Worst Things About Modern Music


The Top Ten

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

Some need to remember. It's a STAGE not a CATWALK - CEFBW

Just look at Selena Gomez. No singing/songwriting ability at all yet she's famous all over the world. - CharismaticKat

It's always been like this. Bon Jovi, Whitesnake, and other glam metal bands had a similar look because that was the trendy look. Madonna had creative music but would not have been there if it wasn't for her "controversial" actions. Also, Marilyn Manson was highly controversial and had his crazy image which gave him attention. - DCfnaf

Stop making the music industry turn into a magazine series! - LightningStrike

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2 Autotune

It's taken everything good about a person's musical talent and faked it for the whole world to see. - RosalinaX

There are few artists who used it properly: Cher, Daft Punk, Kanye West (mostly), and several more. - Kid_ethinederland

Fun fact: Michael Jackson used it. - DCfnaf

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

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3 Most of the stuff on the radio is pop music

It's supossed to be played on the radio a lot. - Userguy44

I mostly hear Christian music, Rap music, and Country music in the radio instead of Pop, so this is not always true. But I barely hear Metal music on the radio at all.

One day I am going to change all the radio music into huge variety to cater all fans (except pop) - MChkflaguard_Yt

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

I'm in the same boat as you. I hate how underground electronic music gets zero attention. - MChkflaguard_Yt

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

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4 Too many artists have died young

That's because the music industry puts too much stress on them and introduces them to drugs and looking sexually attractive. - RosalinaX

Many legends died at an early age, why does such incredible talent have to leave us so early? Selena Quintanilla, Kurt Cobain, and Chester Bennington are all examples.

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?

Because a spoiled kid making bad music totally deserves to die. Christ this site is terrible - DCfnaf

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

Every song that's on the radio talks about it. Dear Lord kill me now. - RosalinaX

+Love! - Userguy44

By 2100 almost everyone would be soing stupid things, spending $1million on plastic surgery, drinking and smoking weed 24/7 and take drugs. That's how pop music is slowly eating the next generation alive. - MChkflaguard_Yt

What ever happened to morals in music?

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

It's true for modern mainstream music but wrong in other cases.A lot of modern underground rappers will put heart and soul into their music.Many modern alternative rock bands also put heart and soul into their music. - DarkBoi-X

All music is commercialized. All music is a product. It's all made to sell. Stop acting like it's different now than it was back in the "good ol' days". - DCfnaf

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

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

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7 There are very few bands around that are good

INCORRECT, dear friends. You are deliberately choosing to focus on what's the most popular. Would it kill you to actually dig underground and look for good music? There are plenty of great bands around nowadays that I would argue are better than the older bands. They're just not on the charts... - DCfnaf

Angels And Airwaves is a good modern band.

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.

I beg your pardon? Anglagard, IQ, Spock's Beard, Verbal Delirium, Animals As Leaders, Phideaux, Big Big Train, Motorpsycho, Magma, Haken, Riverside, The Soft Machine, Gandalf's Fist, The Flower Kings, Damanek, The Tangent, Daal, Ayreon, Porcupine Tree, Beardfish, Dream Theater, Transatlantic, Nemo, The Dear Hunter, and The Mars Volta all had their peaks of great music in the 21st century. If you dug a little deeper you'd find out some obscure modern music has a lot more depth to it.

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

I only resist pop and mainstream rap. I am open (or at least try to) to everything else. - MChkflaguard_Yt

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

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.

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9 Parents letting their kids listen to inappropriate artists

And kids at my school are allowed to listen to "Despacito" and "Bad Romance." I'm disgusted. - RosalinaX

This is why I support Chinese authorities stopping rappers from performing live in China. - MChkflaguard_Yt

Erm...Marilyn Manson and Madonna and all of them people? - DCfnaf

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

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10 Almost all of them sound the same

Especially with kpop. - MChkflaguard_Yt

The Contenders

11 Some Music is Promoting Violence

Ehh not really - CharismaticKat

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

"Bohemian Rhapsody" is about a guy killing another and all of that. Does that "promote violence"? - DCfnaf

12 Lack of soul and quality in music

I checked the lyrics a few times. No satan, no devil, no evil crap. Try again - MChkflaguard_Yt

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!

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!

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?

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13 Record sales have declined since 2006

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

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

Eminem is a good male rapper, not a good male singer (he legit can't sing), and Timberlake isn't that great. Rock, metal, country, and alternative have plenty of good male singers that blow these two out of the water. - DCfnaf

None of the above are good. What are you guys smoking? - RosalinaX

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 da weekend

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15 Rap

Modern / Mainstream rap is the worst of "music". All sounds the same, no talent what so ever and it's only about money. Old rap was good, but nowadays rap is should be renamed to crap. - Shyrtex

I like the fast and rhythmic feeling that rap gives off, but nowadays, the rap songs on the radio are complete and utter trash. - RosalinaX

I'm so sick and tired of this hate for rap. Everyone just judges the genre by all the crap rappers like Lil Pump, Nicki Minaj etc. If y'all just opened your eyes a little, you'll see that there are rappers who have talent and put effort into their music. - CharismaticKat

But rap is awesome. There's plenty to love about the genre. - DCfnaf

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16 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.

The number of seconds of Anaconda equals to how much IQ I lost while watching the video. - MChkflaguard_Yt

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

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

That's actually kind of true. - CharismaticKat

Halsey didn't get much recognition (her album was #1 for ONLY 1 week), yet her songs are amazing for the most part, and her lyric writing is better than most other music artists today. (I respect if you disagree, but still.)
Meanwhile, Cardi B is annoying and gets multiple #1 hits (including my current least favorite song) and lots of recognition. - allamassal

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

See the logic? People like an artist I don't like and everyone doesn't know about an artist I do like! Logic everybody! - DCfnaf

AK: culumatively around 5 million views on youtube
Cardi B: did 5M a single day - MChkflaguard_Yt

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18 Horrible songs being nominated for grammys

Like Anaconda...

Like Truffle Butter? - 12cc

19 Too many songs about love and partying on the radio

I'm sick of all these cheesy love songs. It's nothing special at all. - Userguy44

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.

This is why I have Sirius XM in my car - KingSlayer93316

There are too many love songs here in Hong Kong. Drinking game: Turn on KTV, and every time you find a love song, take a shot. You will die in ~30minutes. - MChkflaguard_Yt

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20 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.

Now they aren't around anymore; they're solo acts. So this ain't really relevant. - DCfnaf

None of their songs are good. Enough said. - RosalinaX

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.

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

The media. I have a question: what is the median IQ of the employees in your corporation? - MChkflaguard_Yt

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

22 Artists are becoming hypocritical

As are the elitists bashing modern music... - DCfnaf

23 Rock and metal are being called bad, emo and gay

I dunno, my peers seem fine with me being into rock and metal. But what do I know. - DCfnaf

When has sexual preferences became universially adaptable insults? - MChkflaguard_Yt

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.

24 Almost no instruments other than synthesizers

Modern music has far more variety than music from any other time period. Several different genres of rock and metal with all sorts of different sounds to the guitars and vocalists, slow ballads with a legit piano, and even horns can be found in plenty of songs. - DCfnaf

Pop music is degrading electronic music brutally. - MChkflaguard_Yt

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

Yeah,true.I actually like the use of synth and techno music as my favourite music genre is Industrial Rock which has Guitars,Bass and Drums as well as Synthesizers and Keyboards but there is not much variety in Mainstream Pop and that sucks.There are also a lot of people pop artists who only use computerized effects and there's nothing wrong with using it if you need to fix some mistakes in your songs but many pop artists abuse the crap out of it.-DarkBoi-X

25 Justin Bieber Justin Bieber Justin Drew Bieber (born March 1, 1994) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer. He currently resides in Ontario, Canada and is Christian. He is the son of author Pattie Mallette. ...read more.

So bad he appears twice on this list

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

There are a few exceptions though. - MChkflaguard_Yt

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.

27 Horrible modern artists dissing old classic bands/singers

When I saw this item I thought of Justin Bieber calling The Beatles "the Crap Band", although I definitely wouldn't consider Justin Bieber that horrible. - allamassal

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

Mainly modern pop, electronic and some of rap is actually of high quality. - MChkflaguard_Yt

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.

Ask pop fans whether they have cried or feel ethereal after listening to a piece of pop music! - MChkflaguard_Yt

28 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.

29 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.

30 Most popular artists are immature

Justin Bieber is a very good example of this

Justin Bieber is one of those.

31 You rarely see any metal around

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

32 Nobody has good music taste anymore

Sorry, but you don't really get to say whose taste in music is good or bad. It's their taste, and if you don't agree with their personal preferences, then that's your problem. - DCfnaf

This is not a good reason.
You can't say whose taste in music is good or not. No one can. Just because a lot of people like something you don't like doesn't mean that they have bad taste. That means that they just have a DIFFERENT taste in something. This also applies with everything else, such as video games, T.V. shows, movies, etc. - Jasmine21064

It's based on people's preference. Just because you like a song and everyone else doesn't, doesn't mean you got to say we have bad taste in music. - RosalinaX

This is actually opinion based. - Userguy44

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33 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.

Back in the day, they gave praise to releases like Exile on Main Street, London Calling and My Aim is True, not "Anaconda".

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34 It's getting worse everyday
35 Kimbra Kimbra Kimbra Lee Johnson, known mononymously as Kimbra, is a New Zealand recording artist based in Los Angeles.
36 There has to be singing in EVERY music genre

Because rap is totally about singing, right guys? - DCfnaf

Sometimes autotuned vocals reminds me of goanimate cringe. - MChkflaguard_Yt

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.

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37 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.

38 Not enough Beatles

Not a good reason. - Userguy44

Beatles are overrated - DCfnaf

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?

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39 No one plays acoustic music anymore

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

40 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.

41 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.
42 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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43 Max Martin

Always sounds trite, very focused on having earworm melodies and forgetting about other aspects of what makes a good-sounding song (texture, et al). And Kelly Clarkson is rubbish, so...

Well, he doesn't always produce crap. The guy worked with Kelly Clarkson, so...

44 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!

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

They feed MTV's evil system.

46 Taylor Swift Taylor Swift Taylor Alison Swift is an American singer-songwriter. She was born on December 13, 1989 in Reading, Pennsylvania. She is best known for writing break up songs and for having more than 5 Grammys. She became interested in country music when she was around 9 years old and after watching a documentary about ...read more.

She's still way better than Miley and Nicki. At least she respects herself.

I love Taylor so don't say any crap about her even if most of her songs are about how horrible her bfs are. The only reason her bfs are like that is mostly because of the environment they lived in or they heard a dumb song on the radio telling them to cheat or break they're good girlfriend's heart for someone else's cheating bitch that wants to have sex with her instead of the girl that really loved him just because she looks "fine" or "hot"😠😑😐😬πŸ’₯πŸ’’πŸ"₯πŸ"₯that is just the same stuff she is dealing with. Taylor is like a sister too them and if not a mother instead of sis because she actually cared and they just hated her. I feel so sorry for her. She shouldn't even be going through this

47 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

48 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.

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

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

50 Miley Cyrus Miley Cyrus Miley Ray Hemsworth (born Destiny Hope Cyrus), known as Miley Cyrus, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She was born on November 23, 1992, in Franklin, Tennessee, to Tish Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus. Her voice type is Mezzo-Soprano and has 4 octaves. She became a teen idol starring as the ...read more.

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?

Miley, you are using your talent in a wrong way. Now you are ruined, please KYS before pop music does. - MChkflaguard_Yt

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