What Defines "Good" Music?

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I constantly hear people saying that there isn’t any “good” music out there nowadays, which got me thinking – what defines “good” music to people?

To me, “good” music is all based on someone’s individual perception of a track, genre, or artist. One person could absolutely love Nicki Minaj’s music, and another could think that her music is horrible. It’s all about personal opinions.

I was browsing the web to see what some other people’s opinions were on the matter, and came across a forum on Yahoo! Answers where people discussed the topic. Comments varied from people listing artists that they believe are good, to people who agreed with my logic – that it’s all based on your own individual taste in music.

Of course, there will be those that criticize or bash your music taste if it isn’t the same as theirs, but that doesn’t mean that you’re listening to “bad” music. It just isn’t their cup of tea.

Let me give you an example of this from my own experiences. A few years ago, I was really into a girl group called Girlicious (still listen to them to this day) before they parted ways, and I can’t tell you how many people said that their music was crappy. It didn’t matter to me though – I know why I liked their music and there are plenty of other people who also liked them.


At the end of the day, “good” music is simply what you as an individual find pleasing. If you like it, listen to it and don’t feel ashamed.

What are your thoughts on the matter? Sound off in the comments section below.