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Thursday, 27 April 2017

harry styles and the ongoing music superiority myth

Rolling Stones, May 2017 issue
Harry Styles released new music recently with the single Sign of the Times which has been on repeat on the radio. It’s a good song and whatever but what actually caught my attention was something Harry said in his Rolling Stones interview.

Who's to say that young girls who like pop music -- short for popular, right? -- have worse musical taste than a 30-year-old hipster guy,” Styles questioned. “That's not up to you to say. Music is something that's always changing. There's no goal posts. Young girls like the Beatles. You gonna tell me they're not serious?
How can you say young girls don't get it?” Styles pointed out. “They're our future. Our future doctors, lawyers, mothers, presidents, they kind of keep the world going.

I was never a huge One Direction fan but I did sometimes listen to them back when I was fourteen and they were crazy popular and I still lowkey listen to their Take Me Home album when I’m studying. But still I wasn’t one to keep updated with their concerts, albums, interviews and personal lives because they were so uninteresting lol. So it’s weird to take anything they ever say to heart but when Harry mentioned this it just felt like something I could really relate to.

People will passionately bash young girls who are into pop music generally for not having ‘better music taste’ which is stupid logic considering everyone has different tastes so you can’t really judge on what’s good music and what’s not. Good music can be very subjective. Especially with so many different music styles and types.

The fact that this discussion which can start off as a curious question end up into a heated, sometimes offensive debate on two people feeling like their choice of music is better than the others is crazy.

Where does this superiority come from? If it’s from music charts then how can you hate on Taylor Swift even though she’s repeatedly been number one. How can you choose to dislike a certain type of music because it’s not English but then dab to Desiigner even though you don’t understand 90% of what he says.

With so much music styles available to use, we all should be open people’s music tastes and choices in general. We don’t choose what music we like, it chooses us.

I especially loved the part at the end:

Teenage-girl fans -- they don't lie. If they like you, they're there. They don't act 'too cool.' They like you, and they tell you. Which is sick."

 To end this post I'd like to list some of my favourite albums.

01 BIGBANG MADE
02 ED SHEERAN DIVIDE
03 BEYONCÉ LEMONADE
04 JAY PARK EVERYTHING YOU WANTED
05 KEHLANI SWEETSEXYSAVAGE

Share some of your favourite albums and thoughts on this issue in the comments!

Thanks for reading,

Asha x


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24 comments

  1. This is so true, good music can be very subjective and people should be able to like what they like without criticism!

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  3. Not really into Harry Style or the One Direction, but on the album you listed, I only listened to Ed Sheeran. Honestly, I wasn't into Ed Sheeran's kind of music, I was more into rock genre, and I was so fed up with Thinking Out Loud endless repeats back then. But there is really something about his new album and I like almost all the songs.

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    1. lol for a second, I thought thinking out loud was a rock band then I realised hahah

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  6. I actually used to think about this a lot when I was a huge fan of 5SOS! All my friends were into rappers and hip hop so I always thought my music taste wasn't "good". Now I'm not bothered by it at all!

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    1. 5SOS debuted too late for me to get into them, I think haha

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  7. Yes people should definitely be able to like whatever music they want to! I did quite like One Direction :) x

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    1. This post was more about people thinking their own music choices were more superior than another persons. Nobody can stop you liking something lol

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  8. I agree to what you wrote about music!
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  9. I totally agree as well. I feel like some artists/hipsters like to be pretentious and think they have better taste/aesthetic, when in reality I feel like all forms of art, music, and media should be celebrated.

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    1. Like Kanye? lol. I think being pretentious is his concept

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  10. I agree to what you wrote about music!

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  11. As you've mentioned, everyone has a different music taste, so it's kinda silly to just judge young girls for being into pop music. People these days should be more open minded. Wishing you a fantastic day! xx

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