After purchasing the latest copy of Rolling Stone, I’ve found myself angry (as ever) with the state of music today. Looking at the charts, I really find myself feeling lost and lonely. From the Billboard Charts:
- Keith Urban – Greatest Hits
- Miley Cyrus – Hannah Montana 2 (Soundtrack)/Meet Miley Cyrus
- Jay-Z – American Gangster
- OneRepublic – Dreaming Out Loud
- Beyonce – B’Day
- Rascal Flatts – Still Feels Good
- Reba McEntire – Reba Duets
- Fergie – The Dutchess
- James Taylor – One Man Band
- Robert Plant / Alison Krauss – Raising Sand
- Tim McGraw – Greatest Hits Vol 2: Reflected
- Daughtry – Daughtry
- Kid Rock – Rock N Roll Jesus
- Soundtrack – High School Musical
- Soundtrack – Hannah Montana
- Kanye West – Graduation
- Britney Spears – Blackout
- Nickelback – All The Right Reasons
It’s all a bit generic, really. Ex-Pop Idol entries. Teen-pop crap. Rap/R&B where every song sounds very similar to the last, and for that matter, so does every artist. Generic adult-alternative rock that could all have been produced by the same band. Resurgent country music, once welcomed with open arms, now pervading the charts like a disease.
Don’t get me wrong – I love some of this music. I have albums by many of these artists. But where’s the originality? The uniqueness? When was the last time an album, a song, a singer, made you sit up and truly take notice? This site contains the ones that inspired this reaction in me. But I wish there were more people making these artists heard, spreading the word, and fighting against the swell of mediocrity.
Then again, maybe it’s just me. And maybe I’m just Nick Hornby…
And mostly all I have to say about these songs is that I love them, and want to sing along to them, and force other people to listen to them, and get cross when these other people don’t like them as much as I do.