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

This goes against the fallacy that it takes no talent to make a pop song. It takes talent to properly balance a mix, to make sure everything complements each other if you're not looking to juxtapose, and to make sure there's a prominent melody. When there is a prominent and strong melody, it's often much easier to process than a steel guitar riff or a horn section. That doesn't mean it's relegated to DJ Mustard however, a keyboard solo can be incredibly complex while sounding smooth and pleasant. - WonkeyDude98

Exactly it's easier, but then where's the magic or talent? But with instruments it takes even more balance and talent - Munkepige

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.

No reason in this list is practical and sensible because pop sucks

Although I never was big on pop myself but this comment you made was very ignorant of you. This guy gave out some very valid reasons why Pop music isn't all that bad. So please, think about what you have just said and stop the ignorance. - Metalmaniakkk

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2 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). - FnKk

Look at Baby by Justin Bieber. It isn't harming anyone and it's terrible. Nearly all of them are harmless. - AlphaQ

Regardless of whether they are generic (which usually just makes them mediocre), very few pop lyrics are rage-inducing. That goes to (two key words) modern mainstream rap. While Charlie Puth's vapid whitebread and Meghan Trainor's egotistical cultural vandalism make me quiver with rage, they are pretty big exceptions. - WonkeyDude98

Yeah I agree with you. Unlike rap which can prick you like some of Eminems lyrics like Go to Sleep is pretty harmful to Ja Rule - AlphaQ

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3 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.

It's because not all pop singer is in group or band. While most of the rocker is in band. Each of the members maybe have their own ideas, so that's why they write their own songs. - BeaM456

LOL. Many pop artists on today like to write one song with more than 5 co-writers.

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4 Instruments, as a matter of fact, are used

It's not all synthesizers and drum machines. Saxophones are a legitimate trend now, to the point where it's almost annoying. Guitar tones and riffs are common, even in bad One Direction songs. Percussion of many kinds are used in pop (obviously), piano ballads are common, many different usages of horns, bass, and more. - WonkeyDude98

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.

5 Autotune is well-used, if used at all

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

Putting the words "autotune" and "well used" together is known as an oxymoron.

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6 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. - AlphaQ

It might just be the increased vocal recording value over time, but a ton of pop singers have great, smoothvocals. Lady Gaga, Josh Ramsay, Lauren Mayberry, Tyler Joseph, Adam Levine (it's subjective for him), Michael Jackson (duh), Nelly Furtado, Justin Timberlake (as much as I hate to admit it), the list goes on. - WonkeyDude98

Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Adele, Demi Lavato, Jessie J, The girls of Fifth Harmony (Even though their live performances can be bad) and the girls of Little Mix - MistyMay113

7 Lesser known pop is significantly better than mainstream pop

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

MOST mainstream pop is bad in my opinion.

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8 Pop has a lot of musical variety

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

Well, any kind of music can be pop if it's a top single in the radio - yungstirjoey666

You have your hammering synthpop, your gleaming ballads, your pop-rock, your pop and hip-hop combinations, it goes on. - WonkeyDude98

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9 While there are bad fans, these are often not very vocal or insulting of other fanbases V 1 Comment
10 The most hated pop singers are often overhated

Justin Bieber, One Direction, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, I'll even go as far as to say the JONAS BROTHERS are overhated. - WonkeyDude98

The Contenders

11 The tunes are usually catchy and fun
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Top Remixes

1. Production is often more melodic and easier to access than instrumentation used in other genres
2. Instruments, as a matter of fact, are used
3. Autotune is well-used, if used at all
1. Their lyrics are often harmless
2. The most hated pop singers are often overhated
3. They have good voices



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