songs and then listen to Taylor Swift. You cannot tell me you don't see any similarities.

If you think Taylor Swift is one of the worst pop singers, I'd recommend listening to more of her music, especially her country music.

Bad singers indeed, because they already know they sound horrible in front of a mic so they just use stupid autotune to make it sound even worse...

Anyone who needs a computer to "sing" needs to take ACTUAL singing lessons. My sister might go into pop, but at least she can sing better than anyone else out there.

17 Most modern pop artists are immature

Buddy, If I'd known you earlier, I'm certain we would've been best friends. Every single damn point of yours matches my reasons for hating Pop. You're so right.

This is so true! Let's all take a moment to thing about pop singers. We've got Taylor Swift... Check. Justin Beiber... I think I should stop.

And...this is why pop MUSIC is awful? Just goes to show you how little arguments Metalhead Elitists have. Adele is not immature, Pink isn't very immature (she's just honest really), Kelly Clarkson is not immature, Tyler Joseph is not immature...

Did you forget about that time when Kelly Clarkson lost World Idol? I think that was sometime around 2004 or so.

If you don't agree with this, watch either of Taylor Swift's appearances on New Year's Rocking Eve. You can't deny she's immature.

18 No poetry

Why does music have to be poetry? If you hate pop music, just stop listening to it. You can't force people to listen to "poetry" songs

Why does it need to be poetry?

You call Nickelback and Skrillex "poetry" then?

yep!

19 No passion

Passionless, heartless, emotionless. that's pop music right now. Its just there make money and that's not what music should be for. don't get me wrong I have nothing against when artists earn money and can live from their job. But that shouldn't be the main focus.

Pop music has no passion for the most part, and if they get some emotion in it then they mostly sing about stupid instead of important topics.

And there is no emotional depth, relaxation or great original tunes to compensate for the lack of passion! - MChkflaguard_Yt

I know right! Honestly they're all like, 'I loved you but it never lasted' seriously? is this a joke? don't they realise that some people are dying and in poverty and all you care about is your dumb boyfriend? They think they have it so hard. 'Oh look at me I'm a millionaire platinum singer! I live in a huge house in Beverly hills, everyone adores me life is so hard! '

Music is meant to be passionate. The reason many artists only compose, play and sing to one topic is because they feel a connection. A passion. They will sing with all their heart and lungs to get a message across. They will play an instument until their lungs are ready to burst and their fingers are sore. They will compose until day turns to night. Pop music, however, is not passionate. They only care about money, and even songs about that are rubbish. Ask pop music fans if they've ever cried to a piece of pop music. Their answer will most likely be "No, but... I thought..." or "Umm... Yeah... (lies)".

Yeah, most of them just care about how much money they make. When they sing, they sound like robots: flat and emotionless. Now, not ALL of them are like that, I do know a couple of pop singers who put their heart and soul into the lyrics they belt out, and some older singers sing/play instruments emotionlessly. But majority of them don't really have passion in music and that sucks.

20 It's repetitive

To be honest I don't know if this is a fair reason... I mean early Beatles stuff (I Want to Hold Your Hand, She Loves You, etc.) are quite repetitive, and yet it's considered classic. I do dislike modern pop (with some exceptions), but I don't think repetition is really the problem.

Yes! The music is the most annoying music ever! They really Shame the legendary artists like MJ, Janet, Whitney and even people of other genres like The Beatles, Elvis, and many more.

Baby now we've got bad blood... yeah shut the hell up Taylor at least you have blood

So "Can't Touch This" isn't repetitive? Or Barbie Girl by Aqua

21 Annoyingly always playing

Go ahead and tell me how many times you've heard "Take Me to Church" or "Call Me Maybe" or even "I Love It" or "Anaconda" - you see my point?

Honestly, Take Me to Church was creative and I'd do anything to hear that playing over and over instead of the newer stuff. - Stormskies

I agree, I like listening to this one radio station and there was this one song. Oh what was it called? Oh, yes I remember it was called "Welcome To The Black Parade." I love this song, but the station just kept playing it. So now I can barely listen to it. Isn't that hard to believe, a ROCK/ALTERNATIVE song being overplayed. *sarcastic voice* Yeah, idiots it's all up to what station you listen to. So if you don't like the songs that keep being played, don't listen to that station.

I always hear "Blank Space" or "Call me Maybe" on the radio. So annoying!

Always in the radio they put on pop music. I remember going on a car trip before. I've heard "Dessert" so many times!

22 Some focus on the music video more than the actual song

Greedy people made songs about women's butts a thing. Disgraceful as hell.

This is actually true. :/

Those K-pop videos with pornographic dancing and painfully catchy beats. Sigh.

23 They are popular because of their looks, not talent

Sigh, again, Adele. Michael Jackson. Sia. Tori Kelly. Kelly Clarkson. Pink.

Exactly! we should focus on the music, not the people making it!

So why do we focus on if Justin Bieber made a song? Seriously, he could make a song that surpasses Imagine by John Lennon, and no one would let him win.

This should be top 5. I miss when people were famous because of their talent, not looks. RIP Good music: 1950s-2012

Most of them are pretty but can't sing to save their lives.

24 It's more for the money

They Psychologically make popular songs sound good and the same so many people will buy it instead of a variety of music and creativity.

This is so true.Why is Nicki Minaj(The worst singer and rapper who just makes songs about how big her ass is) more well known than Immortal Technique(A highly underrated rapper who makes some meaningful and political songs) or why is One Direction(A bad band who might not be Blood On The Dance Floor level bad bit still a bad band and a band that is highly overrated) more well known than Rage Against The Machine(A band that combines Rap/Hip Hop,Heavy Metal and Alternative and they also have songs that speak out against bad stuff done by the government and by really big corporations),just why are bad musicians with either horrible lyrics or repetitive lyrics more well known than good musicians who have good lyrics that speak the truth? -DarkBoi-X

Warner Bros music legit rejected Yankee Hotel Foxtrot by Wilco just because it didn’t have the potential to be commercially successful. Money hungry idiots.

25 Most of the songs are about the artist themselves

It really is. The artists, well most of them, don't give a damn about what their fans think, or them period. They don't sing from the heart, and that is the most important part. Now, I don't blame anyone who is attracted to the music, but in my opinion, and the only artists that I'm aware of that still sing from the heart, and not about sex is Adele, and Janet Jackson. That's pretty much it. The pop music today is the worst music in the history of...music!

I'm not a fan of pop music but I don't think this is true. Maybe I haven't heard of enough pop music?

To the comment, "Not Necessarily True, Artists like Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Amy Winehouse, Sam Smith, and Adele.They always have messages in their songs and I can't name a song of any of those artists above that wrote a song about themselves in vain. Especially Michael Jackson ever heard of "HEAL THE WORLD,"WE ARE THE WORLD,YOU ARE NOT ALONE. That's just stupid too say MOST of their songs are about themselves because that's not true. Stop being Narrow Headed and Close Minded and Dive into the lyrics and see what it means. Instead of hatting on a entire genre. Learn to appreciate what these POP artists have done for us" these artists you've mentioned have been around for quite awhile and have proven to be some of the greatest musicians of all time. This is talking about most mainstream people today like Nicki Minaj or Kanye West.

Not Necessarily True, Artists like Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Amy Winehouse, Sam Smith, and Adele.They always have messages in their songs and I can't name a song of any of those artists above that wrote a song about themselves in vain. Especially Michael Jackson ever heard of "HEAL THE WORLD,"WE ARE THE WORLD,YOU ARE NOT ALONE. That's just stupid too say MOST of their songs are about themselves because that's not true. Stop being Narrow Headed and Close Minded and Dive into the lyrics and see what it means. Instead of hatting on a entire genre. Learn to appreciate what these POP artists have done for us.

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