Top Ten Reasons Why Rock Music Is Better Than Pop

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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

This is a very ignorant comment. I respect your opinion that you don't like pop but have you EVEN BOTHERED to listen to the genre? - AlphaQ

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

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

Pop Has Actually Gotten Better.
Old Pop: 3/10
Modern Pop: 9/10 - AlphaQ

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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.

So is pop. Somebody's very ignooraaanttt... - AlphaQ

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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

If they didn't have some talent, they would be successful. I doubt it's easy to be a pop star - RecklessGreed

Smart entry, it made my eyes falls out and my face bleed. - AlphaQ

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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

I am a teenager and hate pop, but most people in my school like it. Especially girls.

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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!

Max Martin and Lukas Gottwald wrote most modern pop for the last few years. They’ve written for Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Jessie J, P! nk, Justin Timberlake, Maroon 5, Katy Perry, Ellie Goulding, Robin Thicke, etc. Wether as Nirvanas In Utero album was written entirely by Kurt Cobain, Dave Ghrol and Krist Novosellic.

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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

LZ Shouldn't Even Exist, Queen Is Kinda Good. Nowhere Near As Good As Modern Kesha. - AlphaQ

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8 Pop is Commercial

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

Oh right, because Adele has no emotion in her songs and only gives a crap about money. Somebody is ignorant. - DCfnaf

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

Hair metal is comercial and very poppy rock and it is bad, but some commercial music is fine,

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9 Rock Has Meaning

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

Adele's song "Hello" is about longing to reconcile with a former lover. Yeah, I'm pretty sure Pop Music can have meaning. - DCfnaf

Pop has meaning too. - wrests

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10 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

Oh yeah, because that guy from Simple Plan totally has a better voice than Christina Aguilera...
(this is obviously sarcasm) - wrests

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The Newcomers

? Pop is Only Popular Due to It Being in the Radio More Often

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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

Lies. almost everyone bashes it. - AlphaQ

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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

Metal has the best instrumentals though/

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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

So true I can't stand the word or sentence "pop is amazing" no it's not it's terrible because they don't write quality music at all

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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 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

Metal bands need to use autotune. - AlphaQ

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

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16 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

Care to disagree?
Rock and Black Metal fanbases are much, MUCH more annoying than Pop Fanbases. - wrests

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17 Rock has More Subgenres

Progressive rock, psych rock, hard rock, soft rock, death metal, black metal, nu metal, thrash metal, groove metal, heavy metal, speed metal, power death, melodic death metal... but still more sub genres does not make a music genre more quality.

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

Pop has Pop Rap, Pop Rock, Hip Pop, Electropop. Plus rap has even more subgenres than rock. - AlphaQ

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

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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

St Anger was garbage. Many pop and rock are better.

Lady Gaga: 9/10
25: 8/10
St Wanker: 3/10 - AlphaQ

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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

Ugh
POP Is ABOUT S3X N PERTAYNG SO DAT Is BAD AAH
so when Rock music is about suicide or something like that, it's alright? - wrests

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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

BULL! EVERY genre needs talent Ffs. - AlphaQ

Nope.
1985: Michael got the moves
2017: Shawn wrote a beautiful song about suicide (A Little Too Much)

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