Shot to the Heart – Why today’s mainstream music needs to be stopped


Haley Wagner

Gavin Crispell

Yes, I can hear it. Please, do society a favor, and turn it off.

Today’s mainstream music has taken a sharp left turn and has been spiraling down an endless abyss since ‘99. Fortunately, the Black Eyed Peas heard what they were doing and just stopped! If only Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber and Iggy Azalea would follow in their footsteps. Remember– just because rock ‘n roll ain’t noise pollution, it doesn’t give you the right to produce the steady flow of bubblegum-trash that has been integrated into all the radios across the nation.

Please, do the nation a service and just stop…now!

The music that is on the radio today is sending terrible messages to the children in America. In a country that criticizes anyone or anything that goes against their moral values, lyrics like “It’s all about that bass” really send mixed messages to our youth.

The uncensored music of today is promoting the use of derogatory terms, especially the n-word. For being a “forbidden word,” I hear it a lot more than I ever wanted to. Songs that have cuss words in every sentence don’t teach our youth anything. Michael Jackson is one of the most innovative and creative musicians of all-time, and it’s not very often that you hear him cuss. “Billie Jean,” “Beat It,” and “Thriller” would take on a whole new meaning if they were littered with four-letter words.  Raunchy lyrics don’t make long-lasting, intelligent music. It just corrupts the ears of our youth even further.

There’s no passion or talent that goes into music these days.  There is much more passion and talent put into the first 30 seconds of “Simple Man,” by Lynyrd Skynyrd than there is in any song by Justin Bieber.

And if you can get 100 million views on YouTube by riding nude on a wrecking ball, then you have absolutely no self-respect or creativity. Parents don’t keep a tight enough leash on what their children watch.  If you want to watch something worth-while, try “November Rain,” by Guns ‘N Roses.

It gets even worse when you hear the new fad known as “dubstep.” People like Skrillex are making millions of dollars by making noises on a laptop. There is no creativity involved with any of that nonsense. As creativity and talent filter out of the music industry, it lowers the already low bar society has created.

The music of today is just a fad. There is a new song every month that is extremely overplayed to the point that I want to rip out the radio in the car. It makes you wonder how bands like Journey and Pink Floyd still get any radio time at all. There is also no longevity with the pop music of today. Not since 2010 have I heard a song released in 2010. What makes ‘70’s, ‘80’s and ‘90’s music so great is that it still gets played on the radio. Just yesterday I could hear Kurt Cobain screeching “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, followed by Bon Jovi praying “We’re half way there…” Longevity is what makes music great, and great music has longevity.

The messages, lack of creativity and talent, and no longevity are all reasons of why today’s music needs to be replaced by the golden years of music– the ‘70’s, ‘80’s and ‘90’s.

It’s time to strap on our boogie shoes and listen to music that will shake us all night long!