Worst Things About Modern Music

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

Music was so classic & artistic back in the days, we had the legendary Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Johann Sebastian Bach, Baroque, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, you name more, yet we even had classic pop & rock along with metal & even jazz, broadway, blues & even disco. Songs used to have meaning & good story & fit moods of people & it took a lot of effort to write & make a song. Nowadays up to 83.3+% of music today is total garbage with little to no originality, true creativity or effort, yet many songs these days talk about drugs, misinterpreted sex, violence, use profanity & even racism. Some even promote depression which can be serious. The tunes are hardly anything to write home about these days. I can't believe all these amazing artists left us & the voids were filled with garbage "artists". Good music is very rare these days regardless of genre. Today's "music" (if you even wanna call it that) also scores high on charts despite their nasty "quality" & stupid ...more

It's all about getting into drama these days. Similar to school social status, those who like to get into drama the most are the most popular, those intolerant to that aren't as popular. Same with the music industry, those who get into scandals and drama and stuff are the most famous music artists and those who aren't tolerant of drama aren't as popular. This applies usually to pop and rap artists, not so much in the rock music industry.

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.

This annoys me so much. Once in my class at church, we were doing some voting thing. I don't remember why. Anyway all the girls except me said they loved Justin Bieber. And do you know why? Of course you do! They said they loved Justin Bieber because he was hot! True story.

2 Autotune

Autotune is useful if done right & not overdone whereas many artists these days overdose on autotune, proving the lack of significant talent they have. Now don't get me wrong, the 1st autotuned song Believe by Cher was a perfect success & a hit & some others were great too, yet autotune sounds good depending on what song it is & what its about, but nowadays songs are using TOO MUCH autotune & taking us away from the true talent of music & creativity. Some fear that they're gonna damage their vocal cords if they use their real voices (Adele had them damaged & Miley Cyrus did too though from her history of smoking). Music is art & involves skills. Know how to do it all right.

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.

It depends on the use, if it's for electronic music and used to make sound effects that are humanly impossible, to make it sound cool, then it's fine. But if it's used to cover bad singing, then I don't like it.

The thing is, who TF cares about auto tune. If it sounds good, especially to people now, it's ok. Most artists that use autotune have already proven that they have a voice.

3 Most of the stuff on the radio is pop music

I barely even listen to pop music on the radio anymore. I'm more into the Christian pop music. Anyways, I agree with this item because that's all that ever plays these days.
Back in the early 2000s there was more soul, hip hop and R&B. They barely make rock music anymore, all they ever make nowadays is the same generic pop music with the same music artists. :(

In Australia, we no longer play non-mainstream media, like for example:
V Loud, a heavy metal show on Channel [V] which got closed for no reason and killed off the music we like.
So then I discovered music that is not too overrated.
The Toxic Avenger (DJ from France, also not to be confused with the film) was pretty decent between the years 2007-09 especially the work alongside with! Trash Yourself.
I discovered that DJ through other artists, mostly Skrillex. And then I heard he remixed "The Sadness Will Never End" which sounds hectic especially the original version. On the same remix album, Toxic Avenger appeared and his remix sounds cool too, so I searched it up. My favourite track by The Toxic Avenger is "Toxic is Dead". Now that is a great EDM tune, that it keeps me active when doing homework and have to get away from crappy mainstream media.

Pop music does have a catchy style to it. Now the problem is oversaturation of the genre, in fact, any genre. We need to have a variety because that shows different styles & efforts in instruments, writing, lyrics & artists. We can't all just focus on 1 and hung. Things need a variety. Yet even genres need a variety. Better than 1 thing.

There should be a lot more funk, soul, real R&B, jazz and such on the radio, but a lot of the time, it has to be the Top Countdown because of money constraints. This is why pirated radio is becoming more popular. When they do the rare moment where they play a hit from a rarely played genre, it's always one of the more overrated hits everyone knows.
Even genres like rock, metal and dance music need more airplay.

4 Too many artists have died young

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.

It'd be a tragedy if the terribleness of modern music killed Bernard Sumner of New Order... Because if he dies, it would be the biggest tragedy of all time. No, wait, that would be Peter Gabriel dying.

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

That isn't "modern music." While artists like Amy Winehouse died young in the 2010s, most artists that died young didn't die recently.

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

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.

This is why I listen to punk, because it's not about any of this except for maybe a few sex songs, but it's mostly about real life situations that are difficult.

Too many songs in the 80s and 90s were all about rocking out and having fun. What's the difference?

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

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

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".

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

That's not always true, there are artists today who put these in music still.

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

7 There are very few bands around that are good

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.

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...

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.

The truth is that there are a lot of great bands, but nobody listen to them. They prefer listening to meaningless mainstream pop music . It's very sad

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

One time in 7th grade, my social studies teacher played a song in class and my classmate said "This song sucks because it's not rap." That made me cringe hard.

To be honest, that's kinda true. Some consider metal to be the only good genre and others consider rap to be the only good genre. I like many genres as long as it's not the following:
Trap Music
Crunkcore
Baile Funk
Country Rap
Bro Country
Reggaeton

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.

9 Parents letting their kids listen to inappropriate artists

No wonder kids in Elementary School cuss these days. My younger sibling said he heard one of his class mates called another a bich right in front of the teacher and the teacher didn't even budge. In my days of elementary school, if you said any cuss word or even said the word "Stupid", you would get sent to the office or suspended.

Yep, there are parents who lets their kids listen to trap music, even if it has a horrible influence. There are even parents that let kids listen to BOTDF. I would never let my kids listen to that pedophile's garbage.

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.

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

10 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.

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.

There is amazing rap out there, mainly old school rap. My favorite rapper is 50 Cent. But rap nowadays is not what I can call rap anymore, it's trap these days. Real rap is dead.

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

The Contenders
11 Some Music is Promoting Violence

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

I've never heard any modern songs that promote violence.

12 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!

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.

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?

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

I love JT and old Eminem, but I have to disagree with you respectfully. While yes, I get your point there are a few fatal flaws to what you are saying. First off Eminem is a rapper not a singer, and in the recent years he hasn't been very good. Second there are plenty popular good singers, such as. Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco, Tyler Joseph from Twenty One Pilots, 2020 Taylor Swift, Halsey, and Dua Lipa just to name a few. There are also many good mainstream rappers like Machine Gun Kelly, two Drake songs, Jack Harlow, and Travis Scott.

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.

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.

First of all, Eminem is a rapper, not a singer. There's a huge difference. Second, Justin Timberlake is not the only good male singer today. He's the only one you like. Again, huge difference.

14 Record sales have declined since 2006

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

15 Horrible songs being nominated for grammys
16 There are many good artists that get no recognition while the crappy artists get plenty of recognition

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.

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

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.

17 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.

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

When has sexual preferences became universially adaptable insults?

18 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.

Synthesizers are capable of producing sounds you couldn't make with regular instruments. Therefore they're heavily popular today.

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

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

19 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.

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.

Remember the days when radios were dominated by the Clash writing about politics? Yeah, me neither.

Misery loves my company by three days grace is a song that tells you how people out there make the wrong choice by bringing misery to others. we could even have ideas from this song if we don't want people unexpectedly cursing us.

20 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.

There was once this girl who preferred this over The Beatles. I want to punch her in the face.

21 Artists are becoming hypocritical

As are the elitists bashing modern music...

22 Nicki Minaj Onika Tanya Maraj, known professionally as Nicki Minaj (born December 8, 1982) is a Trinidadian/American rapper / pop music artist. Minaj is most known for her songs such as "Anaconda", "Super Bass", "Starships" and her feature on "Bang Bang". ...read more.

Does any body on this site know what she went through? Let's review:

Abusee as a young child
Lots if haters (such as you)
False claims (on surgeryy, etc. )

And so much more. Nicki has been through a lot. I swear, every single one of you will have rumors, heartbreaking experiences, and lies and rumors told about you someday. And you won't like it.

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.

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

23 Almost all of them sound the same
24 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.

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

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

25 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.
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