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.


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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.

It all sounds the exact same, there is no evidence of originality in any of the songs, I can listen to a rock playlist and hear the first chord and immediately know what song it is, and who wrote

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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

These days they are mostly lip syncing and using autotune make music. But Rock/Metal are real damn skills. You can see it by how the vocals voice changed

Well this is true of 60% of pop artists which is more than half but not not even close to all. Twenty One pilots, Imagine Dragons and Maroon 5 have talent. Twenty One Pilots is one of my favourite artists.-TheCoolGuy1

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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'd like to say first that I'm a diehard classic, hard, and blues rock fan, but I do like some pop - just not today's pop. Stuff like Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, etc. Most of modern pop makes me want to die though.

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6 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

Led Zeppelin no...but Queen yes, especially Freddie Mercury from Queen was a GOD, I would trade any other singer for him.

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7 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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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

Billie Joe Armstrong, Chester Bennington, Brendon Urie? Sure... Adele is better than all of them. - Portal_Chicken

Listen to Chester Bennington - deandinosaur5

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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

The REAL pop should have REAL reason to be likable, just like other REAL music genres. - BorisRule

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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 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

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

It does have more feeling and has good guitar solos.

Yup rock music has so much more Feeling. Example is linkin parks castle of glass etc.

14 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

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

Sometimes they call metal musicians unattractive and say that their music probably is bad because a person like me likes it... like these pop fans I know at my school. So stupid those people are... - Lucretia

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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

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

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16 Rock has More Subgenres

Suicidal depressive black metal, national socialist black metal, technical thrash, crossover thrash, alternative metal, blackened thrash, raw black metal, blackened death metal, progressive death metal, deathcore, deathnroll, metalcore... okay, yeah I think that does not matter but I agree on this. - Lucretia

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

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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

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

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18 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. - DCfnaf

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 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 Singers are Talentless

Except for Michael Jackson - yungstirjoey666

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

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

Bish what? Bish WHAT? BISH WHAT? Pop singers are not talentless you idiotic DELUSIONAL freak! Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, Ariana Grande, the 1D boys, Beyonce, Rihanna, Selena Gomez etc are all examples of talented pop singers! In fact pop has MORE talent than rock! Yes I said it!


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20 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

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

The truth has spoken right here!

Sort of agree... discluding black metal musicians - Lucretia

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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 - RustyNail

Bruno Mars! That guy is the only pop singer I listen to

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22 Pop is Too Popular

" 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.

People say everything I listened to hurts their ears and all the bands I listen to suck and on top of that I am a rude satanist... for not liking pop - Lucretia

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

Metal/Rock music is underground music. The term of 'underground' means uncommercial or non-mainsteream. While pop music is mainstream and mainstream means popular or commercial, idiots. - BeaM456

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23 Even Christians Listen to Bands Like Marilyn Manson

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

Meh, Marilyn Manson's songs are pretty awful. - DCfnaf


24 Rock Has Slash, Pop Has Justin Bieber

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 (along with NWA and 2pac and all other pre 2000 rappers as Rock welcomes them with open arms) has actual real humans being (human is plural and being is singular on purpose by the way)! Pop stars (including the kardashians) are not people don't deserve constitutional rights!

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

Rock has Alice In Chains and pop has some good artists I am sure exist somewhere - Lucretia

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25 Not as Whiny

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

Oh dear... Whoever put this on here has never listened to any 2000s rock songs in their life. - Zach808

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

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26 You Can't Criticize Rock

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

Every hard rock and hair metal band is trash. There - Lucretia

Simple, if you're giving you're opinion (even if it's fully honest) on rock, expect someone on YouTube to pelt on your shirt. by the way, I added this because I felt like why people can criticize pop but you can't do it on Rock. It's like it's factual

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27 Rock Can Actually Teach You Something

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

Slayer and Iron Maiden teach me history... I do it instead of my history homework. - Lucretia

Rock teaches you to be emo which is very bad. - AlphaQ

Sabaton has taught me more about WW2 than school - Zombieguy745

28 It Can Be Louder

Or very softer - zxm

Metal is super loud...

29 Most Pop is Simple-Minded

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.

30 The Beatles Formed in 1960, and Kids Today Still Listen to Them

I'm sure no one will forget Rihanna years to come. - ProPanda

31 Classic Rock Music is Timeless, While Modern Pop Will Sound Extremely Dated in 5 to 10 Years from Now.

Modern Pop is greater than oldies Rock. - AlphaQ

Adele will not sound dated. - DCfnaf

DCfnaf, that's what they said about Madonna and here we are

32 Rock bands such as Nickelback, Skillet, Nirvana,... are a lot better than Justin Bieber, One Direction, 5 Seconds Of Summer

Nickelback and Skillet talented? Are you actually trolling right now? - WonkeyDude98

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 is the single most overrated band on the planet and is known for like one annyoing song that doesn't make sense. Nickelback is weird, and christian rock is stupid. But yeah boybands are not good - Lucretia

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33 Lzzy Hale Could Beat Any Female Pop Singer

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!

What about Alissa White Gluz? You forgot to say her - Lucretia

Or... I really know more male singers but...

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34 Rock Doesn't Repeat Its Lyrics

It's not true. - zxm

lies - wrests

"Ah ah ah ah ah
Ah ah ah ah ah"

An entire section of Bolevaurd Of Broken Dreams, a song I actually like! - ProPanda

I wasted too much time you!
Wasted too much time you!
Wasted too much time
Wasted too much time
Wasted too much time
Wasted too much time you

This sounds really weird because I took some words out... anyways, this is a verse of a SP song. - Lucretia

35 You Can Find Good Rock Bands in the Underground Today

And good pop acts in the underground today. - WonkeyDude98

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 😍

36 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

Are you kidding? What about classical? - naFrovivuS

37 Pop Singers are Selfish

All pop singers care about is money

38 Most Pop Stars Are Fake

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

39 More in Depth

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

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

Its more popular because people like it... - Lucretia

41 Rock Music is More Timeless

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.

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