Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Which Decade Had The Worst Music?

Decade of the worst music imageYesterday I posted a piece of the latest CBS/Vanity fair poll on music in the United States. Here's another section from the same poll, this time about the decade that most people think as had the worst music.

I don't think it's surprising that most people think this current decade leads the topic, but what is surprising is how many really believe that at 42%. The past 4 decade has its detractors as well, but with 15% in the 2000's, 13% in the 90s, 14% in the 80s and 12% in the 70s, those decades are viewed very similarly.

It's difficult to say exactly why people feel this way (which is even shared by younger listening audience members), but I suspect it might have something to do with the rise of EDM influenced songs which center more around the beat and a hook than melody and lyrics.

It would be really interesting to see how this figures are broken out by age, genre tastes, and location.


Craig said...

I think you might have found similar stats if you asked the same question when each of those past decades was the "current decade".

We seem to be in a constant state of rose-colored reflection about pretty much everything and it's also human nature to be resistant to change.

Those two things combine into a perpetual state of "things were so much better back when...".

There's lots of great music everywhere all the time. And great is ALWAYS subjective, which is easily forgotten.

The difference in the 2000's and on? There's just a humungous pile of internet facilitated garbage to sort through. That's a whole different article though ;) said...

I completely agree with craig, but I also want to add:

When listening to music from past decades today, all the bad stuff has been tossed in favor of the really good.

If you ask this question again in 10 years, I think the statistics would look very similar.


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