Since 1955, music has become utterly homogeneous. Variety is gone. According to Scientific American, “Musicians today seem to be less adventurous in moving from one chord or note to another, instead following the paths well-trod by their predecessors and contemporaries.”
Everything’s the same, and everything sucks.
Actually, this isn’t the case. There is good music but it’s not getting attention, making the top 10 etc. Well, I suppose it’s because of the new business model of music where, since people are not buying albums, other ways of revenue have to be made.
Anyhow, I’m not hearing anything like classic rock (or classic rap, whatever etc..) these days, or stuff as powerful, yet new.
The Billboard 100 now?
Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Macklemore, One Direction, Skrillex, Nick Jonas, Chris Brown, Meghan Trainor. All of them are on the list. Maybe I’m going through a bad phase of Grampa Simpson, but I see a problem of apocalyptic proportions with this.
Topping the charts?
In 2015, such softies as Fun., Ed Sheeran, Coldplay and Maroon 5 topped the charts. In 1997, we had The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Sugar Ray, Everclear, Third Eye Blind and The Wallflowers. Something changed (though one can argue rock in general has been progressively neutered since the 1960s).
On a side note, could you imagine Pamela Anderson and Fun’s Nate Ruess banging on a yacht? Me neither.
Well, I’m not saying soft music can’t be powerful and wonderful. Look at Bread. But it’s sort of like the case of the art students taking over the Democratic Party.