Top Ten Reasons Why Rock Music Is Better Than Pop


The Top Ten

1 Instruments Are Played

So much better than that electronic crap that defines pop "music" - Shake_n_Bake13

In pop you just depend on vocals, which aren't that good in most of pop. In rock you are able to hear amazing guitars, bass and drums and it gives a lot more emotion and it's just more touching.

Yeah that's right.. Not hating on pop music here, they use instruments too. But how often do you see a pop group with 4 dudes rocking the stage out while focusing on the instruments, which is really hard. Rock is already hard to record with all the complex guitar riffs and heavy drumming, let alone doing that stuff live in front of a crowd.

I actually like some pop music (Ed Sheeran I like) but generally rock music is much better quality in the instruments - OnionLists

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2 Pop Today Sucks

Most of pop songs like closer, work, love yourself and other pop songs are the worst and most the worst tracks of the genre today nobody ranks the best metal songs like hardwired by Metallica or dystopia by megadeth they always voting the worst musicians in the world the billboard charts are ruined these days and nobody listens to heavy metal music they think are satanic

No they are absolutely wrong they don't pay attention to the lyrics at all because is not pop song

Who cares what music genre it is they only care those stupid musicians who write songs about sex drugs partying and anything else those songs are satanic you fools.

Pop is messed this genre must self-destruct to listen only metal. Death to all but metal biliebers fans only metal wins no pop

Not all. The most popular songs suck but you can't say that all pop of today sucks.

Not all pop today sucks, but many pop songs, yes. I am sick of hearing that house noise on many mainstream songs, it sounds awful. The vocals are so autotuned and the songs are boring. There are little to no emotion in pop songs. The top charts suck, they don't know what music is actually good. Some pop just takes an attractive singer, produced songs for them, they sing with autotune, then they cash in much more money than rock singers. But some pop actually requires musical talent and vocals. - AnimeDrawer

Why say that when we have Ed Sheeran, Adele, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Fall Out Boy, Twenty One Pilots, Pink, Lady Gaga, One Republic, CHVRCHES, Maroon 5, and many more amazing artists? - DCfnaf

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3 Rock Is Motivational

Genres of music are not defined by their lyrics. You can not say no pop songs have any motivational lyrics.

Some pop songs have good lyrics, but most if them are about sex and partying. Rock has more variety when it comes to lyrics, and some bands actually make songs that relate to you. - AnimeDrawer

It tells you that everything is not ok but you have to move on, while tells you everything is fine when it's not and rpackers always put something motivational in it while poppers say S. like your mother is better than you.

Not necessarily - OnionLists

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4 Pop Singers Today Have No Talent

Oh my lord, this entry is so stupid. Adele is modern pop and her music is some of the best of the decade. She is the woman who made "Rolling in the Deep", "Set Fire to the Rain", and "Rumor Has It". Lady Gaga is also pop. Say what you want about her costume choices, but she's a fantastic writer, has a great range, and has hit tons of music genres. Pink counts as pop rock and her songs are amazing. Kelly Clarkson is simply amazing. We also have Demi Lovato, Tori Kelly, Bruno Mars, Twenty One Pilots, Fall Out Boy, Rihanna, Sia, and many other amazing artists. Therefore, it is simple bias to call pop musicians untalented. - DCfnaf

The ultimate demonstration is justin beiber

Don't Forget About Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion and Madonna. - BeaM456

That's not true! After all it is POPular music - OnionLists

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5 Girls Are Getting "Brainwashed" by Pop

This is so true. Especially with Beliebers and Directioners.

I am a girl, and I am not letting pop brainwash me. The mainstream tries to impress girls by hiring so called "hot" guys to sing in autotune like One Direction and Justin Bieber, and produce annoying songs. I don't even find the guys attractive and honestly those boy pop bands that try to impress girls suck. So many girls in my school are obsessed with Justin Bieber. - AnimeDrawer

Same. I'm also a girl and I listen to rock music while the rest of the girls in my school listen to Justin Bieber and One Direction (and other mainstream pop music). It's hard for me to find good mainstream pop songs while it's so easy to find great rock songs for me. I don't really like pop music because the lyrics are all about love, break ups, fall in love, etc while rock has wide range of lyric themes. - rocketmoon

Everyone is getting brainwashed by Pop! Everyone in my music class doesn't even know Bohemian Rhapsody, Stairway to Heaven, and Smells like teen spirit!

Bohemian Rhapsody, Stairway to Heaven (even though this is boring and too long), and Smells Like Teen Spirit are the only songs I even know. - Fandomstuck

Sexist as all holy hell, there are plenty of girls out there that dislike Justin Bieber, One
Direction, Shawn Mendes, and all of these other "hot dudes". Aren't you guys forgetting that Tyler Joseph, Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, and Paul McCartney are/were pop? - DCfnaf

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6 Most Rock Bands Write their Own Music

Some pop singers do write their own songs. However, rock bands write better lyrics most of the time. Listen to Blink-182's I Miss You, that song has amazing lyrics, as well as American Idiot by Green Day. - AnimeDrawer

Okay then, listen to Stay Together For The Kids, Untitled, and Anthem Part 2, these songs have meaning. Plus, Tom DeLonge is a better songwriter than Sia, even though they both are good, listen to his song Secret Crowds by his band Angels And Airwaves. "Watch your words spread hope like fire" is a great lyric. - AnimeDrawer

Adele writes all of her songs. Lady Gaga DEFINITELY writes her own songs, there is no way anyone else could come up with "Rah rah ah ah ah, roma Romama Gaga ooh la la" on their own. Taylor Swift writes her songs about her exes. Katy Perry writes some of her songs. Miley Cyrus definitely wrote "Malibu". The point is that this is a stupid entry. - DCfnaf

That's true. Chad Kroeger helps other artist by contributing on song writing, matter of fact he even helps writing songs in films as well!

This js irrilevant, every mainstream pop singer writes or at least co-writes some of their music except a small number of them like Selena Gomez. - DaisyandRosalina

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7 Led Zepplin and Queen Are Gods Compared to All Pop Singers

To be honest, I enjoy pop! I really do. But this is an item I can agree with. I love these two bands. They have fantastic lyrics, and are certainly better than most modern pop lyrics today. - MontyPython

Hell no you telling me they are gods compared to pop artists like Prince and Michael Jackson? Don't make me laugh - JESUSISKING

Kanye West is not a god! Kanye "not the best" West mistakenly thought he himself was Jimi Hendrix who is the real God of not only African Americans but of all music! Rock and Roll is the new rap!

Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd stands above all

There will probably never be supergroup like Zep and Queen ever again

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8 Pop is Commercial

Pop is made for a single reason: money. Rock is much more meaningful and emotional.

I don't see a lot of rock commercials nowadays, but I see plenty of pop advertisements. But I do have to admit, rock at some point was advertised. - AnimeDrawer

Okay, it is MOSTLY corporate (Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus are big examples), but not ALL of it is. Rock was the same thing at one point. - DCfnaf

Rock is commercial as well, don't try to deny it. - DaisyandRosalina

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9 Rock Singers Have Better Voices

Rock singers sing with their actual voices on stage. Whats the point of going to a pop concert where singers lip sync most of the time.

Those who listen to pop have hard time coping with reality as almost everything they listen is fake.

Yeah. Why not just instead call pop music "lip music"? Or call pop concerts "lip sync recitals"? - PianoQueen

Pop singers have the worst voices than rock singers

Right because Scott Stapp has a better voice than Adele. Yeah, you guys are full of crap. - DCfnaf

Y'all realize that the lipsynching thing isn't valid right. There's more pop stars then Brittney Spears and Bieber, and even then, it's not the actual music so you can't judge. - ProPanda

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10 Rock Has Meaning

Adele's song "Hello" is about longing to reconcile with a former lover. Kelly Clarkson's song "Piece By Piece" is about Kelly's husband being a better father to her daughter than her father was to her. Pink's song "Try" is about getting up, surviving from a heart break, and basically learning from it. Yeah, I'm pretty sure Pop Music can have meaning. - DCfnaf

The lyrics in rock music are based on REAL feelings the vocolist might have experienced, pop music focused on how a person looks and that their perfect and the people should worship them. The lyrics in pop mean nothing but teaches people that partying, drugs and alcohol are the right moral people should follow.

Real meaning not just "believe in yourself" or "don't let the bullies bother you". - PianoQueen

Pop songs got a meaning too, you need to listen to the right ones. - DaisyandRosalina

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The Newcomers

? The Best Songs of All Time are Only Rock

Are you serious? Did you seriously forget about "Dance With Somebody" by Whitney Houston, "Thriller" by Michael Jackson, "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion, "Set Fire to the Rain" by Adele, and so many more songs? - DCfnaf

The Contenders

11 The Only Reason People Like Pop Is Because Everybody Else Does

People only like the music because it's popular. I like music whether it's popular or not.

People only like these pop singers just because they are well... Popular

This is a site where most users bash pop, and you're telling me that's why I like it? Lol, give me a break. - DCfnaf

This is so true I mean in kindergarten I remember pretty much every girl in my class was obsessed of Justin beiber except me his lyrics where trash I mean who puts that much baby baby baby ohs in their music its annoying and I'm sure he uses auto tune!

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12 Rock Has Epic Guitar Solos And Bass Riffs

That's right. In pop it just sounds like robots singing kind of slow. A good song with heavy riffs and guitar solos is the way to go.

Nothing compares to a good guitar solo.

Try Paranoid Android - Radiohead, no pop music that can make a better AWESOME guitar SOLO than Jonny Greenwood's Solo

Smooth by Santana and Rob Thomas? - WonkeyDude98

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13 Pop Stars Focus More On Looking Pretty and Hot Instead of Writing Quality Music

Selena Gomez, Britney Spears, and Taylor Swift are perfect examples, but is this every singer? No. Adele and Kelly Clarkson (and I love Adele and Kelly so that's why I keep mentioning them) obviously have nothing to show, both are overweight. They are simply popular for their stunning singing voices and great music. Sure, there are some MALE pop singers like Justin Bieber and Shawn Mendes who have bland music but pretty looks, but girls screamed for Paul McCartney when he was younger and singing "Yesterday". Bruno Mars is also young, but does that mean he's talentless and his music sucks? Absolutely not. - DCfnaf

The people at my school think its gross to listen to music made by people over the age of 40. I find it gross how the girls listen to the annoying pop music

Here is an example, Blink 182 does not even focus on looking handsome, but they have good music. They are not known for their looks, but for their awesome music. Even though some rock artists can be attractive, rock is really about music, not looks. Not all pop singers are attractive, but some are, and only got famous for that. - AnimeDrawer

See also:cock rock. - RecklessGreed

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14 Rock Music Generally Has More Feeling

Did you forget about Adele? Did you forget about Beyoncé? Did you forget about Kelly Clarkson? Did you forget about Fall Out Boy? Did you forget about Twenty One Pilots? - DCfnaf

It does have more feeling and has good guitar solos.

15 Pop Fanbases Are Annoying

All pop fanbases are annoying

Rock fans are not that better, one example? This list. - DaisyandRosalina

Imagine there being a GOOD fanbase... - DCfnaf

Especially beliebers and directioners. - BeaM456

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16 Rock has More Subgenres

Quality > Quantity. Also, pop is extremely diverse because any genre can be pop. - DCfnaf

So... - WonkeyDude98

Yes.that's why rock has many variation. - zxm

17 Rock Doesn't Rely on Auto-Tune

Autotune is essentially what keeps pop alive. That and the people who think it is actually good music. - PositronWildhawk

Justin Bieber, One Direction, Adele, Rihanna, they barely use autotune or don't use it at all. Then there are people like Lady Gaga who use it on purpose as an art form rather than a way to cover up talent, cause Gaga HAS talent. - DCfnaf

I think auto-tune would be a good idea for some metal bands who would use it to make their growls and screams more louder. And louder means better!

Every band probably uses autotune. For that one little stupid sharp or flat. BUT

Pop literally relies on autotune to even sing. And the singers probably don't sing when live. They probavly lipsync - lonewolfe12345

18 St. Anger Is Actually Better Than Every Single One Direction Album

Well, it's better than Midnight Memories, sure, but 4 and Made In The AM are infinitely better, despite both being only decent. - WonkeyDude98

St. Anger is still a crappy album and there are MANY Rock and Pop albums that are actually BETTER than that garbage. - DCfnaf

St. Anger isn't even a bad album - METABOLICA

True facts

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19 Pop Can Influence More Bad Behavior Than Rock

I'm a big fan of rock (hard rock and punk rock mostly) and all I can say that this is 99.9% true. Metal has darker parts that some of you shouldn't probably explore. Satanic (who cares about religion nowadays) and brutal themes. Good. But pop music has more bad lessons to offer.

So themes that are brutal and satanic are far better lessons/themes than love and partying? LMFAO. - DCfnaf

The truth has spoken right here!

Metal artists aren't actually Satanist, they just wanna be edgy. Tom Araya from Slayer is actually CATHOLIC. In pop however, they actually do lots of drugs and have lots of sex. - GreenDayFan21

There are few parts in Rock or Metal that acutally are SATANIC! And this is even worse than sex ir drugs, SATANIC! Hell... - DaisyandRosalina

Some parts of Metal happen to be a little satanic, Black Metal and Death Metal are really really bad and they're the reason the entire genre is hated. Rock? I don't think Rock is satanic. - DCfnaf

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20 Pop Singers are Talentless

Except for Michael Jackson - yungstirjoey666

I don't even need to say why this is a stupid entry. - DCfnaf

They are

1985: Michael got the moves!
2017: Justin has a car.

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1. Pop Singers Today Have No Talent
2. Pop Fanbases Are Annoying
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