Top Ten Reasons Why Pop Music is Great

WonkeyDude98
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

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.

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

EXACTLY, even awfulsongs like Baby, Watch Me, Friday and Hotline Bling were harmless. - AlphaQ

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3 They write their own songs

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.

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

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). - ProPanda

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4 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

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

But no pop singer can sing like rob halford

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5 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.

6 Autotune is well-used, if used at all

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

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

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

While there are exceptions, they mostly relegate to R&B sleaze (such as Chris Brown) or rap (such as Future). Pop singers get trashed on for autotune, when it's only an excuse to find a reason to hate a pop song for the sake of it. Beyoncé? Lady Gaga? Demi Lovato? Taylor Swift? Ellie Goulding? ADELE?!


All of these singers have been accused of autotune (some people going as far as calling Hello the worst song ever for that reason), when absolutely NONE of them use it. There's also Justin Bieber and One Direction, which I can't even begin to fathom. - WonkeyDude98

7 Lesser known pop is significantly better than mainstream pop

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

Michael Jackson boi - yungstirjoey666

Michael Jackson isn't really "less known pop" everybody knows at least 1 song from him. - MistyMay113

MOST mainstream pop is bad in my opinion.

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. - Catlover2004

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8 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

Rihanna isn't really overhated in my opinion, she's actually overrated. (i still like her music) - venomouskillingmachine

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

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.

@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.

9 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

If you want musical variety listen to genres like

metal (Variety is basically endless, Doom, Black, Heavy, Progressive, Experimental, Neoclassical,, thrash, death, nu and I could write about 100 more)

electronic (dubstep, trance, house, ambient and many other subgenres)

or Rock Hard (which has a lot of subgenres), Punk (which has A TON of subgenres), Classic (which has a variety in the actual music) and metal (which has endless like I said) - Seventies-Music-Fan

Pop music actually has more variety music like crossover rock, country, jazz, classical, soul and electronics. While metal, I never heard they make country crossover or classic crossover. - BeaM456

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

As this site proves. - WonkeyDude98

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11 The tunes are usually catchy and fun

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

12 Most of it is empowering

Fifth Harmony are good examples of empowering

13 The singers are actually nice to fans

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

14 The singers don't rely on masks of makeup

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

15 It makes people smile
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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
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1. Their lyrics are often harmless
2. The most hated pop singers are often overhated
3. They have good voices
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