Category Archives: good music

What makes a song a hit?

I have noticed that when we listen to a hit song, it does not immediately grow on us. Only when we listen to it multiple times, it slowly starts to sound great. I think listening to the song over and over again is how we start to like a song. Also, when a new song is released by an artist we love, we are already biased and are more embracing of the song. So, it’s not that hit songs become hits right off the gate but there needs to be repetition and a lot of social hype around them to make them popular.

I feel there are thousands of good songs our there that never get a chance because people listen to them once and forget about them. For example, listen to this song a few times and see how your opinion will change: Good Poison by Lionchief

Today’s music is crap

I am appalled by today’s music scene. “I don’t care, I love it!”. I have heard this song so many times lately and I even looked up the lyrics. It makes no sense. The tune is kind of catchy but at its core, it’s empty and shallow. Just like that song “I know it’s crazy but here’s my number. Call me maybe”. And the same tune is repeated over and over. I think this song is going to last a few months and in these few months, the artists will have become millionaires, sold a few million records and the song will eventually fade into oblivion. As a listener, I got entertained for a few days but it did not really “touch my soul” with its music or lyrics. And these are the artists that are getting insanely¬†rewarded today. On the other hand, there are many artists out there who have been playing gigs for the last five or six years and still struggling to make ends meet. Many of these struggling artists are creating good music but no one is paying any attention. It looks like either the market for good music is diminishing or it’s getting extremely hard for these struggling artists to be successful because all the crappy music is dominating radio and television.

I have also been noticing lately that many of today’s songs are targeting young people and talking about partying and just having fun. All of them are molded into dance music to make it more salable. I guess dance music is selling right now. It’s ok to make this kind of music but it should not be the dominating genre. Good music should make an impression on the listener that lasts a lifetime. It should evoke deep emotions and really “talk” to you. There are many good songs from the 70’s and 80’s that are still relevant today. They never get old because they talk about human suffering and emotions. They talk about the real stuff. They focused on their emotions instead of trying to make music that sells. Can you imagine Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of The Moon selling like hot cakes today? Not likely. It’s a great album because Pink Floyd did not care if it’s going to be liked by the masses or if it actually makes tons of money. Maybe they did care about the money part a little bit, but they still stayed true to their inner feelings and emotions. It’s a depressing album, but still a masterpiece, and I can’t imagine today’s generation falling in love with it if they heard it on the radio, if it even made it to the radio in the first place.

So, what does it all mean? I feel sorry for today’s young generation. They are being fed high fructose corn syrup by the media companies. Please turn off your radio and TV. Don’t let them mold your mind. It’s more profitable to them that way. It’s like watching PBS documentaries versus some reality show on television. The reality show will provide you short term entertainment but watching PBS will broaden your horizon and give you new perspective.