Personally I do not find any more attractive to my ears any song after 2000, no blasting songs or whatever. Are there less talents? Is there too much electronic and less voice.

During 80', 90' and early 2000, there were a lot of great hits, a lot of music bands with good music. There are a lot of famous songs from these years unforgettable.

Meanwhile today, in the last 15 years I do not remember a great song, to stack on my head. Maybe is my impression, or opinion.

And to note that I born in mid 80', so most of old music I have listen during mid 90'


Think about this, there were many bands in the past to produce a series of great hits, just consider Dire Straits, Metallica, AC DC, Madonna, Eminem, Michael Jackson....

I am sure it is not a personal bias, for example last year I was listening at this guys in the street https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1sDqjAK-Lc and I really liked it, and as you can see a lot of other people were enjoying it.

Later I discover that this was a sort of remix of "Dire Strait - Sultan of Swings", which by the way I had never hear before.

And I am not talking only about music but also lyrics, singer voice and video...

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    Can elaborate a little more? It looks like your personal opinion... you seem familiar with Stack Exchange so you know questions should be about facts. – Bebs Jan 7 '17 at 17:33
  • Let me elborate – albanx Jan 7 '17 at 18:07
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    @Tetsujin I've reworded my question slightly so that it invites any expert opinions :) It might be a bit harsh to flag something as a dupe of a question asked later! My short answer to this question would be "You're not wrong - you're following a common pattern of liking music from your teenage years the most!" but then I wasn't sure what to cite... – user16 Jan 7 '17 at 19:00
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    Question for you though - do you like music from the 20s, 30s, 40s? or the 1800s? – user16 Jan 7 '17 at 19:17
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    @Bebs it could be, but sometime I wanna hear new songs, and I really cannot find really good ones – albanx Jan 7 '17 at 21:50

Criticaly examining, there's a few things to look at here...

  • Definition of what is "good music"
  • Whether that "good" has died
  • And also what is a "hit"

Asking to define good music is a very subjective question. What is "good" and therefore pleasant to hear to Person A might not necessarily be "that good" according to Person B. Therefore, claiming whether or not that good music is still alive again becomes a very subjective conjecture. Popularity of a song may be one of the metrics to gauge whether it was a hit. Previously, there weren't too many rating platforms - maybe just Billboard. We have a plethora of avenues running their own rating and ranking systems these days - Youtube, SoundCloud, Beatport, Spotify, iTunes, etc., which again diversifies the conclusions that may thus be obtained.

Also, just because a song was a "hit", it doesn't automatically qualify to be liked by everyone. Which means, (despite the numbers and the quality of the composition) what I call a hit, someone else would dismiss it as outright stupid. This is again a manifestation of a personal bias towards the genre, music, lyrics, singer, composer and the overall structure of the song or a track.

Looking at ourselves from the point of view of the artist, composer and / or the producer, the fan-base of music industry is a harsh judge of the music produced when evaluating over a period spanning more than 5-7 years. And even this bandwidth appears to be gradually shrinking with the rise in the number of talented artists that are coming to the fore each year. When something gets stuck in our head, we naturally tend to develop a liking bias towards it. So, if they produce the same / similar music every time, the fan-base would comment, "This artist doesn't seem to do much... it's the same tune / beat / chords / bassline packaged as new". And if they evolve, the retort would be, "Their music is just not the same as before anymore".

Plus, considering the factors such as:

  1. Improvements in technology (and for electronic music: increasing dependency on it)
  2. Increasing collaborations between producers across the geographies, and
  3. Globalisation of music consumers (look at the number of dance festivals organised across the globe today as opposed to 15 years ago),

Flavors within as well as outside of the pre-established genres will be born and therefore even change the reference points for making any comparisons.

Since the OP has specifically included the tag of Electronic Music, which I personally also feel very inclined towards, I shall try to enlist some tracks / songs released after 2000 in Hip-Hop, House and Trance genres that I personally find excellent to listen to - all catering to different moods and mental states. Some of these were smash hits too. So, in no particular order of preference:


  1. 50 Cent - Disco Inferno (2005)
  2. Eminem - Lose Yourself (2006)
  3. Eminem - Beautiful (2009)
  4. Jay Z feat. Alicia Keys - Empire State of Mind (2009)
  5. B.o.B feat. Hayley Williams - Airplanes (2010)
  6. Eminem feat. Rihanna - Love the way you lie (2010)
  7. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - Thrift Shop (2012)
  8. Eminem - Rap God (2013)


  1. David Guetta - Love is gone (2007)
  2. Deadmau5 feat. Rob Swire - Ghosts N Stuff (2009)
  3. Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina - Stereo Love (2009)
  4. Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull - On the floor (2011)
  5. Alexandra Stan - Mr. Saxobeat (2011)
  6. Alesso & Dirty South - City Of Dreams (2012)
  7. Zedd feat. Foxes - Clarity (2012)
  8. Swedish House Mafia feat. John Martin - Don't You Worry Child (2012)
  9. Avicii - Wake me up (2013)
  10. Calvin Harris & Alesso - Under Control (2013)
  11. Lost Frequencies - Are you with me (2014)
  12. Qubicon feat. Laura V - Sad Eyes (2014)
  13. Calvin Harris - Summer (2014)
  14. Inna - Yalla (2015)
  15. Alan Walker - Sing me to sleep (2016)


  1. Armin van Buuren - In and Out of Love (2008)
  2. Dash Berlin - Till the sky falls down (2009)
  3. Cosmic Gate feat. Emma Hewitt - Be Your Sound (2011)
  4. Shogun - Skyfire (Alex M.O.R.P.H. Remix) (2011)
  5. Andy Moor feat. Sue McLaren - Trespass (2012)
  6. Markus Schulz feat. Ana Diaz - Nothing Without Me (2012)
  7. Armin van Buuren feat. Trevor Guthrie - This is what it feels like (2013)
  8. RAM & Susana - RAMelia (Tribute to Amelia) - 2013
  9. Gareth Emery feat. Bo Bruce - U (2014)
  10. Above & Beyond feat. Zoe Johnston - We're all we need (2014)
  11. Alex M.O.R.P.H feat. Sylvia Tosun - An Angel's Love (Andrew Rayel Aether Remix) (2014)
  12. Ferry Corsten presents Gouryella - Anahera (2015)
  13. Cosmic Gate & JES - YAI (Here we go again) (2015)
  14. Dash Berlin with Cerf, Mitiska & Jaren - Man on the run (David Gravell Remix) (2015)
  15. MarLo feat. Chloe - You and Me (2016)
  16. RAM feat. Stine Grove - Forever and a Day (2016)

Not "all" of the above may be "bad" by every possible measure and some might even end-up repeating themselves subconsciously in our heads!

I personally tend to think that "good music" is there to stay. Our moods, preferences and tastes change, just as flavors of music evolve over a period of time too. However, there will always be something that would truly give us the kind of connection that we seek, and make us feel content, if not nostalgic!

  • Thank you for the list, personally just a small set of the above would fit my ears properly. Look at my edit – albanx Jan 8 '17 at 1:13
  • @albanx Thank you for the comment. I had a look at the edit and the link therein. It's indeed a performance that makes you sway with it! So, in line with your edit, if this is the sort of music that you like, you could probably try and search Linkin' Park (In the End, Numb, Crawling, Thousand Suns, New Divide), The Killers (Humans, and its remix by Armin van Buuren), Hoobastank (The Reason), Evanescence (My Immortal, Going Under, Everybody's Fool) if you haven't heard of them before. Just to add a note, these would be classified as metal or rock (not electronic music per se). – Dhruv Saxena Jan 8 '17 at 2:02
  • @albanx Electronic music isn't directly related to rock but there are elements of rock and jazz instrumentals (with no voice, like you shared) in many of the trance tracks and it could make up for a whole new hearing experience again - for example, Imagine, Intense, Embrace and Coming Home by Armin. To summarise, the point is, it's understandable to make comparisons, however I feel, good music is still out there too :) – Dhruv Saxena Jan 8 '17 at 2:04

Amusingly, I used to say the same for the 90's and 2000's...

What makes a song unforgettable is not generally that it is great, it is that you have been hearing it a lot. Do you listen to new music, to music radio/TV broadcasts as much as twenty years ago? Do you share your music tastes with today's youth? Or do you listen mainly to your private music collection and share only with people from your generation?

It's not that music isn't great anymore, it is your ears that are not trained enough to enjoy the great music of today.

  • I have some reserve about this. I agree partially, maybe I am wrong but I do not hear any great sound recently. I mostly like music where voice dominate music, today music seems mostly just sound with the voice in background. – albanx Jan 7 '17 at 19:09
  • And I can say that music of 70, 80' was great – albanx Jan 7 '17 at 19:10
  • @albanx As I said, I used to say the same about the 90's. I failed to see any interest in the music of that decade, compared to the previous one. For me it was a decade of mass music consumption, with floods of remixes. But it appears it was also when my personal and professional lives really started, and I had less time to listen to music, and effectively I got stuck in the 80's. – xhienne Jan 7 '17 at 19:17

(From your comment:) "in general good music is good music"

It intuitively feels like that should be the case, right? Music can move us so deeply to such complex emotions... there must be something good about that music, surely? And some music can also be so annoying or so clichéd... that must be bad music, mustn't it?

The problem is, no one has actually come up with a generally-accepted model or system for assessing how good a piece of music is. So any statement about good music is - pretty much by definition - going to be based on opinion...

Am I wrong if I say that the real good music has died after 2k year?

...so no, you're not wrong, but you're talking about something that can only be a matter of opinion. Someone else could come along and claim that there was no good music before the year 2000. Unfortunately there would be no way you could prove them wrong; no authority you could appeal to to arbitrate. These things are matters of taste... de gustibus non est disputandum, as they (used to) say.

It is common, though, for people to find that their music taste tends towards what they were listening to in their 'formative' years. That link suggests 16-24; I'm sure there's plenty of scope for individual variation in there.

Allow me to suggest another couple of reasons why the 90s may be closer to your heart....

1) There arguably hasn't been much change in music since the early 90s. You might think that would mean you'd still like the music that's around now, but it might have the opposite effect: music you listened to from the 90s seemed new and exciting, while the same sounds now don't catch your ear so much.

2) Back in the 90s, we had little choice but to listen to the same music again and again! The web was only just developing, and the ability to listen to millions of tracks at will was something we could only dream of - so we were at the mercy of our CD and tape collections, and the playlists of the DJs we could tune in to. (I do wonder if kids who grew up in the internet age will break the pattern of generations before them, in terms of musical tastes?)

(You might think that 1) and 2) contradict each other there - but I've read that once we learn to associate an emotion with a sound, that association tends to stick. So if we were excited by a particular song in the past, we might remain excited by it, while a similar new song we hear later may never quite work its way into our emotions the same way).

Another quote from that article earlier is that our tastes tend to get more complex as we get older. Mainstream popular music tends to be quite simple...hence you may need to look further and further outside the mainstream to find music that really grabs you?

The final bit of advice would be - if you can't stand the present, stay in the past! It's now easier than ever to listen to music going back through hundreds of years of music. Listen to the people who inspired your heroes, and the people who inspired them... even if you never listen to another piece from this millennium, you'll still never run out of music!

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