I’m constantly taking the piss out of my brother for his taste in music. A few years ago, he was into metal and screamy things, whereas now he’s (almost) as mainstream as they come. He listens to the likes of Example, Professor Green, Kanye West and especially Labrinth at the moment (He’s just read this and his only comment was “Labrinth is sick”). So of course I take the piss, his music taste is completely different to mine. I like to think I’m a mix of indie and rock, with some pop elements. For instance, my three current favourite bands are Foo Fighters, Coldplay and Elbow, but I bought a Florence album today along with a Foster the People album, and my iTunes library also contains the likes of Dragonforce, Elton John, Cee Lo Green, Madness and Nickelback.
Liking some of these bands means that I have to take a bit of stick for liking them, namely Nickelback, who are the whipping boys of the internet at the moment, and Coldplay, who are hated by many and called boring by many more. Going back to my brother (Marc, which is easier than typing ‘my brother’ every time), he understands that I don’t like his music but still gets a tad annoyed if I repeatedly call it crap and tell him that my music is far superior, so I don’t (usually) do this. In return, Marc doesn’t bombard me with his music, and a happy balance occurs. So why do so many arguments break out over music?
Let me explain what I mean. I am not referring to people debating about which bands or genres of music are better or worse. I’m talking about the wankers who refuse to believe that anybody can listen to anything but THEIR choice of music, those who constantly attack other people’s favourites and will defend their own usually shite choice until their own deaths. These people are so annoying, I would actually be happy to give them their own little bit of the world where they can all hate each other for liking different music. The worst offenders are those who attack currently popular music (because God forbid liking something that’s popular) as if to say that because it’s different to music from their era or whatever, it’s therefore automatically crap. I am not a pop fan really, but there are exceptions. Some songs are so bloody catchy like Moves Like Jagger that I can’t help but like them, Adele is pretty popular right now and she’s rather good, and I’m even partial to a bit of David Guetta sometimes. Marc isn’t a huge fan of Coldplay, but he recently told me that Hurts Like Heaven is “amazing” and he listens to Paradise almost as much as I do. Along with his mostly poppy stuff, he likes Keane, a bit of Foo Fighters, Muse and Queen.
So I urge you, if someone has a different music taste to you, let them. Sure, tell them what you like and argue about which is better, but don’t just outright dismiss their music as shit, as you might like it. Don’t hate any one type of music, enjoy the fact that there is such a wide range out there and that there’s something for everyone to love.
Except Nicki Minaj. You can hate her. It’s ok, I’ve given you permission.