i think a lot of ‘disliking’ pop music is to do with distancing oneself from the mainstream, that is, establishing an identity that does not exist within the dominant culture
because no matter who you are, you normally end up liking one or two pop songs, writing them off as ‘exceptions’ or ‘guilty pleasures’
but two things stink with that, one is that you’ve been forced into unnecessary monitoring of interests and your enjoyment of things should be free, uninhibited and indifferent to such overarching terms as ‘pop music’ as pop music does not exist as a genre exactly but more of an award for achieving well financially (it’s popular music, you can’t say it is just ‘one genre’)
and two, in rejecting popular music, you often find yourself interested in other subcultures, other genres and scenes which are generally just as manufactured however less efficient. this manufacturing may be more organic, but think about how bands are linked in subcultures, how styles trend and different sounds thrive. smaller versions of mainstream? less dominant cultures are still dominant? sure he is crying over a guitar and you can hear his soul but good lord, every man and his ass does that
also have people who say ‘i don’t like pop music’ ever considered that in saying ‘i don’t like pop music’ you are not distancing yourself but aligning yourself with another group that needs to be marketed to differently?
There is totally a difference between pop music and popular music though. Popular music is everything after Rock Around The Clock that isn’t Jazz or Classical (and a handful of other extreme deviations of other genres, but even still, just from their linage I’d be hesitant to not call them some form of popular music) and pop music is a specific genre within that. Just like rock or metal or punk or whatever.
I don’t think it’s that unfair for somebody to not like pop music. I mean, it’s silly because it’s painting with broad strokes and but I get it. When I hear somebody say that they don’t like pop music I hear “I don’t like three and a half minute songs that focus on melody and a hook and have simple chord progressions”. That’s obviously not all pop music is, which is why it’s silly, but if someones musical tastes lead them away from short melody based songs then that’s their thing.
It’s definitely a bummer when people dismiss things just because they are popular but I don’t think that’s the only reason why people dismiss pop music. I guess that’s what I’m trying to say I think.
i understand your point but the whole attitude still upholds this weird idea that if you like pop music, that is all you like? as if it is impossible for taste to vary, for moods to change and desires to fluctuate
and people seem to be very sure to point out what they don’t like when it comes to pop music, intent on it actually
and also the concept of ‘simplicity’ in pop music is ridiculous, the people who write it are generally v. good musicians? not every pop song put out is actually successful? there is an art too it?
i don’t think snootiness is the only reason why people dislike pop music but it seems to be the easiest and also the quickest way for someone to kickstart a superiority complex and i do agree that isn’t the only reason but actively engage people into why they dislike it and watch them fall to pieces