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

12 Jan 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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  • Rick's face listening to the beginning of the driver's licence chorus says it all about how good it is

    paulpaulVor 22 Minuten
  • Hears without you: My brain: Ah classic 4 chord song. :D My brain gets better recognizing intervals and stuff. ^^

    Jean Jacques RousseauJean Jacques RousseauVor 25 Minuten
  • I thought the first and last songs were very good for what they are, but not really my cup of tea. I can appreciate them though. The other songs sounded boring, generic, shallow, and soulless. I can't imagine what it would've been like if this was the crap I had to listen to when I was a teenager. Forever 80s, 70s, and 60s for me.

    Robert BRobert BVor 27 Minuten
  • When did singing turn into whispering/whining/falcetto?

    RabbitBullyRabbitBullyVor 33 Minuten
  • I was pleasantly surprised with the majority of these songs. Pretty decent stuff I wouldn't mind listening to. Not quite what I was expecting

    King JerbearKing JerbearVor 33 Minuten
  • So mostly same tired crap, different week/month. And the #1 song is actually pretty good. And the #10 song used chords beyond the regular 1-6-4 combo. Okay, yeah, not gonna get me to listen. Thanks Rick, always astounded by your wealth of knowledge and skill in deciphering and breaking things down! \m/ \m/ Now, can you review some sonically compelling and dynamic stuff like Avatar?? :-) Thx.

    jbarty partyjbarty partyVor 37 Minuten
  • I'm a 22 year old dude who listens to a lot of pop music. The beatles, david bowie, bob dylan, you name 'em. The songs on this list shocked me anyway.

    Aaron RobertsAaron RobertsVor Stunde
  • naked' 45

    Lars KargeLars KargeVor Stunde
  • Love your analysis Rick. It's a shame that you never actually say anything about lyrics of a song which arguably make up large part of a pop song.

    Matthis SchwarzMatthis SchwarzVor Stunde
  • This guys ears man. I would love to hear the things he does

    Jack KingsburyJack KingsburyVor Stunde
  • It's weird how there are so many K-Pop influences popping (xd) into western pop lately.

    Mairis ČekstersMairis ČekstersVor Stunde
  • I agree n the Ariana Grande tune...can't stand her really.

    Scott Cullins MusicScott Cullins MusicVor 2 Stunden
  • Can we just agree that pop music is overrated nowadays?

    0veR0veRVor 2 Stunden
  • I fell sorry for your ears

    R3B1RTHR3B1RTHVor 2 Stunden
  • Rick...thanks for always adding to my music appreciation journey with your informative and in layperson videos. I enjoyed the video of your son's ear training--it's wonderful--definitely a testament to your ear training videos. Most important, I like that you stay current and fuse your love of music and your knowledge of the music industry and music theory for those of us that don't have the time to tackle what's happen in pop music today. You're my "Clark Howard (financial guru) making you my favorite sage of music theory and the music industry. After a day of work, I eagerly look forward to your weekly music theory videos and your take on what's good or bad in the music industry and the direction it's heading. Please don't stop....

    DJ Nivekone a.k.a DJ Nivek1DJ Nivekone a.k.a DJ Nivek1Vor 3 Stunden
  • I disagree. I love how loud the drums are on that Sean Mendes track. With how light and ethereal the rest of the instrumental is, I think it creates this feeling that you're trudging through the mud, boots heavy from the water. Stomping through your self loathing (in the context of the track.) Now you're the producer so if you think it's too loud it might be. But it's my opinion that if the drums weren't as loud that track wouldn't be nearly as good.

    Jordon BrewerJordon BrewerVor 4 Stunden
  • A car goes by and beeps it's horn. Rick: "That was a G flat minor 3rd. with a suspended 2nd and an augmented 3rd. in the phrygian mode. here it is on guitar"! Genius. Kevin O'Rourke

    Kevin O'RourkeKevin O'RourkeVor 4 Stunden
  • I like the melody of the newer songs but the vibrato overkill by some of the singers just destroys the feel. Its like adding too much salt to a meal in my opinion. And another thing I noticed is how much fuller some of these songs sound when the guitar is played with them. Apart from the chords which obviously sound great, I like the part in Billie Eilish's song where Rick plays the notes along with the bass line (10:00), just added a little bit more "oomph" into it, you know what I mean? sounds really dull without it.

    Sharkous Van BourbonSharkous Van BourbonVor 4 Stunden
  • you should listen to the Top ten over here on the other side of the pond & compare the two, I think that would be cool

    Leon CameronLeon CameronVor 4 Stunden
  • I hate that style of singing in the first track. Why to female singers try to sound retarded children? Rick is doing the REACT thing. "WOW That is amazing". No it isn't. I know you want views, but have some dignity

    RUINATION mediaRUINATION mediaVor 5 Stunden
  • I am not even worthy..I watch with my mouth wide open..... I am just in awe of Rick. His skill of music just blows me away....a gift for us to see... what a talented person!! Not just music but his on line show us what music is all about is better than any music teacher I have ever had...blows me away to hear what I could not see...I thought I was good at sound as a DJ but this gives me more...a lot more to what I!!!

    Kevin KellerKevin KellerVor 5 Stunden
  • Love billie eilish! Nice video Rick, go on with this serie and the good work :)

    Benjamin LehmannBenjamin LehmannVor 6 Stunden
  • Rick: "Ok, this one is amazing.. hooo hoooo hoooo hooo vi i vi .. next.!!" 😂😂 But, really Rick i understand... the actual music is trash...

    Luis F.Luis F.Vor 6 Stunden
  • RICK. You NEED to checking out 'nothing but thieves'

    Binoy PereraBinoy PereraVor 6 Stunden
  • modern music is good, but no one in this comment section is looking beyond the top 100. the top 100s are always trashy. i listen to pop all the time and i have never heard about 8/10 of these songs, i listen to good pop

    Ansh DeoAnsh DeoVor 6 Stunden
  • Wow that first one is actually pretty good

    Lucas PorfírioLucas PorfírioVor 6 Stunden
  • Like like Billie Eilish!

    Hugo DíazHugo DíazVor 7 Stunden
  • Would love to see you react to Bastille :)

    DewiTDesignsDewiTDesignsVor 7 Stunden
  • Rick's shows are getting better and better.

    Dan RDan RVor 8 Stunden
  • basically, music has been replaced by sounds.

    Juan RomeroJuan RomeroVor 9 Stunden
    • YEP

      immortalsatyrimmortalsatyrVor Stunde
  • Rick I really love your videos man!

    Donnie WittDonnie WittVor 9 Stunden
  • This guy looks like an extra from a really bad Mafia movie.

    Phil DoridantPhil DoridantVor 9 Stunden
  • I wish top 10 could be: EVH, Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, G n’ R, AC/DC, Ratt, Poison, Europe( with Kee on guitar), Skid row and White Lion.

    Leslie YaoLeslie YaoVor 9 Stunden
    • lol

      Emmanuel QuinonesEmmanuel QuinonesVor 2 Stunden
    • Ok boomer

      ScarsbassScarsbassVor 6 Stunden
  • I recognize the I - bIIdim change from a 'happy jazzy' chord sequence from Super Mario: I - bIIdim - II7 - V7

    Arian StoetzerArian StoetzerVor 10 Stunden
  • I like how he ends up liking most of the songs to some extent

    Aditya ChaturvediAditya ChaturvediVor 10 Stunden
  • Hi Rick! Check out CZ "Beneath"! Good stuff!

    Austin CZAustin CZVor 10 Stunden
  • Hell is other people...

    Krwiomocz.Bogurodzicy ⓋKrwiomocz.Bogurodzicy ⓋVor 10 Stunden
  • As an amateur musician myself, seeing Rick react to **that** chord progression on "Good Days" was the highlight of my day today. Thank you, sir, for always bringing us joy with your love and passion for music.

    Brent CrudeBrent CrudeVor 11 Stunden
  • 4 months... damn time fly by even faster by every year, it's insane...

    DJGodaryD86DJGodaryD86Vor 11 Stunden
  • Chceck Top 10 Poland

    KARATEKARATEVor 11 Stunden
  • Has Rick been kidnapped and replaced? These are well overused chords, rhythms and melodies I've heard and written a thousand times? What am I missing? Is he just being kind and gracious?

    Nathan ElleryNathan ElleryVor 12 Stunden
  • I’m extremely impressed with his ear and his ability to pick out every chord and note in every song.

    Xander WatkinsXander WatkinsVor 12 Stunden
  • That #1 song is actually the fastest song to ever hit 100m streams! In only 1 week I believe.. It broke all streaming records.

    SashaGamesSashaGamesVor 12 Stunden
  • Love that Billie Eilish track. Fineas rules too. Very talented family.

    jz3rojz3roVor 12 Stunden
  • I didnt even realize SZA had a new track out! Her song was miles ahead of the rest for me.

    ErichWilliamErichWilliamVor 13 Stunden
  • Once again Rick outstanding

    Dave GrachanDave GrachanVor 13 Stunden
  • Not bad this time!!

  • So good! You should do it every month, Rick! Also, you could try the 50 viral songs too, or the 50 from some random country. It could be really interesting.

    Matheus P. AyresMatheus P. AyresVor 14 Stunden
  • Rick “Anyone” was written by Jon Bellion. I think you would appreciate his unique production. You should check him out.

    Steve VSteve VVor 14 Stunden
  • Rick...these vids are so rad. Please keep up the good fight to find the best in all genre's....yes...even pop. :)

    Brandon All’s FairBrandon All’s FairVor 14 Stunden
  • Rick, you are very kind. I think I need the ear training program to be able to appreciate this music. Kudos to you, I learn something from almost all your videos.

    kaput450kaput450Vor 14 Stunden
  • You could be my dad and you're the only one that's helping me relate at all to the current stuff...

    Ruthie BRuthie BVor 14 Stunden
  • why can he play the songs without getting a copyright strike?

    Mr SelivestoveMr SelivestoveVor 14 Stunden
  • Head music, but nothing that touches my emotions.

    Cindy ACindy AVor 15 Stunden
  • Good songs, but I can’t find any of them on Napster. Can anyone help?

    will melikyanwill melikyanVor 15 Stunden
  • Why do most all modern female singers sound like they're a junior high drama diva trying squeeze every drop of manufactured angst out of a raspy, emotionally immature voice? Is it some deluded attempt to make listeners think they're "oh so talented and deep"? It's the American Idol Effect, I guess. These chicks oughta take a listen to Annie Lennox, Carly Simon, Patsy Cline, Linda Ronstadt, Carole King, Tina Turner or Delores O'Riordan if they want a lesson on this thing called "singing".....

    TexasWarhawkTexasWarhawkVor 15 Stunden
  • Songs NOWADAYS are just ASMR or just depressed. 🤣🤣🤣🤣

    Ttssf TGSGGTtssf TGSGGVor 15 Stunden
  • all of Ariannas songs literally sound the same

    Crystal SCrystal SVor 15 Stunden
  • The Eilish tune is a lift of The Turtles' "You Showed Me" from '66 (which was lifted by Klaatu in 1974 on their "Dr. Marvello" single....and then sampled in the early 2000s by 50 Cent & G-Unit for "Lay Your Ass Down")

    Jaimie VernonJaimie VernonVor 15 Stunden
  • Jacob Collier was featured in SZAs song Good Days, and I'm sad you either never got to his part or skipped over it in the video

    Matthew RentschlerMatthew RentschlerVor 16 Stunden
  • To me it's a sad state of affairs when you have to give someone props for using a real instrument.

    Todd HudsonTodd HudsonVor 16 Stunden
    • Yeah, and that first guitar song was the most generic, basic, boring use of a guitar. It sounded no different from every beginner guitar player learning their first chords.

      Robert BRobert BVor 31 Minute
  • levitating chorus sounds like Backstreet Boys lol

    Alexandra CastleAlexandra CastleVor 16 Stunden
  • wtf does rick has perfect pitch?

    Nivaldo NetoNivaldo NetoVor 17 Stunden
  • Nobody: Rick: Olivia RAWdrigo

    Franco AlencastroFranco AlencastroVor 17 Stunden
  • Omg I haven’t listened to the top since my daughter left for Uni!

    Hogfart SHogfart SVor 17 Stunden
  • I'm 36 and I hate current music.

    Jay WestJay WestVor 17 Stunden
  • Why do you torture yourself like this?

    Djohn DjayDjohn DjayVor 17 Stunden
  • Why would anyone want to listen to a gosebumps edm remix? The original is way better

    lalala like thislalala like thisVor 17 Stunden
  • I love seeing his reaction to the first song!! This is seriously an amazing way to experience pop, through the eyes of someone new coming in with fresh ears.

    Dan-The-ManDan-The-ManVor 18 Stunden
  • I took my kid to see Justin Beiber a few years ago, and in the middle of hos show, he played a half dozen songs alone on guitar. I wish some of the biggest names in pop would start a trend and put out full albums featuring a band (at most) the size of maybe a disco band (at least) a single instrument and combine good pop voices with raw instrumentation. Imagine Ariana Grande, a mic, and a piano playing for 42-45 minutes.

    Rob ArmentRob ArmentVor 18 Stunden
  • First and last songs are good, the rest I cannot care less.

    L'oiseau noirL'oiseau noirVor 18 Stunden
  • I would love to hear some real musicianship again. I know there's talented artists out there but IDK if it's the record labels or the autotuning or production of these songs. But they all sound alike to me. Boring and pedantic.

    Eileen DobbsEileen DobbsVor 18 Stunden
  • You could randomly interchange the backing tracks between most of these songs and nobody would know the difference.....or care.

    Chips O'TooleChips O'TooleVor 19 Stunden
  • I loved how he noticed the loudness war.

    Diego Huijbregts GarciaDiego Huijbregts GarciaVor 19 Stunden
  • Jeez how the fuck is that song #1 though?

    FK UFK UVor 19 Stunden
  • All the tracks sound better for Rick's playing.

    Doug MartinDoug MartinVor 19 Stunden
  • Most of them sounded the same old same old variation on a thousand other forgettable songs. A few, maybe four, were interesting.

    Allan HAllan HVor 19 Stunden
  • Number 10 gave me hope for the future haha sounds Lo-Fi/Pop and I could deal with that.

    Rod CissanRod CissanVor 19 Stunden
  • I have no affection for anything with Beiber's name on it. Otherwise I didn't really hate anything here, a few decent songs too plus the Billie Eilish cut that I really like.

    awookieandagermanawookieandagermanVor 19 Stunden
  • I think music makers are starting to wake up to how much influence youtube channels have on what becomes popular. Back in the day, artists would hope to get radio play, now reaction videos and influencers are able to turn viewers on to what they've heard. They should consider that when they're blocking and de-monitizing.

    Cari WaldickCari WaldickVor 19 Stunden
  • I haven't listened to pop music in forever and I was really surprised that some of its .... Good? Wow. I didnt think I was going to be able to say that again a

    Layla MarieLayla MarieVor 19 Stunden
  • I love that you began with that Driver's License song bc I think it's the first song that has made me cry in a long time. It is a masterpiece!

    SurferessSurferessVor 20 Stunden
  • Shes been eating healthy and drinking coffee to keep her colon clean, no class over sexually role model.

    a aa aVor 20 Stunden
  • That first song was pretty decent, but otherwise.... yikes I really can't stand pop.

    Vince GonzalezVince GonzalezVor 20 Stunden
  • I’m not crazy about any of them except #1 “Drivers License”. That’s a very cool song that I’ll be listening to again.

    Donna MDonna MVor 20 Stunden
  • You inspire me to be more open minded about modern pop. Thanks Rick!

    Zac Taylor SchindlerZac Taylor SchindlerVor 20 Stunden
  • 100% agree that music has been trending in a better direction IMO. Right now there’s a lot of stuff that’s not super creative but still good and I think that opens up the avenues for real innovation in songwriting to come through

    Charlie BuxbaumCharlie BuxbaumVor 20 Stunden
  • I miss Boston Rock n’ Roll 🎸

    Names184Names184Vor 20 Stunden
  • When I was a teen, I swore I'd never been "old" like my parents, not knowing any current music. And I did pretty well up until my 30s maybe 40s. 52 now and I just... don't care. I can't stand most of this stuff. God bless you, Rick! I guess I'm just old for real! What I can't take is the electronic-y sounding "singing".

    Yesica1993Yesica1993Vor 21 Stunde
  • What's surprising to me is that nothing on there was like offensively horrible

    OssiOssiVor 21 Stunde
  • Great video Rick, I love these. Great to hear lots of guitars, and also some really unique melodic things going on in these tunes, as well as some unique ( or at least not totally stock) chord changes.

    Pete ThornPete ThornVor 21 Stunde
  • It all sounds depressing as fuck.

    hawaiidispenserhawaiidispenserVor 21 Stunde
  • Now I have to go listen to drivers license without your interruptions! :D

    Jeffrey DeanJeffrey DeanVor 22 Stunden
  • Mmmmm. Generic corporate music. Delicious.

    Thr1ftThr1ftVor 22 Stunden
  • in Driver’s License, is that sharp 4 not just a leading tone? sounds like the note she sings/the note you isolated on the guitar was an A natural (ti in the key of B flat) rather than E natural (fi in the key of B flat). if i’m missing something please let me know!!

    Cameron RobinsonCameron RobinsonVor 22 Stunden
  • A lot of crap, fake voices, boring melodies and very basic arrangements. Most sound the same. The only interesting title is the N°1

    Hamadi BahriHamadi BahriVor 22 Stunden
  • Big day for the easily impressed, I guess. Standards are so low almost anything sounds good by comparison.

    Matt CelisMatt CelisVor 22 Stunden
  • Ariana Grande's has a hip-hop meets japanese city pop feel

    DavidDavidVor 22 Stunden
  • It's amazing how it all sounds the same...same style..same progression, beat ..terrible

    Stevie JoStevie JoVor 22 Stunden
  • My quick answer and YES....yes it's terrible

    Stevie JoStevie JoVor 22 Stunden