Top Ten Reasons Why Rock Music Is Better Than Pop

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The Top Ten

1 Instruments Are Played

Camila Cabello, Maroon 5 and Panic! At The Disco use real instruments, but this list is more about Katy Perry the Platypus and Justin Beaver.

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

Rock performances are always catchier and better because they did more love songs and peaceful songs, but also they can control the instruments better. The notes don’t have to be a competitive. Anyway, they use more instruments throughout their songs and make em more sound like more actual instruments.

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.

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2 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.

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!

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

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3 Pop Today Sucks

Many pop musics sound awful in my ear, even I've downloaded some of pop musics, I can't stand to hear it again forever.

Geez, I can not stand modern pop music, along with reggaeton and mumble rap. - Hanjax70

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

I don't like pop music at all and it sucks!

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4 Rock Is Motivational

I can agree with this one. - Hanjax70

Lololool I like bananas so much day taste like pinapels lolololol

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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5 Pop Singers Today Have No Talent

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

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

I wouldn't catogrize fall out boy and twenty one pilots exactly pop, MANIA fall out boys album was a little bit more pop than usual, and TOP hit song were only off blurry face and not trench

The ultimate demonstration is justin beiber

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6 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.

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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7 Rock Has Meaning

Rock lyric is about surviving depressive, and that things will get better, while pop is about partying and drinking

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.

Everything in pop is about money,sex, girls, etc. Rock can be about childhood, war, trauma so much more than pop will ever be.

The fact that rock is better is because that the pop is commercial. That doesn't mean that if a band plays pop has to have horrible lyrics with no meaning (like cliché like love songs, parties etc)... A pop band can tell about deep stories, but it's very rare, and this is just because who decide to play pop wants just to make money. So... Money= songs about what common people wants to hear about. So... Stupid songs.

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8 Girls Are Getting "Brainwashed" by Pop

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.

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.

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

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9 Pop Fanbases Are Annoying

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

And you metal fans aren't?!
(no offense to metal) - RoseWeasley

All pop fanbases are annoying

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

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10 Rock Music Generally Has More Feeling

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.

It does have more feeling and has good guitar solos.

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The Contenders

11 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. - AlphaQ

They are best

Boston is my favorite

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

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

*metal - RoseWeasley

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

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

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13 Pop Singers are Talentless

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.

Alpha Q and camellias cabello’s one fan shut up 1D suck and Camilla cabello sucks and rock and Whitney Houston are talented and Kesha sucks

Except for Michael Jackson - yungstirjoey666

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14 Rock Singers Have Better Voices

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

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

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

Pop singers have the worst voices than rock singers

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15 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

Here is an example, Blink 182 isn't known for being the most handsome looking, but for their music. Even though some rock artists can be attractive, rock is really about music, not looks. One Direction and Justin Bieber are only famous for their looks.

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16 Pop is Too Popular

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

People like rock more than pop. - AlphaQ

" 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

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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. - DCfnaf

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

This is true. But also, extemely funny.

Right

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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. - 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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19 Rock has More Subgenres

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

Actually No. Rock has the most subgenres, because Metal is a Rock Subgenre. You named 4 subgenres for Pop, I can name you 10 times more for Rock! - Duken_V

So... - WonkeyDude98

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20 Pop Can Influence More Bad Behavior Than Rock

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

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!

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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!

Adam lambert is much better than beyonce and madonna and all other pop artists today

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

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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!

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23 Even Christians Listen to Bands Like Marilyn Manson

Marilyn Manson sucks and I'm not even Christian. - AlphaQ

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

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

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24 Rock Has Slash, Pop Has Justin Bieber

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

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25 Rock Can Actually Teach You Something

Listen to "Wind of Change" by Scorpions. - NickVog

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

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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26 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

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

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

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

28 You Can't Criticize Rock

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

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

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

30 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?

31 Pop is Only Popular Due to It Being in the Radio More Often
32 It Can Be Louder

Or very softer - zxm

Metal is super loud...

33 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.

34 Rock Music Has More of a Unique and Interesting History

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.

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

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 lost me at Nickelback. - WonkeyDude98

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36 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!

Janet Gardner and Lita Ford will overpower and out do Demi and Selena!

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

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37 You Can Find Good Rock Bands in the Underground Today

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 😍

38 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

39 Pop Singers are Selfish

All pop singers care about is money

40 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.

41 Rock Music is Catchier
42 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

43 Rock Doesn't Repeat Its Lyrics

Even Bohemian Rhapsody has repetitiveness. Come on. - AlphaQ

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

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