I speak of Billie Eilish. Most people have heard of this person, but folks who may or may not be around my age range probably don't know much of her, or her music. But yea, she makes music, and I listened (or tried to) to a couple of her songs, and they all seem to be whisper-y and soft. Like she doesn't activate her vocal chords at any point in the vox. So that's that artist. Probably correlates with the ASMR trend in some way. Not much to enjoy there.
But I wanted to hear Pop. So I listened to Olivia Rodrigo's (am I mis-spelling that?) song "deja vu" (no capitalization allowed! LOL!) , and that was a decent song. But now I am onto "Perfume" by Britney Spears, which is a damn powerful and straight foreward Pop song (albeit from nearly a decade ago).
...and as "Toxic" comes on, I realize that some (many even, maybe) could be mourning the days where Pop ruled the world. I mean, oldie dudes like me miss the days of "Rock ruling the world", e.g. up until the death of Cobain, which I (thankfully) experienced the "Rock days", because I dove head first into music at the age of seven (1990), so I was "in" with that fanaticism, and all the people who talked endlessly, passionately and shamelessly about it.
But, the days of "Big Pop", the early-2000s, are very much so over. The artists (like the Rock scene) are still here (most of them), but them days (for both genres) are done reigning the charts and having overarching popularity.
So what's in, TMO - ya culture critic of immense perception and opinion?
LOL! I don't know. A lot of stuff is popular. Usually Disney-poised (or Disney-derived) artists, starting on a show, and then going into music when they hit 18 years old, and then a lot of Electronic musicians, and random "Indie" artists, who incidentally are generally signed to Sony, or Geffen, or Def Jam, or some other enormous label that touts their (the artist's) headstrong, self-made, DIY image - but generally the only contribution the artist(s) make are playing the instruments live, and perhaps jotting a few lyrics here and there.
I couldn't care less. Nice-sounding music is nice-sounding music, and I will listen to it.
I queue up Van Halen "Right Now", as I off my mug of coffee, and feel like running a marathon. LMAO! Motivating song!
But the "Big" genre of the time? I have no idea. Early-2000s Pop was the last that I had the most experience with (listened to the most), other than the "Scene Scene", or Emo, which started up around the end of the Pop era. That went for a good while.
Before the Pop "revolution" was Grunge or whatever the Seattle rockers identified with/as, because most of them avoided the entire labeling of being a genre. Those are probably my favorite bands/musicians of my lifetime (well, Nirvana, and other lesser-known "Grunge" acts, as I never liked Pearl Jam, and only liked a handful of songs by Soundgarden ::hands over early-Millenial Membership card, walks away while being pelted remorselessly with rocks and Pogs::)
And of course before Grunge was "Hair Metal", or "Glam Metal", or "Hair Rock", or however they all were condescendingly referred to as in the media. But despite the cheesiness, the overblown imagery, the flamoyantly excessive lifestyles, there actually was a hell of a lot of good music that came from that era.
Previous to 1981 (which of course was before my time, as I didn't grace the Earth with my presence until 1983), I am not 100% what was happening in the "mainstream" in those days. Punk Rock had a BIG following and "scene" behind it (from 1976 - ...forever and ever? It never officially "stopped" or went away, it just stayed small scale).
Early-70s, IDK. The Beatles and John Lennon & the Plastic Ono Band had their stuff going on, as did The Rolling Stones, but I think (or have heard, as lore goes) that Punk Rock was the direct dissent to the "big" Rock bands, and that everything was always supposed to stay small with the Punk genre, and that no "selling out" was meant to occur (though some may have as years went on).
ANYfuckingHOW, I sat here and rambled while I spun through a bunch of different playlist, and digested/metabolized caffeine, and it is a fine way to spend a Wednesday, I'd say.