I have never really been a fan of Pop music. That isn’t to say that there has never been Pop songs that I liked. Quite the contrary, there have been several Pop songs that I have found catchy, and enjoyable; but not nearly enough for me to go running out and buy the single, or album. Why? Well, at the risk of sounding completely snobish here, I find a lot to be desired in the artistic merits of most, if not all, Pop music. Again, this isn’t to say that if one were to browse through my music library that every little piece of music there are bastions of high-brow musical masters. Trust me there are plenty of low-brow clunkers in there. I guess the simplest way to put my views on Pop music is that I don’t really find any real or great difference between one Pop song or another. In short, Pop songs all, basically, sound the same to me.
Is it because I am just too old now, and thus a “square,” who just doesn’t get it? Well, while I am old enough to be the father to many a Bieber “belieber,” and the Bieb’s himself; the fact that I have never, ever, bought, or asked my parents to buy, any Pop album, cassette, CD, MP3, or any other musical format, at any stage of my life, should debunk that belief.
Am I alone in my thinking? Probably not; and as it turns out science has now confirmed my suspicion/belief that all Pop songs not only sound the same, but they are getting louder too.
According to an article from Reuters; researchers in Spain used what is known as the Million Song Dataset, which breaks down the audio and lyrical content of songs into data that can be put through analysis, to study Pop songs from 1955 through 2010. The results? Well, it does appear, after countless algorithmic analysis, that Pop songs have become louder and more musically bland “… in terms of chords, melodies, and types of sounds used.”
So, there you have it. It is now a scientific fact that Pop music does, in fact, all sound the same . . .
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