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
Beyonce and Demi both use autotune and typically Bieber doesn't. People need to understand that just because you dislike a singer doesn't mean they use autotune. Autotune really isn't even a bad thing if used properly. - TheEvilNuggetCookie
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.
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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
Well dubsteps keys are one of the most terrible instrument in music history.
I really mean that pop has occasionally have instruments such as guitars or drums.
But some tech keyboards are more amazing than pianos but believe me.
I mean both dubstep and pop music are one of the most horrible genre in music history.
So why disco have occasional instruments such as fiddle or guitar.
So why does pop music have this part? Anyone?
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.
This is why I listen to metal, because they have their music about life or sometimes about problems you need to face
It doesn't matter. As long as it not about sex, drugs or whatever. - BeaM456V 1 Comment
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
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
How much of todays music will still be played in fifty years? Very little musicianship. People are sheep and they follow the crowd. There are great performers in every music genre. Just not so much in today's pop scene. Jimmy Hendrix has been dead for over 45 years and he is still considered the best guitar player of all time. Sorry, he had a skill and no backup dancersV 23 Comments
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
Just look back to the greatest songs ever writen. They are not about simply making sex or shaking your ass. No. They are about something significant and important. Would it about modern society, war, world or just about love, this songs mean something. Most of modern pop doesn't engage with such problems and subjects. Even songs about love describe that feeling just as basic instinct and nothing more.V 31 Comments
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
Why do you overshadow amazing songs?
We should teach kids about real music in school! They don't know nothing about Zeppelin Mötorhead VanHalen, Miles Daves Neil Young etc.V 4 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
True thatV 12 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.
Its more so it's so bad because of the other reasons, however this is insult to our injured ears as we have no escape from the monstrosity. believe me this isn't the reason its bad but the reason so many are aware that it is bad, I would love it if some places would play Jazz, Rock, Ska, Industrial, or Dub-step, just make a varietyV 10 Comments
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
Sing from the heart, not the paper!V 1 Comment
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?
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
Honestly, how many times have you heard "Happy" on the radioV 16 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.
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...
yesV 11 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
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
Even "bad" pop singers have their good moments ex. being Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, the girls of Fifth Harmony, and Justin Beiber - MistyMay113
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)".
Today's music has no soul. Look at Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven, Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In, Light My Fire, Saturday Night Fever, Thriller, Hotel California, Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon. That was real music. Where is that kind of music today? Nowhere--it gets pushed right out of existence by the whole system. You have another Thriller, another Dark Side of the Moon, another Saturday Night Fever, another Led Zeppelin IV, it gets put in the rubbish bin.
Any wonder why people would rather download classic rock, classic disco, classic soul, classic country, classic R&B, classic pop? Even the Beatles, who were lambasted for "debauched music" back in their day, are far superior to today's lame, soul-less robots that make what we take for music. And, where are the comments of today's music being debauched, as opposed to being soul-less?
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
If pop ain't really music then what do you consider real music? Pop is awesome and one of the best genres ever. - AlphaQ
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.
That's My Girl by Fifth Harmony is the first one to pop in my head - MistyMay113
I dare you to tell me one song that's not about partying, smoking, sex, weed, getting drunk, suicide, or impressing girls.V 17 Comments
If you say one thing about it to friends/family/people who like pop, they will start trying to get you to start listening to it, I always listen to a Pop Song and I think 'meh that was ok' but then I get sick of hearing, my friend came over when that horrid song Uptown Funk reached popularity and he started blaring it out of his phone, a few days later I started getting sick of hearing the song, my parents actually started blaring the stuff when they found out I hated Pop, so I was constantly having to block my ears but the worst Pop singer of all is: Taylor Swift, it all started when Shake It Off started coming on, if this is the so called 'best' the music industry can give us now, I shudder to find out what the future holds
Then again, there is good and bad pop artists. More people here are trying to convert people who like pop artists here than the other way around.
I will definitely punch those people in the face. - MetalthomasV 1 Comment
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. - Kiteretsunu
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! - InfernoTopTenners
Never thought I'd be defending pop, but most classic rock is every bit as simple. So is punk. - PetSounds
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
You know, despite those 6 or 7 minute underground pop songs... - WonkeyDude98V 8 Comments
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
People at my school think that I'm gonna kill them because they think "rock is about deathV 12 Comments
There's like 6 people writing an unoriginal, overplayed song, And then there's a legend like Freddie Mercury who writes one of the most emotional, mysterious, and legendary songs ever written.
And thanks to auto tune they basically don't even sing is like all the music industry cares about is how they look
Epica, Nightwish, Amaranthe, Within Temptation...those are some great bands that are worthy to listen.
NO WONDER THEY GET UNDESERVING PRAISE! >:(V 2 Comments
That's a fact. Did you ever meet an idiot how doesn't listen to stupid rap or pop music? No? Doesn't suprise me anymore...
Doesn't mean that everyone who likes it is a idiot. Often smart people who don't listen to much music like pop music. But they do so just because they don't know better... at least that's what I hope
Intelligent people prefer classical most of the time, a word that has been forgotten for generations since today. - IAmNotARobot
Don't call people who listen to pop idiots. It just makes you seem ignorant and desperate for reasons. Don't slander pop fans just to make rock and metal look better. - BlueTopazIceVanilla
You people are missing the point. They're not saying everyone who likes it is an idiot, they're saying that there are more idiots who listen to pop music than any other genre.
Your intelligence isn't determined by the music you listen to.V 11 Comments
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