Top Ten Reasons Why Pop Music is Great

I know this is my third list in four trying to defend pop music, and I've made five detailed posts about it, but I'm sick of the elitism and given recent lists, it doesn't look like it's gonna stop.

The Top Ten

1 Production is often more melodic and easier to access than instrumentation used in other genres

I like pop. It's an unpopular opinion. But I like it. Metalheads and Rockheads may say "It's autotune! The singers are mean! " But, most of the time, autotune is used as an art, like giving it special effects ( robotic voice etc.) and are played only a few times. And most pop artists are pretty kind, not like Mother Teresa kind or anything, but average. And even if they were 'mean' music is like food. What you like in taste is all up to you. It doesn't matter if who made that food abandoned his child or anything. It just matters of the taste for you to really like it. Even if the food was made by a machine, it'll still taste good to you. And the fanbase is easier. The rock/metal fanbase is annoying and will attack you for just listening to pop. Heck, you could still like rock AND pop, but they shall still hate you. Rock/metal fanbase is made to hate other genres of music, and will force you to like what they like. Pop fanbase doesn't care. They don't spread hate nor do they care about ...more

Why isn't death metal in the mainstream? It's family friendly fun!

In all seriousness, modern pop has little value and I greatly prefer death metal. I disagree that production is "more melodic" and easier to access than other genres. It may be produced well, but I feel that a more raw recording has more weight and feeling to it. Nowadays, everything is so amazingly produced that nothing even feels special...

Just my thoughts. Not trying to bash modern pop too hard. If I wanted to I could write a lot more!

Because there are no instruments used in pop music at all!

So what? This could apply to any genre. Any of these could apply to any genre.

2 They have good voices

Adele, Lady Gaga, Zayn, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Little Mix have excellent voices. And this isn't even a quarter of all of the singers.

There voices in the studio are good but, do you happen to notice that their live performances sound the same as when they were in the studio? Well this my friend, is called autotune.

The girls of Fifth Harmony, Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez all have great voices

Yeah, Justin Bieber Rules! Sarcasm, Queen is the best. Pop artists that actually have good voices are Prince and Michael Jackson.

3 Their lyrics are often harmless

Even though I don't like pop so much (I prefer rock), I have to agree with this. Pop songs have lyrics that are harmless, and sometimes meaningful (I'm talking about your songs, Michael Jackson).

This is because 98% of the lyrics are recycled garbage. All modern pop sings about is: love, boy/girlfriends, breaking up, missing so much, dating, touring around the world and the artists themselves. Recycled garbage lyrics with a terrible, repetitive beat. How is this harmless?

EXACTLY. I'm not sure if Fifth Harmony's Work From Home is exactly harmful. Sure there's the whole meaning of "get boyfriend fired to have sex," but the girls even said that it's not too in-your-face. And what makes you beautiful by One Direction is not harmful, it's EMPOWERING which is the exact opposite of harmful.

The lyrics are often harmless because they have near zero emotional depth.

4 Lesser known pop is significantly better than mainstream pop

This is the only part of this list I agree with.

Seventies music fan this was probably the answer to a deleted comment. - JoLeKosovo

All pop music that is popular seems to be about either sex, drugs or money. On the other hand, lesser known bands sometimes have lyrics that are really meaningful. Those are the ones that should be supported more. Then pop music wouldn't suck.

MOST mainstream pop is bad in my opinion.

Non mainstream pop music is better

5 Almost every pop song is a "pile of trash"

It IS a pile of trash actually. Auto tune, recycled lyrics, untalented singing. How are these not trash? - MChkflaguard_Yt

Props to whoever added this one not all Pop is bad but a lot of what you hear on the radio now is - christangrant

OI trolls get lost and then jump into a pit of fire.


6 They write their own songs

WRONG. As mentioned, one click to find writing credit. All artists are aware that writing is where the money is, but very few pop artists are listed as the sole writer, its almost always a collaboration with several additional people. The truth is, a major artist has the clout to be sitting in the room while the writing happens, and maybe they contribute "add a baby-baby here".
I don't even like Taylor Swift, but she is an actual exception, and is making such massive amounts of money, no wonder other artists want to make sure they are at least "co-writers" on paper.

Depends on the artist, though? And that also goes with other genres, too. Rock, people write their own songs. Rap, depends on the artist, but yeah. And I'm not mentioning Country, because I don't listen to or understand most of it. But it's with a lot of genres, and it just depends.

This could apply to any genre of music

That is not quite right. All the singers I've heard of make other songwriters write for them at least once.

7 Autotune is well-used, if used at all

Am I the only one who doesn't find anything wrong with autotune? I literally don't care if it has autotune or not as long as it's a good song.

Contrary to what many people think, Autotune and vocoders can be used artistically too.

Literally any of these reasons could apply to any other musical genre.

Autotune is for talentless jerks

8 It makes people smile

Not always. Think again.

9 Instruments, as a matter of fact, are used

But MOST producers just use this same re-occurring riff, beat throughout the whole song, and poor repetitive lyrics that just go through out the whole entire song, No bridge, chorus or instrumental, Meanwhile these songs get Tens of millions of views while songs from artists such as Green Day Only recieve about a few Million - BringBackPunkRock

Even if instruments aren't used, it doesn't make a song horrible. It takes years to train an ear for EQ and compression when producing as well.

This is just a horrible attempt in confronting and satisfying metalheads. Using instruments does not add extra marks to a song review. - MChkflaguard_Yt

Kinda - LightningStrike

10 The most hated pop singers are often overhated

Fifth Harmony, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande and Meghan Trainor are overhated. They don't deserve all the hate they get. They are good singers.
Justin Bieber on the other hand absolutely deserves all the hate.

Well said. I love Ariana Grande, and she is way overhated. People don't even listen to her songs but they hate her anyway. She actually has musical talent. I agree Justin deserves all the hate in the world. - marisolsanchez

Not really but ok

JB and Arianna are usually hated for the personality but their songs start getting gate. - AlphaQ

please respect the fact that I dislike JB. Now I like SOME of his Purpose songs, but the only song on their that I liked that was a SINGLE was Company. WDYM and Sorry kinda had bad lyrics and messed up music videos. But I do agree that hating him is a cliche, and that he's a human being as well. But he's too easy to hate AS A PERSON.
But there are overhated singers/artists you and @WonkeyDude98 forgot to mention: Selena Gomez (yes she actually is GETTING BETTER at singing), Ariana Grande, One Direction, Meghan Trainor, and Fifth Harmony (Camila Cabello is the #1 target of 5H haters, Normani follows at a close second). The most overhated out of the artists I mentioned is Camila Cabello, she's actually got a unique voice.

I do respect your opinion. I said Ariana Grande already and yes I agree with you. Only thing is I don't like 5 harmony. - AlphaQ

The Contenders

11 While there are bad fans, these are often not very vocal or insulting of other fanbases

The only point on this list that I can slightly agree with. However, it's still bad. Every genre has its equivalent of a metalhead elitist. Ever heard of Cardi B fans?

Ahem. Swifties in 2017? - LightningStrike

True. While Beliebers and Barbz are extremely annnoying, they are NOWHERE NEAR as bad as metalhead elitists.

Pop fans are jusr as bad as metalhead elitists. - MChkflaguard_Yt

12 Pop has a lot of musical variety

Don't forget dream pop, indie pop, and more!

So does every other genre. Try again

Well, any kind of music can be pop if it's a top single in the radio

Same to others

13 The tunes are usually catchy and fun

Catchy can be annoying as well. Do you think Anaconda is good?
Invalid reason. - MChkflaguard_Yt

Yeah but not all people like it. Music isn't just about that - LightningStrike

I wrote that. pretty much nearly every pip song is fun and catchy. - AlphaQ

14 Most pop songs are catchy

Meanwhile you would like to listen to a song about the bubonic plague and bash pop music because you think its cool too.

That's not always a good reason

They have a catchy rhythm

You know what else was catchy?
The bubonic plague!
Catchy doesn't make somthing inherently good, more likely it just gets annoying.

15 Not always about sex, drugs, or partying

Like Scars to Your Beautiful is about trying to defy the unrealistic standards of beauty, and that's very important, considering how unfortunately society still holds unrealistic expectations. Besides, they're ALLOWED to sing about sex, what's so bad about sex? They can embrace it if they want. Who are you to judge? NO ONE! Let them be provocative if they feel like it.

People always say pop is all about sex, drugs, or partying.
How about rock fans that supported sex and drugs and rock and roll, you are big controdictors.

Because they recycle the mouldy lyrics about love all the time. "Babe I miss u then"... My head hurts - MChkflaguard_Yt

But. - LightningStrike

16 Pop is good stress relief

Look what you made me do on the other hand? - LightningStrike

Not to everyone.

Yes it is

17 The singers don't rely on masks of makeup

Sia doesn't rely on makeup? Lady Gaga? Justin Bieber? Whoever added this, try again. - EpicJake

Have you seen the girls of Fifth Harmony without makeup? They're BEAUTIFUL

What about the plastic surgery in Korea then? - MChkflaguard_Yt

Not true - christangrant

18 The singers are actually nice to fans

Not all of them (Justin Bieber) - christangrant

With the exception of... YOU know who is. - BorisRule

Ariana Grande is VERY polite to her fans. Her saying she wanted her fans to die was just a rumor. She helped pay for their funeral. I can tell u she loves her fans. She didn't want them to die

Justin Beiber - LightningStrike

19 Passion is Indeed Involved

Camila Cabello for example. She quit Fifth Harmony, the group that made her famous and earned her money, so that she could EXPRESS HERSELF. Her upcoming solo album, "The Hurting, The Healing, The Loving," is about her journey from darkness to light. She is writing and cowriting almost EVERY SONG there. The 2 singles from it that she's released "Crying In The Club" and "I Have Questions" all have a story behind them. CITC is the healing, and IHQ is about the hurting. You can hear the emotion and passion in her voice when she sings it. If she didn't have passion, she would have stayed in 5H, if she only cared about the $$$$. But she wants to make MUSIC, not $$$$. So don't you DARE say that pop has no passion.

20 Healthy for the brain

Nope. There's no such thing.

Listen up people I think it is healthy for the 🧠 beacause you learn new words not only bad words but good words too! So there oh and I am a 5th grader 10 years old girl who my partner/friend is with me

Explain in DETAIL. Which words do you learn? Also why would you mention your partner/friend?
I need bleach.

21 Most of it is empowering

I hate pop 12 I like rock from Ramones to Queen to guns&roses (which I probably should not listen to) and I LOVe songs by David Bowie r.i.p pop is not impowering does the song Sorry seem empowering nope Roar the and new song Me! by Taylor swift are not empowering ( don't down vote me because I'm 12)

Fifth Harmony are good examples of empowering

22 A good mixture of calm, emotional music, and loud, intense music.

Going back to Spice Girls times.
Calm, emotional - 2 become 1.
Loud, intense - Spice Up Your Life.

I like some indie and pop-rock, usually the instrumentals - yungstirjoey666

23 Because of the guitar riffs

Bro country have guitar riffs... but is is good? - MChkflaguard_Yt

24 There are good pop artists

Lorde is great. Alessia Cara is great. Sia is great. Katy Perry is great. The Vamps are OK. Adele is great. Ed Sheeran is great.

25 The pre-choruses are very pleasant

I don't really like pop but the pre-choruses often get me. - JoLeKosovo

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