What happened to popular music?
A music trivia question came up in my house today. In an effort to find the answer I began searching Billboard Top 100's in the 70's. For example:
Top 100 Hits of 1976/Top 100 Songs of 1976
Top 100 Hits of 1977/Top 100 Songs of 1977
Just change the year in the addy to see more. My point?
Every single one of these songs is very well known, most are quite good and memorable, most still get airplay on one format or another. There's melody, there's meaning, and there's musical and songwriting talent on display.
Now move to the 90's:
Top 100 Hits of 1993/Top 100 Songs of 1993
I hardly recognize or have heard of half of them. The ones I recognize, it's because they suck so bad you wouldn't be caught dead humming them. If you look at the 2000's, it's even worse. I have no idea what any of these songs are sans U2, etc. None will stand the test of time.
Disclaimer: I am a professional musician and have some firm opinions, but I'm curious from you all:
What happened to music?