PEOPLE SHOULD STOP LIKING THINGS I DON"T LIKE.
That's basically the jist of it.
True. I shouldn't have said "modern" but rather most pop music.
I listen to Florence and the Machine. Let's not forget Grizzly Bear or Fleet Foxes or Feist or Adele. There is a lot of good music around today...you just have to find it.
It's weird the way pop music is. Like, I was listening to the Nicki Minaj song in Head Injury's post, Stupid Hoe. And I was sitting there thinking to myself, where can this go from here? You know? Stripped to the bone, almost no melody, and lyrics that seriously made me cringe. And it's not just her stuff, there's plenty of it.
I do agree that there is great music to be had today. Absolutely. But when it comes to 'mainstream', I guess you call it, I just don't know what's next. Like, if I think back to the past few decades, I can see the evolution. But I just don't know where it's headed next. I can't envision what people will eat up next.
And I listen to a lot of different kinds of music. In fact, I have two Nicki Minaj albums in my library (don't judge lol). But it baffles me sometimes. It's not that I'm a 'hater'. I don't think I am. I can appreciate many things, but sometimes I can't help but to shake my head in amazement at some of the 'mainstream music'.
And that's the other thing, like there is a lot of music to be had that I think is good today. And that confuses me even more, that artists with (all in my opinion) more talent than more than a few of the mainstream artists can go their whole lives undiscovered, yet some of what's popular is borderline laughable.
Sorry for the rant guys, I'm no hater, I hope this post wasn't taken like that. It's all just my opinion.
Hmmmmm - OK then - let's look at some of the most popular music consistently on the iTunes (albums) in the last 12 months (includes some very recent ones as well) ........ and I'm talking about recent modern "pop / popular" music
Florence & The Machine
Mumford & Sons
(skewed towards my taste - there will be a lot of other great releases out there for different genres)
OK - yes in those same charts there is a lot of the new repetitive BS music - but as Converge said - it''s just a matter of picking your way through the myriad of releases. Thankfully there has been, and continues to be, a lot of great "POPULAR" music being released.
Pop music = 'Average music for the average music listener'
Its music for people who listen to whatever is put in front of them.
At least that's the way I see it.
BTW Posts 4 & 7 made me laugth so much I spilled tea all over my bloody keyboard
OK - but then if all 'pop' music is crap (original premise of the article) - what would you say about Adele (consistently ranked very high in any charts since release of "21") - ie lyrical content, talent, and music ......
Too many generalisations.
Did I state that 'ALL' pop music is crap? I don't think so.
There will always be some exceptions to every rule so there will always be some quality pop music. I actually really like Florence & the Machine and some of Adele's music as well. At least these artists can actually sing, play real instruments and write real son's rather all the processed carp that calls itself pop music nowadays.
I stand by my opinion that most 'pop music is avarage music for the average music listener. For the average music listener thats all they want & need I have no problem with that.
Pop music used to be far more creative and have far higher levels of talent than it does now and the reason is because the music is important. The priorities now are money, image, dancing and popularity.
Thats also why the vast majority (but not all) of pop artists either can't sing, because they don't need to and its not important, or concentrate on the dancing so only bother to mine unless in the studio where magic can be made to happen to their voices.
I dont think so, the general rule is the newer the pop music the worst it gets. pop music in the 90s were actually good.
I totally agree with that although I feel the decline started in the 80's. My statement was referring to modern pop music anyway.
Some of the top of the billboard charts from one of my favorite years, 1968:
Notice this is the charts, it doesn't even include amazing albums like Village Green Preservation Society, Odessey and Oracle, We're Only in it for the Money, Astral Weeks, and Soft Machine.
Hello Goodbye - The Beatles
I heard it through the Grapevine - Gladys Knight and the Pips
Chain of Fools - Aretha Franklin
I second that emotion - Smokey Robinson
Boogaloo Down Broadway - The Fantastic Johnni C
If I Could Build My Whole World Around You - Marvin Gaye
Wear Your Love Like Heaven - Donovan
Tell Mama - Etta James
Love Me Two Times - The Doors
I can't stand myself - James Brown
Darlin' - The Beach Boys
Itchycoo Park - Small Faces
I wish it would Rain - the Temptations
You - Marvin Gaye
Everything that Touches You - The Association
Walk Away Renee - The Four Tops
Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding
Since You've Been Gone - Aretha Franklin
Dance to the Music - Sly and the Family Stone
Sunshine of your Love - Cream
Scarborough Fair- Simon and Garfunkel
I Got the Feelin' - James Brown
Love is All Around - the Troggs
Lady Madonna - The Beatles
Jennifer Juniper - Donovan
Security - Etta James
Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing - Marvin Gaye
Shoo-Be-Do-Be-Doo-Da-Day - Stevie Wonder
The Unkown Soldier - The Doors
Mrs. Robinson - Simon and Garfunkel
Call Me Lightning - The Who
Jumpin' Jack Flash - The Rolling Stones
Hurdy Gurdy Man - Donovan
Never Give You Up - Jerry Butler
Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
Dream A little dream of Me - Mammas and the Pappas
Amen - Otis Redding
Do it Again - Beach Boys
Hush - Deep Purple
Magic Bus - The Who
Hey Jude- The Beatles
Revolution - The Beatles
Suzie Q - CCR
All Along the Watchtower- Jimi Hendrix
White Room - Cream
Both Sides Now - Judy Collins
Poppa's Got a Brand New Bag - Otis Redding
There was a point when great music on the radio (ie popluar music) was the rule rather than the exception.
If the average person demanded more - more substance, melody, harmonics, variety, talent, originality, variation - then that would be the stuff on the radio (there's still some good music coming out but you have to look for it.) Pop music's decline merely mirrors the general populace's real interest in music as something other than background in the car, at work, or in the club.
I think we should clarify a bit. There is Pop music, and then there are conveyor belt "pop music" products. This article was clearly about the latter one. There are honest to God good singers, real artists in pop music and then there is garbage created by record companies to create money. Shooting stars that shine bright for few hits and then die down when the next one shows up.