Well if the recording sucks there's no fighting it. I'm sure if I listened top 40 all the money I spent on audio gear would appear to have been wasted because those mastering engineers mix with beats headphones (joking). You could raise awareness to causes like DRD (dynamic range day) and hope to have an impact I suppose, but most modern pop is being mastered to play on those little white apple buds... Shameful.
Perhaps my brain has somehow learned to ignore minor, yet important to some, differences because I'm a student with a strict budget haha. I'd rather be happy with what I've got and not lust after more expensive gear. We've all got reservations.
Definitely agree about the terrible engineering behind most popular music. Wish that more time were spent, but it is what it is and I will just spend my time listening to music that is made with moe care.