Not hating or anything (I like all music) but I''m just curious why these genres seem to get a lot more love on the board than others from most posters?
I honestly think it's simply the case that pop music isn't the best music out there right now. I do believe that music that becomes pop music simply because it is too catchy to not be liked by the masses is good music. But this doesn't happen a ton. Lumineers, Fun., and Foster The People are three bands that pop in my head that became pop simply because one or more of their songs were simply meant for the masses. I like all of those groups.
What I'm getting at, is if you look back to the 80s, the music that was being played on your mainstream radio was pretty good music. Who is going to argue that Michael Jackson sucked? And on top of that music wasn't as accessible, so even if there was better music out there being made, the common music consumer never would have heard it.
Now we have:
(a) music on the mainsream radio that is arguably not that good, and
(b) easy access to any other type of music in the world. Whatever floats your boat or finds your lost remote.
I listen to more indie stuff than I do mainstream radio stuff, but I also call them exactly like I see them. So, I'm not going to hesitate to say that I think "Call Me Maybe" is an excellent song. But I think it's the exception to the rule.