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A slightly unusual topic to discuss on a daily MUSIC BLOG, but since we’ve talked all about what we LOVE over the past months, what’s NOT TO LOVE in the world of music?


This may certainly upset a lot of you, it may even anger a lot of you, but I want to know what you hate most about music. Whether it be a certain genre, or god forbid – a certain artist, it’s always good to know where our boundaries are when it comes to music, so we know exactly what we like and what we don’t like.

For me, this is certainly a difficult question to ask. That’s not just because where I am and what I write about, but if you asked me that question a year ago, I could list off about ten things on what I hate. But, truth is, I’ve come to appreciate a lot of controversial genres for what they’re worth and grown an admired respect for certain acts, especially in the areas of hip-hop and rap. So, I think for me – the thing I hate most about music right now is that damn word of “popular” when it comes to music. More often than not, the word “popular” defines what’s good, what sells and ultimately what earns those awards and top prizes. Which, for me, is a load of hogwash. One fan of one artist could result in a completely different opinion of another. When it comes to something so opinionated like the art of music and what we like as consumers, I don’t feel like majority rules all – despite what the charts and global music awards are trying to tell us.

You can just see the downfall of The Grammys over the recent years, how the face of “popular music” and the act of awarding music may become less and less important in the coming years.

There’s amazing musicians creating music out there that may not even fit the ears of twenty or thirty people in their lifetime of making music, but this doesn’t certainly make it less good than those artists who sell out shows, right? It’s simply all subjective.

Either way, let me know your thoughts.

19 responses to “Let’s Talk: What do YOU HATE about music?”

  1. I have a healthy disregard for slush, mush and gush. If I get a whiff of Whitney, R Kelly or Celine, I gag. It’s something to do with the vocal acrobatics, the sheen production, the overconfidence, the cheap shot lyrics and the star guff quality of what it alleges to be. But, mostly it’s the vocal acrobatics *shudder*

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    • Yeah, most certainly – works of this manner are littered everywhere. I mean, the less we say about trash like WAP the better. I can’t believe how popular artists like that exist and are fairly successful. Who’s listening to that to keep it relevant and on-trend? God only knows.

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      • A lot of young people listen to it…to them, it’s nothing out of the ordinary. I’m far from being a prude, very, very far, and am also agnostic, but in my opinion, the breakdown of civility and basic decency in our society has taken a big nosedive in recent years. I know I sound like my parents, but we’re going to hell in the proverbial hand basket. I hate to think how the world will be in another 10 years if the current downhill trend continues. So many respect nothing or no one, not even themselves.

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      • Yeah I dread to think what we’ll be like in the coming years … hopefully if we stick to our own morals and the like, at least we’ll stay true to ourselves 🤔

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    • Yeah, worse thing about it is – cover bands then reap the benefits of playing someone ELSE’s music. I get that they’re a bag load of fun and somewhat satirical, but if I’m gonna pay to see someone else playing the music, I’ll just fork out a little bit more for the original.

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  2. This isn’t really unique to music, but I hate the overinflation of celebrity status, celebrity worship, and celebrity culture generally. I absolutely don’t begrudge artists for commercial success and fame. I think that is totally fine. More power to them. But when we expect musicians to be fashion designers, beauty brand owners and or lifestyle brand owners, look like models, have Insta-perfect families, be the right kind of political social media activists, handle the press in just the right way, be a flawless role model, and then we get upset when they don’t fit all these roles….why should be expect someone who is good at making music to necessarily be good at all the rest of that? I think the celebrity culture is harmful to the celebrities, it hurts emerging artists, and I honestly think it hurts us as a society.

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    • Oh yes absolutely, you’re spot on with this. Nothing can be said that is closer to the truth. The expectations to fulfill this for anyone in the limelight is simply absurd. This is possibly why the artists of the Gallaghers, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse are so prolific because they did it for themselves. No one else but themselves. They dressed how they wanted and everything else in between. I think the whole celebrity culture is a load of Trollop anyway. They act with such a higher power and status but they’re just like the rest of us. They won’t admit to being like us peasants below them, but the impact it has on society is colossal. I’m with you there – I hate it.

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  3. As a Canadian, I apologize for Celine Dion and Justin Bieber. I have no excuses.

    What do I hate about music? Boy bands. It’s bad enough I share a birthday with one of the New Kids. Donnie somewhat redeemed himself by being in Band of Brothers.

    I think what I hate most is that so many legends are dying. Knowing I’ll never see Rush again sucks big time.

    I also hate that I might never, ever, get to see Stereophonics. They once played a tiny bar in my city. Because my lovely city doesn’t like to promote good music, I missed that one. I drove 200km to another city to see them once, only to find out an hour before that the show was cancelled.


  4. I forgot to add streaming to the list. Like beer, it’s turned music into a rental.

    A byproduct of streaming is how we can just go skip, skip, skip, on each track. It’s made the deep cut almost extinct. It’s made us too picky. I don’t want to be that guy – you have ten seconds to wow me, otherwise…skip. I’ll admit that the skipping started with the CD.

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    • Yeah! I’m with you on that one. I love that – “it’s made the deep cut almost extinct.” Although convenient, we have become too picky with our music choices and if it doesn’t grab us in the first 10 seconds we zone it. We’ve become goldfish! This is why I’ve been developing a vinyl collection over the years that is a refreshing change away from the world of music streaming. Right now, it’s the only thing that makes me want to play the whole album in full.


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