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Why Modern Day Music Sucks

Updated on March 19, 2011

Why does Modern Day Music Suck?

Music. It's a stress relief. It's what people go to to get a message, heal wounds, and to get motivation. You can't walk anywhere anymore without hearing music playing in restraunts, or cars flying by shaking everything around it because the bass is cranked fully. Music use to take severe talent in order to make. One would have to master an instrument, be able to sing, and be able to write songs that not only are catchy, but speak to the audience. Deliver meaning. In this article, I will show you how the modern day music has lost all of these qualities, and has became a business that anyone can get into.

No Singing Needed

The Killer of Vocals (T-Pain)
The Killer of Vocals (T-Pain)

Have you ever been told that you don't have a good singing voice? Well, it's okay. You can still make it into the music business. Most modern day music has nothing to do with the powerful voice you have. All that matters is that you are able to work an Auto-Tune. An Auto-Tune is an electronic device that, once you sing into, makes you sound like a robot. It is used in almost every single modern day song that comes out. Believe it or not, bands like Black Eyed Peas use to be pure vocal, and just catchy beats. Bands used to have vocalists that you would want to kill, JUST to have their voice. If you couldn't sing in the old music business, you would've been told to fuck off by the C.E.O. of the record company, and would have been escorted out by big guys in suits. Your dream of singing the national anthem at the super bowl would be crushed, right then, and right there. Nobody would take your singing career seriously. Then, the Auto-Tune happened. Now, if you can't sing, the record company would strap you to an Auto-Tune and give you material to sing. The next think you know it, your name would be more wide spread then christianity. People would line up to see you when you go to their town, and kids everywhere will download that ninety-nine cent Auto-Tune app you can get on any iTouch or iPhone, and sing along. It's hard to call it talent, when you can get their apparent "$200 equipment" to make their voice for only ninety-nine cents from apple.

Example of AutoTune

This is a perfect example of what I mean by Auto-Tune. Listen to the entire song, and try to imagine it without Auto-Tune. It would suck without it, right? Point proven.

Can't Play an Instrument...? Nah, You're Good


If you play an instrument, you know it is a long process to master the instrument. I myself play guitar. It has taken me years to master every technique that there is, and hours of practice just to get everything perfect. When you heard bands play, you would not only be amazed by the vocals, but by the instruments as well. The guitarist would fall on his knees in the middle of a guitar solo and would play so fast, your finger muscles would ache just from watching it. The Drummer would be spinning wildly on his stool hitting every drum his drum kit has, and would be playing so wildly, the animal planet features him on a show. The Bassest would make the room shake, and would make it to where you could feel your heart and internal organs shake. You would leave the concert stunned, and wishing just for an ounce of that talent. Now, picture that concert in modern day terms. The artist walks on, and you notice he is the only one on stage. But, deep in the background, you see a DJ messing with his mix board, and pushing buttons to receive different drum beats, bass speed, and even some guitar riffs to go with the song. Doesn't seem as incredible as the old concerts. And it's not. Music today is only based on the beats, and about putting as many little effects as their little hearts desire into the song. Playing an instrument in modern day music term is equal to wearing all white at a funeral. People will stare at you, other artists will hate you, and you will stand out like a sore thumb. So, if you suffer from not being able to play an instrument, don't worry. You will be welcomed into the Music Business with open arms! (And if you can't sing....that's just another bonus!)

You Can't Think of Any Lyrics? That's Okay, Just Sing About Your Hair!

Becareful. She looks innocent, and cute now. But she will whip you with her hair if you get too close
Becareful. She looks innocent, and cute now. But she will whip you with her hair if you get too close

When I listen to a song, I instantly listen to the lyrics. Bands like Disturbed, Korn, and Lamb of God write songs that speek to their fans, and allow the fans to relate to them. We all have that one song that we listen to when we get into certain moods. When we work out, "Eye of the Tiger" all the way. When we are depressed, we choose a song that has a sad meaning. Angry, we listen to "I don't know you, but I will slit your throat and use your blood as syrup on my waffles" kind of music. If you havn't noticed, it's not just the tempo or sound of the song that makes it that song we listen to in certain moods. The lyrics play a major role. Personally, I listen to music to relate to it, and as a way to express how I feel. Lyrics are important. Not only to me, but to everyone. With modern day's not that important. As long as you have a good beat behind it, the lyrics are just the random left shoe on the side of the highway. The way some lyrics are written, I swear they just look around the room and write what they see in order. They give it a beat. Then it's played all over the radio 24/7. A perfect example, in my opinion, is "I Whip My Hair Back and Forth" by Willow Smith. Don't get me wrong, I love the Smith family. An extremley talented family. But it's like she didn't even try in this song. Most of the lyrics consist of "I whip my hair back and forth". The word "hair" appears 82 times and "whip" a staggering 107 times. The phrase “I whip my hair back and forth” occurs 67 times. This means that more than half of the song (55%) is just the phrase “I whip my hair back and forth” repeated. The song is 3 minutes and 13 seconds long. After doing some unimportant math with some friends, this means that mean time between the phrase "I whip my Hair back and forth" is 2.88 seconds. This means that after the phrase is said, 2.88 seconds later the phrase is said again. I know I over analyzed the last part, but I'm proving a point. If you say the same phrase at a spread of every 2.88 seconds, you can not write lyrics, and your lyrics probably won't speak to anybody. Unless they have a high-ego about whipping their hair around. Then they will probably love you.

Point Proven

It took me forever to do that math. Don't ask me to do it again, because I probably can't. But if you don't believe me, feel free to count it, and do it yourself.


After all these years of amazing lyrics, guitar, bass, and drum legends, amounts of kick ass songs that had meaning to them...why have we progressed down the chain, instead of upward? This is all opinionated. If you appreciate, and like this kind of music, I mean no harm. I am just speaking my opinion. If you don't agree, or agree, or want to bring up another point, feel free to comment. I would love to hear your opinion!

Tell me what you think!


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      sjudenim 2 years ago

      @the truth

      Your comment is the pinnacle of modern day thinking. To deem something useless because it is contrary to your opinion is nothing more than narcissism. You call the advancement of technology innovation but it comes at the cost of the regression of human talent. Photography is a prime example of this. Most images are so post processed that the essence is completely removed because the final product is so disingenuous. Too much technology dilutes the soul. You're right about one thing though, just because someone can't sing or play an instrument does not mean that they do not posses creativity or talent, just not in music.

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      the truth 3 years ago

      this is useless and digressive article that promotes staying the past and disagrees with innovation. there will always be bad music and there will always be great music. there were terrible artists in the 60's and are terrible artists today. Just because someone can't play an instrument doesn't mean they aren't creative or talented. i presume that the person writing this isn't an artist so he/she is probably looking from the outside in.

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      darin-brady-5 4 years ago

      @darin-brady-5: Few mistakes ---- The 40 year comment---What I`m saying is that I doubt that there will be a classic station 40 years from now because the noise from today doesn't even last a year, let alone 40 years.

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      darin-brady-5 4 years ago

      The sad thing is that even though many or most people agree that there is no music in the world today in comparison, nobody does a thing about it. Music has become a fashion, a fad, a joke. Children run the music industries production assemble line. I hear people try to defend modern music but there is absolutely no defense. I personally believe that it was the 1980`s that destroyed music completely. With the male performers dressing up like women with their big hair and make-up,...what a joke. As soon as people started "watching" music instead of listening to music primarily was the beginning of the end. Things like MTV, American Idol, etc., ...none of this helps MUSIC,...what it helps is the big money grips within the music INDUSTRY. Some say the 70`s because of disco and I agree that disco definitely played a part in the destruction of music. Just listen to the crap played on the radio today. All computerized, with enhancement after enhancement to help the so called artists perform. If you`re not a teenie bopper Barbie or Ken doll or you`re not talking about your bling or publicly gay then you can forget making it in music today. It is sickening. There is a reason that Classic Rock is still hanging in there today. There was a lot of great music from the 60`s. You can bet that 40 years from now, NOBODY will be listening to a damn thing from the year 2000 forward. This goes for country, or what they are selling as country music as well. It`s all about "pretty" and nothing to do with TALENT. I haven`t heard anyone that I can see lasting through the years like Zepplin or Bob Segar, Skynard, Eric Clapton, etc.etc.etc.etc. So say what you want. There is no arguing the facts. Today's music is not music at all. Here today, gone tomorrow.

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      JimDuke 7 years ago

      HaHa-this is great-funny but so true-it's amazing to see all the no-talents making it big-the world seems to be upside down including the music industry-no wonder CD sales are down so much. Very entertaining lens!

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      Kathryn002 7 years ago

      While I agree with the points you make, and I like the layout of your lens, I disagree that modern music as a whole is bad. In fact, I think the advancement in technology allows for greater variety in music, and there are so many excellent modern artists, the few radio artists should not taint our perception of music as a whole. I like your lens, though. :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      great article,very informative and yes is true what you write about.

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      ImmatureEntrepr 7 years ago

      Great article. Very well thought out with lots of thought provoking points.

      Squid Angel blessed.

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      iamhavok 7 years ago

      I agree. It's pretty sad also that they are making re-makes of re-makes or re-makes of get my point.

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      jenms lm 7 years ago

      2 words: XM Satellite - especially 47, Alt Nation. But I would agree that most of what is on the radio is complete garbage, with apologies to the band Garbage which I like.

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      jenms lm 7 years ago

      2 words: XM Satellite - especially 47, Alt Nation. But I would agree that most of what is on the radio is complete garbage, with apologies to the band Garbage which I like.

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      myraggededge 7 years ago

      There are a huge number of talented bands out there, so I'd say focus on the good stuff and ignore the rubbish. One more word... Muse. :-)

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      TheOmegaJuggalo 7 years ago

      What I don't understand is how these pathetic excuses for musicians (your Justin Biebers and your Bring Me The Horizons (Ollie's screams are laced with effects, because he can't actually scream)) are famous, and yet great bands like Poisonwood and Psychostick go virtually unnoticed. Why aren't they famous? They're two very talented groups. It's impossible for any legitimate musician to gain recognition, because the industry doesn't want to sell music, it wants to sell images.

      The direction music is heading is very sad. I think the best course of action would be to never turn on another radio again... You'd be better off burning a lot of CDs.