My Latest Top 10 Spotify Review...Has It Gotten Worse?

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After a 4 month break, I decided to check back in on the Top 10 Pop songs worldwide.
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  • hey rick, i always wonder what you'd think of this album i have listened to for many years. It's called This Binary Universe, by BT. it's ambient electronic and its very much an "experience" front to back. let me know what you think or if you have ever heard it

    Roman FergusonRoman Ferguson35 րոպե առաջ
  • They all sing in cursive, though.

    J G04THJ G04TH42 րոպե առաջ
  • Pop Music, take a cookie cutter, cut, paste, repeat.

  • Ariana Grande is a great singer with the most generic and uninspired songs. Wasted talent, she needs a new songwriter.

    koschwarzkoschwarzԺամ առաջ
  • I get that Rick is just dissecting the music, different music than most of us are used to hearing on his channel. This music seems to be full of lament and is at a set level of emotion. I would much rather hear music the way it was being crafted back in the 70's and 80's. Lyrical content and chord use were more mature and worth listening to. The vocals were not full of how many notes you can sing in one bar, massively irritating. Why not compare yesterday's pop song construction to today's and see what happened to it? Find out why it's so whiny and uninspiring to listen to. Because the music side of it is pretty basic and simple which I suspect is only half of the problem.

    Fun freqFun freqԺամ առաջ
  • Well...think maybe there's some good tunes, but... production is so standardized... same effects, transitions, that "autotune", R'n'B vocals... Diversified arrangements, and singers with personality, would make a big difference.

    Glauco BeallGlauco Beall3 ժամ առաջ
  • Good video!

    Kristen LKristen L5 ժամ առաջ
  • I’m absolutely shocked (positively) The last time I listened to the charts (years ago) it was just awful (most produced on a computer and basically on one chord) Now chord progressions, real guitar, drums and basses have come back. When will we hear some saxes, trumpets and bones in the hit parade? I’m waiting I just want to add that despite being positively impressed by these songs they are very forgettable when you compare them to the best songs from the 30’s and 40’s

    Peter W RohrPeter W Rohr5 ժամ առաջ
  • This Guy is Just a pro at music

    Tim WaaijenborgTim Waaijenborg5 ժամ առաջ
  • I was going to thank you for bringing me up to speed, but after hearing it I can't, in good conscience, do that.

    David MitchellDavid Mitchell7 ժամ առաջ
  • thanks so much haven't listened to top tn in 20 years, really like (most) of these...especially the first one...great song, great rations thanks

    Kaine JoyesKaine Joyes7 ժամ առաջ
  • The way he can pull every chord instantly is like a fucking magic trick to me. I had music theory classes in college and I have to pore over a song like two dozen times to get something that's probably inaccurate anyway

    TheGreatAtarioTheGreatAtario9 ժամ առաջ
  • I was preparing to cringe real hard as he listened to Grande. Doesn’t take a genius to figure out what it’s about. Mainly she “stole” the Mii channel music.

    JF’s Music BoxJF’s Music Box11 ժամ առաջ
  • Try upstrums on that Bieber song :)

    DericDeric13 ժամ առաջ
  • the biebs ain't no slackin yo

    BobBob13 ժամ առաջ
  • Seems like 90% of young female singers (even some males) have this weird affectation these days where they curl their tongues. Sounds so fake and makes me cringe. Just sing with your natural f-ing voice. Everyone is copying each other.

    Victor SpoilsVictor Spoils13 ժամ առաջ
  • The last song is the best, The first song is the second best, and everything else goes in the garbage

    Sock MonsterSock Monster13 ժամ առաջ

    Sock MonsterSock Monster13 ժամ առաջ
  • Please keep doing vids like these. Love it.

    Garrett SanchezGarrett Sanchez13 ժամ առաջ
  • Rick,react the same way melodically to some virtuose New bands...I suggest Né Obliviscaris

    ZRecordsZRecords14 ժամ առաջ
  • when i search for songs on genius or spotify i have to include the artist name because none of my music is popular

    FelixFTWFelixFTW14 ժամ առաջ
  • Its all pop or popular music unless you are referring to indigenous music , jazz or classical.

    Stuart JamesStuart James14 ժամ առաջ
  • "the drums are 10db loud" lmao pretty accurate summary of pop music nowaday

    HananekoHananeko14 ժամ առաջ
  • I didn't watch your video on the top 10 pop songs from last time. But 5 or 6 of these songs were really good.

    Newlen MediaNewlen Media16 ժամ առաջ
  • 1st song was the best.

    Ronald GenendlisRonald Genendlis17 ժամ առաջ
  • Great video Rick. I think i'm gonna checkout SZA a bit more

    dorzuohansdorzuohans17 ժամ առաջ
  • This is really different - a critic (in the good sense) with a guitar. I agree with you on most of your likes. My only disagreement would be, one of the songs sounded like a Madonna retread and the another one sounded like Deep House like you would hear on DJ Drop G in any of his mixes. I think there are lots of good things going on in music today. Most of my contemporaries (60's and 70's rockers) don't agree. If they listened to you, Rick, they might change their minds. Thank you for uploading this.

    Phil KelleyPhil Kelley18 ժամ առաջ
  • Hey these two videos were very inspiring, watching a knowledgeable, very talented music professional comment on popular songs with an open mind and a positive attitude just makes me want to learn more. Thanks! Wonderful and needed content :)

    Ogaitnas900Ogaitnas90018 ժամ առաջ
  • I think corona isolation made people sick of basic progressions! love it

    RickRick18 ժամ առաջ
  • Rick...can you go over minor key songs. I discovered that I absolutely love songs in minor keys, but it would be cool to see you play through some really cool transitions. We were jamming some 80’s pop tunes and Madonna’s La Isla Bonita and Like a Prayer both have some really enjoyable changes in them. Id like to hear your dissection of them and other similar minor songs.

    Sgt SykeSgt Syke19 ժամ առաջ
  • one of the songs uses technique for brain to detect something familiar. Justin Bibier Anyone - Phil Colliins Do you remember intro

    J JJ J19 ժամ առաջ
  • the top songs are filled with generic crap that get playlisted like hell and get pushed to the top forcibly not because people love listening to them lol

    রক্তকরবীরক্তকরবী19 ժամ առաջ
  • I would love to be able pick out chords from songs as easily as my mans here

    Gage MooreGage Moore19 ժամ առաջ
  • You've got me with this "content" Review. This old dude has recently started listening again. Good man. Thanks Rick. Appreciated.

    Niáll J. PaddenNiáll J. Padden20 ժամ առաջ
  • It's funny how Rick is lying to himself saying: "Oh, oh cool, cool " to a bullshit pop songs

    Al BuchAl Buch20 ժամ առաջ
    • @Lalisa’s Toxic Husband chalga

      Al BuchAl Buch3 ժամ առաջ
    • Boomer

      Lalisa’s Toxic HusbandLalisa’s Toxic Husband16 ժամ առաջ
  • Rick, please do "what makes this song great" to "You Get What You Give" from New Radicals! One of the last great pop songs of the 90's, with great instrumental e lyrics :)

    Luiz SanchesLuiz Sanches21 ժամ առաջ
  • Thanks sir Rick. Now Its time I dislike all the 10 hit songs 😁😁. Love for rock n roll

    Krishu G MukhiaKrishu G Mukhia21 ժամ առաջ
  • To me, ANYONE/Justin B sounded like worship christian music

    Allison CandelariaAllison Candelaria21 ժամ առաջ
  • i think they pretty much all sounded better with your acoustic guitar in there! thanks for the review, i have to admit, i'm impressed at the top 10.

    S FlynnS Flynn22 ժամ առաջ
  • Interval between c3 and g3 is perfect fifth.what about the interval starting from g3 and ending at c3? Is that the same perfect fifth??

    Joseph a josephJoseph a joseph22 ժամ առաջ
  • It was a great review. Though, wdym by “It sounds like a normal song” in that first song? 😂

    DgreenmissileDgreenmissile22 ժամ առաջ
  • Justin Beiber?....gimme a fucken break

    Andy WilkinsonAndy Wilkinson23 ժամ առաջ
  • Thank you sir!

    Daniel WilliamsDaniel Williams23 ժամ առաջ
  • These are passable pop songs with subtle chord and rhythmic changes enough to be able to outdistance the bulk out there which are even limper and less inspiring. I'm a Boomer (which I know automatically puts me into the "dad who doesn't like the new songs of the younger generation" stereotype), but I truly try to be as objective as possible. Simply put, these songs are all more alike than different. That is a common perennial copycat trend in most areas of entertainment. I remember 2 things now generally missing in pop songs: passion and originality. There is hope in returning to some updated versions of genres having those characteristics: rock, soul, blues and perhaps a touch of jazz. Courtney Hadwin, Greta Van Fleet, the Warning, Angelina Jordan and a few others are some of the promising artists on the cusp of revitalizing music culture.

    Rick RhodenRick Rhoden23 ժամ առաջ
  • Pro tip: Don't listen to the radio, nor watch television, do not use social media and avoid reading the news. You'll gain an instant 10 points IQ bonus, apart from having a relaxed life not having to get annoyed with idiots on tele, terrible blahblah lahlahlah autotune music on the radio, frustrated on stuff from the news you can't do jack about and you won't get indoctrinated. I haven't heard any pop music for the past 15 years. It's great!

    TyrTyr23 ժամ առաջ
  • @ Rick: the Bieber chorus (which is great, as you said) is a total rip off of the 1998 Toto song "Goin' Home"

    Keith GudhusKeith GudhusՕր առաջ
  • Check indonesian top spotify song.

    Matthew AndrianoMatthew AndrianoՕր առաջ
  • Can’t unsee musician Anthony Bourdain

    Felix OhFelix OhՕր առաջ
  • Nice

    Kym McLKym McLՕր առաջ
  • Man you should at least react to one Yorushika song, I recommend just a sunny day for you.

    B 48 Jay PazareB 48 Jay PazareՕր առաջ
  • Have you thought about doing one of these with songs of another country / language? Maybe the top songs of a recent year instead of current top 10? I find Japanese and Chinese sometimes have good songs for instance.

    Andrew DunbarAndrew DunbarՕր առաջ
  • I took some time and listened to some of the modern pop music, but it is simply not my cup of tea. When it comes to pop, then I prefere the 80s Pop & New Wave.

    Pokerface1337Pokerface1337Օր առաջ
  • I like these segments. Analyzing what's popular at the time. A lot of variety in styles if not always chords. Maybe the Beeb is getting tired of playing predictable dance hits. He may be maturing.

    Unmitigated GallUnmitigated GallՕր առաջ
  • Love your videos

    Dr. med. Lela AhlemannDr. med. Lela AhlemannՕր առաջ
  • Of course #10 is good. She co-wrote the track with Jacob Collier.

    omar palenciaomar palenciaՕր առաջ
  • As soon as I hear autotune, I'm gone.

    FatgeologistFatgeologistՕր առաջ
  • anyone got a barf bag?

    bill stockbill stockՕր առաջ
  • There is something so magical about people who can listen to music and read it like a book. Astounding.

    Sudhindra KopalleSudhindra KopalleՕր առաջ
  • Right away Justin Bieber's #2 song seems like a straight up Rockefeller Street ripoff, I didn't check if the chords are the same but it's waaayyy too similar in some parts.

    FahrenheitFahrenheitՕր առաջ
  • "It gets points for having guitar". Even if it's just generic chord strumming?

    KIKO 1KIKO 1Օր առաջ
    • @Cole there is no shortage of pop songs from the last 5 years that have the exact same style of playing. It's odd to praise a song for simply having guitar if the song is just like the same uninspired drivel we're used to.

      KIKO 1KIKO 12 ժամ առաջ
    • what do you want? bombastic shredding at 200 bpm with no feel?

      ColeCole13 ժամ առաջ
  • painful

    Nico KarsenNico KarsenՕր առաջ
  • Driver's License: V interesting Bridge, going from Em to C, that's an 'accidental,' amongst the earliest uses is Eleanor Rigby - early 60s, then a chorus extension with another set of chords & tune - 'I guess you didn't mean what you wrote in that song about me', song begins on tried-and-tested-by-the-music-industry-cliched-note - G-Em-C - then takes off elsewhere in the Chorus & Bridge while changing speeds, bloody cool, all in all a complicated song to write, but it does not sound so - that's so Beatles' like.

    Desmond MacedoDesmond MacedoՕր առաջ
  • Thanks, Rick for keeping up with the progression/regression of modern pop music. I'd have no idea what is going on out there now if it were not for you. As always you keep it interesting and even find occasional flashes of brilliance.

    dogbonz11dogbonz11Օր առաջ
  • Ricks ability to play any song by ear is more skillful and impressive than most of these artists

    Austin BrownAustin BrownՕր առաջ
  • Hi Rick. The 1st song was great, full of emotion and an excellent singer. I know top forty songs all don't appeal to everyone but the rest were just fillers. The Billie song sounds worlds better when you played along with it as did the last one. Everyone is holding back. They either are afraid to put themselves out there, are not allowed to put themselves out there or don't know how to do it. Kind of dull.

    Edward WoodEdward WoodՕր առաջ
  • i’d like to hear more of a focus on the lyrics of the top 10 but great vid bro 👍👌

    w_Oceanixw_OceanixՕր առաջ
  • Having you break the songs down like that made me appreciate them, top 3-4 at least. I really like Billie's style. It is subtle and has a nice groove. I also like her Bad Guy number.

    Matthew BarrettMatthew BarrettՕր առաջ
  • Nice!!

    atNIC.EatNIC.EՕր առաջ
  • The two last songs have basically the same drum sounds. Also I don't know what's the point of the crackles in the kick sound. Sounds pretty bad to me.

    HardRocker47HardRocker47Օր առաջ
  • I appreciate that Rick is not the kind of dude who automatically dismisses any contemporary music.

    Nathanial DupontNathanial DupontՕր առաջ
  • crazy how bad music is now. Yes, every generation has said this about the next, but it's been true since the 2000s. Just utter garbage since around then.

    Robitaille CopelandRobitaille CopelandՕր առաջ
  • OMG i wish i had your ears

    Daniel CardenasDaniel CardenasՕր առաջ
  • Wow huge changes I am blown away as well!

    MDHenry4 HenryMDHenry4 HenryՕր առաջ
  • You like Justin Beiber.

    corey kcorey kՕր առաջ
  • I've wonder if this generation will still listen to this music in their 40s and 50s. It just doesn't seem worthy of carrying on that long.

    K JK JՕր առաջ
  • Rick, you have to hear the album AmarElo, from Brazilian rapper Emicida

    André CataniAndré CataniՕր առաջ
  • Your discovering is so genuine and infectious. A pleasure to watch and hear. Such a cool video. Thanks for sharing.

    Darryl MDarryl MՕր առաջ
  • I no doubt just heard the number 1 elsewhere and came here. I agree! that song rocked to me. I am glad I am not crazy! thanks for what you do. I wish I would have known of you when I lived in the ATL area. I would have tried to reach out and learn from you! Peace and love brother.

    David SnyderDavid SnyderՕր առաջ
  • Funny how he's so good that he doesn't just listen to these songs for the first time but he instantly recognizes the chords and plays it lol. Does anybody know if he has perfect pitch?

    Samir WeberSamir WeberՕր առաջ
    • i think he has relative pitch

      MeMentoMeMento4 ժամ առաջ
  • Thanks for sharing. Your guitar sounds amazing good !!

    Wonfoli MusicalWonfoli MusicalՕր առաջ
  • bullshit why you calling this good.? its a computer. did they get to you.

    Ed MuEd MuՕր առաջ
  • Yeah, Ariana Grande just sounds like an amalgamation of every 90's and 00's R&B female artist. She is really talented but her music is nothing new.

    Kris Van PeltKris Van PeltՕր առաջ
  • 1:27 "How could I ever love someone else" Rick: "Okay"

    FalloutUrMumFalloutUrMumՕր առաջ
  • Talented young artists .. probably.. would i or could i jam any of those ... No chance

    4200time B4200time BՕր առաջ
  • Been in music for 30 years and never seen an ear like Rick.

    Madkid73Madkid73Օր առաջ
  • Guys 34+35 = 69 😳

    Eli SandersonEli SandersonՕր առաջ
  • Pop ain’t pop anymore rap ain’t rap anymore nothing’s the same anymore

    Krayzay ShogunKrayzay ShogunՕր առաջ
  • 34+35... damn

    Luke ThomasLuke Thomas2 օր առաջ
  • Do these stock modern songs even feature a bridge or a middle 8 any more? It seems like they mostly just go: 'verse x4, chorus x2, [insert drop at some point], rinse and repeat' (with often little variation between the chord structures of the verse and chorus (such as they are)).

    MusicMusic2 օր առաջ
  • Rick you truly love music, all music and this is why I subscribe to your channel Cheers

    Leo ThomasLeo Thomas2 օր առաջ
  • get 2 mill subs and the chillax with reaction vids, aight !

    sandalerosandalero2 օր առաջ
  • Would like to see more reaction videos, Rick!

    Russ EvansRuss Evans2 օր առաջ
  • Got tired after hearing the first two songs. Modern pop could be so much more interesting to listen to. Punch Brothers have kind of a pop thing going for them, using the freedom of todays pop music to do advanced rythm and signature changes. This sounds like a talented teenager's first band with lots more expensive post production? Production is impressive although nothing innovative whatsoever, musically this is totally elementary. Rick, what do you honestly think about these first two songs?

    MrMohawkMrMohawk2 օր առաջ
  • Question is, would you rush to play any of these tracks after you get back from the pub?

    Phil PlattPhil Platt2 օր առաջ
  • I would not purchase any of these songs.

    Jerry RichardsJerry Richards2 օր առաջ
    • not even good days omg the taste jumped off

      izdiharizdihar2 օր առաջ
  • Whenever I feel like music has gone downhill, Rick puts up one of these and I feel better.

    Vincent TaliercioVincent Taliercio2 օր առաջ
  • I remember when a lot of people (including myself at the time) hopped on the "Billie Eilish will be the downfall of melody in modern music" train after bad guy released. Many jazz musicians were especially up in arms against her. I've since completely hopped off that train as I realized that Billie Eilish has an extremely broad pallet of musical flavors to offer. I converted after hearing her ballad like tune "my future". I've been a fan ever since. Her entire artistic approach and demeanor is so respectable, and I regret jumping on a cancel culture train so fast in the past.

    Trevor SikorskiTrevor Sikorski2 օր առաջ
    • @Ben McCann @Ben McCann Bro, this was just my personal experience with people in my community I know in real life. But if it makes you happier, I like Billie Eilish, some people don't, and some people REALLY don't. There, happy?

      Trevor SikorskiTrevor SikorskiՕր առաջ
    • Wat. Some people like her music, others don't. It isn't as deep or dramatic as you're implying, shes just not for everyone and you're taking what people say on the internet too seriously.

      Ben McCannBen McCannՕր առաջ
    • 'When the Party's Over' really spoke to me about how I felt in my late 20's and early 30's.

      Kris Van PeltKris Van PeltՕր առաջ
  • Okay woah the top ten has *definitely* improved :0

    Nb SomethingNb Something2 օր առաջ
  • Truly amazing that he can instantly figure out any song ...even the weird ones.

    Thomas S. FurlanThomas S. Furlan2 օր առաջ
  • Hi Rick, I envy you. Although I am from rock and find these pop songs you shared are of dubious taste, they are immensely more audible than the garbage that plays on Brazilian radio and the media in general. And to think that we already had as wonderful representatives of our MPB (Brazillian Pop Music) like Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Milton Nascimento, .. and even in rock as Mutantes, Titãs, Paralamas do Sucesso, Legião Urbana. Today we are hostages of Sertanejo Universitário (a tacky and fake country music), funk from the favelas of Rio and gospel music. With the exception of 2 or 3 radios, the rest of the media will only play these garbage. Congratulations on the great channel.

    Eduardo DiasEduardo Dias2 օր առաջ