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Old Dec 12th, 2011, 08:19 PM   #16
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Re: Does contemporary popular/mainstream music mostly suck?

It just means you're getting old, sweetie.
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Old Dec 12th, 2011, 08:39 PM   #17
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It just means you're getting old, sweetie.
Who knew cafes designed their playlists around my age. "sweetie"? Really?
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Re: Does contemporary popular/mainstream music mostly suck?

Of course it does, and yet people are still buying this crap. Nowadays it is generic dance track with lyrics that are in just about every song, such as "Pump it up", "make it louder" and "In this club..."
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Re: Does contemporary popular/mainstream music mostly suck?

Yes, but it never used to - atleast not this bad. People get too far on a name nowadays.

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Re: Does contemporary popular/mainstream music mostly suck?

Billboard 2011
1. Adele - Rolling in the Deep
2. LMFAO ft. Lauren Bennett & Goonrock - Party Rock Anthem
3. Katy Perry - Firework
4. Katy Perry ft. Kanye West - E.T.
5. Pitbull ft. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer - Give Me Everything
6. Bruno Mars - Grenade
7. Cee Lo Green - F**k You (Forget You)
8. Nicki Minaj - Super Bass
9. Maroon 5 Ft. Christina Aguilera - Moves Like Jagger
10. The Black Eyed Peas - Just Can't Get Enough
11. Jennifer Lopez ft. Pitbull - On The Floor
12. Rihanna - S&M
13. Foster The People - Pumped Up Kicks
14. Katy Perry - Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)
15. Bruno Mars - Just The Way You Are
16. Enrique Iglesias ft. Ludacris & Dj Frank E - Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)
17. P!Nk - Raise Your Glass
18. Lady Gaga - Born This Way
19. P!Nk - F**kin' Perfect
20. Rihanna ft. Drake - What's My Name?

Billboard 1991
1. Bryan Adams - (Everything I Do) I Do It For You
2. Color Me Badd - I Wanna Sex You Up
3. C+C Music Factory - Gonna Make You Sweat
4. Paula Abdul - Rush Rush
5. Timmy T - One More Try
6. EMF - Unbelievable
7. Extreme - More Than Words
8. Hi-Five - I Like The Way (The Kissing Game)
9. Surface - The First Time
10. Amy Grant - Baby, Baby
11. Boyz II Men - Motownphilly
12. Stevie B - Because I Love You (The Postman Song)
13. Mariah Carey - Someday
14. Damn Yankees - High Enough
15. Bette Midler - From A Distance
16. Whitney Houston - All The Man That I Need
17. Jesus Jones - Right Here, Right Now
18. Color Me Badd - I Adore Mi Amor
19. Janet Jackson - Love Will Never Do (Without You)
20. Marky Mark and The Funky Bunch ft. Loleatta Holloway - Good Vibrations

A lot less ft. in 1991, and a little more rock, but not really much different.
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Old Dec 12th, 2011, 10:36 PM   #21
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Re: Does contemporary popular/mainstream music mostly suck?

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I've noticed that most cafes play music from the 90s or maybe before.

Edit: I added in popular/mainstream because i do agree - as egalite posted - that there is good music to be found if one hunts for it.
A lot of it sucks but like people have said, you find "treasures" or they find you (if you listen to NON-mainstream outlets i.e. stations/sites that do NOT play the sucky ppl).

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It just means you're getting old, sweetie.
True. Every gen will experience this. I can already hear the 90's babies complaining in 2020 how no one's as good as Beyonce.
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Old Dec 12th, 2011, 11:00 PM   #22
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Billboard 2011
1. Adele - Rolling in the Deep
2. LMFAO ft. Lauren Bennett & Goonrock - Party Rock Anthem
3. Katy Perry - Firework
4. Katy Perry ft. Kanye West - E.T.
5. Pitbull ft. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer - Give Me Everything
6. Bruno Mars - Grenade
7. Cee Lo Green - F**k You (Forget You)
8. Nicki Minaj - Super Bass
9. Maroon 5 Ft. Christina Aguilera - Moves Like Jagger
10. The Black Eyed Peas - Just Can't Get Enough
11. Jennifer Lopez ft. Pitbull - On The Floor
12. Rihanna - S&M
13. Foster The People - Pumped Up Kicks
14. Katy Perry - Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)
15. Bruno Mars - Just The Way You Are
16. Enrique Iglesias ft. Ludacris & Dj Frank E - Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)
17. P!Nk - Raise Your Glass
18. Lady Gaga - Born This Way
19. P!Nk - F**kin' Perfect
20. Rihanna ft. Drake - What's My Name?
1995

1 "Gangsta's Paradise" Coolio and L.V.
2 "Waterfalls" TLC
3 "Creep" TLC
4 "Kiss from a Rose" Seal
5 "On Bended Knee" Boyz II Men
6 "Another Night" Real McCoy
7 "Fantasy" Mariah Carey
8 "Take a Bow" Madonna
9 "Don't Take It Personal (Just One of Dem Days)" Monica
10 "This Is How We Do It" Montell Jordan
11 "I Know" Dionne Farris
12 "Water Runs Dry" Boyz II Men
13 "Freak Like Me" Adina Howard
14 "Run-Around" Blues Traveler
15 "I Can Love You Like That" All-4-One
16 "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?" Bryan Adams
17 "Always" Bon Jovi
18 "Boombastic" Shaggy
19 "Total Eclipse of the Heart" Nicki French
20 "You Gotta Be" Des'ree
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True. Every gen will experience this.
Not really. Generations experience that when there's a real change in the type of music. My folks like a fair amount of current mainstream music. Personally I've never been much for the mainstream - every once in a while something will be there but that's rare.

The point of the thread is this: even a few years ago these cafes were playing current stuff. Now they aren't? Why?
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Who knew cafes designed their playlists around my age. "sweetie"? Really?
and I'm supposed to take your word that "most cafes play music from the 90s"? did you conduct a study on it?

Its probably your old ass that subconsciously goes to cafes that play old music
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But Bjork's first album with the Sugarcubes was fantastic. ('88)
That "Life's Too Good" is one of my all-time favorites. I even think Bjork's work was better with them (I know that's a minority view) than her solo work.

Basically, you can find good music in every era if you don't depend upon mainstream success as a marker of worthwhile music.
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Not really. Generations experience that when there's a real change in the type of music. My folks like a fair amount of current mainstream music. Personally I've never been much for the mainstream - every once in a while something will be there but that's rare.
What my point was to Brenda when s/he posted that you were just getting old was that it was normal for someone when they turn, say, 30 to become critical of current music. It doesn't mean that all 30somethings are like that but it's not unusual to hear people of this age and older complain about how music wasn't as good as "back in the day". It's a cycle, IMO.

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The point of the thread is this: even a few years ago these cafes were playing current stuff. Now they aren't? Why?
Are you referring to cafes like Starbucks where some people spend a good part (hours!) of their day? If so, whether it's there or other cafes, I don't recall them ever playing anything really mainstream so I don't get why the Billboard Hot 100 charts were posted on this thread. I'm assuming you know this but there's a whole genre of music called Coffeehouse and you can find online stations for it and they rarely play anything from the radio. If you're hearing 90's HITS at your cafes, then that's disappointing because you might as well just turn on the radio. A cafe/coffeehouse/lounge is the opportunity to set a mood and expose your laptop-lugging peeps to music that isn't Beyonce, Justin Bieber, Daughtry, Ne-Yo, Taylor Swift. If a cafe played that "stuff", I'd walk out immediately.
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What my point was to Brenda when s/he posted that you were just getting old was that it was normal for someone when they turn, say, 30 to become critical of current music. It doesn't mean that all 30somethings are like that but it's not unusual to hear people of this age and older complain about how music wasn't as good as "back in the day". It's a cycle, IMO.
not to mention the tons of 're-interpeted' oldies ...

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Re: Does contemporary popular/mainstream music mostly suck?

The short answer is 'yes'. Of all songs currently popular, maybe 20% of them are halfway good.
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What my point was to Brenda when s/he posted that you were just getting old was that it was normal for someone when they turn, say, 30 to become critical of current music. It doesn't mean that all 30somethings are like that but it's not unusual to hear people of this age and older complain about how music wasn't as good as "back in the day". It's a cycle, IMO.

Yeah I got all that from your OP. I still say it's a crock. If it were it would be fine - since teens are no more - and often less - musically savvy than people in their 20s and 30s. There are as many teens who think that mainstream music is mostly weak. Moreover, that viewpoint does nothing to deal with ly looking at what's going on with the state of music. Does it suck more? If not, why are cafes in a college heavy city starting to avoid playing it?
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not to mention the tons of 're-interpeted' oldies ...
Stock-in-trade of Jamaican music. Either that or just take the same tune and put new lyrics on it
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