A recent poll shows many people think today's music is pretty terrible, reports the Washington Post. This was according to a “60 Minutes”/Vanity Fair poll that surveyed 1,017 adults.
Apparently, 42 percent of those who responded think 2010 has been the worst decade for music since Woodstock. And it’s only been four years.
It’s difficult to gauge, though, how much of these findings come from the actual state of the music industry today and how much of it comes from the common belief that everything was better “back in the day.”
However, it's important to remember that the Beatles weren’t universally beloved back when they first played on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” It took years and the floppy-haired boys’ impressive staying power for people to call the band’s catchy hooks works of genius.
People may think today's pop/EDM is pointless and killing our generation's minds, but it’s not necessarily fair to say our generation is devoid of musical talent. After all, those people might have only been thinking of Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift and One Direction when they came to that conclusion. Yet, we also have Frank Ocean and Adele. And Kendrick Lamar and Eminem, who may be controversial, but it’s hard to say they aren’t talented.
The truth is every generation contains music that is more than just a beat that gets stuck in our heads. I’m not sure what our future selves will think when we look back at the music of 2010, but perhaps the music's staying power will someday garner respect for this decade.
Only time will tell.
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Photo Credit: Miley Cyrus, Scott Sharpe/Raleigh News & Observer/MCT; One Direction, Scope/Abaca Press/MCT; Frank Ocean, Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/MCT; Taylor Swift, Jeff Blake/The State/MCT; Justin Bieber, Tim Dominick/The State/MCT; and Adele, Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/MCT.