There are maybe 35 pop musical genres. Considering the sub-genres (Norteños, rancheras, banda, mariachi in “Mexican,” for example) that expands; take the sub-genres as separate species, and there are well over 100.
Here are the ones that are truly despicable:
- Techno/electronica. Totally mindless. Totally suited for lobotomized robots to jerk themselves around to. The incessant, repetitive four-on-the-floor beat is all that you need to realize that no one you’d ever want to know would listen (rather jerk around to) to this shit. “Moronic” would be high praise. “Music” totally devoid of higher brain functions.
- Modern-day country. Take country music, put it through a blender, filter out everything that doesn’t lull you to sleep, and then start chanting “We’re number one!” and start goose stepping. A good antidote, an emetic, is real country music: Merle Haggard, George Jones, Junior Brown, Jerry Reed, Hank Williams, The Mavericks, Al Perry, Hank Topless, and Willie Nelson.
- Rap/Hip Hop. As nine-time Grammy winner Wynston Mardsalis says, “Old school minstrels used to say they were ‘real darkies from the real plantation’. Hip-hop substitutes the plantation for the streets. Now you have to say that you’re from the streets, you shot some brothers, you went to jail. Rappers have to display the correct pathology. Rap has become a safari for people who get their thrills from watching African-American people debase themselves, men dressing in gold, calling themselves stupid names like Ludacris or 50 Cent, spending money on expensive fluff, using language like ‘bitch’ and ‘ho’ and ‘nigger’…. I don’t have to attack hip-hop. Hip-hop attacks itself. It has no merit, rhythmically, musically, lyrically. What is there to discuss? … Is it okay to call me a nigger and your wife a bitch?”
- Present-day rock/pop. Music has gotten progressively dumbed down for the last 40 or so years: fewer chord changes, more restricted vocal range, a more restricted dynamic range (for you cognoscenti who know what “dynamic range” means), and all too often not even a fucking bridge. Pop really is worse than it was in the ’60s. Don’t even try to defend it. And stop listening to it.