Top Ten Reasons Why Rock Music Is Better Than Pop

The Top Ten

1 Instruments Are Played

Main reason rock is better. Pop only sounds like a drum 500x smaller than a real drum, similar to rap. Some pop songs may have acoustic guitar playing, but most of the time, no. Rock has a variety of instruments like acoustic and electric guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, piano, and violin.

Right, because pop doesn't have any guitar and piano instrumentals.

Exactly. Literally half of every Pop songs of old and new have a piano sounding beat.

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

I'd rather listen to music that uses real instruments than listen to an autotuned voice singing over a computerized beat.

2 Most Rock Bands Write their Own Music

Again, it's because they have talent and are doing it because they love playing music, not cause they want the cash.

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.

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.

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.

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!

3 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?

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.

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

I'm a big hatter of pop, but it sucks even worse now. And also very annoying like Justin Beiber, Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Billie Eilish, Jonas Brothers, all of them suck.

4 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.

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.

"High Hopes" has no motivation? "No Crying In The Club" has no motivation? "Glorious" has no motivation? How ignorant is this comment?

Totally. Like Panic! At The Disco or 5 Seconds of Summer or All Time Low, Green Day, Blink-182, and so on.

5 Pop Singers Today Have No Talent

None at all. They don't even give the DJs any credit. Also reason I hate pop. Rock gives credit to all band members.

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.

Honestly in my opinion Fall Out Boy is more of Alt Rock like Bastille - hugh201

The ultimate demonstration is justin beiber

Some singers are good DCfnaf but we're talking Justin beiber and Katie Perry here

6 Pop is Commercial

This is such an ignorant list, even I, someone who mostly listens to Rock oriented music and rarely listens to Pop music, would say,
Are you forgetting that many many Rock bands were also highly commercialized too, whether it be AC/DC or Metallica or Linkin Park or many other bands.
And even then, while I do think the better stuff is outside the mainstream spotlight, that doesn't mean that just because something is commercial it's bad.
I could talk about the other points too such as how "Pop brainwashes people"(Such an Alex Jones-esque statement) but eh.

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.

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.

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.

7 Rock Has Meaning

I listen to songs for joy. Just for fun. I don't search for deep, deep, meanings. I don't listen to horrid meaning either. Pop usually does have meaning.

Rock and metal may sound Satanic (some are) or talk about drinking, but have meanings or lessons like never giving up or it's best to do stuff alone. Pop mostly sings about love and sex.

Some pop songs have meaning too, but the meaning is usually very shallow and basic.

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.

8 Pop Fanbases Are Annoying

Lol classic rock has the most retarded fanbase. Pop fanbases are way better than rock fanbases by far.

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

All pop fanbases are annoying

Imagine there being a GOOD fanbase...

9 Rock Music Generally Has More Feeling

Metallica makes songs that cover a wide range of topics from war to drug addiction and even love.
Guns N Roses wrote songs about their experiences in life.
Iron Maiden told a story through each of their songs.
And what do the pop singers of today write about? Boyfriends, parties, and sex! No creativity whatsoever. This is exactly why I'm a metalhead.

No pop is way more full of feeling, you definitely haven't properly listened to pop.

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?

TOP is repetitive and seems to encourage people to pretend they have depression just so they can feel better about themselves.

It does have more feeling and has good guitar solos.

10 Girls Are Getting "Brainwashed" by Pop

This is so true. Especially with Beliebers and Directioners.

I love how everyone on this list is worshipping rock music like it is made by God. There are plenty of horrendous rock bands out there, such as Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, Train, Goo Goo Dolls, Smash Mouth, Nickelback, Creed, Coldplay, Oasis, Sugar Ray, Matchbox Twenty, Hootie & the Blowfish, Panic! at the Disco, Attila, Evanescence, Fall Out Boy, Black Veil Brides, Falling in Reverse, Bring Me the Horizon, Asking Alexandria and much, much more. This list is idiotic and just straight up pointless.

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.

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.

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!

"Brainwashed"? If your class is young, they probably listen to songs they hear more often, not everyone's the same as you. Why don't you listen to Mozart or Beethoven? Do you not listen to them? Then I suppose we could say you're brainwashed by the music YOU listen to.

The Contenders

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

As if rock isn't more popular than pop? Rock is far more popular than pop, especially on this site.

This is true. I even talked to one of my classmates about this and he admitted that the only reason he listens to rap is because everyone else in the school likes it.

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.

I agree with this reason. This is basically the same thing with Hip Hop’s popularity.

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

Led Zeppelin is an untalented bunch of long hair dudes and Queen is good but they can't beat pop, oh no.

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.

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

Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd stands above all

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!

13 Rock Singers Have Better Voices

Most do, but there are some like Chris Barnes of Cannibal Corpse and Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit that sound much worse than any mainstream pop singer.

Rock may have slot of screaming, but a whole lot better voices, especially Adam Gontier (former singer of Three Days Grace). Billie Eilish mostly murmurs in her songs.

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"?

Lmao sure because Robert plant has better vocals than Ariana Grande. Y'all are talking a lot of crap.

It's for damn sure that Freddie Mercury had a much better voice than Ariana Grande

14 Pop Singers are Talentless

Eve the weaker pop artists have more talent than Led Zeppelin.

Except for Michael Jackson

Yeah, Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, and George Michael are definitely talentless.

The only good pop artists are Taylor Swift, Adele, and Michael Jackson because they have at least one talent to show off people.

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

And rock artists aren't constantly worried about their mom's makeup?

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.

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

YES! one of my friend keeps saying that all these pop people she listens to are hot or something but when I show her the members of the bands I listen to she always has something to say like "ew, he looks so old, how could you listen to an old guy like that" (that was about Beau Bokan of BlessTheFall) or she compares them to her own "okay fine you might think Chris roe-whatever is good or whatever but harry styles is a lot hotter" it's so dumb

16 Pop is Too Popular

If you hate it because it's popular than you should hate The Beatles, Michael Jackson, and Queen.

@Misfire that was her argument. If you hate pop for being popular, why not hate the others?

" Nobody can escape it, it's everywhere you go, in my school, people say that I am listening to unpopular music, they say listen to pop music, its popular.

Rock was too popular at one point, so what are you trying to convey here?

People like rock more than pop.

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

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

St. Anger isn't even a bad album

This is true. But also, extemely funny.


18 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.

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.

All I know about rock music is you don't need to soft your voice but instead you must deeper you voice to sing while pop music requires you to has soft voice. So no wonder why pop music needs auto-tunes plus it actually hard to follow the note of song using soft voice.

Metal bands need to use autotune.

19 Rock has More Subgenres

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

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.

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

And Rock has Alternative Rock, Experimental Rock, Punk Rock, Progressive Rock, Hard Rock, Art Rock, Noise Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Pop Rock and even the many subgenres of them so this is factually wrong.

Yes.that's why rock has many variation.

20 Pop Can Influence More Bad Behavior Than Rock

Rock may get people to get depression rarely, get drunk, and probably have thoughts of suicide, but pop has a darker side. I really know about pop because I don't listen to it.

I think y'all got this confused with rap. Even though I dislike today's pop, most of it is harmless love songs or songs about parties. Modern rap on the other hand, glorifies drug use, objectification of women, gang violence, and other crimes.

Rock influences people to be edgy and emo which is evil, pop Artist are way more optimistic.

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.

21 Michael Jackson, Beyoncé and Madonna Are the Only Good Pop Singers

And Michael is the only one of them that isn't boring!

Michael Jackson was called Disco when I was young ( I'm 55 years old ) and Disco was concidered Anti-Rock. His title as " King of Pop " came later and in my opinion he didn't deserved it. About crap singers like Beyonce and Madonna I even don't want to talk about. LONG LIVE ROCK!

Michael jackson is the " King of Pop", people say, well if that's true since he is dead, please let it make pop dead, shouldn't it be dead

Beyonce is terrible, her album Lemonade is worst and Formation is totally suck.

22 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

Exactly why I always play eruption turned up way beyond 11 to ruin pop lovers listening to pop out loud experiences!

23 Even Christians Listen to Bands Like Marilyn Manson

I am Christian and Marilyn Manson is one of my favourite bands

Marilyn Manson sucks and I'm not even Christian.

Music is music. a lot of people, like me, listen to music to enjoy it for the music rather than the lyrics. Marilyn Manson songs are great but I dislike the lyrics. There are many bands I like but dislike the lyrical content because I'm Christian

Meh, Marilyn Manson's songs are pretty awful.

24 Rock Has Slash, Pop Has Justin Bieber

Rock also has Cannibal Corpse and Pop has Adele. I like both genres, though.

Rock has trash like Cannibal Corpse and Led Zeppelin while Pop has Adele and Alessia Cara.

Justin Bieber is stupid and weird. Slash, on the other hand, he's the king of guitar solos and all of the awesome rock. I think Bieber should have stayed in jail.

Rock/Metal has Cannibal Corpse, Pop has 2017 Kesha and Adele. Of course comparing good artists from one genre and bad artists from another is a ridiculous comparison, but I just wanted to show that pop artists can be better than rock artists.

A song about an evil producer is better than a song about having sex with a dead woman.

25 Rock Can Actually Teach You Something

Well, pop does tell you cheesy morals that you're probably not gonna believe anyway.

Rock teaches you to be emo which is very bad.

Listen to Amazing by Aerosmith. It will teach you a lot of life lessons.

Listen to "Wind of Change" by Scorpions.

Rock has real meanining and it can show you the way of life. There is something from life in every rock song. It can help you when you feel blue because of knowing you are not the only one. What can you take from Shape of you? Nothing. But try to listen to Estranged by GN'R and it can save your life...

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