Does the music today now suck? Or are we just too old?

Philippines
December 12, 2011 1:24pm CST
Now I've heard a lot of disputes lately about the music of this generation compared to music decades ago. I'm 23 now and I noticed. I missed the old music. When music really lasted long, not just months before it get old. Is it just change? or is it going downhill and lost meaning? Easy to be a hit and easy to lose its flavor? I want to know also what 40 year olds now thought of music when they were in their 20s. what did they think of music back then.
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8 responses
• Philippines
14 Dec 11
I think that music today is more like party type or disco music. There are only few songs even alternative and rock that has actually been good. I was born on 90's brand of music and I love them. I also had listened to 70's and 80's songs and they were good too. Today's music is somewhat different and I hardly listen to them already. I guess, its just a matter of what type of music you like. Maybe some people love today's music.
• Philippines
16 Dec 11
You have a point, maybe it's just a cycle of music. I'm into rock music too and we're both waiting for this era to bloom again.
• Philippines
15 Dec 11
Yes that! you hit the spot. Dance music. I think it's kinda rare that I hear something that's not about dancing or partying but about love and somewhere near. No, not really some people. I think all the people do. That's why they're big hits. But I dunno. I thought, maybe its just a phase? like history just going in circles. like back in the day, disco was big right? then came rock, then pop. then now back to disco again. maybe soon. ( I just hope) it'll go back to rock.
@dodo19 (47216)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
13 Dec 11
I too am 23, and I have to say that a lot of the music seems to not be as good as it used to be. Not all music is bad, in my opinion, but there is still music that I find is not good.
• Philippines
15 Dec 11
Whew, and I thought I just felt old. Yeah, true they're not bad.. they're good. But they're not too good enough that I'd remember then in the future by heart, that kind of music.
@barehugs (8973)
• Canada
13 Dec 11
You are an unusual young person if you like Old Tyme Music. I can't believe the noise that passes for music today. The music of the 40's 50's and 60's is so seldom played today its almost extinct. Rock, hip-hop and related music is just junk. Bring real music back!
• Philippines
15 Dec 11
Haha, not really old time. I'm more of the late 80's, 90s. and near after the start of 2000. But, these past few years, is.. different. I really wish I could hear a song today that could last longer than summer.
• United States
12 Dec 11
There are very few songs out there today that I like. Either they are yelling & screaming at me from the radio or they are rapping so fast to the point that I can't even understand half of what they are saying. Even country music is not the same anymore, one song pretty much sounds the same as the other. I miss music back in the day when everyone had their own style, whether it was in music or in fashion. I hardly ever listen to the radio anymore because honestly there is nothing that I really care to listen to. All I can say is thank goodness for CD's.
• Philippines
12 Dec 11
I feel you. Though, i still listen to radio. Hoping a song that's good would come on. All I hear are songs that taste like candies, till you get fed up, and it doesn't really fill the stomach you know? Veryy few songs are like that nowadays. With substance that last long. at least to me.
@imcath03 (79)
• Philippines
13 Dec 11
It's true music now really sucks.You are not old. Old music still was remembered than the new songs now. And even the young ones know the songs before.
@imcath03 (79)
• Philippines
13 Dec 11
It's true music now really sucks.You are not old. Old music still was remembered than the new songs now. And even the young ones know the songs before.
• Philippines
15 Dec 11
True true, the old songs tend to last longer in my head. If I try to remember some good songs from this year. It's.. hard. I think music stopped being good somewhere.. 2008 or 2009. I think it was before all the electric music rave.
@lilaclady (28207)
• Australia
12 Dec 11
I think it is normal to like the music of your teens the best I think it is a sign of getting older but at 23 that is a bit early. I love the music of the 60's I just don't think all the new trends since can match it.
@skydancer (2101)
• United States
13 Dec 11
I think today's entertainment in general lacks soul. The other day I caught my parents watching Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. It wasn't like them to go out of their way to watch that type of movie (even though my dad loves cars and both my parents love musicals), so I asked them why they were watching it, and my mother said the only other movie they could find on TV was some cultivated horror/crime drama - she didn't recall the title but it was obviously a movie in 21st Century vernacular made to appeal to the masses. One of the many highlights of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was of course the music. D i c k van D y k e had a great voice, and Sally Ann Howes had vocals you could tune a piano to. No cheesy electronic bleeps and swooshes regardless of whether they match the mood of the song or not (of course, this was before the days of electronica, but still)... and NO AUTOTUNE! Now THAT'S real talent right there! It was absolutely refreshing. Of course knowing today's entertainment scene, someone out there will decide this masterpiece needs to be re-made and cast some Hollywood heartthrob who has to lipsynch to someone else's singing voice (or worse, "rap" the words) as the lead and re-arrange all the music electronica style so that it will appeal to the current generation. That's pretty much all you need to do these days to "wow" an audience, half of which will hail it all as better than the original. I recenently heard a musician friend tell a friend of hers (not a mutual friend but also a musician) that there's a "place in Hollywood just waiting for him." I say that if you truly believe someone is that talented you'd pray to God that s/he wouldn't waste it on that garbage! It may be where the money is, but it sure as heck isn't where the heart is. I saw an interview with Meat Loaf and he made a good point about what music has become. He said it's basically become all about what creates fame and money. By contrast, artists of previous generations like Janis Joplin or Jimmy Hendrix or the Beatles it was about their art and their individual expression, not about fame, money, or what the rest of the world would deem awesome. These were artists who followed their own instincts and used their own individuality and imaginations, and that is really what's required to produce something groundbreaking or soulful in music. There still are lots of artists who live by this philosophy, but you wouldn't find them in mainstream music anymore; you have to look where the money isn't. People may find this hard to believe, but I was just a child when I realized this. When all my friends listened to pop, I listened to country, because at that time, country music had a more distinct, soulful, and close-knit culture overall. The artists seemed to all be expressing themselves as was in line with their own heart and soul (corny and cliche as that sounds). They paid attention to tradition, and had great pride in their country and showed faith in the people who listened. All the most grounded, down-to-earth people seemed to be in country music. They were competitive and confident - don't get me wrong - but there was still something very disarming about most of their personalities, probably in part because they knew deep down that it was about the music. Now country has just become a dumping ground for artists whose sound doesn't quite cut it in the pop category because they have a fiddle in the background that can barely be heard. I have heard people say that today's mainstream music is crap because the target age group just seems to be getting younger and younger, but I feel that there are other factors involved besides just that because I didn't even enjoy the mainstream music of the 90's, much less that of today. The music that was considered mainstream when my parents were younger, however, I consider to be quality. Heck, I even like the popular music of the 80's but that is generally the cut-off point for me. Even my parents and older people say that the type of music they had to listen to when they were children was much better. It just goes to show you that when you've grown up with things a certain way and have no recollection of another time it's very easy to come away believing that what is being served up to you is quality. Sadly, the best artist in the world of any form - music and otherwise - will probably never be mainstream if the business continues in the direction it's been going in for the past decade or so. It only keeps getting worse. I think technology, the internet in particular, are being widely misused for music purposes in a very unprofessional manner, when in fact they could be a huge advantage if utilized in the right way... but that's a whole other post topic there and I've rambled long enough! Just my poorly-organized two cents!