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

The magic in it if you even get one thing wrong you mess up the whole thing. - WonkeyDude98

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.


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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

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? - MChkflaguard_Yt

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.

Yeah but that doesn't make it good. - CharismaticKat

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3 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

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.

A small amount of them do. Most sound terrible without autotune. - CharismaticKat

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4 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.

It usually takes about 6 people to write some idiotic lyrics about boyfriends, love and sex. So dumb. Taylor Swift is the only pop singer who writes her own lyrics and I respect her for that. - CharismaticKat

Applies to every genre. Invalid reason. - MChkflaguard_Yt

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5 Autotune is well-used, if used at all

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.

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

Really? That stagato, unnatural beat is killing me! - MChkflaguard_Yt

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6 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

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

7 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 overhated AT ALL in my opinion, everyone likes her music. She's actually overrated. (i still like her music) - venomouskillingmachine

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.

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

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8 Lesser known pop is significantly better than mainstream pop

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

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.

One Republic is the only pop band that satisfies me. - MChkflaguard_Yt

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9 Pop has a lot of musical variety

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

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

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


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

As this site proves. - WonkeyDude98

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

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11 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

It's true though. - CharismaticKat

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

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12 It makes people smile
13 The tunes are usually catchy and fun

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

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.

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

About love. - Userguy44

16 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

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

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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

Um, yeah they do... Almost all of them... - NikoX

What about the plastic surgery in Korea then? - MChkflaguard_Yt

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18 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.

19 Pop is good stress relief

Yes it is

20 Healthy for the brain

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. - MChkflaguard_Yt

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.
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.

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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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