Top 10 Reasons Why Pop Music Is AwfulI 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
Man I seriously hope that AutoTune gets banned or something. You can sing without it, it won't hurt your lungs or anything. - NuMetalManiak
If autotune was banned, Kanye's songs would get a whole lot less emotional. - WonkeyDude98
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
This one is true. Look at rock singers such as Myles Kennedy or Axl Rose for example, or even some pop singers like Michael Jackson or Adele. They don't need autotune to make their music sound good. Excessive autotune just sounds like a robot or a vocaloid singing. It's awful.
Anyone can use AutoTune. So anyone can be famous.V 37 Comments
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.
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.
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
Music = Jazz, Rock, blues, Classical = Instruments
Pop ≠ Music
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. - JaysTop10List
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
I completely think this should have been number one music now days in America is trashy dirt, they are all saying the same stupid stuff for example: I went in the club last night, her big booty. And that's just rap the is just the same there talking about a girl/boy the like (for a girl) wearing a skimpy outfit ( for a guy ) there wearing some type of player outfit and it's getting annoying and to add on to that list there voices are terrible they either use way to much auto tune to the point where it's annoying or they sound like there a Disney kid, America needs to fix there music
Whenever I hear pop music I think of the message it's sending to society and how those messages are turning More and more people into dunderheads!V 37 Comments
I find it that most pop music I hear is always about love and stuff. I don't like that type of music focus.
Can you make songs that aren't about love? Nope, because REAL music sings about more topics than the same boring thing over and over.
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. - Stormskies
Oh no, what a horrible thing to sing about. There are plenty of pop songs that aren't just about love, such as "Skyfall", "Piece by Piece", "Fairly Local", "Try", "The Edge of Glory", "Thriller", and more. - DCfnafV 7 Comments
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! - InfernoTopTenners
Are you trying to appeal to teenagers/teen girls and such? - Raoxius
I have six radio stations in my car. One is a rap station, two are pop stations, one is news, one is classical music, and one is rock music. Overall, this is a dumb as hell entry. - DCfnafV 16 Comments
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. - DCfnaf
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.
Sit in front of a mic and sing 3 verses and chorus with exaggerated vocals. Then have other people repeat and edit those verses into a 3 min song, as well as create a bland beat and same notes. Wow! Great job! Want a cooke!?
You try and make a good pop song, come back and whine to me about how hard it is. - WonkeyDude98
So...you're trying to tell me that Michael Jackson, Twenty One Pilots, Imagine Dragons, Fall Out Boy, The Weeknd, Kelly Clarkson, Bruno Mars, Adele, Pink, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Rihanna, and even Taylor Swift are not talented? Lol, that's absolutely ridiculous. - DCfnafV 28 Comments
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. - NuMetalManiak
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. - BoredJeff02
That's what's so hellish about it.
That's why I love my chiropractor, lmao. She always plays Sara Bareilles, who is truly a talented singer. I prefer Indie and Folk music because the bands have original names and the song lyrics are gREAT ("Wolf mother, where you been? / You look so worn, so thin/ You're a taker, devil's maker/ Let me hear you sing")
I wish they would play Indie music more. - Stormskies
That's because modern people are too ignorant to look up some real, REAL music.
I never said they should listen to crappy songs. I'm just giving out my thoughts. If they want to listen to crap then fine. It's good enough for me.
Maybe I just didn't explain myself better. But you should probably worry about yourself anyway.
I personally hate pop, but "it's more famous" is a stupid reason, seriously. - TheDarkReshiram
Seriously? You're going to hate something because it's popular, and for no other reason than that? I disliked this list in the beginning, but now I hate it. - BlueTopazIceVanilla
We should teach kids about real music in school! They don't know nothing about Zeppelin Mötorhead VanHalen, Miles Daves Neil Young etc.
Just because you like certain singers doesn't mean that their music is any more real than other singers'. - LemonComputerV 5 Comments
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. - LemonComputer
As long as the music is amazing...who the hell cares? - DCfnafV 4 Comments
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.
It's made to sell, not to express any feelings
Not always, only modern Pop - IIBK
Executive spiritless, soulless, money whores. They won't need humans in a few years. They control and push everything. North America is so full of musical talent on the local level, but the corporate whores control so much of it. Screw the radio, find and support local music in your town or city.
You can't say that all pop singers make music only for money. Money comes inside the package. - LemonComputer
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!
Well there's Pitbull, but he's hip-pop, so technically he doesn't count. - WonkeyDude98
Every time I hear something like shake it off or all about the bass I'm like use the critism as way to help improve your work and not just write songs to get back at haters or just talking bout your selves u stuck up precious little bit-
80s Pop was amazing with Michael Jackson but then it went downhill from there - IIBKV 3 Comments
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. - RandomWeirdo
I always hear "Blank Space" or "Call me Maybe" on the radio. So annoying! - Pegasister12
What's so bad about that? It's pop music because it's popular therefore it plays a lot. Now it could go two ways: it could be annoying like "Closer," or it could be really fun like "Work From Home."V 17 Comments
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. - DCfnaf
Just because it overplayed, doesn't mean pop music is awful. If 1960 until 1980 rock music ia overplayed in radio, why you must become hater when pop music is overplayed in 2000 until now. - BeaM456
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.
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)".
Right, because Michael Jackson, Adele, Adam Lambert, Kelly Clarkson, Twenty One Pilots, Imagine Dragons, Fall Out Boy, Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Rihanna, The Weeknd, and Ed Sheeran clearly don't put passion or effort into their music. Oh...wait... - DCfnafV 19 Comments
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. - DCfnaf
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...
Michael Jackson was the Greatest singer in history - IIBKV 14 Comments
Dig a bit into the independent music scene. The artists listed on my "homepage" button on my profile are a good starting point. - PetSounds
That's self explaining I guess
Often this is true - jmepa1234
Subgenres of pop? Um...pop.
Subgenres of metal? Thrash metal, black metal, death metal, Christian metal, speed metal, heavy metal, doom metal, stoner metal, etc. - Metalhead1997
I love Metal to and everyone in my school thinks I'm satanic and they say Metal sucks and the most of them are pop fans - METABOLICA
Well, same! I listen to metal, dubstep, and orchestra classical music! They all call me satanic and demon possessed when I break dance and act mentally disabled! Well these genre took time and it's better than same boring pop music that brainwashes kids at my school to cuss and do drugs! - InfernoTopTenners
I love metal and rock and when someone asks me what type of music I like and I say that most of the time they instantly think that I'm some sort of satanic or something, and guess what, the ones that think that like pop. That really sucks
Exactly, I can't even talk about my life-savers without an idiot popular trashy girl/jerkass guy calling me satanic or weird or crazy just cause my music is superior to yours out of principle of it not being pop doesn't mean I'm weird, my music is older, better and more diverse (i mean Thrash, death, Black, alternative, groove, rap, Gothic etc.- all types of metal) than yours so respect or I'll chuck you in a mosh pit for your troubles
I'm weird to my classmates because I find 80's and 90's music interesting to listen to (I'm probably the only girl in my grade who gets excited when she hears 'Think of Laura') - StormskiesV 20 Comments
MY THEORY: That's why people scream at their concerts. They can't use auto tune in person, right? They can barely hear their voices and they like it that way cause they can't SING so they auto tune and then drown out their voice in person because of lack of auto tune
One of the concerts they go to should require the fans to be quiet. - Metalhead1997
They just can't SING. Its as simple as that. and that's of course the reason they use autotune so often.
I agree but some pop stars CAN sing. You are judging all pop singers
Not Michael Jackson - IIBKV 1 Comment
This is why I don't listen to pop music
Pretty sure that's mainstream rap...
As much as I love pop songs, I have to be honest. Tell me one song that doesn't involve, boys, sex, or partying.
Just Give Me a Reason is more about redemption and love than sex. The two people in the song are trying to resolve their relationship and mend it together. - Stormskies
Isn't that the rap genre? - Ultron123
Yes, that applies way more to mainstream rap. Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, and Drake are a few examples, but there are so many rappers far worse than these three that it is tragic. - DCfnafV 21 Comments
Oh, of course! Because songs about a mother being there for her child, a father who abandoned his little girl at six years old, a four year old who died of cancer, and an abusive relationship between two psychopaths are clearly not real songs. Let's just put noise such as Cannibal Corpse, Skrillex, Marilyn Manson, Limp Bizkit, and Nickelback on the radio instead because that makes complete sense! *Rolls Eyes* - DCfnaf
Yeah, like I don't need to hear Fifth Harmony for the 80 billionth time. - Anonymousxcxc
Again, music is subjective, there's no such thing as "real music". - WonkeyDude98
I dunno, if you look hard enough you can find good stations. There's one in my town that plays only 90's and 80's music, I've found a lot of my favorites from it. - StormskiesV 2 Comments
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