Worst Defenses Against Music Criticism

NiktheWiz
If you're going to defend a musical artist, song, or album, don't use these kinds of statements. Also, these are not direct quotes, but rather representations of one would often use as a defense against most criticisms.

The Top Ten

1 "White people can't criticize black music"

It's kinda weird to use racism as a defense against music criticism - Neonco31

Calling rap music "black" music makes you racist. - DCfnaf

*cough*Kanye*cough* - Zach808

Kanye, go hug yourself. (if ya know what I mean) - Swellow

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2 "I'd like to see you do better"

First of all, the person commenting can't do better. Second of all, the person they are commenting to isn't a musician so he can't do better. Third of all, that doesn't make every artist ever immune to criticism. - DCfnaf

Right Because Taylor Swift Is A Good Artist? - VideoGamefan5

If its Watch Me by Silento then I already have made a better song then that - christangrant

This goes out to ad hominem attacks in general. - NiktheWiz

3 "It's just a song"

True, songs don't necessarily represent real life, but is it too much to ask for songs with messages that are not reminiscent to Tyga's Stimulated, B.o.B's Flatline, or any other song that can spark massive controversy or (justifiably) offend people by sending a terrible message? If you're going to use questionable messages, at least frame them well. - NiktheWiz

Stimulated Isn't Just A Song, It's A Retard Having Sex With A Goat - VideoGamefan5

I hate Watch Me for many reasons - christangrant

It's just my opinion on the song... - DCfnaf

4 "It hit No.1 on the Billboard charts"

By that logic Closer by the Chainsmokers is the best song of 2016 - christangrant

By That Logic Watch Me Is The Best Song Of 2015 While See You Again Is The Worst Of 2015, Right? - VideoGamefan5

Uh See You Again was number 1 for 12 weeks. Watch Me couldn't even get #2. - ProPanda

By that logic, the Macarena is the best song of the 1990s. - NiktheWiz

Well we had a horrible song at #1 not 2 weeks ago... - allamassal

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5 "But it's catchy"

I don't know why people think this is a good thing. I generally find catchy music annoying

This is a perfectly reasonable excuse to like a song and avoid critical thought. - ProPanda

That's not enough to redeem the rest of the flaws. - NiktheWiz

Sometimes a song can be catchy in a good way (think Charlie Puth's songs), but having What About Us in my head for hours annoyed me to the extreme. - allamassal

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6 "These singers made a lot of money from this song/album while you're just sitting behind a computer hating"

And you're sitting behind a computer complaining about a stranger's opinion of a song that doesn't define you. - DCfnaf

Taylor Swift Is A Sellout - VideoGamefan5

Same thing as the Grammies and ad hominem. - NiktheWiz

7 "If you don't like it, then don't listen to it"

If you are watching it for the first time to see if you like it, then this comment wouldn't make sense. However, if the song plays on the radio, just turn it off or switch to another station. Nobody is "forcing you" to listen to the song, it was your own choice to sit through the song without changing the station. - BlueTopazIceVanilla

Does it look like I like 7 Years? , Nope, But My Radio Forced Me To Listen To It Back In Summer 2016, And Right Now Does It Look Like I Want To Listen To Shape Of You? - VideoGamefan5

This doesn't work with pop music. Whether you like a song or not, it WILL be drilled into your head by a radio that you can't just smash. - Zach808

Yeah, that totally works in public places. I'm just gonna go into Walmart, break into wherever the radio is, and shut it off. The employees definitely won't throw me out. Right? - Zach808

But what if you're in a store? Then you don't have that option. - allamassal

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8 "You have bad taste in music"

I don't get this one because there's no such thing as real music. All music (as well as all forms of art in general) is subjective.

Because music is subjective, no one has a bad taste in music. I used to say things similar to this, only about songs I hated, not liked. - allamassal

Music is subjective, so it's a dumb defense. - DCfnaf

Wow, Best Quote Ever - Hillary Clinton - VideoGamefan5

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9 "This [insert record/artist here] won a Grammy"

Grammies =/= quality. For example, Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly lost to Taylor Swift's 1989 for the Album of the Year award in 2016). - NiktheWiz

And your point is...? - DCfnaf

Lemonade lost to 25 (But Luckily Adele still honors Beyonce and share her Grammys with her) - BeaM456

10 "It's still better than any of today's music.

There is no way that there are zero songs from today that are better than Barbie Girl, We are the World, the Macarena, Axl F (Crazy Frog), Achy Breaky Heart, etc. - NiktheWiz

So you're telling me that "We Built This City" is better than "Irvine", "Jesus Alone", "I'm Going To Do It", and "Blackstar"? Pfft, nonsense. - DCfnaf

Work By Rihanna Sucks And You Need To Accept that People Hate It For Good And Valid Reasons - VideoGamefan5

You are the type of person who the user of the list is specifically trying to show negatively. - Swellow

No sticking to the past, move on with it - Neonco31

The Contenders

11 "It's a dance song, so the lyrics don't matter"

Some songs aren't meant to have lyrics. As long as it's not offensive (Juju) or annoying (Watch Me), I'm fine with mediocre lyrics. - ProPanda

Not all songs need to have lyrics, say like for video game tracks and some electronic dubstep songs - Neonco31

Lyrics do matter in my opinion - christangrant

What if it's an unlistenable piece of garbage dance track? - DCfnaf

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12 "Be honest, you only hate this song because of overplay or overhype"

If they say a song is bad then they usually have reasons for saying it besides "I've heard this song 921653932165891 times on the radio it's driving me insane". - allamassal

This is probably the truest thing on the list. - Swellow

13 "Everyone at my school likes it"
14 "You obviously didn't listen to it"

I did, and this is my opinion. - DCfnaf

15 "You just don't like it because it's not the 80s'."

It would be so easy for one to use this argument on people who like old music and hate modern music, and...maybe it's true, as in the best songs list, there are virtually no songs from the 2010s, or maybe I'm just a total idiot and people actually have legit reasons to like old music, and hate modern music. I dunno...(likely the second option, though.).

16 "But it's a [insert something that the song is not here]"

Take, for example, Peacock by Katy Perry. Katy Perry passed the song off as a gay pride anthem, but clearly nobody is buying that excuse. - NiktheWiz

17 "Oh look all mainstream pop and rap is rubbish metal is way better"

Whenever these conversations come up, it's always Metallica, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, and Lil Wayne that get brought up. - DCfnaf

Nah, Metallica's Hardwired is barely decent to be honest - Neonco31

Stupid Reason - VideoGamefan5

"Why is mainstream pop and rap bad? "
*Answers "Justin Bieber" (a guy who hasn't been relevent in years and is now more mature) or some rapper who is a stereotype of a gangster* - BlueTopazIceVanilla

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18 I am biased. This song reminds me of my friends.

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1. "It hit No.1 on the Billboard charts"
2. "If you don't like it, then don't listen to it"
3. "But it's catchy"
allamassal
1. "White people can't criticize black music"
2. "I'd like to see you do better"
3. "You have bad taste in music"
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1. "I'd like to see you do better"
2. "It's a dance song, so the lyrics don't matter"
3. "White people can't criticize black music"
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