inthe00s
The Pop Culture Information Society...

These are the messages that have been posted on inthe00s over the past few years.

Check out the messageboard archive index for a complete list of topic areas.

This archive is periodically refreshed with the latest messages from the current messageboard.




Check for new replies or respond here...

Subject: 2013: The year music got better for the first time since 2005

Written By: sporty on 12/02/14 at 3:48 pm

Hello, I no longer actively follow music, so I get most of my notion of what is hot by the radio that plays in my office, mostly pop mainstream stuff. OK, so in 2005-2012 and especially in 2007-2012 I definitely think mainstream music was worse than now. All the music I heard back then was like rape to my ears. That "Call Me Maybe" song was so annoying. Not to mention some other hot hits. But in 2013 when I started a new job I've noticed that hearing "Get Lucky" and later "Happy" by Pharrel and "Royals" by Lorde I felt so much better than hearing whatever song I heard in the late 2000's and the early 2010's. To me it seems music is improving but slowly. It definitely looks better than in 2005-2012 when it was getting worse and worse every year. Back then the big, too loud music was fashionable but since 2013 it seems like more mellower melodies have come forward which to me is good. To me those were the worst years in music so far. Anyone agree?

Subject: Re: 2013: The year music got better for the first time since 2005

Written By: Arrowstone on 12/03/14 at 10:24 am

I think that "adult sound" was already present in 2011 with Adele; maybe Gotye later on. I agree 2013 was a good year for music, though 2014, besides the ballads you mention, is rather trashy (hope Iggy leaves forever)

Subject: Re: 2013: The year music got better for the first time since 2005

Written By: Slim95 on 12/03/14 at 8:19 pm

2013 was like an amazing fresh year of music and then 2014 came along and its sounds just as bad as the 2009-2012 years.

Subject: Re: 2013: The year music got better for the first time since 2005

Written By: 80sfan on 12/04/14 at 1:16 am

I noticed around mid/late 2013 music got better. So I agree.

Subject: Re: 2013: The year music got better for the first time since 2005

Written By: batfan2005 on 12/04/14 at 8:54 pm


2013 was like an amazing fresh year of music and then 2014 came along and its sounds just as bad as the 2009-2012 years.


2014 was the worst year for music since 2006.

Subject: Re: 2013: The year music got better for the first time since 2005

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/04/14 at 9:00 pm


2014 was the worst year for music since 2006.
Adele has made the years as stated more pleasant.

Subject: Re: 2013: The year music got better for the first time since 2005

Written By: winteriscoming on 12/05/14 at 3:40 am


I think that "adult sound" was already present in 2011 with Adele; maybe Gotye later on. I agree 2013 was a good year for music, though 2014, besides the ballads you mention, is rather trashy (hope Iggy leaves forever)


I agree completely. I'd take Cher Lloyd over Iggy easily! Can't stand that woman lol, Iggy that is.

Subject: Re: 2013: The year music got better for the first time since 2005

Written By: sonikuu on 12/05/14 at 7:13 am

2013 was an incredibly strong year for music and, for that matter, so was 2012.  2014 has been a definite step down in quality.  In the mainstream, 2014 has seen the decline of the Dance-Pop, EDM, and Indie trends.  Go look in the top 40 this week, those styles are a pretty minor part of it now.  However, no unifying trend has come along to replace it, so we've been stuck with a lot of mediocrity.  In the non-mainstream world, 2013 was still easily better by a long shot, and so 2014 has been a letdown in comparison. 

Overall, I wouldn't say 2014's music was bad.  Rather, it was boring and forgettable.  2013 I felt had a much more distinct musical identity to it. 

Subject: Re: 2013: The year music got better for the first time since 2005

Written By: XYkid on 12/05/14 at 9:43 am

I actually thought music this year was decent. Then again, I don't listen to much top 40. The alternative scene seems to be doing well this year and hard rock is coming back!

Subject: Re: 2013: The year music got better for the first time since 2005

Written By: nostalgicguy on 12/05/14 at 11:09 am


I agree completely. I'd take Cher Lloyd over Iggy easily! Can't stand that woman lol, Iggy that is.
ugh I can't stand her. Meagan Trainor is annoying too.

Subject: Re: 2013: The year music got better for the first time since 2005

Written By: Slim95 on 12/05/14 at 11:13 am


ugh I can't stand her. Meagan Trainor is annoying too.

So is Ariana Grande, she's fake.

Subject: Re: 2013: The year music got better for the first time since 2005

Written By: Arrowstone on 12/05/14 at 12:32 pm

At least Sam Smith seems a cool guy.

Subject: Re: 2013: The year music got better for the first time since 2005

Written By: Howard on 12/05/14 at 3:46 pm


At least Sam Smith seems a cool guy.


Sam Smith I like he has some good hits "Stay With Me" and "I'm Not The Only One".

Subject: Re: 2013: The year music got better for the first time since 2005

Written By: nostalgicguy on 12/05/14 at 5:29 pm

Another song I can't stand is Animals by Maroon 5. Adams voice is like nails on a chalkboard. It seems to get worse with every song.

Subject: Re: 2013: The year music got better for the first time since 2005

Written By: winteriscoming on 12/05/14 at 6:38 pm


ugh I can't stand her. Meagan Trainor is annoying too.


I kinda like Meghan actually.  :-*

Subject: Re: 2013: The year music got better for the first time since 2005

Written By: Jquar on 12/06/14 at 3:35 am

2012 and probably even 2011 was a definite improvement over the awfulness of 2010. 2013 was passable, this year has been a disappointment.

Subject: Re: 2013: The year music got better for the first time since 2005

Written By: sporty on 12/06/14 at 2:53 pm

But we didn't have as annoying hits as Gagnam Style and Call Me Maybe. Those two alone put 2012 in the dustbin for me musically.

Subject: Re: 2013: The year music got better for the first time since 2005

Written By: tv on 12/06/14 at 6:21 pm


2013 was like an amazing fresh year of music and then 2014 came along and its sounds just as bad as the 2009-2012 years.
Maybe 2013 was a "stop in the road" if you will of the music trends from 2009-2012. Than after 2013 "disco revival" the music scene just progressed from where it left off from 2009-2012 and forgot as if the 2013 "disco revival" ever existed! That's kinda similar to what happened in 2001-2002 music just picked  up to where it left off from the 1997-1998 era after the teen-pop era of 1999-2000. 1997-1998 and 2001/early 2002 had teen-pop but it wasn't all over the place like it was from 1999-2000 like on TRL on MTV.

Subject: Re: 2013: The year music got better for the first time since 2005

Written By: Howard on 12/07/14 at 2:28 pm


But we didn't have as annoying hits as Gagnam Style and Call Me Maybe. Those two alone put 2012 in the dustbin for me musically.


That means you didn't like them?

Subject: Re: 2013: The year music got better for the first time since 2005

Written By: sporty on 12/08/14 at 6:16 am

No, I didn't. The disco revival thing was nice.

Subject: Re: 2013: The year music got better for the first time since 2005

Written By: sonikuu on 12/08/14 at 9:53 am

I don't know if I would really call the "disco revival" an actual overarching trend.  The amount of disco revival songs in the top 100 year-end songs of 2013 can be counted on one hand.  The thing it had going for it was that for a while, when Blurred Lines was at number 1 and Get Lucky at number 2, and I think even Treasure was working its way up the charts at the same time, it DID look like a sudden, new, dominant trend.  That trend was gone by year's end and never really extended beyond those few songs. 

You still see some examples of the "disco revival" in 2014 though: Pharrell's whole album, "Don't" by Ed Sheeran, and current top-ten entry "Uptown Funk".  But it's just become a side show. 

EDIT: "Sing" by Ed Sheeran, not "Don't"

I guess it's basically the equivalent of 2012's "indie trend".  For a while in the first half of 2012, when .fun had a number one hit followed immediately by Gotye, and .fun having another huge top ten hit (which not even Daft Punk or Robin Thicke could pull off in 2013), it felt like indie was establishing itself as a dominant genre on the charts.  That didn't happen - and to this day, virtually every indie song that hits the top 40 is relegated to instant one hit wonder status - Gotye, The Neighborhood, Of Monsters and Men, Bastille, and now Echosmith - need I go on?

Check for new replies or respond here...