Top Ten Reasons Why Rock Music Is Better Than Pop
The Top Ten
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. - AlphaQ
Exactly. Literally half of every Pop songs of old and new have a piano sounding beat. - DarkBoi-X
I'd rather listen to music that uses real instruments than listen to an autotuned voice singing over a computerized beat. - RiverVibeZ
This is the most biased elitist list I've seen besides my obviously bad pop "etlist:" list. - BlueTelegraph
Again, it's because they have talent and are doing it because they love playing music, not cause they want the cash. - RiverVibeZ
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. - 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!
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.
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.
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excuse me you do realise that the bad artists which are popular only make up 25% of the whole genre, right? - AlphaQ
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.
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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.
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. - DCfnaf
Honestly in my opinion Fall Out Boy is more of Alt Rock like Bastille - hugh201
Some singers are good DCfnaf but we're talking Justin beiber and Katie Perry here
The ultimate demonstration is justin beiber
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. - DarkBoi-X
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.
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 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. - RiverVibeZ
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.
Rock lyric is about surviving depressive, and that things will get better, while pop is about partying and drinking
Lol classic rock has the most retarded fanbase. Pop fanbases are way better than rock fanbases by far. - AlphaQ
All pop fanbases are annoying
Rock fans are not that better, one example? This list. - DaisyandRosalina
Imagine there being a GOOD fanbase... - DCfnaf
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. - 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!
Stairway to Heaven is a satanic song, just listen to it backward. - MalikCampbell
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. - RiverVibeZ
No pop is way more full of feeling, you definitely haven't properly listened to pop. - AlphaQ
Yes it's true that rock music generally has more feeling than pop music. I'm an 18 year old teenage girl, but I listen to artists and bands like my chemical romance, avril lavigne, paramore, panic! at the disco, nirvana, fall out boy, dashboard confessional and many more. most teenagers now a days are more interested in pop. I always get annoyed by the sound of it. look I understand that some of the songs sang by taylor swift or adele are emotional but rock is much more emotional than their songs. you know I like emo, punk, metal, grunge and alternative rock, I like listening to depressive music.most people says that rock music are ''satanic'' but I don't believe that at all. just listen to my chemical romance music and you will all know how much emotional their songs are.
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
TOP is repetitive and seems to encourage people to pretend they have depression just so they can feel better about themselves.
Led Zeppelin is an untalented bunch of long hair dudes and Queen is good but they can't beat pop, oh no. - AlphaQ
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
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!
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. - RiverVibeZ
As if rock isn't more popular than pop? Rock is far more popular than pop, especially on this site. - AlphaQ
I agree with this reason. This is basically the same thing with Hip Hop’s popularity.
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
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.
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. - RiverVibeZ
Lmao sure because Robert plant has better vocals than Ariana Grande. Y'all are talking a lot of crap. - AlphaQ
It's for damn sure that Freddie Mercury had a much better voice than Ariana Grande - ABCDEFGHIJ
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
Eve the weaker pop artists have more talent than Led Zeppelin. - AlphaQ
The only good pop artists are Taylor Swift, Adele, and Michael Jackson because they have at least one talent to show off people.
Except for Michael Jackson - yungstirjoey666
Yeah, Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, and George Michael are definitely talentless.
And rock artists aren't constantly worried about their mom's makeup? - AlphaQ
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
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
If you hate it because it's popular than you should hate The Beatles, Michael Jackson, and Queen. - RoseWeasley
" 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? - wrests
People like rock more than pop. - AlphaQ
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
This is true. But also, extemely funny.
Autotune is essentially what keeps pop alive. That and the people who think it is actually good music. - PositronWildhawk
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. - BeaM456
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
Quality > Quantity. Also, pop is extremely diverse because any genre can be pop. - DCfnaf
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. - AlphaQ
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. - DarkBoi-X
So... - WonkeyDude98
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. - RiverVibeZ
Rock influences people to be edgy and emo which is evil, pop Artist are way more optimistic. - AlphaQ
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
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 - RustyNail
Beyonce is terrible, her album Lemonade is worst and Formation is totally suck.
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!
I am Christian and Marilyn Manson is one of my favourite bands
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 - LMackenzie722
Marilyn Manson sucks and I'm not even Christian. - AlphaQ
Meh, Marilyn Manson's songs are pretty awful. - DCfnaf
Rock also has Cannibal Corpse and Pop has Adele. I like both genres, though. - RoseWeasley
Rock has trash like Cannibal Corpse and Led Zeppelin while Pop has Adele and Alessia Cara. - AlphaQ
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. - DCfnaf
A song about an evil producer is better than a song about having sex with a dead woman. - DCfnaf
Well, pop does tell you cheesy morals that you're probably not gonna believe anyway. - PianoQueen
Rock teaches you to be emo which is very bad. - AlphaQ
Listen to Amazing by Aerosmith. It will teach you a lot of life lessons. - big-dude
Listen to "Wind of Change" by Scorpions. - NickVog
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...
Because the majority of rock fans are delusuional and sensitive little snowflakes who will get offended over a different opinion and pop fans wouldn't get vexed over something this petty. - AlphaQ
Led Zeppelin plagiarized 10 of their songs, & Cannibal Corpse writes about nothing but killing and raping. Fight me, butthurt rock fanboys. - RoseWeasley
Led Zeppelin are plagiarists that can't make anything original to save their life. Cannibal Corpse is a disgusting and awful band that writes about disgusting and awful topics. Nickelback is generic as all hell and makes nothing interesting. Design the Skyline speaks for itself. Mayhem is satanic. There. I've criticized Rock. Wanna fight me? - DCfnaf
Being Satanic doesn't mean bad, Satanic black and death metal are the very best metal
The All American Rejects have one good song. There, I just did. - ProPanda
I agree with this topic cause Rock has motivational lyrics about something like love or loss while all pop manages to do is talk bout how they can never get any boy or girl to like them and it's pathetic
Not gonna lie.
A lot of Rock is wayy more whiny than Pop. - wrests
Rock Has Amal Cvnt, Cannibal Horse And Dread Nippelin While Pop Has Maikel Jocksen And Ariana Grande Machine Along With A Dell And RiRi Handa. - AlphaQ
CRAWWLING INN MYYY SKIN - ProPanda
I'm sure no one will forget Rihanna years to come. - ProPanda
Back in Black: released 39 years ago, still as good as the day it came out, if not better.
Shape of You: released 2 years ago: died after 2 months
Adele will not sound dated. - DCfnaf
Modern Pop is greater than oldies Rock. - AlphaQ
DCfnaf, that's what they said about Madonna and here we are
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
Are you kidding? What about classical?
You can really tell that they have experienced what they wrote about. Pop is just not the same.
Pop music has always been in and popular, but rock has fought through a lot and has more of a troubled story to tell then pop. Rock has a long history of being an outsider so it was easier to relate to for a lot of people.
I have no hate for pop I just personally find rock much better.
No pop does. - AlphaQ
Or very softer - zxm
Metal is super loud...
Most pop is simple-minded. Drakes new hit "Hotline Bling" doesn't even have a meaning, Drake only added that in the lyrics because it's catchy, which I think is stupid.
Honestly Skillet is actually a good band. They have good songs like "Monster" and "Not Gonna Die." But I would rather listen to Nickelback, Limp Bizkit, Korn, and Green Day ( all terrible) than to listen to 1 second of a pop song.
Imagine Nickelback and Skillet having talent...sorry, but I don't think they're better than Twenty One Pilots and Maroon 5... - DCfnaf
I listened to some of Mickle Crack's songs and one of the albums and so far they seem like drunk fools. - AlphaQ
Nirvana, heck yes. Nickelback and Skillet, I don't know about them.
You can find amazing pop and rap artists underground too. - AlphaQ
True, there's probably Pop bands I haven't heard of that I might want to listen to. I'd rather do that then hear Believer by Imagine Dragons one more F-ing time! - ProPanda
True, there's probably Rock bands I haven't heard of that I might want to listen to. I'd rather do that then hear Sorry by Justin Bieber one more F-ing time!
Yeah you can. I didn't know rock until 2013, at age 8. I listen to alternative bands like Arctic Monkeys and Black Keys. And Beck. Iove the past 😍
Lzzy hale of halestorm is the queen of metal, and she could surely beat ariana grande, taylor swift or any whiney pop brat
Or Amy Lee I would rather listen to her than Ariana Grande by far!
Janet Gardner and Lita Ford will overpower and out do Demi and Selena!
Or... I really know more male singers but...
Pop music may have motivational lyrics, there are not as in depth as rock music. I mean some artists like Lukas Graham or Christina Perri. They both make beautiful music and so many more artist. But I can only name like 5 talented pop artists, while I can name more people who make well written lyrics that are alternative or rock. For example my chemical romance, Panic! At the disco, Fall out boy, green day, blink 182, 21 pilots, and classic rock artists like Billie Joel, Elton John, ACDC, Queen, Guns N Roses, and so many more.
You know what pop has? Miley Cyrus, Niki Manag (sorry for spelling), Drake, oh and a lot of these artist use auto tune. It is so sad that children in my own generation find this music influential and amazing.
Rock has Panic! at the Disco, Fall Out Boy, Queen, Led Zeppelin (sorta good), Elton John, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Twenty One Pilots, Evanescence, Pink, Maroon 5, and many more great artists...
Pop has Adele, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Kelly Clarkson, Bruno Mars, Rihanna, Beyoncé, Whitney Houston, Céline Dion, Madonna, Tori Kelly, and many more great artists, some of which are rock as well.
So what's the point of fighting? Both genres have talented artists. - DCfnaf
All pop singers care about is money
50 years on, and people still listen to The Beatles. Do you honestly think that people will be listening to Justin Bieber's songs a decade from now. Probably not.
Pop stars aren't people therefore they shouldn't have constitutional rights!
Of course! Taylor Swift is totally not a real person because she writes songs about breakups! Marilyn Manson is a cool guy though and he deserves constitutional rights, ignoring all of the creepy as hell stuff he's done. *Sarcasm* - DCfnaf
They are all fake - RustyNail
Even Bohemian Rhapsody has repetitiveness. Come on. - AlphaQ
It's not true. - zxm
lies - wrests
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An entire section of Bolevaurd Of Broken Dreams, a song I actually like! - ProPanda