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

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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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Jan 12, 2021




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Ronald Genendlis
Ronald Genendlis 16 minutes ago
1st song was the best.
dorzuohans 24 minutes ago
Great video Rick. I think i'm gonna checkout SZA a bit more
Phil Kelley
Phil Kelley 52 minutes ago
This is really different - a critic (in the good sense) with a guitar. I agree with you on most of your likes. My only disagreement would be, one of the songs sounded like a Madonna retread and the another one sounded like Deep House like you would hear on DJ Drop G in any of his mixes. I think there are lots of good things going on in music today. Most of my contemporaries (60's and 70's rockers) don't agree. If they listened to you, Rick, they might change their minds. Thank you for uploading this.
Ogaitnas900 Hour ago
Hey these two videos were very inspiring, watching a knowledgeable, very talented music professional comment on popular songs with an open mind and a positive attitude just makes me want to learn more. Thanks! Wonderful and needed content :)
Rick Hour ago
I think corona isolation made people sick of basic progressions! love it
Sgt Syke
Sgt Syke Hour ago
Rick...can you go over minor key songs. I discovered that I absolutely love songs in minor keys, but it would be cool to see you play through some really cool transitions. We were jamming some 80’s pop tunes and Madonna’s La Isla Bonita and Like a Prayer both have some really enjoyable changes in them. Id like to hear your dissection of them and other similar minor songs.
J J Hour ago
one of the songs uses technique for brain to detect something familiar. Justin Bibier Anyone - Phil Colliins Do you remember intro
the top songs are filled with generic crap that get playlisted like hell and get pushed to the top forcibly not because people love listening to them lol
Gage Moore
Gage Moore 2 hours ago
I would love to be able pick out chords from songs as easily as my mans here
Niáll J. Padden
Niáll J. Padden 3 hours ago
You've got me with this "content" Review. This old dude has recently started listening again. Good man. Thanks Rick. Appreciated.
Al Buch
Al Buch 3 hours ago
It's funny how Rick is lying to himself saying: "Oh, oh cool, cool " to a bullshit pop songs
Luiz Sanches
Luiz Sanches 3 hours ago
Rick, please do "what makes this song great" to "You Get What You Give" from New Radicals! One of the last great pop songs of the 90's, with great instrumental e lyrics :)
Krishu G Mukhia
Krishu G Mukhia 4 hours ago
Thanks sir Rick. Now Its time I dislike all the 10 hit songs 😁😁. Love for rock n roll
Allison Candelaria
Allison Candelaria 4 hours ago
To me, ANYONE/Justin B sounded like worship christian music
S Flynn
S Flynn 4 hours ago
i think they pretty much all sounded better with your acoustic guitar in there! thanks for the review, i have to admit, i'm impressed at the top 10.
Joseph a joseph
Joseph a joseph 5 hours ago
Interval between c3 and g3 is perfect fifth.what about the interval starting from g3 and ending at c3? Is that the same perfect fifth??
Dgreenmissile 5 hours ago
It was a great review. Though, wdym by “It sounds like a normal song” in that first song? 😂
Andy Wilkinson
Andy Wilkinson 5 hours ago
Justin Beiber?....gimme a fucken break
Daniel Williams
Daniel Williams 5 hours ago
Thank you sir!
Rick Rhoden
Rick Rhoden 5 hours ago
These are passable pop songs with subtle chord and rhythmic changes enough to be able to outdistance the bulk out there which are even limper and less inspiring. I'm a Boomer (which I know automatically puts me into the "dad who doesn't like the new songs of the younger generation" stereotype), but I truly try to be as objective as possible. Simply put, these songs are all more alike than different. That is a common perennial copycat trend in most areas of entertainment. I remember 2 things now generally missing in pop songs: passion and originality. There is hope in returning to some updated versions of genres having those characteristics: rock, soul, blues and perhaps a touch of jazz. Courtney Hadwin, Greta Van Fleet, the Warning, Angelina Jordan and a few others are some of the promising artists on the cusp of revitalizing music culture.
Tyr 6 hours ago
Pro tip: Don't listen to the radio, nor watch television, do not use social media and avoid reading the news. You'll gain an instant 10 points IQ bonus, apart from having a relaxed life not having to get annoyed with idiots on tele, terrible blahblah lahlahlah autotune music on the radio, frustrated on stuff from the news you can't do jack about and you won't get indoctrinated. I haven't heard any pop music for the past 15 years. It's great!
Keith Gudhus
Keith Gudhus 6 hours ago
@ Rick: the Bieber chorus (which is great, as you said) is a total rip off of the 1998 Toto song "Goin' Home"
Matthew Andriano
Matthew Andriano 7 hours ago
Check indonesian top spotify song.
Felix Oh
Felix Oh 9 hours ago
Can’t unsee musician Anthony Bourdain
Kym McL
Kym McL 9 hours ago
B 48 Jay Pazare
B 48 Jay Pazare 11 hours ago
Man you should at least react to one Yorushika song, I recommend just a sunny day for you.
Andrew Dunbar
Andrew Dunbar 11 hours ago
Have you thought about doing one of these with songs of another country / language? Maybe the top songs of a recent year instead of current top 10? I find Japanese and Chinese sometimes have good songs for instance.
Pokerface1337 12 hours ago
I took some time and listened to some of the modern pop music, but it is simply not my cup of tea. When it comes to pop, then I prefere the 80s Pop & New Wave.
Unmitigated Gall
Unmitigated Gall 13 hours ago
I like these segments. Analyzing what's popular at the time. A lot of variety in styles if not always chords. Maybe the Beeb is getting tired of playing predictable dance hits. He may be maturing.
Dr. med. Lela Ahlemann
Love your videos
omar palencia
omar palencia 16 hours ago
Of course #10 is good. She co-wrote the track with Jacob Collier.
Fatgeologist 17 hours ago
As soon as I hear autotune, I'm gone.
bill stock
bill stock 17 hours ago
anyone got a barf bag?
Sudhindra Kopalle
Sudhindra Kopalle 17 hours ago
There is something so magical about people who can listen to music and read it like a book. Astounding.
Fahrenheit 18 hours ago
Right away Justin Bieber's #2 song seems like a straight up Rockefeller Street ripoff, I didn't check if the chords are the same but it's waaayyy too similar in some parts.
KIKO 1 18 hours ago
"It gets points for having guitar". Even if it's just generic chord strumming?
Nico Karsen
Nico Karsen 19 hours ago
Desmond Macedo
Desmond Macedo 19 hours ago
Driver's License: V interesting Bridge, going from Em to C, that's an 'accidental,' amongst the earliest uses is Eleanor Rigby - early 60s, then a chorus extension with another set of chords & tune - 'I guess you didn't mean what you wrote in that song about me', begins on tried-and-tested-by-the-music-industry-cliched-note - G-Em-C - then takes off elsewhere in the Chorus & Bridge while changing speeds, bloody cool, all in all a complicated song to write, but it does not sound so - that's so Beatles' like.
dogbonz11 22 hours ago
Thanks, Rick for keeping up with the progression/regression of modern pop music. I'd have no idea what is going on out there now if it were not for you. As always you keep it interesting and even find occasional flashes of brilliance.
Austin Brown
Austin Brown 22 hours ago
Ricks ability to play any song by ear is more skillful and impressive than most of these artists
Edward Wood
Edward Wood 23 hours ago
Hi Rick. The 1st song was great, full of emotion and an excellent singer. I know top forty songs all don't appeal to everyone but the rest were just fillers. The Billie song sounds worlds better when you played along with it as did the last one. Everyone is holding back. They either are afraid to put themselves out there, are not allowed to put themselves out there or don't know how to do it. Kind of dull.
w_Oceanix 23 hours ago
i’d like to hear more of a focus on the lyrics of the top 10 but great vid bro 👍👌
Matthew Barrett
Matthew Barrett 23 hours ago
Having you break the songs down like that made me appreciate them, top 3-4 at least. I really like Billie's style. It is subtle and has a nice groove. I also like her Bad Guy number.
atNIC.E 23 hours ago
HardRocker47 23 hours ago
The two last songs have basically the same drum sounds. Also I don't know what's the point of the crackles in the kick sound. Sounds pretty bad to me.
Nathanial Dupont
Nathanial Dupont 23 hours ago
I appreciate that Rick is not the kind of dude who automatically dismisses any contemporary music.
Robitaille Copeland
crazy how bad music is now. Yes, every generation has said this about the next, but it's been true since the 2000s. Just utter garbage since around then.
Daniel Cardenas
OMG i wish i had your ears
MDHenry4 Henry
Wow huge changes I am blown away as well!
corey k
corey k Day ago
You like Justin Beiber.
K J Day ago
I've wonder if this generation will still listen to this music in their 40s and 50s. It just doesn't seem worthy of carrying on that long.
André Catani
Rick, you have to hear the album AmarElo, from Brazilian rapper Emicida
Darryl M
Darryl M Day ago
Your discovering is so genuine and infectious. A pleasure to watch and hear. Such a cool video. Thanks for sharing.
David Snyder
David Snyder Day ago
I no doubt just heard the number 1 elsewhere and came here. I agree! that song rocked to me. I am glad I am not crazy! thanks for what you do. I wish I would have known of you when I lived in the ATL area. I would have tried to reach out and learn from you! Peace and love brother.
Samir Weber
Samir Weber Day ago
Funny how he's so good that he doesn't just listen to these songs for the first time but he instantly recognizes the chords and plays it lol. Does anybody know if he has perfect pitch?
Wonfoli Musical
Thanks for sharing. Your guitar sounds amazing good !!
Ed Mu
Ed Mu Day ago
bullshit why you calling this good.? its a computer. did they get to you.
Kris Van Pelt
Yeah, Ariana Grande just sounds like an amalgamation of every 90's and 00's R&B female artist. She is really talented but her music is nothing new.
FalloutUrMum Day ago
1:27 "How could I ever love someone else" Rick: "Okay"
4200time B
4200time B Day ago
Talented young artists .. probably.. would i or could i jam any of those ... No chance
Madkid73 Day ago
Been in music for 30 years and never seen an ear like Rick.
Eli Sanderson
Guys 34+35 = 69 😳
Krayzay Shogun
Pop ain’t pop anymore rap ain’t rap anymore nothing’s the same anymore
Luke Thomas
Luke Thomas Day ago
34+35... damn
Music Day ago
Do these stock modern songs even feature a bridge or a middle 8 any more? It seems like they mostly just go: 'verse x4, chorus x2, [insert drop at some point], rinse and repeat' (with often little variation between the chord structures of the verse and chorus (such as they are)).
Leo Thomas
Leo Thomas Day ago
Rick you truly love music, all music and this is why I subscribe to your channel Cheers
sandalero Day ago
get 2 mill subs and the chillax with reaction vids, aight !
Russ Evans
Russ Evans Day ago
Would like to see more reaction videos, Rick!
MrMohawk Day ago
Got tired after hearing the first two songs. Modern pop could be so much more interesting to listen to. Punch Brothers have kind of a pop thing going for them, using the freedom of todays pop music to do advanced rythm and signature changes. This sounds like a talented teenager's first band with lots more expensive post production? Production is impressive although nothing innovative whatsoever, musically this is totally elementary. Rick, what do you honestly think about these first two songs?
Phil Platt
Phil Platt Day ago
Question is, would you rush to play any of these tracks after you get back from the pub?
Jerry Richards
I would not purchase any of these songs.
izdihar Day ago
not even good days omg the taste jumped off
Vincent Taliercio
Whenever I feel like music has gone downhill, Rick puts up one of these and I feel better.
Trevor Sikorski
I remember when a lot of people (including myself at the time) hopped on the "Billie Eilish will be the downfall of melody in modern music" train after bad guy released. Many jazz musicians were especially up in arms against her. I've since completely hopped off that train as I realized that Billie Eilish has an extremely broad pallet of musical flavors to offer. I converted after hearing her ballad like tune "my future". I've been a fan ever since. Her entire artistic approach and demeanor is so respectable, and I regret jumping on a cancel culture train so fast in the past.
Trevor Sikorski
Trevor Sikorski 8 hours ago
@Ben McCann @Ben McCann Bro, this was just my personal experience with people in my community I know in real life. But if it makes you happier, I like Billie Eilish, some people don't, and some people REALLY don't. There, happy?
Ben McCann
Ben McCann 10 hours ago
Wat. Some people like her music, others don't. It isn't as deep or dramatic as you're implying, shes just not for everyone and you're taking what people say on the internet too seriously.
Kris Van Pelt
'When the Party's Over' really spoke to me about how I felt in my late 20's and early 30's.
Nb Something
Nb Something Day ago
Okay woah the top ten has *definitely* improved :0
Thomas S. Furlan
Truly amazing that he can instantly figure out any song ...even the weird ones.
Eduardo Dias
Eduardo Dias Day ago
Hi Rick, I envy you. Although I am from rock and find these pop songs you shared are of dubious taste, they are immensely more audible than the garbage that plays on Brazilian radio and the media in general. And to think that we already had as wonderful representatives of our MPB (Brazillian Pop Music) like Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Milton Nascimento, .. and even in rock as Mutantes, Titãs, Paralamas do Sucesso, Legião Urbana. Today we are hostages of Sertanejo Universitário (a tacky and fake country music), funk from the favelas of Rio and gospel music. With the exception of 2 or 3 radios, the rest of the media will only play these garbage. Congratulations on the great channel.
Martin Genesius
Great. I'm now my Dad.
Khallil D
Khallil D Day ago
Feels refreshing, actually someone with talent and music knowledge that doesn't snob everyone around
Enwai Day ago
The fact that nothing make Rick intresting in Ariana’s 34+35 really make me wondering about his reaction to the tiktok videos using this song 😂
R J Day ago
The older I get the less I can stand the latest and greatest pop music. I listened to the Billie Eilish song that won all the awards... and was like 'seriously'? Mumbling over a house beat? I hated it. But I suppose my parents hated what I liked back in the day as well.
TH Day ago
@izdihar That is sad (for you?). Elton John once said that he loved listening to new music because it made him feel young.
izdihar Day ago
the older you get the lesser interest you have in newer music
The Real Alfalfa Male
Society has progressed past the need for a Rick Beato.
smokin'ace alex
Hey, Rick. Following you for some time, and wanted to say thank you for sharing all the knowledge of music theory and production. I'd like to ask you, have you ever thought about doing reaction videos to subscribers music?
Tibi Day ago
For some reason, the driver license song's chorus reminds me of a song, but I can't remember which. Is it just me? Did someone else figure it out?
izdihar Day ago
Nikita Soloshenko
First song sounds like "i love you" by Billie Eilish
didn't expect it got driver's license.. i thought this video is from mid-2020
Ramza Alexander Fajardo
34+35 sounds like mii theme
Tshegi Botlhokwane
I'm glad he doesn't ruin the songs when he plays his guitar.
Ben Hazelet
Ben Hazelet Day ago
He is desperately trying to act like garbage bullcrap is music. When he starts playing his guitar with these songs it becomes better. That honestly says everything and if you don't get it......do yourself a favor and listen to ANY music that requires the entire band to be tanlented
Song one and two, pretty cool All of the Autotune makes all of these artists sound like robots.
izdihar Day ago
imagine saying sza sounds like robot
drummerAVA Day ago
3:30... yeahhh, that’s a great chorus.
mdav30 Day ago
I bought Driver's License based on this snippet. Man, what a song! Best pop track I've heard since Run Away with Me by Carly Rae Jepsen in 2015.
Luis Day ago
Billie gets a lot of hate just for just being popular but her and her brother put out some amazing music. They really do work on their craft
TH Day ago
@izdihar agreed. Even the gloriouse past had some major garbage songs high up on the charts.
izdihar Day ago
yess finally not everything have to revolve around the past
badKAPAV Day ago
Ariana Grande's music is completely bullshit. Change my mind. Her vocals are really good, but the beats and the construction of all the songs are more or less the same.
TH Day ago
@badKAPAV God Is A Woman was covered and made much more interesting by Aurora.
badKAPAV Day ago
@izdihar that album is fine. But positions suck! Not a single song makes sense. In every song, she just mumbles around and the beats feel the same
izdihar Day ago
positions is kinda meh yea i agree. thank u next still remains her best work yet.
Dexi Antoniu
Dexi Antoniu Day ago
Rick, man, I haven't watched your videos in a while, I come watch this, seems like you've gotten a bit older haha. Here's the deal though: I love you. I've been watching you since you had maybe 5% of the subscribers you have now. Thanks for everything you thought us!
chipper246 Day ago
This modern music really drives me up the wall....It all sounds like the same three artists are making ALL the music today.....Over embellished autotuned vocals......Kill me now
TH Day ago
You should not lose faith in modern music, because there is lots of great pop out there.
izdihar Day ago
because you don't even bother trying to really listen to it 🤷‍♀️
Tim Olsen
Tim Olsen Day ago
You are being very graceful to these songs. I Find them like annoying whinny extended TV commercials with a lack of creative; just throwing sound bites against the wall that reek of novelty and inane substance. The bar is so low that any interesting chord or movement makes Rick give it a positive spin.
hamolton1 Day ago
I wonder if Rick has listened to much of SZA's discography. He'd really appreciate it.
Is that track at the end yours? Very cool! I LOVE IT!!
Thanks for this great review!
sazicon Day ago
Anyone else think that the original Goosebumps by Travis Scott is just so much better?
izdihar Day ago
that reminds me of the trash edm version of i love you yeah its good but nowhere tops the original