I am not one of those people who go along and say “music is my life”, but I do love music a LOT, and I also love looking into the lyrics of the songs I listen to, mostly to see if I can identify with them or not.
And whenever I go on Youtube to watch a video of a band I enjoy (Avenged Sevenfold, Rise Against, Queen etc.) there is always that person who goes on and on about how music in the old days was better or more popular than it is today. And that radios or TV channels played better music then than they do now.
Here’s the sad/funny part of it…radio and music channels have ALWAYS played the same type of music as they do today. A while back I was on a bit of a childhood/teenage years music trip and I listened to a bunch of late 90s and early 2000s music and while there was the odd rock track in there, the most popular songs were always repetitive pop songs, such as Music by Madonna, Crazy in Love by Beyonce, Shakira with her 2005 album which was EVERYWHERE, Gwen Stefani with her 2004 album Love Angel Music Baby which again was EVERYWHERE!
You want to go evern further back because the 90s and the 2000s are too recent and that’s when music started its downward spiral? In the 70s and 80s, aside from maybe a few Queen songs and some Led Zeppelin, which were niche songs, the most popular songs were from Boney M and the whole host of disco artists who were extremely popular back then. And as I saw in another video on Youtube, in 1987, when good old Guns’N’Roses released Appetite for Destruction, the number one hit songs of that year was Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley. So yeah, everyone was getting Rick Rolled, even back then.
And if you want to argue that the songs actually sounded better before than they do now, be it pop songs or whatever, simply because everything was better before…that I can actually agree with to some degree. Sure, the themes of cheating on your significant other, having sex with lots of women or men or whatever are still the same and the lyrics of pop songs have not and probably will not evolve beyond this, but some of the songs from the 90s and 2000s sound better. Maybe it’s nostalgia, maybe it’s because there were actual instruments involved and not a lot of computer generated music, but yeah, some of the songs from those years are much better than some of the ones that are put out today.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that radio and music TV channels have always played pop music way more than other niche genres. It’s the very definition of pop music (well, one of them anyway): pop stands for POPular…meaning a lot of people like it and want to listen to it.
Just enjoy the type of music you like, there is really no need for it to become more popular. You want to know why? Because then, people will be like: “ugh, why didn’t you guys listen to this band before they were popular, like I did”. Ring any bells, this one?