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Thread: Has Pop Music Got Worse In Recent Decades?

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    Join Date: Apr 2017

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    Hi

    I feel I need to start a thread about what I feel is the dire nature of most pop music these days.

    I refer to artists like Sia, Katy Perry, Ariana Grande and all related "artists" in this pop production machine. I just think its rubbish. It pretends to have depth and soul but I feel its as shallow and throwaway as yesterdays chip paper.

    It just seems to be packing in all the latest autotune and digital effects but it has no real melody or lasting impression. Maybe a melody is buried in there somewhere. The lyrics are overblown and over dramatic. Has nobody told them that less is more! I may be generalising but I cant seem to like any of it. Has it just got more cynical in ticking the boxes?

    The music just seems to be narcissistic in a more cynical industry concerned purely with the money. It seems to serve a look at me, self interested generation totally out of control. Its all me, me me and this seems to be reflected in shallow lyrics which pretend to be anthemic but are just naff. Is it aimed at kids only as I thought I would like some of it?

    Is it me? Was pop music always this way or will the younger generation eventually return to better music from an earlier date

    Heck I've tried this weekend to like something. I heard the Harry Styles one in the pub and thought that's ok on a first listen. However as soon as I realised it was him and heard it again, I didn't like it and thought it was ultra shallow/naff. Is that my prejudice showing as a fifty year old bloke?

    I supose I've now become my dad. I will take a bit of Melanie or the Bulgarian womens choir anyday over this naff pop music which seems to have rapidly declined since the turn of the Millenium Lets discuss it

    Best wishes
    Martin
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    It's your age, pop/chart music has always been this way, you either like it or you don't, no matter which decade it's from 😉

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    It is age and becoming your father. Happens to us all.

    However being objective about it I would still say that today's pop music is even worse than the pop music in my day ('70s/'80s). Ed Sheeran? - WTF? But the youngsters I know love his stuff.
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    Yes I was thinking that it is probably me.

    Im not sure I even like the term "pop" music as I would like to think most of my tastes are more exclusive than that. I suppose its no different to when they were trying to ban Elvis Presley records.

    I realise there has always been pop music around that Im not going to like. I tell you though that I would prefer the rubbish pop of yesteryear any day of the week.

    Oh well I will just have to try and enjoy my period of life when Im shouting up the stairs to turn that awful racket down

    You could hear what they were saying in my day (1980s) and sing along
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    Quote Originally Posted by Minstrel SE View Post
    Im not sure I even like the term "pop" music
    Dark Side Of The Moon had "file under Pop music" on the back.
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    inspired lyrics of today.. groan...

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    Quote Originally Posted by drSM View Post
    inspired lyrics of today.. groan...

    http://www.pinkfishmedia.net/forum/s...d.php?t=185622
    The transcription is spot on accurate
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    Definitely an age thing, but also helped on the way with shows like the xFactor, the voice etc.
    It is all commercially driven (as it always was) but the people driving it have changed.
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    must be an age thing...
    I keep going back to my 40 or 50 year old music.
    The thought of turning into my dad really unsettles me though.

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    A bit of both I guess. music is not as good as when I was young, or for that matter my parents. Thats not to say there are not good things going on today, but the quality is not there over all. I doubt many of the current acts will be remembered fondly in 50 years. Good music often comes from poverty and hardship, and there is not so much of that in west now. a bit like football stars. when we were young we played with a tennis ball and your skills became better for it.
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