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

Jan 12, 2021
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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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  • Moust of these songs sounds like real crap

    Olivera ToicOlivera Toic23 minutes ago
  • Dude make this a series please it’s so Interesting

    Jonny BroJonny BroHour ago
  • Missed billie’s new song :’(

    Jonah CilleyJonah CilleyHour ago
  • I can't sit through that crap just to hear what you have to say

    Tommy PetragliaTommy Petraglia2 hours ago
  • He should've come to the bridge in Drivers License. He missed the bridge. 🤧

    Lara AnžlovarLara Anžlovar3 hours ago
  • I like this content. I retired to take care of my wife and have lost all connection to young folks and their music they listen to, so thanks for reconnecting me. Makes me want to drag out the old guitar and start playing again. Unlike you, I'm not that good, so I probably will leave it in the gig bag lol.

    So WhatSo What4 hours ago
  • Very good. I'd watch these if done regularly. Love your reactions when something smart happens... like the diminished. I felt the same. Agree with your evaluations..

    John BolgerJohn Bolger6 hours ago
  • Agreed with everything you said - nice man - from a fellow sound engineer/musician

    Matt RiddellMatt Riddell8 hours ago
    • havent heard any of these songs 😂

      Matt RiddellMatt Riddell8 hours ago
  • How much caffeine did he have before filming this lol

    J HJ H8 hours ago
  • Your videos are awesome, your ser-up is what many people wish to have, love the play button aswell. I would love to know what you mean by all these numbers (chord progressions) so I can develope that skill and find chords instantly Thankyou

    Jamie CroftJamie Croft9 hours ago
  • Actually you are very right Rick, over 1/2 of these are decent and I'd listen to them - maybe.... 17yr old daughter hates it when I say the music these days is computerized crap and anyone could do it with the equipment but hey some of these aren't too bad, somehow youth has found real INSTRUMENTS finally - WOW

    David RobertsonDavid Robertson10 hours ago
  • Your analysis and breakdown of the songs causes me to give some a further listen, when I would have otherwise passed them over. Thanks for that!

    Randy StockerRandy Stocker11 hours ago
  • Hi Rick, thanks for your incredible contents. Do you think to talk about Dirty Loops sometimes?

    Stefano VanonciniStefano Vanoncini11 hours ago
  • Yeah, pop HAS gotten worse. It used to have groove to it, now it's just a bunch of ghetto sad music.

    Horror VoidHorror Void13 hours ago
  • Only if he did top tens when TØP was in the top ten.

    Joseph LachJoseph Lach13 hours ago
  • 1:34 Does he mean a sharped four because it's an A over an Eb chord?

    Joseph LachJoseph Lach13 hours ago
  • Always enjoy your take, and learning a little theory in the process

    Drew CobbDrew Cobb14 hours ago
  • "Anyone" remade me like this

    Nyubhum NyuNyubhum Nyu14 hours ago
  • Don't like how the only major form of critique in this video is the chord progression or whether or not it has guitar.

    BlighghtBlighght14 hours ago
  • i’m just glad that wap finally left the top ten

    CorpseBloodCorpseBlood15 hours ago
  • Hi. I just subbed. Do you also listen to the R & B lists? I like SZA. I saw your reaction to the chords in her song. That’s pretty usual in soul/R&B. Would love to hear more of your reaction. I will go and look at your other videos.

    MsTexas73MsTexas7316 hours ago
  • 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 Ferguson17 hours ago
  • They all sing in cursive, though.

    J G04THJ G04TH17 hours ago
  • 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.

    koschwarzkoschwarz18 hours ago
  • 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 freq18 hours ago
  • 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 Beall19 hours ago
  • Good video!

    Kristen LKristen L21 hour ago
  • 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 Rohr22 hours ago
  • This Guy is Just a pro at music

    Tim WaaijenborgTim Waaijenborg22 hours ago
  • 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 Mitchell23 hours ago
  • 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 Joyes23 hours ago
  • 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

    TheGreatAtarioTheGreatAtarioDay ago
  • 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 BoxDay ago
  • Try upstrums on that Bieber song :)

    DericDericDay ago
  • the biebs ain't no slackin yo

    BobBobDay ago
  • 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 SpoilsDay ago
  • The last song is the best, The first song is the second best, and everything else goes in the garbage

    Sock MonsterSock MonsterDay ago

    Sock MonsterSock MonsterDay ago
  • Please keep doing vids like these. Love it.

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

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

    FelixFTWFelixFTWDay ago
  • Its all pop or popular music unless you are referring to indigenous music , jazz or classical.

    Stuart JamesStuart JamesDay ago
  • "the drums are 10db loud" lmao pretty accurate summary of pop music nowaday

    HananekoHananekoDay ago
  • 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 MediaDay ago
  • 1st song was the best.

    Ronald GenendlisRonald GenendlisDay ago
  • Great video Rick. I think i'm gonna checkout SZA a bit more

    dorzuohansdorzuohansDay ago
  • 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 KelleyDay ago
  • 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 :)

    Ogaitnas900Ogaitnas900Day ago
  • I think corona isolation made people sick of basic progressions! love it

    RickRickDay ago
  • 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 SykeDay ago
  • one of the songs uses technique for brain to detect something familiar. Justin Bibier Anyone - Phil Colliins Do you remember intro

    J JJ JDay ago
  • 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

    রক্তকরবীরক্তকরবীDay ago
  • I would love to be able pick out chords from songs as easily as my mans here

    Gage MooreGage MooreDay ago
  • 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. PaddenDay ago
  • It's funny how Rick is lying to himself saying: "Oh, oh cool, cool " to a bullshit pop songs

    Al BuchAl BuchDay ago
    • @Lalisa’s Toxic Husband chalga

      Al BuchAl Buch19 hours ago
    • Boomer

      Lalisa’s Toxic HusbandLalisa’s Toxic HusbandDay ago
  • 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 SanchesDay ago
  • Thanks sir Rick. Now Its time I dislike all the 10 hit songs 😁😁. Love for rock n roll

    Krishu G MukhiaKrishu G MukhiaDay ago
  • To me, ANYONE/Justin B sounded like worship christian music

    Allison CandelariaAllison CandelariaDay ago
  • 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 FlynnDay ago
  • 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 josephDay ago
  • It was a great review. Though, wdym by “It sounds like a normal song” in that first song? 😂

    DgreenmissileDgreenmissileDay ago
    • Like very overplayed and popular, generic.

      Asmaa AlAsmaa Al3 hours ago
  • Justin Beiber?....gimme a fucken break

    Andy WilkinsonAndy WilkinsonDay ago
  • Thank you sir!

    Daniel WilliamsDaniel WilliamsDay ago
  • 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 RhodenDay ago
  • 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!

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

    Keith GudhusKeith GudhusDay ago
  • Check indonesian top spotify song.

    Matthew AndrianoMatthew AndrianoDay ago
  • Can’t unsee musician Anthony Bourdain

    Felix OhFelix OhDay ago
  • Nice

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

    B 48 Jay PazareB 48 Jay PazareDay ago
  • 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 DunbarDay ago
  • 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.

    Pokerface1337Pokerface1337Day ago
  • 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 GallDay ago
  • Love your videos

    Dr. med. Lela AhlemannDr. med. Lela Ahlemann2 days ago
  • Of course #10 is good. She co-wrote the track with Jacob Collier.

    omar palenciaomar palencia2 days ago
  • As soon as I hear autotune, I'm gone.

    FatgeologistFatgeologist2 days ago
  • anyone got a barf bag?

    bill stockbill stock2 days ago
  • There is something so magical about people who can listen to music and read it like a book. Astounding.

    Sudhindra KopalleSudhindra Kopalle2 days ago
    • @Why Am I here That's wonderful!

      Sudhindra KopalleSudhindra Kopalle5 hours ago
    • Sudhindra Kopalle I'm 12 and I can thanks :D

      Why Am I hereWhy Am I here5 hours ago
  • 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.

    FahrenheitFahrenheit2 days ago
  • "It gets points for having guitar". Even if it's just generic chord strumming?

    KIKO 1KIKO 12 days ago
    • @KIKO 1 to be fair, I play keys and I say the same thing every time I hear a song with keys/soft synths.

      JeffJeff14 hours ago
    • @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 119 hours ago
    • what do you want? bombastic shredding at 200 bpm with no feel?

      ColeColeDay ago
  • painful

    Nico KarsenNico Karsen2 days ago
  • 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 Macedo2 days ago
  • 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.

    dogbonz11dogbonz112 days ago
  • Ricks ability to play any song by ear is more skillful and impressive than most of these artists

    Austin BrownAustin Brown2 days ago
  • 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 Wood2 days ago
  • i’d like to hear more of a focus on the lyrics of the top 10 but great vid bro 👍👌

    w_Oceanixw_Oceanix2 days ago
  • 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 Barrett2 days ago
  • Nice!!

    atNIC.EatNIC.E2 days ago
  • 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.

    HardRocker47HardRocker472 days ago
  • I appreciate that Rick is not the kind of dude who automatically dismisses any contemporary music.

    Nathanial DupontNathanial Dupont2 days ago
  • 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 Copeland2 days ago
  • OMG i wish i had your ears

    Daniel CardenasDaniel Cardenas2 days ago
  • Wow huge changes I am blown away as well!

    MDHenry4 HenryMDHenry4 Henry2 days ago
  • You like Justin Beiber.

    corey kcorey k2 days ago
  • 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 J2 days ago
  • Rick, you have to hear the album AmarElo, from Brazilian rapper Emicida

    André CataniAndré Catani2 days ago
  • Your discovering is so genuine and infectious. A pleasure to watch and hear. Such a cool video. Thanks for sharing.

    Darryl MDarryl M2 days ago
  • 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 Snyder2 days ago
  • 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 Weber2 days ago
    • i think he has relative pitch

      MeMentoMeMento20 hours ago