Worst Things About Modern Music


The Top Ten

1 Music artists become famous based on image, not musical talent

Today the music industry is selling sex. because as we all know, it's all about the outside. NOT!

Go metal - musical talent matters while image doesn't. - Metal_Treasure

The music industry should be selling music not sex.

Yeah if the boys are hot
people "like" them - Adventurur2

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2 Autotune

I like electronic music, and hate it when it is criticised for autotune by people who can't tell the difference between the godforsaken pop and electronic. House and trance does not use autotune. Stick that in your ear. - PositronWildhawk

Are there any American singers who do not use autotune?

I can't stand this stuff.

Sound like robots - Adventurur2

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3 Most of the stuff on the radio is pop music

And nobody cares about Rock or Metal. Its never on the news. Look at this - sometimes an music artist gets arrested. If it's a rock or metal person its on the news on the bottom scroll line 2 weeks later. If a pop artist or anybody that's not rock OR metal is arrested it be the headline on everything and Barack Obama would bale them out that afternoon. - RustyNail

Where's the jazz? Where's the rock? Why not play different genres on the radio instead of pop and rap?

Also, there's hardly any foreign bands/musicians played on American radios. Why because people don't like to listen to a foreign language? Bologna! It would be at least more easier to learn a new language anyway.

We're missing out on some of the best bands ever. Bands like equilibrium, metsatoll, and more!

mm-hmm - Adventurur2

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4 Too many artists have died young

Some of the greatest artists include Michael jackson, amy winehouse, kurt cobain, tupac shakur, the notorious B.I. G, selena, easy e, and jim morrison.

RIP Kurt Cobain! Why does Justin Bieber still have to live?

The only thing on this list I can honestly agree with. - SammMinajj

We may now add Chester Bennington to this list.

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5 Too many songs about partying, sex, drugs, butts, and getting high on weed

What ever happened to morals in music?

But songs during the 80s and 90s also had those. That seems to be hypocritical.

Don't forget twerking and boobs - Adventurur2

6 No heart, soul, or morals put into music anymore

Songs used to have meanings, now it's just about butts and getting high at parties.

If you like their songs, it's fine, but you're basically not in it for the music,

The real music was in the years '75/'80/'85. They did the music with the heart, and not for the money

7 People consider one genre of music to be the only good genre of music

YES I don't mean to put anyone's taste down but it's annoying when someone straight up refuses to listen to a song because it's not a certain genre. It's just so ignorant

Who gives a crap about the genre. I only listen to a song just for the story or the meaning or the music.

Why not except all types of music for what they R. I'm a fan of all genres and I don't look at one as the dominant ruler.

True! I mostly like punk rock, but to me, even classical can sound good if you put work in it.

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8 Rap

Rap and hip hop was great back then. Back then it had good messages. Nowadays you hear generic raunchy rap with no messages at all. These modern rappers (especially lil Wayne and nicki minaj) are killing the genre.

The only thing worse is Rap "musicians".

The only good rappers now today are Eminem and tech n9ne.

The only good rap is rap like: Eye N'I, Amoc, SlinCraze, Hail Mary Mallon, Jurassic 5 and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. Not only, but still.

9 Parents letting their kids listen to inappropriate artists

This is especially coming from the people who said that Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj are role models for the youth.

Sheesh, when will they learn? I mean, my favorite albums when I was six were by Radiohead and the Ramones, and they don't write excessively about sex, drugs, partying, etc.

And now parents allow their kids to twerk because of the new "song" by Brandon Beal?! SERIOUSLY?!

10 There are very few bands around that are good

There's still some bands around that sound pretty good. bands like the foo fighters, disturbed, three days grace, seether, and evanescence. but they're all being overshadowed by all these talentless hacks.

How come most people don't listen to three days grace? Their music reflects on life and other important things. their songs even saved my life once. adam and the gang are the truth and they should get more attention.

Even if there are still good bands, old band that are still alive until now are very underrated compared to before

I agree with the stuff about Three Days Grace, Adam is really someone to look up to. He overdosed, but went into rehab and turned his life around. TDG's music has helped many to overcome the difficulties in life.

Seether, Breaking Benjamin, Finger Eleven, Evanescence are also great bands still around. Saint Asonia, consisting of former Three Days Grace frontman, Adam Gontier, and Mike Mushok, Corey Lowery and Rich Beddoe first single, Better Place, looks very promising.

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The Contenders

11 Lack of soul and quality in music

For all of you who say that heavy metal is all nothing but a bunch of screaming and worshipping the devil, GROW UP! Not all metal is like that. metal bands like disturbed and three days grace talk about life and many things that are wrong with humanity. heck, there are even Christian metal bands! Now for those of you who still say metal is talentless crap, go lick a shoe! You people never even give any genres a chance!

All pop and rap music is about partying, sex doing drugs, and cussing. what happened to morals and stories and things that are realistic and deep?

Not all rap is about drugs, money, sex, and violence. There are rap songs that tell stories about life in the ghetto and other kinds of stories. There's even some rap songs that are about being happy with life!

Am I the only teen that listens to more “actual” songs of the past rather than the trash today that most others would consider it to be popular? Seriously, there are others. At least 70% of the tunes I listen to are over 10 years old, with most of them ranging from the early 1990s to the mid 2000s.

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12 Record sales have declined since 2006

The only good thing about 2006 was that three days grace's masterpiece album, one-x, was released.

13 Some Music is Promoting Violence

Look at Carrie Underwood and her songs "Two Black Cadillacs," "Church Bells," and "Before He Cheats." Enough said.

14 Justin Timberlake and Eminem are the only good male singers of today

There are other good male singers besides Eminem around today. Like dave grohl, tech n9ne, adam gontier, corey taylor, james labrie, rob zombie, anthony kiedis, benjamin burnley, shaun morgan, jared leto, m shadows, patrick stump, ryan tedder, David draiman, and jared leto.

What about Bruno Mars? He actually has talent. He can sing, dance, and play instruments

Eminem is the only good rapper now, but I don't care about Justin Timberlake

What about da weekend

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15 Horrible songs being nominated for grammys

Like Anaconda...

Like Truffle Butter? - 12cc

16 There are many good artists that get no recognition while the crappy artists get plenty of recognition

Lacuna Coil gets not much recognition, while Meghan Trainor gets too much! See the logic?!

M.I.A raps about real things, gets no recognition at all.

Iggy raps a load of crap, gets millions of recognition.

Get the hell outta here. - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ

17 Too many songs about love and partying on the radio

Are there any pop songs about the government? Or war? Or history? Or fantasy? Or being positive in life? Or the secrets and life about humanity? Or even about life? I know a lot of songs that have these themes. not just love stories, but tragic stories, horror stories, historical stories, fantasy stories, war stories, and grudge stories. there needs to be a little more variety now today.

We're all sick of the same themes. We want a little more variety!

Three Days Grace's songs are about turning your life around, making the wrong choices and suffering the consequences, the hard times of life, the many things wrong with humanity, etc.

Dunno why but some stations keep on playing the same annoying songs over and over again

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18 One Direction One Direction One Direction (commonly abbreviated as 1D) were a British-Irish pop boy band based in London, composed of Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, and previously, Zayn Malik until his departure from the band on 25 March 2015. The group signed with Simon Cowell's record label Syco Records ...read more.

To me, one direction is just so unoriginal. Most of their songs are rip offs of songs from older artists. The best example is their song Rock Me which the beat to that song sounds really similar to that of the opening of queen's we will rock you. Everyone knows queen's we will rock you! Why steal from a song that everyone knows?

I like how one group got 18 on the worst things about modern music list.

Ya gotta be a special kind of horrible.

At least Nsync can dance and sing, but One Direction can't sing for their sorry excuse of a boy band. - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ

Absolute worst band ever.

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19 Artists are becoming hypocritical
20 Rock and metal are being called bad, emo and gay

Yes! I hate this! I am a huge fan of Three Days Grace, Evanescence, Seether, Breaking Benjamin, and many other rock bands, and I have people calling me emo because I listen to that, but at this point, I don't really care anymore, because all that matters is that I like the music. They don't have to, but they don't have to be so disrespectful to me because I do.

21 Almost no instruments other than synthesizers

That's not true. A number of songs have a variety of instruments. Also, what's wrong with synth?

22 Nicki Minaj Nicki Minaj Nicki Minaj is a Trinidadian American rapper / pop music artist. Nicki is most known for songs like "Anaconda", "Only", "Truffle Butter", "Super Bass" and "Stupid Hoe" . Her real name is Onika Tanya Maraj. She was born on December 8, 1982 in Saint James Trinidad and Tobago. ...read more.

She killed hip hop with that one song stupid hoe. I know soulja boy was the first to kill hip hop but this song made me die inside.

Thank goodness she's not doing the barbie shtick anymore. Turning rap into a barbie doll.

It's Not Even Real Rap

She was doing well before she released stupid hoe. Listen to her rap in the song song. - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ

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23 The media saying that Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj are role models for the youth of America

Kids are too young to listen to Nicki Minaj. All she talks about in her songs is partying, sex, booty, making it rain, etc.

In the terms of "bad role models", of course.

Are these people on drugs - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ

24 Justin Bieber Justin Bieber Justin Drew Bieber (born March 1, 1994) is a Canadian singer, song writer, and record producer. He currently resides in Ontario, Canada (despite once claiming he was Part-Indian) and he is Christian. He is the son of an author, Pattie Mallet. ...read more.

So bad he appears twice on this list

25 Producers include "featured" artists to increase sales, not to improve the music

There are always two artists working together on a song. There's a word I'm looking for this... oh yeah. LAZY. What's wrong with singing the song yourself? If you have passion for your own music you shouldn't rely on another popular artist to help you out so they'll listen to you more often. the best good song I can think of where two artists collaborated is under pressure by David Bowie and queen. David and freddy were balanced out and neither felt dominate over the other. another good song I can think of is broken by Amy Lee and seether where amy and shaun were also balanced out and didn't felt dominate over each other.

Don't get me wrong. It's cool to hear two popular artists sing together, but that loses it's reputation when it's overdone.

26 Only popular genres are pop, rap, and country

Rock is still popular. It's all MTV's fault why they don't reach the mainstream audience.

27 Kids actually mimicking the lyrics of the songs with profanity and cussing

I'm Actually a child and really the only music I listen to is Taylor swift because really her music has no nasty stuff or bad things like doing drugs and stuff like that. Her good girl image is a good example for kids. Other so called "artists" like Lil Wayne or nicki minaj are horrible and my friends actually like that type of music and it disgusts me a lot

Kids think Nicki and Miley are their "role models". They end up singing about blowjobs now. Taylor Swift is still more decent than them.

28 Horrible modern artists dissing old classic bands/singers

Dear Modern Musicians,

Your music sucks and will never be as good as the older bands and singers/vocalists Queen, Jimi Hendrix, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Ronnie James Dio, Ozzy Osbourne, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Dokken, Megadeth, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Elvis Presley, Fats Dominoes, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Michael Jackson, and basically all others older than you. At least most of them could sing, write their own lyrics, actually play an instrument, have songs that contains positive messages, be positive role models (at least for the most part), have respect towards others, and knew how to make music.

With lots of hatred,

Me. - LostDream258

Not just modern music artists, but the internet as well. I kid you not, Noisey.com's list of The 123 Worst Musicians of All Time includes all of the classic artists we knew and loved. This list is not for joking. They're being dead serious when they say these things about The Beatles and Tupac. THIS IS REAL.

And modern music fans. Their arguments are full of holes.

29 Almost all of them sound the same
30 You rarely see any metal around

Yeah, and that's because of our dim-witted idiotic society we live in.

31 Talentless Critics

The critics PRAISED Anaconda by Nicki Minaj?! HOW?! That just baffles me. That song has no talent. Awful lyrics, awful music video, just, what is this world coming to?

I'm beginning to think that these critics have hit their heads against Satan's front door at least 200,000,000,000 times... - LostDream258

Praising Anaconda?! They're obviously only being critics for the money.

In Finland, some critics are pretty great. Even Tarja Turunen of Nightwish was once a critic!

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32 Manufactured boy bands

Not all boy bands are manufactured. Take Westlife as an example. Only Byrne was chosen for an audition, the three others were best friends.

Boy bands are terrible and cheesy and are only liked for their looks.

33 No one plays acoustic music anymore

I don't really like acoustic, but I recognoze the talent in it.

34 Nobody has good music taste anymore

I hear the kids at my school singing some pretty terrible music at my school. They ONLY like cheesy popular songs. I'm one of the few teenagers these days who listens to the GOOD music of the 21st century. Example:
Lyrics in the songs I listen to: "What if there was no light? Nothing wrong, nothing right? What if there was no time? And no reason or rhyme? " ("What If" by Coldplay)
Lyrics in the songs they listen to: "because UPTOWN FUNK GONNA GIVE IT TO YA! Because UPTOWN FUNK GONNA GIVE IT TO YA! SATURDAY NIGHT AND WE IN THE SPOT! DON'T BELIEVE ME JUST WATCH! " ("Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars)
As you can see, the songs I like have deep, powerful, meaningful lyrics, while the songs they listen to are about... Partying. Yet they say my music is terrible? Sad.

And that's because of radio influence. People are mainly for the trend now, not for the music.

I do. My albums include discs by Styx, David Bowie, The Cars, etc.

I have to agree with some of y’all. Most teens of this generation are accustomed to listening to whatever crap is on the radio at the moment. I think they are just too plain lazy to find out about what real music is, which I think makes talented musicians from the past look bad. I am probably a minority of yours today that listen to REAL music. I mostly listen to REAL hip hop, R&B and Eurodance of the 90s, which I think flat out is the best decade.

The noughties (2000 to 2009) was a good decade, because we had Eminem and 50 Cent dominating the rap scene (Dr. Dre wasn’t heard of much from 1999 until 10 years later).

I do agree with modern music being crap, especially as these “pop” music has decreased the target audience to teenage girls, but I do think there are some good music of today. Avicii (RIP)? Check. David Guetta (mostly his older songs)? Check. Kendrick Lamar? Check. New School Eminem? Check. And also Ice Cube, who was famous in the 90s, is some of those ...more

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35 Rock Music completely disappearing in 2013

Well rock is still on but not really strong because of the modern Pop crap! And I wish Any Genres of Metal will never Die! - CanadianGuy99

Rock will never die. MTV is just trying too hard to hide it from the mainstream audience.

There's also Three Days Grace, Seether, Breaking Benjamin, Finger Eleven, Staind, Trapt, Sick Puppies, and the promising new band Saint Asonia!

That's not true. There are still many great (in my opinion) rock bands around, such as Three Days Grace, Evanescence, Saint Asonia, Breaking Benjamin etc. They're just not as well-known.

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36 Popular artists having ghostwriters write their songs for them

I know that not all people are good at writing stuff, but for sweet, crispy Christ's sake if you're gonna have somebody else write your crap for you, make sure you know what somebody is doing! Because he/she could be screwing up your song!

37 People actually buying the horrible modern crap the music industry throws out

They feed MTV's evil system.

38 Psy Psy Park Jae-sang, better known by his stage name Psy, stylized PSY, is a South Korean singer, songwriter, record producer and rapper.

Just because of Gentleman and Gangnam Style? Lol

39 It's getting worse everyday
40 Pop songs too frequently include a completely unnecessary rap verse

How come there are no other pop songs that have a rock verse or a jazz verse? They need to have a little more variety.

41 An R&B repetitive beat that sounds like a basketball bouncing

R&B is more decent than any other garbage that Meghan Trainor made.

42 There has to be singing in EVERY music genre

Not all songs have to include singing in it. I know a song called Mana by Equilibrium and it doesn't have any words in it. It is a beautiful song. It's so good it's almost like the modern Mozart. It's definitely worth checking out and listening to. trust me.

There are so many foreign bands like equilibrium, nightwish, metsatoll, hammerfall, and paragon that it's embarrassing. what the heck is wrong with this country?! They get good music and we get all these crappy songs? Why bury the gem and dig up the turd? This is the kind of music I been searching for the whole time.

Actually, to be called a song, it has to be sung... The technical term for it in genres like Rap, Electronic, anything without singing, is (a) "Track".

Learn the difference.

Not really. Electronic music is actually good with or without it!

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43 Idina Menzel Idina Menzel

Utter failure. Her songs all sound the same. Let it go is one of the 10 worst songs of 2013. - SelfDestruct

She recorded "Let It Go", the ONE REASON Frozen became front and center.

She is a great singer. - 445956

44 Jackie Evancho Jackie Evancho Jacqueline Marie "Jackie" Evancho is an American classical crossover singer who gained wide recognition at an early age and, since 2009, has issued an EP and five albums, including a platinum and gold album and three Billboard 200 top 10 debuts .

At least she's better than Nicki Minaj!

Cheating, what the hell does that even mean?
She only sounds like an opera singer to people whose musical knowledge varies in between Lil Wayne and Katy Perry.
The people who like Jackie Evancho are the exact same people who saw and LIVED the arrival of Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, the Doors, Simon and Garfunkel etc, etc.
I have personally seen concerts by more than 20 HOF acts, including the Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Fleetwood Mac, Eric Clapton, The Eagles, Prince, The Beach Boys, Elton John, Chicago, Linda Ronstadt, and many, many more.
Jackie Evancho is absolutely in their class.
Its your prerogative to like or dislike any kind of music or any artist, and you never have to listen to her music if you don't want to.
The hate here and elsewhere is totally misplaced and ridiculous.

Jackie Evancho is exactly NOT what this list acts like it criticizes.
She does no use auto-tune EVER.
She does no do Rap.
She does not do Pop.
Her CD's use real instruments.
Her singing reaches very deep emotionally.
She is not manufactured.
She LOVES the Beatles.
She has massive innate talent.
She checks off almost every box.

45 Miley Cyrus Miley Cyrus Miley Ray Cyrus is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Miley Cyrus's voice is contralto. She became a teen idol starring as the character Miley Stewart in the Disney Channel television series Hannah Montana in 2006. Her father Billy Ray Cyrus also starred in the show.

Young pre-teen girls are gonna kill themselves from doing drugs just because they were listening to we can't stop. you can die from drugs you know that. think about that next time when you go to a party.

Miley Cyrus (or Hannah Montana or whatever she prefers to call herself this week) is one weirdo I'm glad I ain't and wouldn't want to be.
Hannah Montana: Raised by Billy Ray Cyrus, OWNED BY JEM!

From a singer comes a prostitute. Need I say more?

46 Deadmau5 Deadmau5 Joel Thomas Zimmerman (a.k.a. deadmau5) is a Canadian DJ producer, formerly a web developer, who produces a wide variety of electronic musical genres, such as electro and dubstep, but is best known for popularizing work in the areas of progressive house and electrohouse, along with the genres themselves. ...read more.

Just announced that Rick Ross will be the opening act for him on the upcoming world tour.

What's bad with Deadmau5?

47 Not enough Beatles

The unfortunate truth is that kesha's tik tok has sold millions of copies more than any other Beatles single. Please excuse me while I go sit in the back corner and cry.

Paul has a new solo album, Ringo's up to something, and John and George are still dead. Oh, and the White Album in mono is finally available to the Americans. Still, why does no one care like they did in the 1960s?

They do have the top-selling CD of the 21st century, but understandably are not putting out a lot of new material.

48 Lil Wayne Lil Wayne Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. is an American hip hop artist and is often referred to as one of the worst rappers of all time. He was signed to Cash Money Records by Birdman at a young age. Before he became a household name and the artist he is today, he was 1 quarter of the southern rap group The Hot Boys, ...read more.

He may have been decent at first, but now he's garbage.

49 Soulja Boy Soulja Boy DeAndre Cortez Way, known professionally as Soulja Boy Tell 'Em, or simply Soulja Boy, is an American rapper, record producer, actor, and entrepreneur.
50 Not enough foreign music played on the radio

The only popular genres are Pop, Rap, and Country.

People only listen to the extremely popular foreign songs. There used to be so much more foreign music even in the early 2000s.

The time when people listend to foreign songs, anyone remember 'numa numa'

The best ones come from Europe. Nightwish for te win!

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