The 2000s: Why the Music Sucked

Rolling Stone declared in a recent issue (Issue 1094/1095, December 24, 2009) in relation to the end of the decade, “The world (and Britney) fell apart, but the soundtrack rocked.”

I do not know what planet the guys and gals at Rolling Stone are on, but it is clearly not Earth, or any other planet that can pick up its radio transmissions, because the soundtrack to the 2000s did not rock. In my opinion, the music industry rolled out some of the most horrible ear-assaults since “Mickey” and “Barbie Girl” during the 00s.

Here is my list of things in music from the 2000s that were simply awful:

1. Emo, Screamo, and all other related subgenres. You are a suburban white kid. Your life is not full of pain. People go through breakups, parents divorce, you don’t get a pony for Christmas. Give your sister her eyeliner back, put the razorblade back in the Xacto knife, stop trying to squeeze into your girlfriend’s jeans, and man up.

2. Disney pop. Dear Disney, Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers do not qualify as good music. Please stop trying to create pop stars. Go back to (hand) animating awesome full-length movies, instead.

3. Auto-Tune: It was cool on the first 10 songs that used it. After that, it made you want to rip your radio out of your dashboard and throw it through an intersection. Seriously, T-Pain (and imitators), enough is enough. I’m with Jay-Z on this one.

4. Lil Jon. WHAT!? YEAH! OK!!!!

5. “Who Let the Dogs Out?” Yeah, I bet you forgot about this one, didn’t you? During the summer and fall of 2000, you could not go to a football game, outdoor festival, skating rink, school dance, or other gathering of more than five people where there was music without hearing this terrible, terrible earworm.

6. Madonna continued to make music.

7. The radio overplay of decent songs. Ok, I liked “Fat Lip” by Sum 41 when I first heard it, but due to excessive airplay of this song by my local radio stations, I STILL refuse to listen to it. I even got sick of “Wish You Were Here” by my beloved band Incubus (fortunately I’ve recovered and it’s one of my favorite songs now).

8. Linkin Park. A combination of too much airtime and a progressively whinier front man makes Linkin Park one of the most obnoxious bands of the ‘00s. Plus, they were still hanging on to that weird Nu Metal thing from the ‘90s.

9. Pop stars full of nonsense. Every pop star worth her extensions and glitter had a “wardrobe malfunction” moment, whether it involved flashing some boob or forgetting the panties. Other outrageous behavior included shaving one’s head for no apparent reason, being drunk/coked out ALL THE TIME and continuing to smoke crack despite acquiring emphysema, becoming a lesbian (or not?) and dealing very badly with the break up. 

10. Everyone died. In the 2000s, we lost the following awesome musicians (in order of their deaths): Joey Ramone (of the Ramones – 2001), Aaliyah (2001), George Harrison (of the Beatles- (2001), Layne Staley (of Alice in Chains -2002), Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes (of TLC – 2002), Dee Dee Ramone (of the Ramones-2002), John Entwistle (of the Who – 2002), Dave Williams (of Drowning Pool – 2002), Joe Strummer (of the Clash – 2002),  Barry White (2003), Warren Zevon (2003), Johnny Cash (2003), Ray Charles (2004), Johnny Ramone (of the Ramones – 2004), Dimebag Darrell (of Pantera – 2004), Syd Barrett (of Pink Floyd – 2006), Bo Diddley (blues singer who heavily influenced early rock n roll artists – 2008), Michael Jackson (2009), and Les Paul (single-handedly created the electric guitar – 2009)

Despite all the bad, there was still some good in the Double Zeros, which I will detail in another post.

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160 Responses to “The 2000s: Why the Music Sucked”

  1. Jen Says:

    Totally agree 🙂

  2. Fidel Benitez Corrales Says:

    Great post, really!! The talent has gone.

  3. Pink Says:

    Ok, you need to define “screamo” and “emo” because some of the stuff I listen to is pigeon-holed into that. I like heavy metal, not because of the angst in it, but because I love the raw energy. What are the subgenres? Black? Death? Because those aren’t “emo”

    • miscellaneoussheepery Says:

      I’m not a music expert, but I would say any form of rock music where the singer is whining would qualify as emo, for me anyway. I definitely don’t qualify black or death metal as emo, assuming you’re talking about classic death metal bands like Slayer. I’m talking more along the lines of Dashboard Confessional, Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, etc. and for screamo I would say bands like Thursday, Hawthorne Heights, Atreyu, etc.

  4. Jeff Burke Says:

    Welcome to adulthood. As you get older, your tastes change. Things that the teenie boppers get all excited about don’t excite you very much any more. Don’t fight it just go with the flow. I saw that you are in your twenties….in very short order you’ll be bumping 30 and then 40. And there is nothing more artificial and shallow than a 40 year old teenie bopper. My advice to you is to age gracefully and don’t fight it.

    • miscellaneoussheepery Says:

      I was raised listening to classic rock, Motown, and country music. I never really got into the boy band craze (which was at it’s peek when I was 12 or 13 years old). For some reason, the stuff that made teeny boppers squeal with glee never really appealed to me. But I’ll still try to age gracefully =)

  5. lagalletaroja Says:

    i totally agree with that. still, there is too much nonsense around. but it’s always good when someone mentions the poor stuff

  6. Hacienda Hotels Says:

    One great band that struck a chord with the youth of England is The Enemy – great lyrics (even though one song sounds like a weller rip off)!

  7. sauerkraut Says:

    #10 is the big part. Good people who made good music. We get stuck with the Kanye’s and Britney’s and Celine’s. Yuck. And the future doesn’t look any better. I might consider trying that country stuff despite their neo-con lyrics.

    • miscellaneoussheepery Says:

      I was shocked at how many people died in 2002. I remember hearing about each one individually, but I guess since they didn’t all happen within a week or two of each other (like the Michael Jackson-Billy Mays-Ed McMahon-and others fiasco from June of this year) I just didn’t notice it as much. And the poor Ramones only have one member left. So sad =(

  8. sauerkraut Says:

    Oh, and you forgot Maurice Gibbs. hahahaa. …

  9. MarkLax Says:

    Agreed. Today is based upon image more than talent. All the sampling that goes on… So much indistinguishable rap….. it’s all a blur…

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  11. Thomas Stazyk Says:

    Couldn’t have said it better myself!

  12. John Says:

    nice blog. however, music has pretty much sucked since the mid 80’s.

    • miscellaneoussheepery Says:

      I would tend to agree, for the most part. I do think the 1990s had some pretty good bands (Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, the continuation of the Red Hot Chili Peppers career, Rage Against the Machine, Incubus, Tool, etc). I don’t think anything can beat the 1960s and 1970s as far as music goes, but the 1980s and 1990s had their good points.

    • Loser Police Says:

      John, you’ve sucked since the mid 80s so you should feel right at home….

  13. vbrekkidd80 Says:

    I think another set of artist that were not mentioned were the American Idol short comings and fallouts. Altho Kelly Clarkson has remained strong with Carrie Underwood, Elliott Yamin, Chris Daughtry, and barely scathing by are some such as Kimberly Locke, Katharine McPhee and , whatever happened to teddy bear Rueben Studdard, Fantasia, Blake Lewis, Clay Aiken only regained popularity in some small stint b/c he was a la Adam Lambert just grossly taking it over the top, then there were some that just were plain awful such as William Hung, Tamyra Gray, Taylor Hicks (last I heard a few years ago he premiered after winning at Universal Studios – really that’s what you win?!), Sanjaya, and more left to be unnamed.

    Another yet to be mentioned is where did the videos go? The music channels that were famous for playing music left to start showing obnoxious reality shows and programming that videos are played super early in the morning or there is a premiere now in a commercial or TV show that you have to tag just to figure out what song it is.

    • miscellaneoussheepery Says:

      I never got into American Idol much, but I agree with your point. Plenty of people won the show and then fell off the map. I think the music channels started to die out in the late 1990s, but you’re abosultely right there too. MTV makes me want to shoot my TV.

  14. lissylove Says:

    i agree. im only 18 but i hardly ever listen to the new stuff out now. im more into old stuff like frank sinatra, the doors,motley crew, the who,GNR,simon and garfunkel…that was music, and i dont know where it went

    • miscellaneoussheepery Says:

      Good for you for digging up the classics and listening to those instead of the bizzareness that is Lady Gaga!

      • Emily Says:

        Lady Gaga I think perfectly sums up the present generation and their idiotic lack of thinking ability. Of course, she’s not as bad as Marilyn Manson or Ozzy Osbourne, but those guys at least weren’t targeting young teeny-bopper party kids.

        The fact that she is so popular with her tri-colored hair, songs about sex, and performances depicting her being strangled, hanging from the ceiling, makes me want to hunt her down and banish her to the underworld. She is seriously demented.

  15. fulldeck Says:

    To think that this year alone we saw a cover version of a Miley Cyrus song reach number one in the UK. The music industry (I hate using that word to describe something that should be an art form) is in a horrendous state.

    Still, at least there was some good music to go around.

  16. Erica Says:

    Rolling Stone needs to answer one question, where did rock music go in the 00s? I feel a huge dearth in the rock world. You are so right with the emo-does-not-equal-rock. Great post. You really need to mention “Clear Channel” with #7. You know they own practically EVERYTHING now. Their 150-200 playlist has turned me off to radio altogether. If it wasn’t for Pandora, I wouldn’t get any fresh tunes into my iPod.

    • miscellaneoussheepery Says:

      I agree! There really weren’t many new rock bands that put out anything worth noting. A few of the older bands continued to make some good stuff, but there certainly wasn’t much new rock music. And yeah, Clear Channel owns all the radio stations in my hometown I think. I do wish they’d branch out instead of focusing on the same 12 artists/bands.

    • elisem2 Says:

      If you’re wondering about Clear Channel’s insidious effects on the music industry, check out the film “Before the Music Dies” on Hulu.com (free). It will turn your stomach…

  17. !saac Says:

    You clearly have terrible taste in music if you feel this way. And no, I am not referring to the music you listed above.

  18. oddnotunusual Says:

    Great post! Though I don’t agree on every single point, by and large you nailed it. Thanks for writing.

  19. unusual suspect Says:

    Every decade has music that sucks.I used to be in the record biz back in the early 70’s and we saw the demise of real talent for $$$$$.It’s amazing what the public will buy.You just have to keep beating them over the head with it and shove it down their throats;they’ll buy anything.To find good music, you have to dig deep and keep digging.It’s out there, just hard to find.

  20. the floacist Says:

    Autotune has been around for a long time…

  21. john brookshire Says:

    great, aware post thanks

  22. jimmy Says:

    there has been some great music that came out in the 2000’s. the difference between this decade and previous ones is that you’re not going to find good stuff on the radio. dig deeper. it is that simple.

  23. Todd Says:

    I have recently been exploring the Indie fad that has taken off since the mid 00’s. There are plenty of amazing bands out there. Just because the stuff played on the radio is bad does not mean that there was terrible music created during This past decade. I am a huge fan of the Foo Fighters and they were something out of this world during the 00’s. But The bands that I enjoyed were also carrying on from the 90’s such as Incubus, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Audioslave (former Rage and Soundgarden). There was Chevelle and the Kings of Leon that thrived this decade. But besides these great rock bands you need to stray away from the atrocity that is main stream radio. I as well can’t stand the likes of Britney spears or Lady Gaga. That is far from music. Check out some of the Indie artists like The most serene republic or The New Pornographers. They’re not Led Zeppelin but they’re still incredible music.

  24. Jamo Says:

    That is correct! You hit it right on the head!

  25. Cecilia Says:

    Look at the bright side, mate. I still enjoyed your list.

  26. rina3 Says:

    I agree but you know it depends on a person’s taste in music so I agree to disagree with you on this.

  27. Dragonfly Stew Says:

    Absolutely agree that it’s been a downhill decade for music, having just said somewhat the same thing in my latest post!
    Also agree with the person who said the good stuff is out there, you just have to dig for it – problem is, it’s hard to know where (it’s not on mainstream radio)so it’s a hit ‘n miss process that likely misses a lot.

  28. My Social Relevance Says:

    Yeah i’d have to agree that music sucked this decade.

  29. Niketa Says:

    I couldn’t agree with you anymore. 00’s music suck in general.

  30. RachellaEnchantd Says:

    Ahhh I totally agree with everything!!!!! Music is just going downhill… It sucks. Whatever happened to real music?! I was brought up on Motown and classical and today’s stuff just doesn’t compare! I’ve just recently discovered a lot of big band stuff too and they even have better music! =D

  31. Lee Says:

    Now I know why I still listen to Neil Young, Led Zeppelin, and the Beatles on my Zune; thanks!

  32. mikelhsr1982 Says:

    Great Post, I couldn’t have said it better myself.

  33. Caitlin Says:

    I think it’s a shame people have to insult other people’s work. I mean really, could you do all that? And really, some of the points you made weren’t even related to the music but the package it came with. Too not like music, to me, means to not like the notes used or the lyrics, not the people who sang it or played it. Also, just because you hear a song all the time doesn’t make it bad. It means you just wanted to like the song or band because of it’s original anonymity.

    Truth of the matter, there will be bad songs and good songs and I think Rolling Stones got it right because you know what, they comment on the song, not the person. Get it straight.

    • miscellaneoussheepery Says:

      I beg to differ. The point of my post was to detail the good and bad things about music in general during the 2000s. Some of those things related directly to specific artists or songs. Others related to the music industry as a whole.

      There are a number of groups/artists that I dislike, not because of who the artist is, but because they have never put out any music that I’ve found to my liking. I don’t particularly give a damn about the anonymity of the group. My favorite bands are all well-knnown groups (Incubus, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Tool, Sublime, etc).

      And no, hearing a song all the time doesn’t make it a BAD song. It just makes me tired of it. That isn’t the band’s fault- it’s the radio stations’ fault for playing it too often. That’s just like anything else. If you see the exact same television episode over and over and over, you’re going to get tired of it, even if it’s a show/episode you love.

  34. Samantha Clemens Says:

    While I certainly disagree and happen to believe the 90s and 80s had the worst music, I can certainly see where you’re coming from with some points, especially the overplaying bit.

  35. diamanté Says:

    Miley Cyrus is nothing special. Even now I cannot comprehend why people adore her so much, when her vocals are, at best, abysmal.

  36. ishabelle Says:

    wow! great post! you really summed up a lot in just ten bullets. also, it’s amazing to realize we lost that many great artists this decade. but, in a heatbeat, i’d still prefer the 00’s music than the 90’s. 🙂 hope i don’t offend anyone… 🙂

  37. David Says:

    I agree, and disagree. Yes, the radio sucked — as it has for years. And yes, the music industry as a whole sucks too. But there hasn’t been a stronger time for music. Great music is everywhere — it’s just that the industry isn’t supporting it, and popular music is garbage. But whenever I get a bit down I go back to the tried and true … Van Morrison, Led Zeppelin, Joy Division, Bob Dylan … Always makes me with relief. 🙂

  38. David Says:

    Oops — I seemed to have lost a word due to putting it in carrots … Anyways — “sigh” with relief. 🙂 Nice blog by the way! Happy holidays.

  39. littlegirlwithabigpen Says:

    you need to add to this list of awesome musicians who died, Rowland S Howard who died on the 31st December, he was from The Birthday Party – one of Nick Cave’s early bands. He wrote the fantastic song “Shiver”…

  40. Mari Says:

    Enjoyed the post and the discussion. Where do you rate Bob Marley and the reggae greats that have and continue to influence contemporary music in most of the developing world?

  41. danielkbrantley Says:

    I imagine part of the reason Rolling Stone magazine said the 2000s rocked was because The Rolling Stones put out another album. Check the article and see how many pages were dedicated to them.

  42. celsbels Says:

    I stopped reading the Rolling Stone when they featured Britney and then Avril on the cover. I think that kind of embodies the signs of the times in music. There seems to be a more weight now on personality (i.e. how much drama they can generate) rather than talent alone. Nobody wants to see scruffy rock band mongrels on the cover anymore. They want to see that guy from Twilight posing in a wet t-shirt (what connection that has to music, I have NO idea), or Lindsay Lohan, who has ZERO talent.

    Though the 2000’s have come up with it’s crop of awfulness like you totally nailed in this post, this generation has list upon list of its awesome music. Acts like Johnny Cash, the Beatles, Led Zep, Floyd, Motown, etc. defined their generation’s music – and we forgot about all the crappy bands and one-hit-wonders, who just like in 2000 are a dime a dozen. 🙂

  43. Fran Says:

    In the list of awesome musicians who died, I’d include Jim Carroll (Jim Carroll Band – most noted for their song “People Who Have Died”) who passed away in 2009.

  44. dogwithoutabone Says:

    There there. Soundgarden just reformed today. There is hope yet.

  45. Emilio Says:

    hola me gusta mucho toda esta persona que son marabillosa gracia
    potodo esta buena noticia

  46. graceshaker Says:

    but but but…..radiohead!

    • girlfriend in a coma Says:

      I agree! Kid A? In Rainbows?

      What about Animal Collective?

      You listen to the radio too much, my friend.

      • miscellaneoussheepery Says:

        The point of the post was to detail the horrors of mainstream music. I was 13 years old in 2000 – most 13 year olds don’t have a lot of exposure to indie music. But rest assured, I have plenty of exposure to it now. My husband is a huge music buff and he’s into all sorts of indie music. He has something like 20,000 songs on his computer.

        Thanks for reading and commenting on my post =)

    • dogwithoutabone Says:

      word. Andrew bird too.

  47. sithsurfer Says:

    Fully agree with most of the points, however there were some good albums in the 00’s. The newest Metallica’s one for example.

    As for the list I’d add:

    11. All the techno-crap with squeaky voices for all of the retarded track-suit lovers / schemies (as they are called in Scotland) who can’t afford headphones for their mobiles.

  48. Jim Moon Says:

    I just read through every comment, and no one mentioned tv on the radio, my morning jacket, MGMT, animal collective, the fact that Gorillaz put out more music, the downfall of NIN into steroid induced frat boy pseudo politico industrial trash, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the influx of “rappers” with speech impediments that are so bad you can barely understand what they’re saying while they TALK, or the FACT that Audioslave did indeed suck the credibility out of 2 great bands like a musical vampire. So I had to.

  49. Roger A Says:

    You know what, I totally agree. I mean, this decade past was all rehashing BAD samples of 70s and even worse 80s music (and there was so much good music in the 80s, it amazes me that people selected the worst of it)…and made “Hip-hop” which changed its name to “R&B” to appeal to a wider audience.

    I hope that 2010’s really kicks down the fun of the 60s, the funk of the 70s, the experimentation carefree uber-gay factor of the 80s, and with just a little tad of the Seattle 90s grunge thrown in for good measure. Oh, and dance music better take note, and not follow the R&B route.

  50. CC_maquina Says:

    I’m glad that you included the last sentence, because – as Dragonfly Stew alluded to – if you turned off commercial radio (yes, Clear Channel and the homogenization of radio is a reason you feel the way you do) and looked/listened a little deeper, there was an amazing amount of great music being made that wasn’t being heard because it didn’t fit the pop mold and therefore was made on a skinny shoestring and promoted without the benefit of label support. You can listen to some great indie music online on non-commercial stations like KEXP in Seattle, WA; WXPN in Philadelphia, PA; and most notably for me, KCRW in Santa Monica, CA – where DJ Nic Harcourt’s show “Morning Becomes Eclectic” introduced me to many new bands and songwriters, some before their records were commercially released. There was a resurgence in Americana that drew younger listeners back to roots music. I won’t list my faves here – you can go to the websites for the stations mentioned above and check out their playlists which, incidentally, are not controlled by some suits in a boardroom somewhere.

    Writers who say there is no good music out there do struggling indie musicians a great disservice by discouraging potential audiences from seeking out new work. Already, too many gifted artists are robbed of their ability to make a living with their work because of the large numbers of music “fans” who prefer to get their music for free.

    Whew! All that said, I’m looking forward to reading your next installment, which will hopefully expose your readers to some great new music from the past 10 years! And I wouldn’t have been so hard on you if you weren’t one of the featured blogs on WordPress today, so congratulations on THAT. 🙂

    p.s. and yes, thanks Fran, for mentioning Jim Carroll, a great example of a powerful artist who was heard by many, but still too few, and taken from us way too early.

    • miscellaneoussheepery Says:

      Unfortunately, my new post doesn’t really talk about indie stuff (it’s already up, if you’d like to read it). I know that it’s out there and my husband listens to it, but I have to admit, I do like a lot of mainstream music from past decades. The mainstream stuff from the 2000s just seemed awful in comparison with older music. Thank you for reading and commenting!

  51. shutupthepunx Says:

    Popular music has and always will suck, few artists are able to really make genuine art in the music “industry”. When music is turned into nothing but a source of revenue, then of course it’s not going to be anywhere close to decent. The 2000’s were an amazing time for music, you just have to know where to look. I would check out The Hold Steady, Frank Turner, The Marked Men, and The Weakerthans. All of them amazing bands that put out music in the 2000’s.

  52. Mika Says:

    12. LOUDNESS WAR

  53. canucktunes Says:

    This is why I’ve pretty much given up on listening to radio.

    The labels are no longer offering artists to their consumers, they’re offering multimedia packages where imagery supersedes musical talent.

    They’ve chosen to take the path of least resistance, by signing pretty people that can be molded into a sellable product and this environment is hostile towards singer songwriters that resist being manipulated and over produced.

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  55. Naomi Says:

    On every point other than Madonna, I can’t help but agree with you. The mainstream music industry is so full of crap nowadays. The pop industry is, more than ever, full of people who don’t know how to write, don’t know how to sing, and don’t know how to perform, but go in all for the fame. I’m not completely opposed to pop music if the writer has any talent. That’s why I like Lady GaGa, she just writes these catchy pop songs, and is pretty good at it. But what I don’t understand is how stuff like Miley Cyrus can even get into the charts. I thought most people would grow out of her music when they’re eight or nine.
    But to be honest, I believe the rock undustrusty is in an even worse state. You have good bands like Kings Of Leon and Muse who, as you said, are so overplayed it makes actually enjoying them difficult, and then there’s the stuck up brats in eyeliner who try to be oh-so hardcore, and of course the handful of bands desperatly clinging onto the 90s. Let’s face it, post-grunge(except some FF, in my opinion) is dead–let’s stop trying to be Bush and try to do something a little different, eh?
    The people who listen to this garbage are technically my generation, and I too listen to modern music, just not all of that. I believe there are a lot of good bands out there if you look beyond what’s in the Top 40s. I’m a big fan of English music and listen to bands like Biffy Clyro, Athlete, Starsailor, Razorlight, and Keane. They may not be the most intellectual or unique bands ever, but the point is they have the ability to write good pop/rock songs that anyone can enjoy without having to copy someone else, pay someone to write something for them, or use autotune. That’s something rare to find in popular music.

    This was a great read, thanks.

  56. minyip Says:

    Please watch this —> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TH5ibABP4U and tell us what you think. PLEASE. And please try and last the full 3 minutes and 52 seconds heheeh.
    =’.’=

  57. Chris Says:

    Disagree, music popularity is based around taste, and if taste has changed that is no one’s fault. Why music snobbery is accepted in free liberal lands is beyond me. Opinion is great, telling people they are wrong for liking Britney isn’t.

    • miscellaneoussheepery Says:

      I’m not telling anyone they’re wrong, just expressing my opinion in an angry and derrogatory way =)

    • canucktunes Says:

      You apparently aren’t aware that 71.7% of music consumers in the United States are aged over 25 according to RIAA’s “2008 Consumer Profile” and that only a minute amount of music consumers have purchased a Britney Spears recording.

      Britney’s genre, pop, accounted for only 9.1% of the sales in 2008 according to RIAA, whilst Rock had a 31.8 percentage of the sales. Even country beat out pop at 11.9%. And don’t forget that Britney only had a small share of that 9.1%.

  58. Pink Says:

    Ok, I agree with that as emo and screamo. It just bugs me. Those names. There is a whole brand of emo metal that’s not bad if you can take it. Bands Like Motionless In White. And Slayer isn’t death! Slayer is one of the big four of Thrash! Cannibal Corspe or Landmine Marathon is death. No music can compare t the old stuff, but if you like rock and metal, there is some good stuff. And where is the mention on how much Nickelback and Lil Wayne suck. Both have made a mockery of there attempts at their chosen genre

  59. BP Says:

    Ha ha!!! Funny! Really good music has been hard to find (with a few notable exceptions) since about ’93…

  60. jibrima Says:

    Au Contraire, the ’00s were a time when I discovered the great music of indie labels and self-produced artists. I don’t listen to non-satellite radio any longer and haven’t for many years.

    There’s TONS of great music out there! One must just search and evaluate. And that in and of itself is half the fun! Try being a bit more positive, dude!!!!

  61. Terry Says:

    Nice post. For me and my 39-year-old tastes, the music of the 70s and 80s kicks all a**. (And naturally so, as I was born in 1970, and most of what I remember growing up is from those decades.) The 90s had some good stuff too—most notably Bristol trip-hop and Seattle grunge.

    But I’ll be honest, most of what I’ve gotten into, this past decade, has been either loungey electronica or latin jazz—not much else was worth listening to. Fortunately, this was also the decade of “no longer having to listen to the horrible Radio to get your music.” That, in itself, may be the single redeeming factor of the past decade, musically!

  62. Tony Says:

    Gawd, I miss Michael Jackson.

  63. WiseJamaican Says:

    I am in total agreement with you. I stop listening to anything that says R and B music since 2001. It is amazing how the just concluded decade fails where music is concern. I hope those who are writing and producing music will start doing so with good clarity.

  64. hellohunter Says:

    I totally agree. What ever happened to the 60s??

  65. firmwire Says:

    This list is awesome it has every component of what is messed up with the first decade of music. I hope the next 10 will carry a tradition of bringing real music, art, talent to the table.

    Hey can you do a list for politics?!!!!

    • miscellaneoussheepery Says:

      Oh goodness. Politics tends to be a little more… divisive than music. Lol. What I might think is terrible may be wonderful to someone else. But I’ll certainly think about it! Thanks for the suggestion =)

  66. Phantom Says:

    I agree. I’ve lived the majority of my life in the 2000s, but I still think the music is absolutely horrible. People need to listen to less mainstream pop and find REAL music.

  67. artemisblossom Says:

    I’d have to agree with everything except that bit about Linkin Park.

    Okay, yeah, so their lead vocalist is a bit whiny, and most of their songs have just one message, but their sounds (not lyrics) are pretty good.

    I want to know your take about Lady Gaga though. Is she part of the pop stars in number 9?

    • miscellaneoussheepery Says:

      I’m not a fan of Lady Gaga. She’s had some controversy swirling around her (Is she a tranny or isn’t she? Who would leave their house wearing THAT ensemble?), but she’s still on the upswing. She hasn’t started doing enough crazy stuff that the tabloids are always hounding her. So, to answer your question, yes and no.

  68. Dawn Joyce-Reno Says:

    Great post! I think even the youth today would tend to agree with this list. I was floored when my fourteen year old son asked for a Beatles CD for Christmas. His IPod contains music from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s with very little from his current age. That in itself speaks volumes.

  69. RandomTandom Says:

    I so agree. The talent has left the building! Or should I say decade?

  70. gingerengr Says:

    amen!

  71. ektachrome Says:

    With the exception of 2 Steely Dan albums, the music has sucked since 1987.

    Come join the rest of us sitting in our Snuggies watching Wheel of Fortune and complaining about Medicare…

  72. colbyblogger Says:

    Did Lady Gaga’s unpopular songs surprise you? I think there are some shining lights here, like Arcade Fire or The White Stripes. Rock and Roll will live on. And believe it or not music critics love Lil’ Wayne and Eminem. (me: n’s’much.)

  73. ghostwiththemost Says:

    She and Him was the only thing worth listening to… at least for me it was.

  74. Lucky Flaush Says:

    I ate one big pizza reading this post. And believe me I eat veery slow. I love it!!!

  75. batzi8M1 Says:

    I’m old enough to have listened to radio since the 60’s so I remember why every decade sucked. The top songs of the year were “Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine in” by the 5th Dimension, and “Sugar Sugar” by the Archies (yes we had boy bands back then too.) The same year Get Back, Honky Tonk Women and I Heard it Through the Grapevine charted, but you didn’t hear Zep, Santana, King Crimson, Bob Marley, David Bowie, Van Morrison or The Stooges on the radio in 1969.

  76. Christina G. Says:

    Consider the musical renaissance is over! When I grew up I remember; Def Leppard, Queen, and Joan Jett, but now we’ll be lucky if we can sing without 100 engineers making them sound decent. It’s all about business today and endorsement deals, art is second on the list of importance. That’s great for a company, but horrible for a person calling themselves an artist!

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  78. Buba A. Says:

    hilarious hilarious hilarious.

  79. Bre Says:

    Do you think there will be progress or stagnation?
    I agree with a lot of points in this post- love it!

  80. Mel Says:

    Loved this post. Thoughtful — VERY thoughtful — and yet still amusing.

    I completely agree with you on most of these points. I probably would have lumped Nickelback in with the point about Linkin Park. I’m appalled at my high-school self for purchasing both their first albums. Can’t believe how unaware I was of many of the musicians who passed this year. Thanks for listing them so we can remember them.

    And a note about Lady Gaga: she’s not to my taste, but she is actually quite talented. She came from a very wealthy family who paid for extensive music lessons throughout her life. She didn’t want to sing classical music, so she left her family and got famous on her own. If you can stand to listen to her music closely enough, you can hear how precise and controlled her voice is. But like I said, not really my taste.

    I do have a soft spot for many artists and songs of the 1980s and 1990s, but as for previous decades, “they just don’t write ’em like that anymore.”

  81. Suzy Dooley Says:

    Ok, so can we just leave our computers long enough to go listen to the bands that need our support. “Rock and roll happens below the waist.” K. Richards Why are you waiting for Rolling Stone or any other source to tell you whats hot…grab your guy…go to a club, get wet and have a great time fogging up the windows in your car!!!

  82. Morgan Says:

    Loved this post. I couldn’t agree with you more. =)

  83. Wass Says:

    good post dude
    2 more passings worthy of mention
    1 Jim Carroll New York poet/singer immortalised in The Basketball Diaries by Leo. Yes kids it was all true
    2 Roland S Howard Guitar slinger from Nick Caves first 2 bands Boys Next Door and The Birthday Party

  84. Steve McQueen Says:

    Totally agree with you. Most of the music from the 90’s on is trash, rap-crap, hip-hoppy-crap, they all sucked.
    Personally, the 70’s and 80’s music were and are my favorites. Of couse, I believe my age shows!

  85. meltedpoo Says:

    I agree with the screamo stuff. I mean, I can listen to it once in a while but everyday? No thanks.

  86. Seneka Ross Says:

    “For how many things, which for our own sake we should never do, do we perform for the sake of our friends…”

    == Marcus Tullius Cicero ==
    http://japan-russia.jimdo.com/the-soul-of-music/

  87. historyrat Says:

    I used to think it was me because I was not keeping up on music. Thankfully this post confirmed mys suspicion that the music world sucked and I wasn’t just “getting older”.

    • Almark (@ThaonisAlmarkos) Says:

      It wasn’t us getting older, you are completely correct, being 36 I heard a lot of great music during my childhood, even pop was great during the 80s. But 90s pop I couldn’t stand, so I listened to metal, Industrial, Grunge, Alternative (R.E.M.) you know, good music. It’s like since the aliment on the planets (2000) everyone including musicians have left the building. Why is music so bad these days? I actually write posts like this, reply to people to show my rant, I absolutely hate it. If the record companies are letting the “feel good” types, HS music and the like to make them money, it’s no wonder music sucks. Record companies were more creative during the 90s, they took chances, now all they take are money makers and push it on the masses, people don’t know what good music is that listen to that stuff imo. Thankfully ‘Soundgarden’ came back. They are brainwashed into believing Lada Gaga is good, the last good pop star was Michael Jackson and he tops them all. Though I find Hall and Oats from the 80s totally amazing, good talent was in those days. To close I have to say that there are still good musicians, just scour YouTube, I see all kinds of talent that blows commercial talent away and these people sadly will never be heard in the mainstream, long live the underground!

  88. Dorkarama Says:

    I weep when I think about the music young people grow up with now. The music industry is run by people who love money, not music and push whatever crap they think they can cross-merchandise this week. Ugh.
    Anyway, back to putting on my black eyeliner and feeling miserable while listening to My Chemical Romance. No one understands my pain.

  89. The Enigma Says:

    This is all so true. I especially like the first part about that silly emo/screamo movement. These are just a bunch of scrawny white kids looking for the attention if anyone they can find, even if that’s just attention to think, “God, that kid is a freak. I’ll be very happy to see that fever of American culture die a painful death.

  90. ermyeah Says:

    The mainstream has ALWAYS sucked, if you want great music you have to be willing to go the extra mile to find it, which judging by the names you referenced in your post you definitely haven’t done. Take a step beyond the multicolor-crapfest that comes down the wires and you’ll find a world of interesting, inspiring and inventive music with which to soundtrack your life. As for the rest… Simply tune out.

    As regards those of you who have commented on this blog… No, it is most definitely because you’re getting older. Take a quick read of what you’ve written, a deep breath and then – if you can bring yourself to do it – open up your mind just a little bit. Your life will be all the better for it.

    (PS: I ain’t no spring chicken myself)

  91. ermyeah Says:

    PPS: You (quite-rightly) slate Linkin Park, then lament the passing of the guy from Drowning Pool? That’s a little odd isn’t it? I know it’s tragic and all, but If LP can be accused of hanging on to that “weird Nu Metal thing” than surely Drowning Pool, third wave Nu Metal copyists, are doubly guilty?

  92. shay55 Says:

    You got it right on this one, however there a few things i would like add.

    1. The dawn of Nickleback.Another squelch inducing ballad or a “wannabe” rock song about strippers and drugs? Puh-leeeese. I am done with this band and the charm is gone. If this band continues into the ’10s they are going to need a new guitar riff and I am going to need a subscription to satelite radio.

    2. Trent Reznor’s touring retirement. Being a child of the 90’s I grew up with NIN and took on a new religion with Trent being my God. Really. I was privileged enough this past summer to see the band on their Goodbye Tour. Someone hand me a tissue.

    Thats basically it. Looking forward to the next ten years of musical idiocy.

  93. john Says:

    Excellent summary of the whole 2000s music thing. Right on the mark.

  94. Catherine Says:

    Thank you for posting this, I share the same feelings.
    Miley Cyrus music follows me around wherever I go. If any music makes me commit suicide, it will likely be hers, not emo/screamo music. (Even though emo/screamo music is equally bad)

  95. butch del pozzo Says:

    I’m just an old hippie who still loves and listens to music from the 60’s and maybe some from the early 70’s. All the rest after that is pure garbage !

  96. mittens Says:

    I agree with a lot of the things you said BUT there was plenty of great music created in the past decade, you just had to go outside of the box and look for it. I agree not alot of new mindblowing bands surfaced, but you need to turn off the radio.
    Examples, My Morning Jacket, Radiohead, Animal Collective, Umphrey’s McGee, Dr. Dre, Jay – Z.

  97. Christina Hildebrand Says:

    I agree with you! This is why I have turned to the 80’s for musical inspiration. Makes me wonder where other greats like No Doubt went.

  98. Rylee (alk) Says:

    Hey now! You forgot LeRoi Moore (of Dave Matthews Band)

  99. alisondee Says:

    I agree… completely !!!

  100. whitters21 Says:

    I actually enjoyed a lot of the music from the 00’s. You just gotta dig deep enough for the good stuff, because the radio does not pick the best ones! It’s all hype to me.

  101. steve Says:

    haha Incubus is your favorite band that explains everything.

  102. CHip Mcgee Says:

    I have never agreed with anything anyone has ever said as much as i agree with your thoughts on Linkin Park i saw them at ozzfest and it made me want to puke that little sh$t singer acting like some kind of crooner or something. god i hate them.

  103. postscripter Says:

    I liked the post.
    But what I love the most about the decade is how easy it became for a good band with no money to show off their talents (am talking about the Internet ofcourse, mypsace, facebook, youtube)
    I had the chance to get to know great indie bands that never gets played on fm. specaily not in my part of the world.
    looking forword to your next post of what you like most about 00s in music.

  104. aldouswright Says:

    Amen on the Disney and Screamo.
    Dear Disney,

    Not all of your actors can act and not all of your actors can sing. Please stop forcing them to become such atrocities on international televisions. Please and thank you.

  105. pallet racking Says:

    i am absolutely agree with your point.

  106. Nathan Says:

    Its easy to criticize mainstream American music. Most of it is crap. I love music from every decade. And yeah, people die and sometimes that inspires a new generation to discover their music. Here are a few bands/artists that blossomed in the 2000’s: Queens of t Stone Age, Arcade Fire, Rachel Yamagata, Santigold, AR Rahman, Hank III (Hank Williams Grandson), Azam Ali, System of a Down, Gogol Bordello, Kinky, Diplo, DJ AM, Bat for Lashes, Dan Black, Band of Skulls, MGMT, Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, Amy Winehouse & the flood of amazing torch soul singers from the UK, The Dap Kings from DC who played back up to artists like Amy Winehouse, Datarock, Nelly Furtado, and both STEPHEN & DAMIAN MARLEY. Not even listing Hip Hop or the torrent of inspired music from around the world that makes the U.S. look like a cultural backwater. You need to open up your ears and your heart and quit complaining about the state of music. Its never been better. Take a cue from the Grateful Dead’s “Shakedown Street”….”don’t tell me this town has got no heart. You just gotta poke around!!!!”

  107. Anna Hayes Says:

    Totally agree with most of what you said.

    Also, didn’t realise until printed – The 00’s really didn’t like The Ramones!

    Good post.

    Anna

    http://www.ahayser42.wordpress.com

  108. Jesse Says:

    Great article! I don’t know if you ever posted what you thought was good about the 2000’s in another article…but I think 2002 and 2003, heck even 2004 had some decent music. But in 2002 and 2003 bands like “The Vines, ” (I STILL LOVE THEM), “The White Stripes,” “Seether,” “EVanesence,” “Queens of the Stone Age,”Puddle of Mudd,” “Taproot,” “Audiovent,” and “Audioslave” either came out or became big. 2004 had some notable bands like, “Velvet Revolver,” who released their first cd. I can still listen to that cd and not get tired of most of the tracks on there.

    But yeah, they were people who wrote their own music. I was 16 at the time, and I had never once cared about the Teeny Bopper MTV stuff from a few years ago…(However, I did like a few Marilyn Manson and Power Man 5000, and a couple of other bands’ songs from back then) so it was an awesome time for me because I finally clicked with the mainstream stuff. The stuff that was on MTV now, I was a full fledged fan of. I’ve pretty much always been an independent and confident guy on my own, but I was “IN” the cool crowd, as they say.

    Then around 2004, “Hey YA!” By Outkast signaled change. It was an Cool song…but it was a sign post that rap music was on the rise…except all the stuff that followed sucked.

    Then after a few years of that it became all this over produced Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga Crap. Now, all those Puddles of Mudd and Seether’s you only hear about them coming out with new stuff if you follow them on Myspace or Facebook. So yeah, hard work and touring get you no where, but a glittery myspace and the right flashy clothing will get you noticed. Yep, just another fail in the game of life.

    By the way, Pearl Jam’s album “Riot Act” = some of the best stuff from that time period. I can still listen to that cd and my mind does drift back to when I used to hear it all the time, but my mind is also glad to be hearing it in the present as well. Also, honorable mention…The Foo Fighters and Red Hot Chilli Peppers. They released some good stuff around 2002 or 2003.

  109. Mark Says:

    In the 70’s and 80’s, my parents were listening to mainstream music. They were also in their 20’s and 30’s.

    Fast-forward 30 years, and you will find that many 20 and 30-somethings are listening to the SAME music our parents were listening to in the 70’s and 80’s, when they were our current age.

    THAT should be an indication that the music from the 2000’s was horrible.

    This has nothing to do with “rose colored glasses”. If that were true, our parents would have despised music from the late-70’s to mid-80’s, because they would have been too old to appreciate the new trends.

    Generation Y and X: We were screwed. Thank god for mp3 players.

    • miscellaneoussheepery Says:

      Agreed! I am 24 years old; my dad is 60. I associate my high school years with the same music HE listened to in high school, and most of my friends listened to the same stuff. There was some good new rock in the 90s, but no one was making anything good in the 2000s.

    • James Says:

      Yeah I’m 20 and I have to thank my parents for cultivating my fantastic taste in music. I enjoy listening to and discovering great bands from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, such as THE BEATLES, DAVID BOWIE, THE VELVET UNDERGROUND, JOY DIVISION, THE SMITHS etc.The only truly amazing bands of the 00s were RADIOHEAD and ARCADE FIRE. Nothing else from that decade comes close to matching those bands in terms of quality. Instead you just had pop-rock bands like COLDPLAY and KEANE which only go so far.

      I’d say the golden age of music stretched out from 1964 to 2000. I include 2000 because KID A by RADIOHEAD is one of the best albums ever made, and perhaps the last true masterpiece in music history.

  110. spc nunnery matthew Says:

    Did you notice in the 70s 80s and 90s there was a deep message in the music its music you can apply to your life for generations to come ..now days they are doing it for the wrong reasons fame money and bs no passion wat so ever ..My favorite was monster ballads its great ..im a 1990 baby but damn how the 80s rocked !!

    • miscellaneoussheepery Says:

      There were some songs that had “deep messages” but a lot of them didn’t – they were about some of the same topics still sung about today (drugs, sex, partying, rock n roll). And some of the ones that APPEARED to have a deep message were really just the result of a good acid trip. Pink Floyd did a few songs about Syd Barrett’s descent into mental illness, Led Zeppelin made tons of references to the Lord of the Rings books, and the Beatles (along with lots of other bands) did songs with political messages. But all of those same bands did plenty of frivolous songs about less noble topics (Pink Floyd did “Young Lust,” Led Zep had a whole host of songs filled with pretty blatant sexual innuendo, and the Beatles spent the latter part of the 1960s high as a kite 95% of the time. But the actual MUSICIANSHIP was better. And even when they sang about dumb stuff, they at least did it in lyrically clever ways most of the time. Even some of the ones that just APPEAR deep are a sign of talented songwriters because they can be interpreted in many different ways by different people. Whereas Nicki Minaj mewling “TURN ME ON TURN ME ON TURN ME ON” like a dying cat is pretty straightforward and unimaginative.

      • spc nunnery matthew Says:

        i just cant figure out what people are getting out of 2000 music even rappers had deep messages like tupac dear momma song he rapped about family and situations in life ..now days its bitch this bitch that and girls complain about how men are treating woman and talking to them the hip hop world is a bad influence with the gangster shit ..but in the older days people were more in love thats wat most of the music was about

  111. karl Says:

    I grew up in the 80’s and people in the 90’s used to think the 80’s was bad… But now who’s laughing in the 90’s wasn’t so so great, but the best music of all time were from the 70’s 80’s and 90’s. I was exposed to great music whilst growing up in the 80’s I grew up listening to … BEASTIE BOYS, BLACK FLAG, THE CURE, DE LA SOUL, GUNS N’ ROSES, HUSKER DU, JANE’S ADDICTION, THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN, L.L. COOL J, MADONNA, METALLICA, MINISTRY, MINUTEMEN, N.W.A, PIXIES, PRINCE, PUBLIC ENEMY, R.E.M., THE REOLACEMENTS, RUN-DMC, THE SMITHS and U2! So I know good music when I hear it. And I have not heard any good music apart from older acts and artists such as BOB DYLAN, BRIAN WILSON, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, NEIL YOUNG, JOHNNY CASH, THE ROLLING STONES, DAVID BOWIE, TOM WAITS, and PAUL WELLER they all rue but today’s acts like THE WHITE STRIPES, THE ARCADE FIRE, THE STROKES, JUSTIN BEIBER, LADY GAGA, LIL’ WAYNE, MGMT, VAMPIRE WEEKEND etc, etc, there’s too many to mention sucks!!! I feel so sorry for today’s youth and what type of pathetic, crappy, corporate, evil music that they’ll be exposed to and have to endure! Kids, if you’re reading this and you’ve got money to spend and you don’t have these great albums do yourself a favour go out and buy real music: THE ROLLING STONES Let It Bleed, MICHAEL JACKSON Thriller, THE BEATLES Revolver, IGGY AND THE STOOGES Raw Power, 2PAC All Eyez On Me, JOHNNY CASH At Folsom Prison, HANK WILLIAMS 40 Greatest Hits, ROBERT JOHNSON King Of The Delta Blues, MADONNA Like A Prayer, MARVIN GAYE What’s Going On, BOB DYLAN Blood On The Tracks, AC/DC Back In Black, BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS Exodus, U2 Achtung Baby, MILES DAVIS Kind Of Blue, NICK DRAKE Five Leaves Left, WOODY GUTHRIE Dust Bowl Ballads, KRAFTWERK The Man-Machine, THE VELVET UNDERGROUND The Velvet Underground And Nico and THE SMITHS The Queen Is Dead Look I know it’s a lot and some of these albums may have been deleted and/or are not available anymorebut trust me you’ll love it and you’ll be better for it and your life will be better for it! Because this is REAL MUSIC! PIXIES RULE! ROCK ON! Death to the 00’s and beyond! LONG LIVE THE PAST! KEEP ON ROCKIN’! Shalom! V

  112. Almark (@ThaonisAlmarkos) Says:

    I stopped listening to the radio years ago, like 2004, I was listening to Alt rock station and it was good for years, then all the sudden the music got worse, then I start to hear Emo? Uhh, that’s when I put radio to bed. 2000’s make good music? True but it’s not on the radio, it’s not where people can access it, it certainly isn’t on Mtv like it was during the 90s when a lot of music was awesome. I don’t include rap or pop in that category. Something has changed post 2000, and I believe that all good music has gone underground, one day, possibly 10 years from now it will come out and make record execs finally play it. Upon hearing that things like Napster and people downloading music and not buying Cd’s is causing the Record sales to plummet, it’s no wonder they allow Cyrus and her bunch of bad early adult pop ridden post bubblegum garbage to play. The only way for young ppl and I’m 36 I mean the youth, the people we grew up to be, the 20s 16s is for them to find it, is on youtube away from the mainstream. Popular music is nothing like it was during the 90s, it’s all crap now. I listen to music from other countries other than the US and I’m pretty happy, EBM, Darkwave, Experimental electronic etc. As far as good Electronic music is concerned, I loathe EDM and Dubstep. Electronic Dance Music, it’s like what they did to metal during the 80s, now people are ruining Electronic music, thankfully there are people who create good electronic music, but they’re not in the mainstream 😉

  113. Jack Says:

    Ok, I agreed with all of this except for Linkin Park is the only exception for me. I wouldn’t complain about rock or metal, I would focus on the lack of intelligent rappers who just rap about girls, how many “hoes” they have and money


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