Why Today’s Mainstream Music Sucks, Part 1: Good Music vs Bad Music

Posted in: Musicouching by Stephen Pomposello on May 7th, 2011 | 10 Comments

If you have a radio and a TV, then there’s a pretty good chance that you know about the junk that they call mainstream music nowadays. In Part one of this written documentary, we’ll be examining what truly defines good music and bad music.

If you have a radio and a TV, then there’s a pretty good chance that you know about the junk that they call mainstream music nowadays. Gone are the good old days of harmonic elements, soulful sounds, smooth beats, cool rhymes, and that whole feel-good element. They’ve been replaced by auto-tune, techno and electronic influenced sounds. Let’s not forget boring music videos where girls with no class wear practically nothing and artists perform against uninteresting backgrounds. The music artists that exist in today’s era are blindly copying each other’s trends instead of delivering something new to the table.

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You could argue that I have a case of “Every old generation hates the music of the new generation”, but quite frankly, that statement is a stereotype that is just as bad as “all black people like hot sauce”. I’m a 90’s baby, I was born in 1985, I love the 80’s, the 90’s, and some of the early 00’s the best. As for the 50’s, 60’s, and ’70s, I respect those decades because that’s where music’s early beginnings came from — Pop, Rock and Roll, Soul, etc. Many of those elements are still seen in today’s music.

But shouldn’t I despise music from all of those different eras, according to that stereotype? My point is that there’s many teenagers today that prefer the old school music over the new school, therefore I don’t think the “Every old generation hates the music of the new generation” holds up at all. Music is music, but the truth is that you can’t polish a turd.

Before I dive any further into this, let’s define what good and bad music really is. Is it a matter of opinion? Well, that plays some part in it, but that’s not completely what defines it. While I wouldn’t consider myself a full-blown expert in music, I think I understand this better than many of the young people today who think Lil’ Wayne is God’s greatest gift to music. Whether you’re talking about good music or bad music, there’s two types of songs — There’s the meaningful song that tells a story (i.e. “Slippin’” by DMX) and then there’s the feel-good song that is purely meant to make you dance (i.e. “Gettin’ Jiggy With It” by Will Smith).

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10 Responses to “Why Today’s Mainstream Music Sucks, Part 1: Good Music vs Bad Music”
  • Wherner5 May 7th, 2011 at 6:27 am

    How is Justin Bieber ‘ruining’ today’s music? I appreciate some of the stuff he’s put out there, as if you listen closely at his other songs it has meaning. Such as, “Down to Earth”, “Stuck In the Moment”, “That Should Be Me”, “Never Let You Go”, “Up”, “One Less Lonely Girl”. He really tries to connect with the fans and, yes, sometimes he will put out fun songs just like “Baby”.

    Just because teenage girls scream over him doesn’t mean he should be criticized.

  • Wherner5 May 7th, 2011 at 6:30 am

    Also, forgot to mention:

    “One Less Lonely Girl” seems like the prime example for suckish music for those of you. It does have plenty of meaning, don’t judge based off ‘apparent cheesiness’. He’s reaching out to his fans, which consists 90% of girls or more.

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  • Stephen Pomposello May 7th, 2011 at 3:29 pm


    Don’t worry, I’m just getting started…

  • Heather Dawn May 7th, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Can’t wait for the rest of your documentary. In the meantime – you can’t polish a turd – is my new favourite buzz phrase.

  • AdidasVanilla May 7th, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    Agreed, however, I think that’s just your preference in music.

    Your list has songs on there from years ago. I think to find more good music you should spend alot more time and you’ll find what you’ll like.

    Artists on mainstream broadcasts have meaningful music that isn’t airing. It takes alot of time.

  • Stephen Pomposello May 7th, 2011 at 10:51 pm


    The songs on the list on Page 2 are not from “years ago” as you describe. They are from the last 10 years, aka the “2000’s” decade which is from 2000-2009, a couple I believe are from 2010 and 2011. Hence, that was the point of the list — To show “some” of the “good” side of music in the 2000’s.

    And it’s not musical preference, you’ll see in the rest of my documentary. It’s 20 parts, this is only part 1. And each part discusses a different trend or artist in today’s music that is crucial as to why today’s mainstream music sucks.

    The meaningful music you’re referring to is most likely not mainstream, because there is not enough “quality” meaningful music airing on mainstream nowadays. Remember what I discussed, you can do meaningful music the right way or the wrong way.

  • HatedNation May 7th, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    Hmmm… glad you mentioned preferences in the first paragraph, I didnt read the title of any “good” song in the whole article.
    It is well written, but the title suggests review “music” but the article only reviews one or two similar genres..
    Keep up the research

  • Butterfly Musings May 17th, 2011 at 1:00 am

    very interesting article and well written

  • einna gibb June 27th, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    i think, by far, this is a good review. And to the person who really likes justin beiber, you really havent known ‘THE music” yet. (overemphasis supplied).

    My taste in music is that of an old bloke but there are a few artist of today’s mainstream who are taking my interest. And that definitely excludes beiber. I think he’s a total crap/turd. sorry about that. just making an opinion.

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