Is modern music worse or better than music 20 - 30 years ago?

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#1  Edited By bearcat

Personally, some modern are brilliant, some old. But, what do you think?

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#2  Edited By vagayna

People's standards have seriously fallen in the last 10 years.
 
That is all.

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#3  Edited By Kibblez

It's a mix. There is definitely some terrible music out there that is super popular, but it's not like that's never been the case in the past. Good bands still get recognised, though sometimes not on the level they maybe should be. Record stores have been replaced by the internet...

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#4  Edited By BraveToaster

There's more garbage than there is good shit.

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#5  Edited By DarkGamerOO7

Mainstream music has become a joke over the years, however the indie scene and the non-mainstream have more than picked up the slack.

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#6  Edited By apoptosis61

depends what you mean modern music 
if you mean that idiotic same beat music almost all people listen then yeah is shit

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#7  Edited By MattyFTM  Moderator

Worse, far worse. The majority of modern music is trash. There are a few half decent songs out there, but they're still nothing compared to music of the 70s and 80s.

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#8  Edited By skavanker
@vagayna said:
" People's standards have seriously fallen in the last 10 years.  That is all. "
you are getting older that is all
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#9  Edited By BabyChooChoo
@Axxol said:
" There's more garbage than there is good shit. "
This sums it all up nicely. There is still tons and tons of great music out, but it's buried under even more bullshit.
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I think there's a lot more garbage today than there was 10 - 30 years ago.

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@MattyFTM said:
" Worse, far worse. The majority of modern music is trash. There are a few half decent songs out there, but they're still nothing compared to music of the 70s and 80s. "
I'm 17 and I completely agree with you.
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#12  Edited By harinosho
@skavanker said:
" @vagayna said:
" People's standards have seriously fallen in the last 10 years.  That is all. "
you are getting older that is all "
yet the music back then still rocks even now... its.. groovy baby. okay, im only 24, but most of the current music sucks
 
side note, pokerface.. what was the point of that song and why is it a hit?
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#13  Edited By Dirty_Harry

I just spend my time looking for some weird bands from the era's i like.

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#14  Edited By gamer_152  Moderator

I wasn't alive 30 years ago but from what I've listened to the genres of music I'm into are better now than they were 20-30 years ago, however I think there has been a decline in the quality of mainstream music.

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#15  Edited By Lucifer
@Axxol said:
" There's more garbage than there is good shit. "
 
 Unfortunately that pretty much applies to everything regardless of age. :(
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#16  Edited By BraveToaster
@Lucifer said:

" @Axxol said:

" There's more garbage than there is good shit. "

  Unfortunately that pretty much applies to everything regardless of age. :( "
Yes, not only age, but all type of art/media 
 
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#17  Edited By J0n3s1

Modern music is nothing.. I wouldn't even call it music. 
And I turned 16 about week ago.

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#18  Edited By BraveToaster
@J0n3s1 said:

" Modern music isn't nothing.. I wouldn't even call it music. "

 Isn't nothing
 
Is not nothing
... meaning it is something, right?
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#19  Edited By TomA

most modern music is absolute trash. Jack Johnson, City and Color, Coldplay, all complete shit. And I don't understand why people like newer Green Day, it's effing terrible.

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when a 13 year old kid with a bowlcut can get popular by singing 2 words poorly to the same beat over and over and over and over, then yes the music industry has turned to shit

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#21  Edited By MooseyMcMan

I say today's is worse. Some stuff is pretty decent, but overall, I don't care for the music of today. 

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#22  Edited By SilentCommando

There are some okay songs out there, but a lot of the mainstream dance music is really generic. Maybe I'm not looking hard enough. 

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#23  Edited By BulletproofMonk

Hell no.

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#24  Edited By PATERSON
@Axxol: 
Said it perfectly.
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#25  Edited By Sin4profit

Ya have to dig and search to find good music these days but it does exist.
I think since the mid 80s ,marketing have taken the mainstream for a ride trying to sell people an image more then anything. At a time, that came with it's own decent music but the music wasn't a priority. At this point most mainstream music is marketing construction and comes across as fluff to me.

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#26  Edited By stonyman65

Modern music sucks. Besides the new Megadeth CD, and some underground instrumental stuff, I don't think I've listened to anything made after the mid 90's.  But than again, I'm a metal head so the last 15 years or so haven't been the best for that type of music...

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#27  Edited By Arbie

It's so easy for people to make it into the music industry these days that sure, plenty of modern music is trash. So I guess I would say standards have dropped. I still like a lot of modern musicians though.

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#28  Edited By Clinkz

Its unfair to say all modern music sucks but it really is blanketed by a thick steamy shit of pop. In the 70's the worst you had was disco and the 80's you had an abundance of hair metal bands which kinda took the sucky cake. Overall, yes it is getting worse but there is good stuff.

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#29  Edited By Vonocourt

Much like the past, there's a bunch of mainstream trash that will be forgotten in a couple years.

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#30  Edited By sjschmidt93

Worse. My favorite genre it metal, but I hate saying that since I really do hate almost all modern metal. Or rather, metal from bands that were formed in the last 10 years.

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#31  Edited By Aounslaught

Modern Music needs its own New Wave of British Heavy Metal, in my opinion.

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We have had this kind of topic like 20 times now.
 
 
Seriously, Mainstream music has always been shit.
 
Stop saying its getting shittier, because its remaining the same. 
 
you are just getting older.
 
Also if you are under the age of 18, dont post.
 
seriously.

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#33  Edited By ArchScabby

No, people are idiots and need to think.  The only reason older music seems better is because only the good music is remembered and still played.  The Justin Bieber of the 70's isn't played anymore and is forgotten, but it did exist.  The difference is that we hear Justin Bieber now days and think it sucks, but we only hear the classics from the past.

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#34  Edited By Faint

the last great modern rock band was a perfect circle. music has been dead for a while now. then i found isis and now they are done :(

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You used to actually have to have talent to make it in music, now any idiot with an auto tune can make lots of money.

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#36  Edited By Elemental_89

Technology has ruined music for me, nobody seems to use instruments anymore (and if they do, more often than not, they cant acturly play said instruments) and advancments in compression has made eeeeverything sound way to clean. Gimme a dusty funk break over lady (nwo) gaga anyday of the week.

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#37  Edited By Von
@ArchScabby said:
" No, people are idiots and need to think.  The only reason older music seems better is because only the good music is remembered and still played.  The Justin Bieber of the 70's isn't played anymore and is forgotten, but it did exist.  The difference is that we hear Justin Bieber now days and think it sucks, but we only hear the classics from the past. "
Not entirely true. To make music (and distribute it) was quite a tad more difficult and more expensive back then than it is today when even joe sixpack alone can create music on his computer and distribute it over the outlets online so we got a more oversaturated market. ...and we all know that quantity doesn't equal quality. Ofcourse there are other variables to this but it's still not something to be overlooked.
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#38  Edited By Rothbart

There will always be good music and bad music, tastes will always vary, trends will come and go. Today's music isn't any better or worse than yesterday's, and great bands can turn out great thanks to or in spite of the time they played in. Who knows if the next Beatles will emerge two years from now? Just go with the flow and there will always be something good to listen to, even if you have to sift through the mountains of mass produced muck.

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#39  Edited By Supernaut

If you think modern music is bad you aren't looking hard enough. Or at all

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#40  Edited By HandsomeDead
@ArchScabby said:
" No, people are idiots and need to think.  The only reason older music seems better is because only the good music is remembered and still played.  The Justin Bieber of the 70's isn't played anymore and is forgotten, but it did exist.  The difference is that we hear Justin Bieber now days and think it sucks, but we only hear the classics from the past. "
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#42  Edited By Happy

Next lets argue about which shade of blue is better.

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#43  Edited By markini6
@ArchScabby said:
" No, people are idiots and need to think.  The only reason older music seems better is because only the good music is remembered and still played.  The Justin Bieber of the 70's isn't played anymore and is forgotten, but it did exist.  The difference is that we hear Justin Bieber now days and think it sucks, but we only hear the classics from the past. "
Yes. People seem to be equating the general term "music" to what's in the charts and subsequently dismissing today's music as rubbish. This is just not the case. There is an absolutely massive abundance of music today and ignorance is the only thing to blame for thinking that all music today is rubbish. 
 
Read. This.
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#44  Edited By irish
@President_Barackbar said:
" You used to actually have to have talent to make it in music, now any idiot with an auto tune can make lots of money. "
Ya and we live in an era of market saturation where it seems that music executives think that if you throw enough shit at a wall, some of it will stick.
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#45  Edited By SpiralStairs
@MattyFTM said:
" Worse, far worse. The majority of modern music is trash. There are a few half decent songs out there, but they're still nothing compared to music of the 70s and 80s. "
It is trash if all you listen to is trash. But if you were to listen to real music, I'm sure you'd find today's artists aren't all that bad.
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#46  Edited By markini6

Also, on a side note, is anyone else excited about Arcade Fire's new album being released tomorrow?

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#47  Edited By Supernaut

I haven't really kept up with them that much, and was never a huge fan, but I saw them live a couple years ago with my dad and they were great.

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#48  Edited By Atlas

Music standards are the same they've always been. The thing about old music is that people pick out the best music from that time period; nobody remembers all the terrible pop music that existed during those eras, but it certainly existed. If you picked the elite bands from this generation then they stack up to any generation of music. C'mon, we're the Radiohead generation. We're Sigur Ros, and Arcade Fire (not a fan, but lots of people are), of Bjork, The Mars Volta, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, I could go on. Music is something that becomes absorbed into culture on a long term basis. But what we also need to remember is that there was an innocence not only to music but in a whole range of political ideology during those decades, and our generation is by contrast hugely cynical, so we focus on the terrible mainstream drivel spewing puss from radios blurting out at obscene volumes in crowded malls, and the truly talented inspirational artist are buried beneath a sea of cultural dissonance. Yes, there is more terrible music now than there ever was, but that's true of all media. There is so much content out there, and it's become so easy to get an album on the internet, and for producers to manufacture pop stars, that quality control becomes virtually non-existent. It's symptomatic of the Internet generation; quantity over quality.

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#49  Edited By Th3_James

There was shitty music before too, you just gotta find the good stuff. 

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#50  Edited By Supernaut

But, that quantity would lead to artists putting out better music in order to stand out. I do think this has happened, and I think this year's releases are proof of that (imo)