The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Pop


Everyone knows the pop genre. I mean, the name stems from popular music; it’s almost impossible not to know. The way pop is now is far different than how it has been in the past though. Pop is one of those genres that is very much a product of the time, and it has evolved and changed since its inception. Not only that, but it can be mixed with other genres very easily, which opens it up to even more avenues of change. It’s fun to look back and see what pop used to be like. It has to be said though that pop went to a weird place between the 80’s and 90’s. So while some genres have been able to persist through the ages, others are best left unsaid.

The Good

There are many different genres that have mixed and mashed well with pop that can still top charts and can be played at any party. Among them are country pop, pop punk, pop rock, to name a few. Since pop changes with the time, like with the use of Auto-Tuners or addition of new genres, it mixes well with already established genres. By combining the guitar heavy genres with pop’s focus to get it’s listeners dancing, it gives the songs a more lasting effect than the time-specific gimmicks like Auto-Tune or crazy outfits. Also, pop has grabbed Taylor Swift, enough said.

The Bad

In the ’80s rock and roll and metal were the chart toppers. Bands such as Van Halen, Bon Jovi, Judas Priest, and Metallica rocked the airwaves like the kings of music that they were. Of course some of the best pop stars also came out of that time with Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, and the all-mighty Michael Jackson. What happened, however, when metal combined with pop still haunts us to this day. From that unlikely mix, glam metal was born. Large, poofy hair, so much make up caked on they looked like cheap prostitutes, and the odd combination of guitar ballad and solos with pop-style hooks. It was an ’80s sensation that produced number-one single after number one single, but listen to these songs now and you’ll think your parents were fools for actually paying to hear this kind of stuff.

The Ugly

I would like to start off and say that I am a very patient and understanding person. I’ve listened to all kinds of music and few have affected me like the tech-pop genre has. By combing the worst of the ’80s and ’90s pop and techno genres respectively, a genre was made that, after listening to it, might have given me a brain tumor. Maybe I’m being overdramatic but when the main part of a genre is a standard bass beat, random words that rhyme, and a repetitive synth chord, but it’s not a genre I can handle long. From how it sounds I’m sure it would be better off in the European market or played at select clubs that you would find hidden in a back alley in a New York ghetto. Either way, this genre has gone the way of the dodo and I’m thankful for that.

Written by Jacob Conflitti

About the author

A soon to be UofM grad hoping to break into the world of writing, although his poor grasp of grammar does not help.