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!

Pop is about pleasure and entertainment. This is best when there is:
1. A memorable melody. Something that gets stuck in your ear without sounding too penetrant.
2. Good production - there needn't be "real" instruments as long as it fits the mood.
3. Something distinctive in the singer's attitude and/or voice. They don't need to be exceptionally great singers as long as it perfectly blends into the music.
4. Variety and light influences of other genres and cultures (e.g. oriental instruments)
5. Emotion. This can also be humor or simply joy.

But most important is that the overall package is appealing. I know many have problems with sexual lyrics, but actually I don't see the problem with most of those, if they don't come across as awkward.

I actually like the production on many pop albums. Troye Sivan's Blue Neighbourhood features some great, intricate production (like that drop on Youth), as well as Ariana Grande's Dangerous Woman. It's becoming increasingly important to have good production in the pop genre.

2 They have good voices

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.

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.

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

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

3 Their lyrics are often 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.

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?

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).

Exactly. People hate it when they sing about 53X and partying, but they'll STILL hate it if it's a song about an innocent schoolyard crush. There's just no pleasing these people.

4 Lesser known pop is significantly better than mainstream pop

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.

I used to only like popular music. Now I like singers such as Melanie Martinez, Brittany Spears and Halsey. They're not as well known but they're great singers.

Melanie Martinez is listened to by every "basic girl" that thinks she's different. No offense to you, of course, it's just that her being so obscure is what got her into the mainstream.

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

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

One Republic is the only pop band that satisfies me.

5 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.

Ok, I might have to debunk this one a bit. While most write their own songs, they do it with help. At one point in time, the only songs on the hot 100 written by just one person were Stressed Out (edgemo) and Hit The Quan (nu-crunk).

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

6 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?

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

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

This is a lie and idc bout what y’all have to say y’all r just interested into old BS LOL

7 Autotune is well-used, if used at all

Some pop artists DO NOT USE AUTOTUNE. Example: Shawn Mendes. If you have watched him live, it sounds EXACTLY LIKE the recorded version. And you can tell he's not lipsyncing, because if he was lipsyncing, there would be distant audio playing in the background. We're very good at telling these things.
NOT A STITCH of autotune is used in his songs.
Camila Cabello is another example of anti-autotune

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.

If autotune didn't exist, Kanye West would seem less emotional and Fetty Wap would be boring. Autotune depends on the artist.

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

8 It makes people smile

Not always. Think again.

9 Instruments, as a matter of fact, are used

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

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.

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

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.

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

Not really but ok

I agree that 1D and Taylor Swift are overhated. But there are lots you forgot to mention: Ariana Grande, Fifth Harmony, Meghan Trainor, Selena Gomez, and Shawn Mendes are overhated.
But Rihanna is overrated, not overhated.
And Camila Cabello is the #1 target of 5H haters (like leave her alone, she's a human being too! ).
But there are terrible pop singers that deserve all the hate like the Chainsmokers

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?

Pop fans are jusr as bad as metalhead elitists.

Ahem. Swifties in 2017?

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

12 Pop has a lot of musical variety

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

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

So does every other genre. Try again

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.

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

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

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.

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

That's not always a good reason

They have a catchy rhythm

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

16 Pop is good stress relief

Look what you made me do on the other hand?

Not to everyone.

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.

What about the plastic surgery in Korea then?

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

18 The singers are actually nice to fans

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

Fifth Harmony are VERY kind to their fans. They literally even retweet them.

Not exactly, some of them can get aggressive or impulssive towards fans

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

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

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

23 Because of the guitar riffs

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

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.

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