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It’s obvious that when turning on popular radio stations today, you’ll most likely hear one thing and one thing only- mainstream music. In a way, I can understand how it’s likeable. Most of it has a great beat, catchy lyrics, and the type of music is what we grew up with in our generation. Not all house music is terrible music, don’t get me wrong. But some artists of today have forgotten the main components that make a truly talented artist. Step outside the mainstream box for a second, and take a look at how much has really changed in music over the years. Sometimes, not for the better.

Go back in time a few decades, to the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Lots of the bands from these eras have become internationally famous, and their music has become classic. Artists like The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Nirvana, and so many other successful bands. All of these bands became famous, because they had something that’s hard to find today- real talent. Many of the bands of the past wrote music that had real depth to it. Their lyrics were meaningful, they wrote their own music, they played multiple instruments, they didn’t use auto tune or synthesizers, and many other factors. Using something like auto tune was considered an insult back in the day. Today it’s almost on impulse, and everyone is using it so it’s not much of an indignity anymore. It’s more of the new regular, which makes it obvious that some mainstream artists of today lack the real talent of the music of the past.

Many of the lyrics have no real depth to them anymore either. Lots of mainstream artists don’t even write their own. The music is repetitive, and the lyrics sometimes involve swearing and the same typical situations, like “going to a club tonight”, “let’s get this party started”, or the typical thought that every song has to be about love, falling in love, being in love, or something having to do with love. It would be great for some artists to try and expand their music into more than just one topic of “love”, and try writing a song about a different issue or situation in life. This music is great for hearing at a party, or something upbeat to hear. But when you actually want to listen to the music, I’m not sure this is exactly what everyone is looking for.

To finish this, I’ll start by saying that not all music of today is bad. There are lots of underground bands of today – and even some mainstream- that still have the actual depth and talent in their music, to become even greater someday. It disappoints me though, when underground bands with real musical talent are getting less attention than a popular artist that constantly uses a synthesizer or has someone write their songs for them. It is an opinionated topic, but I still think it’s something for everyone to debate, whatever genre or era you’re a fan of.

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nothingidc236 said...
today at 1:54 pm
I have a theory to explain the noticeable decline in music quality. Thanks to the popularization of the internet, music can easily be played for free. This is seriously hurting the music industry and they are getting more desperate to make money. The industry simply can't afford to make innovative music and have to pander to the masses to even make a profit.
danskaBOSS said...
Aug. 10 at 1:56 pm
i look at some old lyrics; i go to the mountain,where i find a single dove,just like,a year ago, i found my love. then i look at modern lyrics from nicki minaj; you a stupid ho,stupid ho,you a stupid stupid ho,stupid ho. sad aint it?
Rainbow_PrincessThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Sep. 10 at 9:54 am
yes very sad
Stefan said...
Jun. 7 at 11:24 pm
I will be using this as a source for comparing today's music and the music of the past. Will be presenting on it. My classmates are gonna bash me so much.
Flower Child said...
Nov. 1, 2014 at 8:45 am
The 60's and 70's to me, were the golden age, the Renaissance of music in the last hundred years or so. It was a time when music really flowered into art, style and creativity which is less deonstrated today. Back in those times, musicians had real talent, played real instruments, wrote their own songs and performed live without lip sync. They did not rely on looks but rather on talent. Their music re-defined their generation. The songs in those times had authentic instruments and much m... (more »)
LordEdwardius replied...
May 8 at 9:25 pm
Not that you're wrong but what about music before the 60's? People before actually had to extremely proficient with their instrument or voice before they could get into any real band, only well trained and talented musicians could make it, in the 60's and 70's you didn't necessarily have to go to an accredited institution or spend years perfecting the craft of musicianship vigorously (at least to the scale previously. Don't get me wrong, I love music from that era, and there were certainly a lar... (more »)
edwardtapia7 replied...
Jul. 30 at 11:10 pm
"Actually had to be extremely proficient with their instrument or voice before they could get into any real band, only well trained and talented musicians could make it." Well said. How many artists of today if you could take them back in time to the 60's or 70's could make it pass an audition with any known producer? Of the top 12 artists today? I would venture to say maybe 4. The other 8 would get the same rejection line. " Not talented enough kid" "You don't have what it takes to make it in m... (more »)
Lupe_loves_Motown said...
Sept. 24, 2014 at 10:39 pm
It's really great that there are still kids today who enjoy old music. I shouldn't even say "old music" the music from the past is eternal. Anyone can enjoy it and anyone can relate, and the artists who actually sat down to write the lyrics actually put thought and emotion into their words. I'm 17  years old and I don't listen to anything that doesn't fall between 60-80s. That music is gold, today music is talentless. And those who do have talent today, don'... (more »)
MartinC said...
May 24, 2014 at 10:48 am
U know. I really really like the old songs. Im just 14 years old. Like. It must be i like the musics now. But, NO! Its kindda sh*t and not good anymore. Like, Songs of the past is more good and u can get some little INFORMATION and even ur not in the mood it makes you feel happy and the beat is pushing you to dance and to have fun. Like songs now is like. SFADSFD. Even elderly here in our country speaks about that. I asked them that. "Granpa, Do u like songs now?" My grandpa responde &... (more »)
jadegirl said...
Dec. 7, 2011 at 6:28 pm
I totally agree. Today's music has NO depth and is totally repetitive. It seems like labels are giving ANYONE a deal and calling it music.
JRock This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 17, 2011 at 2:29 pm
I completely agree. I really enjoy music from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and even the 90s. I'm really into foreign music right now, but I still can't get enough of Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Red Hot Chili Peppers, ABBA, the Bee Gees, Michael Jackson, R.E.M., Buddy Holly, and lots of other great artists like them. My favorite radio station plays only music from the 60s-80s and it's the only station I listen to. A lot of music these days really lack quality and substance and it all feels so unoriginal.
SallySunshine said...
Feb. 21, 2011 at 11:50 am
Very well written article Jopageri. I particularly LOVE the Beatles and I'm obsessed with Paul McCartney (Macca) and John Lennon<3 I look forward to reading more of your work!
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