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Can music be objectively determined to be good or bad, or maybe better or worse?

  1. MickeySr profile image81
    MickeySrposted 6 years ago

    Can music be objectively determined to be good or bad, or maybe better or worse?

    Whatever music you individually like is a matter of personal taste - but can music be objectively determined to be good or bad? Consider; however much you might personally like it, wouldn't you agree that "How Much Is That Doggie In The Window" is not as significant, influential, or beautiful a piece of music to listen to as Eric Clapton's "Layla" - or that Irving Berlin's "Cheek to Cheek" is musically superior to "Do the Freddie" . . . again, you might like one song over another, but can one song be objectively determined to be less good than or one song be counted as better than another?

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  2. Theeyeballkid profile image77
    Theeyeballkidposted 6 years ago

    Yes it can, but it is impossible to prove it because it is a completely subjective assessment and there is no metric that can be used to measure how good a song is.

    A lyric like "the words of the prophets are written on the subway walls and tenement halls" (Paul Simon)  is vastly superior to "and through it all she offers me protection, a lot of love and affection" (Robbie Williams). I can't prove it but I know it to be true.

    EDIT: Sorry just read the question again and noticed the word objectively. No its probably not possible to objectively say that one song is better than another. The technical difficulty of a song shouldn't necessarily mean its better and one look at the current top 20 songs tells you that sales units is a really bad measurement of how good a song is. I dont know, should be interesting to see if somebody comes up with a reasonable answer.

 
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