talkin' about "pop music"
June 25, 2010 9:54 AM Subscribe
pop music filter: been livin' under a rock the past decade, so what good stuff have I missed?
posted by 5Q7 to Society & Culture (21 answers total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
Music-wise, it's not bad at all under this rock: stacks of CDs accumulated over the years, cool sound system, and more recently itunes, even. But my attention's been focused on specific genres for a while now - '50s jazz, '70s dance, contemporary techno/trance. All enjoyable, but not quite the same as growing up on popular music back in the day.
Yes, I know, terrestrial radio has pretty much died, but they still have pop charts out there, right? If so, those of you more up on things, tell me, what pop singles from the last 10 years or so do I really need to hear, and what's great about them?
For purposes of this thread, let's take the easiest definition of "pop music": singles by artists who consciously sought a wide audience for their music, and/or songs that whatever their original went on to become known to a wide audience.
Likewise, although I'm here in the USA, I'm open to international stuff as well, but let's specify English-language lyrics just to keep things manageable (instrumentals are fine too).
And consider me a tabula rasa as far as musical tastes. That is, although I obviously have preferences like all listeners, the reason I'm asking this question is a curiosity to try new things that might be a *bit* out of my usual comfort zone. Back in the day (when, admittedly, the musical world available to most listeners was much smaller), that was one of the cool things about growing up on the pop charts: the dual expectation that if it made the charts, you might like it, even/especially if a particular tune was in a style/genre otherwise outside your usual routine.
Finally, I already know and pretty much agree with many of the usual critiques that this sort of question raises: corporate pop is evil, real artists don't do pop, the underground scene (whichever one) is much more real/vibrant, pop music is doo-doo, etc. Yeah, points taken, but, still, in a culture this large and into music there must be at least a few recent popular tunes worth listening to, or maybe I really have been living under a rock lately....