My readers often ask me why I avoid talking about Pop music, and why I never discuss Top 40 or who is on the cover of Rolling stone this month. So I think it’s time I finally address this subject.
Pop music has been around since the first bands and singers took to stage. It’s one of the oldest genre stylings beyond classical. It has endured decades, and it dominates the airwaves to this very day.
And why not, right? I mean, Pop is usually fun and you can dance to it.
But I hate it. That is, I hate the modern day version of Pop music.
I blame the Boy Band movement of the late 90’s/Early 00’s. The choreographed, overly hair gelled groups haphazardly thrown together by record companies trying to capitalize on the smiley, bleach-haired teen heartthrobs ripping off real R&B artists in an effort to make more of that almighty dollar.
In doing so, they flooded the market with cookie-cutter groups that became increasingly difficult to differentiate as they all ended up sounding the same, and thus the death of quality Pop music was set in motion.
Gone are the days when a Pop star can write a meaningful song and it get airplay. Nope, instead we get stuck with factory made “music” that’s meaningless and devoid of any substance.
Seriously! Look at most of the Pop songs being shoved into our ears today. What are they all about? Partying. Butts. Advocation of infidelity. Greed. Butts.
It’s just all so shallow and meaningless.
That’s not to say Pop music of the past has been so altruistic, but artists like Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Prince, and so many others wrote songs that you could dance to while simultaneously having actual meaning behind them.
Despite all this, Pop thrives and dominates. But for what purpose? So the next pretty blonde white guy or girl can have a big hit, and then quickly get shoved aside for the next one? That’s what I’m saying, it’s devoid of substance.
It’s not just the bubblegum dance side of Pop either. Every sub-genre of Pop is just as bad. Pop Rock? A joke that no real rock fan takes seriously. Mainstream Rap/Hip-Hop? That’s been reduced to repetitive Trap beats and whatever the hell Mumble Rap is. Don’t even get me started on Pop Country. That genre is the most trite and morally questionable of them all.
Now, I listen to pretty much everything. That’s why I chose the name The Music Junkie. So I do, in fact, listen to Pop must, just not modern stuff. Basically anything 90’s (which was a golden era across the board if you ask me) and older. I realize this post may come across pretentious, but for the sake of journalistic integrity I decided to not sugar coat things and answer truthfully.