Is today's music really THAT bad?


I wouldn’t even say it is that hard anymore. The Internet makes it pretty easy to find stuff you’re into, and plenty of genres of music and bands have dedicated communities online. All you have to do is Google “Best [genre] albums of [year]” and you’ll get a list of sites that have such rankings, if not a list of albums right on the search page. And, of course, Spotify, YouTube, and Soundcloud make a lot of music easily and cheaply accessible with Pandora and Spotify acting as good ways to discover music based on tastes.

Based on all of that, I don’t really see the point in complaining about modern music. Do I enjoy what comes on over grocery store radio? Generally, I’m not a huge fan. However, most of the modern music I listen to is still to my tastes because I, well, listen to music I like rather than look for reasons to rant about the music I don’t.


My teenagers listen to Billy Joel, Duran Duran, The Police, George Strait, Hank Jr., Waylon Jennings, Journey, Foreigner, U2, The Beach Boys and… The Beatles. Oh,and they like Imagine Dragons.

We always listen to the classic rock station in the car.


No, it’s not -bad-. Folk might not like it, but it’s not bad. It’s different.

I don’t like Led Zeppelin. But if I say it’s bad people will lose their minds. But I don’t say it’s bad - I recognize it for what it is and just don’t like it.


The 80s is so hot right now in the schools I teach. They love old 80s music,


:exploding_head:. I know we don’t know each other, but you’re dead to me.

Of course I’m joking…but we will never speak again. And Led Zeppelin is the greatest band of all time. Period, end of paragraph


That’s a funny way to spell Dream Theater.


I’ll miss you, too


I predict the next wave will be a crossover revival: Disco rap.


On a serious note, I can’t help but wonder if entering the computer age has also lead us into entering the visual age. It may just be coincidence that the advent of the music video came about at that time. Now a song can become popular more easily for the visual content than its actual musical quality. This has been around, but only to a small extent, as songs such as “As Time Goes By” gained favor from movies. Then there was Sinatry, Bing, Elvis. Now though, we not only have the music video, we have YouTube making them widely accessible to a generation used to flash and visual stimulation.


Um, it was a rhetorical question…


My school too.


Is it more or do a lot of contemporary and secular songs in the radio are limited to the same themes like “love” or some other thing that has been literally played as a broken record. On the other hand, what do you guys think of Indie/Alternative music, could you see a mass movement towards those genres or will the radio world still be Pop with occasional Rap/Hip-Hop?


I’m kinda hoping the second coming occurs before that happens.


This is extremely subjective. What is considered “good” and “memorable” by one may not be by another. From observation, it seems what is “memorable” is what you grew up with. I grew up in the 70s and 80s. Therefore, that is the music which is most memorable to me. I still listen to it. ELO, Abba, Prince, Siouxie and the Banshees, Tool, the Cure, etc. Music before my time rarely interests me. Most “modern music” (again, subjective) does not interest me.

That’s my thoughts on it at least.


I love New Order! I have them on my flash drive in my car.


I also saw a research paper that suggested that your musical tastes are to a large extent, fixed by the time you are 14.

For me, that was many years ago.


I agree… there’s only so many different ways that they can write a song about exactly the same topic. Music 30-40 years ago had a much wider range of topics.


Wait, maybe Elton John and Queen… they might have sustaining power.

Also, Andre Sergovia will forever be remembered as the father of classical guitar and listened to.


Oh sure, there are some that go “orbital”: they’ll just keep circling and never go out of fashion. We still have some young people falling in love with Beethoven, Chopin, Tchaikovski, Brahms etc. No doubt there were a panoply of other composers, but they have all been largely forgotten. So it will be with every generation.

I grew up with Metallica (yes, before they “sold out”!) and i’m always surprised when I come across a confirmation candidate with both a wide and deep knowledge of their discography.


I like the old blues players they stole some of their best material from better. :astonished:


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