It's common for people to grow up and develop an aversion to the styles and tastes of the generation's that replace them. That's a near-universal part of getting older.
But Matt Drudge, editor of the Drudge Report, really hates today's pop music.
"Listening to iTunes radio 'Top 50' this morning makes it clear this is the worst period of pop music in my lifetime," Drudge, 46, wrote, "perhaps in history..."
That's quite the verdict. Is today's pop music really the worst "in history"? Worse than the disco era? Worse than 1990s grunge?
As an experiment, we turned on iTunes's "Top 50" and listened to the first 10 songs at random. Our thoughts...
"Diana," One Direction-- A generic, upbeat love song. Unremarkable and harmless enough except for the fact that it's by One Direction. We haven't liked a boy band since N*Sync. Bad.
"Roar," Katy Perry-- A self-motivating, mid-tempo diddy about perseverance. This one could actually be decent for a workout playlist. Good.
"Wrecking Ball," Miley Cyrus-- The popularity of this dynamic song of despair, demonstrated by the vast number of online parodies, is hard to deny. But it's Miley Cyrus and she literally is the worst thing to happen to 2013. Bad.
"Applause," Lady Gaga-- Whenever Lady Gaga is promoting a new project (now), there's a good chance Drudge is linking to a story or three about her on his site. It's either because he's a fan or simply infatuated with her public persona. Either way, "Applause" is a catchy song about Gaga's obsession with attention and one of the better hits the turned up in our listening. Good.
"Say Something," A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera-- A slow, somber number set to only a piano and some strings, featuring new duo A Great Big World and the undeniably vocally talented Aguilera. Nothing to hate here even if we might not play it again. Good.
"Unconditionally," Katy Perry-- A driving and loud ballad that's probably best experienced live (though, admittedly, we've never been to a Perry concert). It's a decent enough pop song, one that probably didn't receive any specific hate from Drudge. Good.
"Marry Me," Jason Derulo-- Nearly every song Derulo sings sounds strained and the parts that don't are clearly artificially synthesized. This mid-tempo song about a proposal is no different. Bad.
"Brave," Sara Bareilles-- Bareilles is among the pop music scene's least celebrated yet most talented performers. "Brave" is uptempo and catchy, featuring an actual melody which seems less and less common in pop music. Good.
"Last Christmas," remade by Ariana Grande-- There are no good remakes of classic Christmas songs. Bad.
"The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)," Ylvis-- How does a song that channels animal noises as lyrics become popular? Bad.
That puts the final count at five good songs and five bad.
We're not so ready to deliver a definitive opinion on today's pop music. But this brief listen leads us, in our incomprehensive analysis, far from Drudge's harsh assessment.