Is the 2010s the worst decade for music? (1960s on)

#1 Posted by the_plan_man (1560 posts) -

Think about all of the decades and the music available for music. Even though there was bad music in every decade, this decade seems as though every genre has been "dance" and "pop"-ified. Guitars have kind of disappeared for a large part from music, and a lot of the music has not withstood the test of time as they have before. What do you think?

#2 Posted by xdude85 (4427 posts) -

Too early to tell since the decade isn't even finished.

#3 Edited by Masculus (2867 posts) -

I can't say much for pop overall. My impression is that Gaga, Perry etc. are about as good as their counterparts in the 80's. But rock is completely dead, buried and rotted away. Whatever the fuck they call it, indie-alt-synth rock and all that shit, is completely worthless. That's my view of foreign music, in my own country there's not much worthwhile, the only thing that still makes success in the industry is Gospel music.

#4 Edited by Korvus (3886 posts) -

For most people, music was always the best around the time they were born and then went downhill.

#5 Posted by one_plum (6358 posts) -

@korvus: Yep. People complaining about the new generation of music. History repeats itself.

#6 Posted by Master_Live (14777 posts) -

You are too close to the forest to see the trees.

#7 Posted by Korvus (3886 posts) -

@one_plum: "Back in my generation we knew how to be decent people...these new generations though..." =P

#8 Posted by MonsieurX (30401 posts) -

Popular =\= what's available.

#9 Posted by Shmiity (5145 posts) -

@Masculus: Haha. That "indie-synth-alt rock shit" is probably my favorite. This whole new-wave/post-punk revival is the best thing that's ever happened to me.

#10 Edited by Shmiity (5145 posts) -

@the_plan_man: A large part of guitar-oriented music from 2000-now has been this big new-wave/post punk revival thing. Lots of bands taking cues from late 70's and 80's bands like The Smiths, U2, Depeche Mode, Television, The Cure, Psychedelic Furs, and that sort of thing. (Example, The Killers, The Strokes, ect). Lots of danceable, disco-y rock out there. Newer bands (2010-now) that are decent would be The Drums, Two Door Cinema Club, The 1975, and others.

I'm big into this new-wave thing, so the bands right now are awesome for me. But people looking for classic rock stuff have nothing to buy or look forward to in popular music.

#11 Posted by mexicangordo (8637 posts) -

Uhh no,that's silly. Music is still incredible relevant and just because its not about rock music anymore (which is sad) doesn't make it any less important.

#12 Posted by LJS9502_basic (151343 posts) -

Rock still exists....

#13 Posted by JML897 (33125 posts) -

I think there are still a lot of quality rock bands out there but you just have to dig a little deeper than you had to in the past. I like Queens of the Stone Age, Nick Cave, Japandroids, Parquet Courts, Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, Oblivians, Eagulls, etc

The National are my favorite band but I have a feeling they'd be grouped in with that indie shit or whatever

#14 Edited by Shmiity (5145 posts) -

@LJS9502_basic: You are correct.

#15 Edited by hippiesanta (9884 posts) -

Metal is not dead .... Only fake metal like babymetal, emometal popmetal, powerpop (lol) is dead with Nsync and backstreetboys

#16 Edited by geniobastardo (1294 posts) -

@korvus said:

For most people, music was always the best around the time they were born and then went downhill.

Behold the truth!

#17 Posted by LostProphetFLCL (17487 posts) -

Eh, I haven't minded the explosion of dubstep personally and the techno infusion has at least made pop a bit more interesting.

In terms of rock though, it has had some real bright spots. Cage the Elephant is one of the best rock bands to hit the radio in quite sometime. On top of that, both Muse and Linkin Park managed to stop their sucking streaks with their most recent albums and it even sounds like Linkin Parks upcoming album might be quite badass.

On top of that, Avenged Sevenfold released their second best album (IMO) in 2010 (granted their most recent one sucked ass) and we still have bands like Opeth and Dillinger Escape Plan around.

#18 Posted by lamprey263 (24125 posts) -

You can find good music if you know where to look. I've got no inherent hate for pop-music but hearing the same top songs day after day really makes me hate some stuff. I like listening to the college radio stations as they're always playing new music from various lesser known artists, if I find something I like then I make note of it and go looking for other music by them.

#19 Posted by MrGeezer (56504 posts) -

@lamprey263 said:

You can find good music if you know where to look. I've got no inherent hate for pop-music but hearing the same top songs day after day really makes me hate some stuff. I like listening to the college radio stations as they're always playing new music from various lesser known artists, if I find something I like then I make note of it and go looking for other music by them.

I don't listen to new music, but this is a very good point.

Keep in mind WHY I stopped listening to music. It wasn't because I think that new music is shit, it's because there was all this new music that was so easily accessible and I decided I wasn;t willing to put in the effort to sort through that massive amount of content in order to find stuff I liked.

And that's sort of the big point. When it comes to being able to make music and making it available for a shitload of people to hear it, the barrier to entry is lower than it has ever been at any point in history. This means...1) we end up hearing a lot more crap, and 2) logic dictates that you're going to have a shitload of extremely talented people making music.

In other words, the barrier of entry has gotten lowered so much that being really fucking good isn't good enough. This means that there's a lot more trash getting widespread exposure, it also means that there's a lot more great shit flying under the radar because being great isn't sufficient for it to be culturally relevant.

Bottom line: the lowered barrier to entry means that in all probability there is more great music available now than there has ever been at any point in human history. The only problem is that people have to work harder to find it since there's also now a lot more trash.

#20 Edited by Iszdope (10120 posts) -

Yes.

#21 Posted by achilles614 (4858 posts) -

I don't think modern music is necessarily bad, there's just a ton of garbage to sift through to find the gems. It has been like that through much of history so not much has changed.

I enjoy the likes of Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, and Django Reinhardt; not too much in the way of swing or big bands nowadays though.

I prefer making my own music! That way if it's crap I have no one to blame but myself :) Just started on the violin 3 days ago, will see how that goes.

#22 Edited by RushKing (1777 posts) -

@the_plan_man said:

Think about all of the decades and the music available for music. Even though there was bad music in every decade, this decade seems as though every genre has been "dance" and "pop"-ified. Guitars have kind of disappeared for a large part from music, and a lot of the music has not withstood the test of time as they have before. What do you think?

There's oceans of guitars. This is just some local music I found.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxPZh-uRHdE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lj4yKzYfY0s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDZvkr7_Tf8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DhoOtGtUIQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDMb7v0UhJg

I think this may turn out to be my favourite decade. The metal scene around here is exploding.

#23 Posted by comp_atkins (31465 posts) -

no way to answer that objectively..

#24 Edited by dominer (3316 posts) -

Lol, no the early 2000's. All that angsty hard rock and nu-metal garbage, no thanks. Rap wasn't doing so good either until Kanye came around.

#25 Posted by TheGromble (12 posts) -

It definitely seems that way, off the top of my head the only modern artist I listen to are Action Bronson,Death Grips,Ghost BC,Tame Impala,and of course Lil B. It could also be an illusion though as nostalgia often distorts reality, we've always had shitty music but as time passes those artist and bands dwindle into obscurity.

#26 Edited by MakeMeaSammitch (3937 posts) -

music is getting worse and worse.

on top of that.

nobody writes their own music

nobody sings their own music

the industry is a joke. That's why I pirate everything. Cause fuck those guys.

#27 Posted by ArmoredCore55 (23844 posts) -

I think mainstream music has been getting worse, imo. There's still good music, too, you just gotta look for it.

#28 Posted by LJS9502_basic (151343 posts) -

@MakeMeaSammitch said:

music is getting worse and worse.

on top of that.

nobody writes their own music

nobody sings their own music

the industry is a joke.

You obviously listen to the wrong music.....

#29 Posted by MakeMeaSammitch (3937 posts) -

@LJS9502_basic said:

@MakeMeaSammitch said:

music is getting worse and worse.

on top of that.

nobody writes their own music

nobody sings their own music

the industry is a joke.

You obviously listen to the wrong music.....

it's basically all pop and rap. I don't listen to it.

#30 Posted by thehig1 (2195 posts) -

@hippiesanta: 2010's has had some great metal albums, most have been from older bands still active. Iroundbound by Overkill is there best album in my opinion(and most will agree its at least one of their best) same goes for Iced Earth with Dystopia and Anthrax with Worship music.

#31 Posted by dave123321 (34126 posts) -

Probs not

#32 Posted by LaytonsCat (3652 posts) -

I'd say 2000s are worse. The internet has exposed a lot of really talented people, who just don't hear it on the radio. One of my new personal favorites is Of Monsters and Men.

#33 Posted by Wilfred_Owen (20874 posts) -

I think some of my favorite albums have come out in the last couple of years. Channel Orange was just....fantastic. And Oneriology was awesome to.

#34 Posted by konvikt_17 (22242 posts) -

every decade has been called the worst decade for music. every decade has been called the best decade for music.

music is subjective, so you will never get a definitive answer as to whats good or not.

#35 Posted by joehult (366 posts) -

looking back, 70s, 90s, 80s, 60s, and 2000, in that order.

#36 Posted by foxhound_fox (88648 posts) -

Considering the albums released by Byzantine ("Byzantine"), Fleshgod Apocalypse ("Labyrinth"), Suffocation ("Pinnacle of Bedlam"), The Ocean ("Pelagial"), Immolation ("Kingdom of Conspiracy"), Carcass ("Surgical Steel"), Black Sabbath ("13"), Battlecross ("War of Will"), Children of Bodom ("Halo of Blood"), Black Dahlia Murder ("Everblack") and Inquisition ("Obscure Verses for the Multiverse")... just in 2013, I think you are incredibly incorrect.

Metal has never been better.

#37 Edited by hippiesanta (9884 posts) -

@thehig1 said:

finger licking Goood