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Subject: Search for the true answer: When did music REALLY go bad?

Written By: waffleboy_92 on 05/31/13 at 3:29 pm

Okay, if any of you remember my previous posts here, you would know that I like to talk about pop music and the change it had over time. I'm only 20 years old but I know a lot about the changes pop music had over the years. I'm going to list what I believe were the major changes in pop music that people pinpoint as the time it went bad. So here it goes:

1950s/1960s: I'll start at the beginning. The first big change. Rock n' roll in the 50's and 60's. When music changed from soft ballads to fast paced songs to dance to. Parents hated what the music stood for, a bunch of new dance moves, foundation of the pop idol, etc. I don't know if anyone here will say this is when it went bad, unless they are older...

Late 1970's: Disco/Beginnings of electronic music. I know when disco took over as the mainstream genre, there was a lot of backlash against it. Saying it wasn't rock, the fact that many music artists were including disco elements in their songs (even rock musicians), etc. I also included the beginning of electronic music because people say that electronic noises are not playing a real instrument, therefore require no talent. I expect some older members to call out this one as the time it went bad.

Early 1990s: Gangsta Rap emerges. I don't know if you guys are rap fans but rap changed from being about dancing and having a good time to vulgar and violent tendencies at the end of the 80's. Then gangsta rap became big in the early 90's, expressing concern about younger radio listener hearing these mature things. I expect a lot of people to say this one, but like I said, I don't know if there are rap fans on this forum.

Late 1990s/Early 2000s: Before I get into this one, I gotta say this. I believe this one is going to be the most picked time for when music turned bad. It's when music changed from rock being dominant to pop and rap. When music went mainstream. A LOT of people pinpoint the 2000's as when music went bad. Pop stars like Britney Spears and 'N Sync were bashed like crazy. Rap fans criticized the wave of pop rappers like P Diddy and Nelly who rapped about girls, jewelry, and living the good life. But even though I believe this will get the most votes, I have one more... My personal vote.

Late 2000s/2010s: I don't know if people will pick this or not. Because even though there is plenty of Bieber/Nicki hate (IMO more than Britney/N Sync hate), it's pretty much the same thing. However, there was a certain change in the charts that made this deserve my vote. It is the electro pop music craze that wiped out the pop/R&B songs from they early 00's. Like I said in a previous thread, all the pop singers are switching towards EDM now. They repeat words in their songs and sing monotonous like robots. Look at artists like Jennifer Lopez, will.i.am. and Pitbull, who all forgot their hip-hop/R&B roots. If anyone picks this, I bet it will be the younger members of this forum.

Please reply to this, because I really want to know the true time music became bad. People are always hypocrites about pop music, hating N Sync and Backstreet Boys back in the day, but now loving them and hating on Justin Bieber/One Direction. Are they going to say the same for Justin Bieber in 2020? Is it just a cycle? If so, when did music really go bad? That's what I want to find out in this thread. I hope this isn't a bad thread, because I REALLY want to talk about this.

Subject: Re: Search for the true answer: When did music REALLY go bad?

Written By: warped on 05/31/13 at 3:38 pm

For me, music really went bad after 1989. It started to go downhill in the early to mid 80s, but that's because I am a huge fan of 60s and 70s music, and I like many 80s songs too. The top 40 now is mostly filled with garbage, I'd rather listen to a baby cry on a public bus than most of these new songs.  That is just my opinion though. It counts for nothing in the grand scheme of things.

Honestly, there is no "true time" of when music went bad. It's all subjective, depends what you like and what you don't like. Everyone will have a different opinion, as we shall read in future posts here.

You listen to what you like, and don't listen to bands/genres/styles you don't like, it's as simple as that.

Subject: Re: Search for the true answer: When did music REALLY go bad?

Written By: Mat1991 on 05/31/13 at 3:47 pm

This is really a matter of opinion. Personally, I don't care for disco, so if I was alive in the late '70s, I'd probably be complaining about how music was going to s**t.

I also don't like this current electro-pop/autotune fad. I agree that it does sound very monotonous and superficial.

Subject: Re: Search for the true answer: When did music REALLY go bad?

Written By: Brian06 on 05/31/13 at 4:14 pm

There's not a true answer, it's all depends on personal taste and what you like.

Subject: Re: Search for the true answer: When did music REALLY go bad?

Written By: waffleboy_92 on 05/31/13 at 4:40 pm

Well then, let's just share our opinions on when music went bad. I want to know which time is the most picked as when music went downhill. For me, like I said, music got really annoying in the late 2000's, it lost the previous emotion it used to have, like the pop/r&b songs from the early 00's used to have. But I'm really young on this forum (only 20), so maybe that has to do with it.

Subject: Re: Search for the true answer: When did music REALLY go bad?

Written By: captainEO on 05/31/13 at 4:50 pm

I guess it really is subjective BUT

I can appreciate most kinds of music. I have the capacity to. So, I like Proto-punk from the 60s, Disco, New Wave (80s), Reggae, Ska, Brit Pop (90s), Post-Punk Revival (00s) etc.

Basically, I appreciate and enjoy music from all times, so music to me never really deteriorates. However, I can see that when it comes to mainstream music, that is it's more generic, it really can become worse.

I dislike current mainstream music. I think the bulk of it is awful. I'm not that old, so I can't really compare and contrast mainstream music from many different decades. But, I think it's at its worst now. I think earlier decades had greater emphasis on actual musicianship unlike the way it is now.
Perhaps, even the subject matter of music was of a better grade, like you mentioned fun rap from the 80s, and classic pop rock from the Zombies which was sweet. "Michelle" from the Beatles, you don't get that anymore...

So, I pick late 00s/early 10s only when it comes to mainstream music. Indie music of this time, however, is highly creative and brilliant. It's wonderful but it never gets much notice which is a shame. This happens some times - Velvet Underground, Television etc. - that great music is for the most part ignored until much later BUT I think that this problem is a lot worse nowadays.

To sum up:
1. Mainstream music has worsened over time. Yes, this time is the worst so far.
2. But you can still appreciate some of it.
3. Indie/"underground" music is usually consistently good but fails to get notice.
4. Said indie music, although more prominent nowadays, is even more separate from the mainstream.

Subject: Re: Search for the true answer: When did music REALLY go bad?

Written By: waffleboy_92 on 05/31/13 at 4:59 pm


I guess it really is subjective BUT

I can appreciate most kinds of music. I have the capacity to. So, I like Proto-punk from the 60s, Disco, New Wave (80s), Reggae, Ska, Brit Pop (90s), Post-Punk Revival (00s) etc.

Basically, I appreciate and enjoy music from all times, so music to me never really deteriorates. However, I can see that when it comes to mainstream music, that is it's more generic, it really can become worse.

I dislike current mainstream music. I think the bulk of it is awful. I'm not that old, so I can't really compare and contrast mainstream music from many different decades. But, I think it's at its worst now. I think earlier decades had greater emphasis on actual musicianship unlike the way it is now.
Perhaps, even the subject matter of music was of a better grade, like you mentioned fun rap from the 80s, and classic pop rock from the Zombies which was sweet. "Michelle" from the Beatles, you don't get that anymore...

So, I pick late 00s/early 10s only when it comes to mainstream music. Indie music of this time, however, is highly creative and brilliant. It's wonderful but it never gets much notice which is a shame. This happens some times - Velvet Underground, Television etc. - that great music is for the most part ignored until much later BUT I think that this problem is a lot worse nowadays.

To sum up:
1. Mainstream music has worsened over time. Yes, this time is the worst so far.
2. But you can still appreciate some of it.
3. Indie/"underground" music is usually consistently good but fails to get notice.
4. Said indie music, although more prominent nowadays, is even more separate from the mainstream.


Funny that you mentioned indie music, because that something I was gonna add to the late 2000's/2010's section. (NOT saying it's bad, btw) But I think indie rock has crossed into the mainstream, with bands like Fun., Mumford & Sons, the Lumineers, Imagine Dragons, Neon Trees, Foster the People all getting big in the last two years. Indie doesn't fail to get noticed nowadays, just throwing that out there.

Subject: Re: Search for the true answer: When did music REALLY go bad?

Written By: Howard on 05/31/13 at 7:27 pm

I'm going to have to say the early 1990's.

Subject: Re: Search for the true answer: When did music REALLY go bad?

Written By: Katluver on 05/31/13 at 8:04 pm

That is actually a difficult question for me to answer.
I would say that it's been getting gradually worse since...?
There was still plenty of good music around '05, and even back in '11 there were plenty of songs that I liked. But I seriously don't recall a single song that I liked from last year.

Subject: Re: Search for the true answer: When did music REALLY go bad?

Written By: loki 13 on 05/31/13 at 8:42 pm

Like others have said, it is a matter of opinion and it is kind ironic to use this quote but it is like
someone said to the music industry: "Choose! Choose the form of the Destructor!" and someone
thought of the 80's.

Subject: Re: Search for the true answer: When did music REALLY go bad?

Written By: Foo Bar on 06/01/13 at 12:05 am

http://i.imgur.com/BsUzIN9.gif

We've got this...

Subject: Re: Search for the true answer: When did music REALLY go bad?

Written By: captainEO on 06/01/13 at 3:56 am


Funny that you mentioned indie music, because that something I was gonna add to the late 2000's/2010's section. (NOT saying it's bad, btw) But I think indie rock has crossed into the mainstream, with bands like Fun., Mumford & Sons, the Lumineers, Imagine Dragons, Neon Trees, Foster the People all getting big in the last two years. Indie doesn't fail to get noticed nowadays, just throwing that out there.


I suppose you're somewhat right, but I remember what Grizzly Bear said: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/justin-vernon-consoles-grizzly-bear-over-grammys-snub-20121206

Only a handful of indie music gets noticed whilst the vast majority fails to switch over into the mainstream.

There's also a disparity in wealth, sales, and airplay between mainstream and indie. I just don't think the two have fully aligned.

I also know of several bands that I like that will never get any mainstream acceptance because their music is too different. The mainstream stifles creativity which is why a large amount of indie music is ignored.

Subject: Re: Search for the true answer: When did music REALLY go bad?

Written By: ralfy on 12/04/15 at 8:28 pm

"How Popular Music’s Lyrics Perpetuate American Idiocy"

http://theantimedia.org/how-popular-musics-lyrics-perpetuate-american-idiocy/

Subject: Re: Search for the true answer: When did music REALLY go bad?

Written By: mqg96 on 12/04/15 at 8:57 pm


There's not a true answer, it's all depends on personal taste and what you like.


Old post but I'm with you on this one 100%

Subject: Re: Search for the true answer: When did music REALLY go bad?

Written By: Eazy-EMAN1995 on 12/04/15 at 10:08 pm

All depends on age and perspective. My Dad who was born in 1959, thinks music hasn't been good since the early 80s. He says it started going downhill in 1986. He misses the 60s-80s. He thinks music went to sheesh in the 90s. My grandma thinks it hasn't been good since the early 80s. My mom thinks it's sucked since 1991, when the grunge movement started and when gangsta rap was starting to become even more mainstream.


Personally for me music hasn't been good to me since 2010. That was the LAST year where I truly enjoyed most of the music being played. 2011-2013, I liked a decent amount. Since 2014, I've been kinda losing interest in the musical product. So yeah music hasn't been THE SAME since the early 10s. lol  ;D It depends!

Subject: Re: Search for the true answer: When did music REALLY go bad?

Written By: Howard on 12/05/15 at 7:18 am

He thinks music went to sheesh in the 90s.

I'm going to have to agree with him and after it went to crap, I started listening to internet radio to get back my nostalgia, so once in a while I'll listen to the radio but other than that I will listen to internet radio.

Subject: Re: Search for the true answer: When did music REALLY go bad?

Written By: carriefire on 12/05/15 at 9:25 am

Music started to go bad in the late 1970s.
The 80s music was god damned awful, but the 1990s until today was far worse than the 1980s.

Subject: Re: Search for the true answer: When did music REALLY go bad?

Written By: yelimsexa on 12/05/15 at 10:03 am

I've read stories about people of the Ragtime/WWI generation saying that the proliferation of Jazz and Blues music in the 1920s lead that to being the "devil's music".

In terms of mainstream music, I'd say near the end of the '90s. While mainstream Top 40 was a lot more pigenholed, there were many more outlets that people discovered that decade, from modern rock, to alternative, to urban R&B, contemporary country, and on TV VH1 at its best, and the beginnings of satellite radio with a variety of choices. Unfortunately, the very late '90s was when autotune (Cher's Believe), image-focused (most Teen Pop acts), bling-bling/ringtone rap, metal focused too much on loudness started to weigh in on music's main purpose about having fun, and although since then of course there are exceptions, the talent/promotion just doesn't seem as professional now as it did prior to the late '90s.

Subject: Re: Search for the true answer: When did music REALLY go bad?

Written By: 80sfan on 12/05/15 at 12:04 pm

For me, and only me, starting in 2001. It went downhill fast!  8-P

Subject: Re: Search for the true answer: When did music REALLY go bad?

Written By: Howard on 12/05/15 at 5:49 pm


For me, and only me, starting in 2001. It went downhill fast!  8-P


music wasn't the same after that.

Subject: Re: Search for the true answer: When did music REALLY go bad?

Written By: annimal on 12/05/15 at 6:08 pm

silly devil aside for a minute here,  I seem to have songs I like that go up to 88.  There are a few groups with some music in the 90's I like.

Subject: Re: Search for the true answer: When did music REALLY go bad?

Written By: apollonia1986 on 12/09/15 at 5:39 pm

Whenever it fell out of fashion for music to have an actual MESSAGE behind it.

Subject: Re: Search for the true answer: When did music REALLY go bad?

Written By: ocarinafan96 on 12/09/15 at 8:19 pm

I always found the eras when music is catered to only one demographic or style to be the bad eras or (lack for a better word) lacking years for music. Examples I could think of would be the Y2K Era from circa 1997-2002, and the current era that started around late 2013. Now the only reason why I personally like the former is because it brings back a lot of nostalgic memories for me, but if I was a teen or an adult at the time there's no mistaken it that I would probably hate that era of music. Right now as we speak, theres still tons of good music out now, but its mostly underground though

Subject: Re: Search for the true answer: When did music REALLY go bad?

Written By: #Infinity on 12/09/15 at 8:34 pm

I will admit it must have felt like a huge step backwards to a lot of people for music to have gone from Biggie, Pearl Jam, 2Pac, Oasis, Alanis Morissette, and the like in 1996 to the pretty-faced Backstreet Boys, Savage Garden, Hanson, and 98 Degrees, plus other cheesy acts like Mase, Aqua, and the Spice Girls in the course of just one year.  I only became familiar with popular music right as late 90s groups were becoming dominant, so I'm familiar with and nostalgic for all of these Generation Y-targeted music acts, but even I far prefer the Generation X era of music (dominant circa late 1982 through 1996) over the Millennial Generation period of 1997 through 2011 (although the years 1997, 2009, and 2010 are right up there with the majority of Gen-X years).  Regardless, in spite of its commercialism, at least the whole 1997-2011 era period had a broad range of different genres, something the Z era of 2012 to present cannot lay claim to.

Subject: Re: Search for the true answer: When did music REALLY go bad?

Written By: ocarinafan96 on 12/09/15 at 8:40 pm


I will admit it must have felt like a huge step backwards to a lot of people for music to have gone from Biggie, Pearl Jam, 2Pac, Oasis, Alanis Morissette, and the like in 1996 to the pretty-faced Backstreet Boys, Savage Garden, Hanson, and 98 Degrees, plus other cheesy acts like Mase, Aqua, and the Spice Girls in the course of just one year.  I only became familiar with popular music right as late 90s groups were becoming dominant, so I'm familiar with and nostalgic for all of these Generation Y-tartgeted music acts, but even I far prefer the Generation X era of music (dominant circa late 1982 through 1996) over the Millennial Generation period of 1997 through 2011 (although the years 1997, 2009, and 2010 are right up there with the majority of Gen-X years).  Regardless, in spite of its commercialism, at least the whole 1997-2011 era period had a broad range of different genres, something the Z era of 2012 to present cannot lay claim to.


I agree with this

Subject: Re: Search for the true answer: When did music REALLY go bad?

Written By: 80sfan on 12/09/15 at 9:27 pm


music wasn't the same after that.


Pretty much.

Subject: Re: Search for the true answer: When did music REALLY go bad?

Written By: apollonia1986 on 12/09/15 at 9:33 pm


I will admit it must have felt like a huge step backwards to a lot of people for music to have gone from Biggie, Pearl Jam, 2Pac, Oasis, Alanis Morissette, and the like in 1996 to the pretty-faced Backstreet Boys, Savage Garden, Hanson, and 98 Degrees, plus other cheesy acts like Mase, Aqua, and the Spice Girls in the course of just one year.  I only became familiar with popular music right as late 90s groups were becoming dominant, so I'm familiar with and nostalgic for all of these Generation Y-targeted music acts, but even I far prefer the Generation X era of music (dominant circa late 1982 through 1996) over the Millennial Generation period of 1997 through 2011 (although the years 1997, 2009, and 2010 are right up there with the majority of Gen-X years).  Regardless, in spite of its commercialism, at least the whole 1997-2011 era period had a broad range of different genres, something the Z era of 2012 to present cannot lay claim to.


Now I feel conflicted, because I like every act you named, man. I know I lead the ticker tape parade for the Jacksons, but I really do like good music from good talent and outside of the said family, GOOD genuine music suiting my tastes have been few and far between. It's almost like that movie Multiplicity, where the further time progresses, the more humanity kind of degrades and we're starting to witness it in music today. Just yesterday I spoke with a nurse saying I liked this particular song called "I Do" by that band I keep kicking about and it literally is a song about meeting "the one" falling in love and being married. No cheating, no divorces, no side bitches, etc. Just a real, honest to goodness love song. And the nurse looked at me and was like she didn't know anyone still made songs like that. I looked her dead in her face and I said that band is probably one of the last with that kind of sentiment.
And I constantly worry. What the hell will my future kid listen to. I mean I can throw Michael Jackson or 3T at her all I like, but ultimately kids are influenced by their friends. That's how I was on TLC and Usher and the Black Eyed Peas as a kid/teen, because of my friends. I was raised in a house with Gospel Blues and Motown. LOL
I mean I'm 29 and I sit with my friends and we literally worry about where music has fallen to.
IT's a shame.

Subject: Re: Search for the true answer: When did music REALLY go bad?

Written By: 80sfan on 12/09/15 at 9:45 pm

Funny, back from 1979 to 1982, the music industry was in a slump record sales-wise. Albums sales went down.

Then with the help of MTV, good music, people getting used to the new technology of music, and Michael Jackson's Thriller videos, and singles, music sales went back up again.

It's almost a creepy foreshadowing of what was to come roughly 2001 and after. But this music slump has lasted a lot longer than the one back in the late 70s/early 80s. And back then it was Disco that was blamed, instead of teen stars, rappers (modern ones), and the dance music of today.

History really does rhyme.

Subject: Re: Search for the true answer: When did music REALLY go bad?

Written By: Zelek2 on 12/09/15 at 11:08 pm

I like some disco. I feel it's been given a bad name because of the more novelty-oriented stuff ("Disco Duck", for one).

Subject: Re: Search for the true answer: When did music REALLY go bad?

Written By: Howard on 12/10/15 at 2:47 pm

I remember back then when music was special and it had a message in the lyrics, You don't really hear it anymore these days.

Subject: Re: Search for the true answer: When did music REALLY go bad?

Written By: bchris02 on 12/10/15 at 5:14 pm

I think it depends on age.  Most people prefer what was popular during their teen years and early twenties.  This isn't just true for the current generation but every generation going back to the jazz age.

For me, 2013 hands down.

Subject: Re: Search for the true answer: When did music REALLY go bad?

Written By: ArcticFox on 12/29/15 at 1:51 am

It never went bad. There is good music and bad music throughout the ages. Every period has its bad trends, as well as bad songs of good trends, and divisive trends. Good music is found in every year. Yes, even 2012 has it's own handful of good music. Even the teen-pop heavy late '90s had mostly great music (the teen pop was bad, everything else was good) and there was plenty to work around.

However, I do think that mainstream music hasn't really been able to reach its former glory in the past. 2002 was an incredibly bad year for music. It was the skid mark of the modern music paradigm. We haven't really been able to reach 2001-earlier levels of good music since (in upwards of 70+ songs). 2011, 2014, and 2015 have come really close but they stopped just short of it, especially 2015. I think 2016, however, will break that glass ceiling. Music has been getting better, and I have faith that next year will be excellent.

Subject: Re: Search for the true answer: When did music REALLY go bad?

Written By: The Burger King on 12/29/15 at 8:44 am


It never went bad. There is good music and bad music throughout the ages. Every period has its bad trends, as well as bad songs of good trends, and divisive trends. Good music is found in every year. Yes, even 2012 has it's own handful of good music. Even the teen-pop heavy late '90s had mostly great music (the teen pop was bad, everything else was good) and these was plenty to work around.

However, I do think that mainstream music hasn't really been able to reach its former glory in the past. 2002 was an incredibly bad year for music. It was the skid mark of the modern music paradigm. We haven't really been able to reach 2001-earlier levels of good music since (in upwards of 70+ songs). 2011, 2014, and 2015 have come really close but they stopped just short of it, especially 2015. I think 2016, however, will break that glass ceiling. Music has been getting better, and I have faith that next year will be excellent.


I do not like nu metal, which was also probably popular in the late 90's. I personally thought that music went downhill before 2002 though (based on listening to music on the radio and on YouTube I thought music went downhill in around 1998/1999).

Subject: Re: Search for the true answer: When did music REALLY go bad?

Written By: 80sfan on 12/29/15 at 10:17 am

I think we're just burnt out from such a long string of Top 40 music from the 50s to the 90s.

Subject: Re: Search for the true answer: When did music REALLY go bad?

Written By: ArcticFox on 12/29/15 at 10:30 am


I do not like nu metal, which was also probably popular in the late 90's. I personally thought that music went downhill before 2002 though (based on listening to music on the radio and on YouTube I thought music went downhill in around 1998/1999).


Oops. I completely forgot nu-metal existed. That was crap too, yeah. I do like Linkin Park though. How old are you anyway?

Subject: Re: Search for the true answer: When did music REALLY go bad?

Written By: The Burger King on 12/29/15 at 11:08 am


Oops. I completely forgot nu-metal existed. That was crap too, yeah. I do like Linkin Park though. How old are you anyway?


I'm only 16, but I in general do not like a lot of modern music. I did not actually experience listening to nu-metal and teen pop during the time they were new, but based on its music I have listened to on YouTube and what other people said about those genres, they seem pretty bad.

Subject: Re: Search for the true answer: When did music REALLY go bad?

Written By: Howard on 12/29/15 at 3:05 pm


I think we're just burnt out from such a long string of Top 40 music from the 50s to the 90s.



Yeah I would think so.

Subject: Re: Search for the true answer: When did music REALLY go bad?

Written By: Baltimoreian on 01/03/16 at 12:39 pm

I would obviously pick the early 2010s, since they don't really have that much potential to be remembered for a while.

Subject: Re: Search for the true answer: When did music REALLY go bad?

Written By: 80sfan on 01/03/16 at 2:24 pm



Yeah I would think so.


I thought that music in 2013 and the first half of 2014 was okay, but then it got bad again.

Subject: Re: Search for the true answer: When did music REALLY go bad?

Written By: Howard on 01/03/16 at 2:45 pm


I thought that music in 2013 and the first half of 2014 was okay, but then it got bad again.


I think it started to go bad after the mid to late 1990's.

Subject: Re: Search for the true answer: When did music REALLY go bad?

Written By: musicguy93 on 01/03/16 at 2:45 pm


I thought that music in 2013 and the first half of 2014 was okay, but then it got bad again.


I disagree. I found the whole indie folk trend (which reached its saturation point around 2013/early 2014)  to be very nauseating. It's probably still popular now, but it's peak was in 2013/first half of 2014. Mumford and Sons (Babel era), Lumineers, and Philip Philips, were the bane of my existence in 2013/early 2014. 2014 in general seemed to represent the worst of both the early 2010s and the mid 2010s, in my opinion. The first half of 2015 was pretty much a continuation of late 2014. However I felt that music during the latter part of 2015 was more bearable. One example would be Coldplay's new album, A Head Full of Dreams. I heard some of the singles from the album, and it's a huge improvement over their last 2 albums (Mylo Xyloto was dull, and Ghost Stories was godawful). Also, I know this will sound extreme, but I actually found Five Seconds of Summer's newer stuff this year to be more bearable. I'm not saying I like them, but in 2014, they were an obnoxious teen pop group. In 2015, their new stuff from their second album was less annoying, and more bearable. Again, I'm not saying I'm a fan, I'm just saying that their second album was an improvement over their godawful first album. It's basically the equivalent of being pulled out of a pool of feces, after sinking to the bottom. Not great, but at least an improvement.

Subject: Re: Search for the true answer: When did music REALLY go bad?

Written By: 80sfan on 01/03/16 at 3:33 pm


I think it started to go bad after the mid to late 1990's.


I seeeeeeee.  :(

Subject: Re: Search for the true answer: When did music REALLY go bad?

Written By: 80sfan on 01/03/16 at 3:36 pm


I disagree. I found the whole indie folk trend (which reached its saturation point around 2013/early 2014)  to be very nauseating. It's probably still popular now, but it's peak was in 2013/first half of 2014. Mumford and Sons (Babel era), Lumineers, and Philip Philips, were the bane of my existence in 2013/early 2014. 2014 in general seemed to represent the worst of both the early 2010s and the mid 2010s, in my opinion. The first half of 2015 was pretty much a continuation of late 2014. However I felt that music during the latter part of 2015 was more bearable. One example would be Coldplay's new album, A Head Full of Dreams. I heard some of the singles from the album, and it's a huge improvement over their last 2 albums (Mylo Xyloto was dull, and Ghost Stories was godawful). Also, I know this will sound extreme, but I actually found Five Seconds of Summer's newer stuff this year to be more bearable. I'm not saying I like them, but in 2014, they were an obnoxious teen pop group. In 2015, their new stuff from their second album was less annoying, and more bearable. Again, I'm not saying I'm a fan, I'm just saying that their second album was an improvement over their godawful first album. It's basically the equivalent of being pulled out of a pool of feces, after sinking to the bottom. Not great, but at least an improvement.


I found music from 1999 to 2012 unbearably bad. But someone's gold is someone's trash, or whatever!

Subject: Re: Search for the true answer: When did music REALLY go bad?

Written By: Toon on 01/03/16 at 5:14 pm

It's all opinionated and is mostly up to age and taste. I like 80's music while not really liking a lot of 90's music. But it also depends on genre as well. Certain genres were better in some decades than others. And I'm not the type of guy who only listens to popular mainstream music. To me it depends on decade, age, and genre really. There is no such thing as a 100% correct answer regardless of what anyone says.

Subject: Re: Search for the true answer: When did music REALLY go bad?

Written By: JordanK1982 on 01/03/16 at 6:38 pm

I think music was great until 2004. From there on it's been progressively worse.

Subject: Re: Search for the true answer: When did music REALLY go bad?

Written By: ralfy on 01/12/16 at 11:34 pm

To recap, it (i.e., commercial pop music) has been generally the same in terms of form across numerous decades. With regard to content, that varies depending on the various social crises that take place.

Subject: Re: Search for the true answer: When did music REALLY go bad?

Written By: Zelek2 on 01/13/16 at 3:19 pm

2006-2007

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