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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  • cota dog

    cota dog

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    Is it just me or do they all sound pretty much the same ?

  • Schweizer Bobbahn

    Schweizer Bobbahn

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    RICK! Good Days by SZA is co-written by Jacob Collier and i believe he had some to do with the production as well. pretty cool how he has gotten a lot more involved in pop music.

  • Michael Hughes

    Michael Hughes

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    Getting complimented by Rick Beato should be considered a professional achievement at the likes of a Grammy.

  • Shashvat Aditya

    Shashvat Aditya

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    Billie Eilish is amaazing! This is coming from a music snob :D

  • Scottie

    Scottie

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    Wow Rick, you are one talented individual and can hear music better than anyone I know!

  • Jeremy Thornton

    Jeremy Thornton

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    I struggled through this one. I found most of the singers to be BORING! No passion whatsoever. Interesting chord changes sometimes though. Also not a fan of buried vocals. I guess I'll just never get pop music. I'm quite okay with that though. Give me something like Joe Bonamassa any day. I much prefer something with fire and passion.

  • Joe B

    Joe B

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    2 minutes after you played them I could not tell them apart. All the same sound nothing stands out..

    • Jalen Sera

      Jalen Sera

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      Sounds like you have bad memory. Most don’t sound anything alike

  • Frank Huber

    Frank Huber

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    only one song is worth mentionnig, it,s Billie Ellish, and this song is not only good, it,s absolut wonderful. most music today is booring,but not all. as great Greg Lake said in an interview: back in those days beeing unike was the currency.

  • AJCN

    AJCN

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    No originality - gave up after Grande.

  • Milosh Xavid

    Milosh Xavid

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    Man you should check out some of Frank Zappas interviews about last 40 Years chart music. Of course it's still music but basicly it's product today more then ever.

  • Sam Packer

    Sam Packer

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    Can we talk about how Driver's License uses a very similar melody to Billie Eilish-i love you. Not plagiarized, but that rise is very inspired by it.

  • John Eyler

    John Eyler

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    While every song was underwhelming what's a guy to do. You can only lament the loss of music in a culture for so long. Ya gotta try to find some good right? Our kids end up listening to this crap. My daughter listens to country music which is nearly as mindless and uninspired as this pop crap.

  • Alfie Solomon

    Alfie Solomon

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    For Ariana Grande : Why is the 6 a Dom 7th chord? Isn't it suppose to be a Dmin?

  • Neuromance27

    Neuromance27

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    Can't stand that Billie Eilish pretty much doesn't sing at all. I just won't understand her music. lol

  • 4score1957

    4score1957

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    I'd like to see Rick on Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame and break down some of the monster hits as they honor these musicians. Wouldn't that be great? Who's with me?

  • Matherton Horowitz

    Matherton Horowitz

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    Thanks, Rick!

  • D

    D

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    The world has gotten so ridiculously ignorant that music doesn’t have to be amazing anymore. The masses especially the youth will listen to anything and feed into it as though they are listening to musical geniuses.

  • Randy Sanchez

    Randy Sanchez

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    That was fun. Thanks Rick!

  • Mary Gammon

    Mary Gammon

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    I’m not really a pop music fan so the top 10*20 doesn’t interest me. Listen to scarypoolparty’s single “Return2Sender”. Much more interesting than these.

  • D

    D

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    The world has gotten so ridiculously ignorant that music doesn’t have to be amazing anymore. The masses especially the youth will listen to anything and feed into it as though they are listening to musical geniuses.

  • Bill R

    Bill R

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    Thanks Rick, interesting, in that I would never have heard any of this otherwise. And it just reinforces my opinion that it's barely "real" music. I think you are trying to make lemonade from lemons, or just find SOMETHING to be positive about, which is fine, but it just shows how low the standards have to be now. I'm going to listen to real music, you #99, The Cars now! :+)

  • SozeyTozey

    SozeyTozey

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    Has it gotten worse? Well there’s no cardi b, so I’d say absolutely not.

  • Jay Lane

    Jay Lane

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    First song was fantastic. Ariana Grande is talented put the song is poor. That guitar based song progression has been done to death, ho hum. The Billie Eliish song sounds good production wise but sounds a lot like her other stuff.

  • Dick Nixon

    Dick Nixon

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    Nice deodorant commercial and Kohls elevator music.

  • Ken Davies London

    Ken Davies London

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    Love this - just shows that talent in continuously emerging - never bought the music was better in my day crap

  • leethrelfalllt

    leethrelfalllt

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    How about having a real base guitar, real drums, real lead guitar, real rhythm guitar and real musicians...wouldn't that be fricking great!

  • Elatedolphin —

    Elatedolphin —

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    His reaction to driver’s license makes me so happy as a person who loves the song.

  • Roo H

    Roo H

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    Look at how few, if any of these artists, can actually play any musical instruments, and that's why so many people can't stand this garbage. Most of these artists don't even write their own songs. Sure they are listed in the credits as "songwriter" for royalty purposes, but come on, the female singers, aside from maybe mumble-pop Eilish, they write nothing. And the auto-tuning, good lord... yuuuuuuuuuuuuck. You can talk about modern acts and find people who do their own work in house, look at songs from Shinedown, from Breaking Benjamin, Alter Bridge, Avenged, FFDP, etc, to name just a few off the top of my head. Groups that write their own music, play the instruments, etc. But they never get a sniff at the actual billboard or pop charts, other than the genre specific ones. And believe me, it isn't because the music is bad.

  • MrSato

    MrSato

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    love it

  • Flamethrower82

    Flamethrower82

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    I actually enjoyed this a lot better than the last list.

  • Blackstone Daze

    Blackstone Daze

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    So basically Billie Ellish is the only one on this list w actual unique creativity...Legit

    • Roo H

      Roo H

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      Except she is terrible because she is "mumble pop" and you can't understand her most of the time.

  • Roo H

    Roo H

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    The problem with Billie Eilish is that she's "mumble pop", you can't understand half the words coming out of her mouth in most of her songs. it's like a cheesegrater on the eardrums. You talk about the "production is great" but that's like saying "this is the best icing I've ever tasted" but then it is applied by someone just chewing on it and spitting it onto the cake, production be damned the application is garbage.

  • Matt H

    Matt H

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    As long as number 1 is good, the rest can be trash

  • MicroDemi

    MicroDemi

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    As someone who's not musically inclined, I'm just someone who enjoys music, and sounds.
    I'd have to say, I only enjoyed the first song out of the top 10, but pop is not my main genre.
    I grew up with a large span of music from my father, Frank Sinatra, The Chordettes, ACDC, Petshop boys, Rise Against, to name a few.
    Lotta classics, oldies, Rock N Roll, Rock Alternative, I've since expanded into the large major genre of EDM and many of it's sub genres.
    But, it was a pleasure to hear your thoughts, and see your reactions/enjoyments. Keep on, keepin' on.

  • MrReasonabubble

    MrReasonabubble

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    Everyone in the comments section complaining about today's new music must be forgetting that their parents did exactly the same thing, as did their parents before them.
    Pop music didn't just suddenly get bad. We all just got old.

    • Bill R

      Bill R

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      As a boomer, I keep that in mind constantly. But no, today's pop is REALLY just not good. Beats, loops, synths, autotune, tempo fix...it's just not real except the "singing". Some good, some not. All Generations want their "own" music, to be sure, and it's just a shame that this is what Gen Z gets. Maybe Millenials too, but I think "they" listen to a lot of "indie" rock too. No, this is just not good interesting or good music. I think Rick is trying to make lemonade from lemons, or just find SOMETHING to be positive about.

  • beanono1superhero

    beanono1superhero

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    gimme a break rick...the first one is yellow by coldplay..the second is you shook me all night long by ac/dc...gave up listening after that

  • Peter Rabbit

    Peter Rabbit

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    Goddamn, that Billie Eilish song was properly good.

  • Bailey Moyer

    Bailey Moyer

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    Maybe it’s just me but I like the chords of the songs a lot more when Rick plays them on the guitar. I think the acoustic guitar gives music a life it’s generally missing nowadays

  • Stephen Hughes

    Stephen Hughes

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    They all suck. There I just saved you 16 mins.

  • Taurean Wooley

    Taurean Wooley

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    Side note, Justin Beiber wanted the coffee drop sound from the beginning but he couldn't escape from the option to just be a jingle his entire life.

  • TheDemolitionKings

    TheDemolitionKings

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    Setting aside the first track the rest is the same junk phasing and auto-tune that’s been (over) done by many before.
    Boring boring boring.

  • hbilha

    hbilha

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    Give up, Rick!
    I gave up 20 years ago haha. Modern music is liquid trash.

  • VICKI H

    VICKI H

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    Loved the songs and opinions.

  • Dick Derry

    Dick Derry

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    Wow, this video is NOT lit well. Youre in the dark Rick!

  • CatDieselPwr

    CatDieselPwr

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    Hey Rick I think you might really like the video Beautiful Dangerous by Slash and Fergie :D

  • Tom Strahle

    Tom Strahle

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    I love these videos Rick. There is so much good stuff there. A lot of producers, artists, musicians, beat creators at the top of their game to be at this point of their careers. One of the writers on Good Days was Jacob Collier.

  • Chris Knoll

    Chris Knoll

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    Always amazed how you are able to just pull those cords out of the music. Great to watch.

  • Ahmenrra knebep

    Ahmenrra knebep

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    please keep these coming, I'm not someone who usually listens to the top 10 songs on spotify but your opinion
    is always so interesting to hear. Didactic as well

  • Brian Taylor

    Brian Taylor

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    SZA goated she deserves getting up there

  • Rowbags

    Rowbags

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    The heavily pitch-corrected vocals kill half the tracks for me. The life's been sapped out to the point where there's no actual "performance" left.

  • Nick F

    Nick F

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    So I take it rock is dead.

  • Александр Попов

    Александр Попов

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    14.55 Till there was you

  • paradiddle16

    paradiddle16

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    can't stand the over processed Justin B vocals. It's horrible. As a matter of fact far most of them.

  • Woostty

    Woostty

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    All I heard was auto tune.

  • chop me tenders

    chop me tenders

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    lots of metal and rock guys will look down on pop music because none of it is difficult to play, there are very few solos and often real instruments aren't used or are sparingly used. but the production and often the vocal ability is high grade. you can learn to appreciate it by diversifying what you look for in a good song. When I listen to metal i often think through a guitar players lens, asking how they are playing it, and how hard it is. but with pop and other genres like indie rock its about textures and the layers and how they move the song. i think of it as complexity of timbre instead of harmonic or melodic complexity..

  • Wesley mango

    Wesley mango

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    I love these videos, never stop making them

  • Dinesh Rustagi

    Dinesh Rustagi

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    hey rick can you explain how the flat second works? i heard it in some eastern music but it sounds really cool an example would be the song chaiyya chaiyya

  • james hondros

    james hondros

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    Just thought of a few "What Makes This Song Great" selections for you Rick, (that is if you concur).
    °The Church-Under the Milky Way
    °Fountains of Wayne-Hackinsack and
    Stacy's Mom
    °Dada-Goin to Disneyland

  • Roger Jerabek

    Roger Jerabek

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    Have you changed your opinion of WAP, Mr. Beato?

  • Burton Urquhart

    Burton Urquhart

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    They were so bland and unremarkable. I was brought up with the Kinks, Animals, Beatles & Rolling Stones - later the Who, AC/DC, Motorhead.

  • Kyle Devost

    Kyle Devost

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    It's weird being 22 and knowing almost zero of these songs 😅

  • MusicMikko

    MusicMikko

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    Check out Toto's song Going Home, and compare the chorus with Bieber's Anyone.

  • Sketchstuffs

    Sketchstuffs

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    Every single song (with the exception of the first one) sounds like the singers are currently engaged in coitus while recording the vocals and trying way to hard to be as sexy as possible for their mate.
    It sounds awkward, and pornographic, and it's stupid. Can't wait for this trend to go away.

  • Hiyenor

    Hiyenor

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    The fist song you listened sounds so familiar to a Coldplay song. I cant catch it clear damn its so close on my mind dammit

    • Hiyenor

      Hiyenor

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      Might be Yellow s*it someone help :D

  • The Carson’s

    The Carson’s

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    Rick, Have you ever thought about analyzing classical top tens or something like that. Your ear and analysis is amazing. Prelude in E minor by Chopin needs to be broken down!

  • Gary Stremmelaar

    Gary Stremmelaar

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    Nice! Dont know any of the songs (I’m a sucker for old rock), but I must say I’m optimistic when I hear the chord progressions, dominant bass and finally slightly less auto-tune

  • Chris

    Chris

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    I too can easily identify the chords in a song. As long as it's palm mute EM and a Metallica song.

  • Ali Asreco

    Ali Asreco

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    Great Rick. Without you I'm not able to listen to this kind of songs. You make it bearable. (But it still is no Procol Harum)

  • Cade Fletcher

    Cade Fletcher

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    Too many music elitists in the comments

  • Willi Gari

    Willi Gari

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    This is great, Rick, thank you 👍🏼 my 21 year old daughter has very high musical standards and she turns me on to music that I would ordinarily never come across, and I'm often left smiling and nodding and saying wow, kiddo, that is really great.
    There's a LOT of good music out there these days. Production values are higher than ever and they take all kinds of risks, break all the molds.

  • Mike Robinson

    Mike Robinson

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    "Actually, this week, I am slightly encouraged." Most of the songs were musically interesting and showed both solid production values and some truly-imaginative musical values ... such as "chord progressions that caught Rick by surprise." So, maybe there is hope yet. Maybe "these kids today" will still find a way to carry the torch.

  • Salvatore P.C.

    Salvatore P.C.

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    Billie Eilish is a talent, that's a fact

  • SpringInFialta

    SpringInFialta

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    So far soft start to operatic. Is everyone still copying everyone else?

  • guym1234

    guym1234

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    Rick you're being very gracious to many of these standard formula songs.

  • Matthijs de Groot

    Matthijs de Groot

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    Song 1 sounds a lot like Maria Mena!

  • emile enightoola

    emile enightoola

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    Only 'Drivers License' and maybe the Billie Ellish song sound memorable to me.

  • PerElvis1993

    PerElvis1993

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    #2 Justin Bieber = Toto - Goin' home

  • Nexsy nthzer

    Nexsy nthzer

    3 ժամ առաջ

    Upload the Next video soon

  • Ducabelo e Os Imaginários

    Ducabelo e Os Imaginários

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    For my ears, these songs sound as they´re the same song (personal taste)...
    I know Rick is analyzing them from a producer´s perspective.
    Yes, thinking this way is more logical, and that´s how music is today. No problem.

  • jaguarsky55

    jaguarsky55

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    I have seriously always hated "pop" music; usually it all sounds the same and has no musicality, only shifting styles from one period to the next. There have been exceptions of course. For this particular iteration of the genre Billie Eilish has really set herself apart from the crowd, not only with her lyrical delivery but the production quality as well.

  • petegalvs

    petegalvs

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    I feel confused. If Taylor Swift's albums from 2020 are currently numbers 1 and 2 on the chart, how are there no Taylor Swift songs on the Spotify top 10 right now? Did Rick exclude them because they would cause a copyright flag, or are they genuinely not on the top 10 anymore?

  • Toby Ryberg

    Toby Ryberg

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    Rick, I'd highly encourage doubling back on Drivers License, and listening to the bridge. You definitely gave the song the credit it deserves, but I think you'll enjoy it even more once you hear the whole thing!

  • Bart van Schuylenburg

    Bart van Schuylenburg

    3 ժամ առաջ

    The use of melodyne and autotune spoils some songs for me (though some might become unlistenable without). I’d rather hear Justin Bieber’s real voice. Nr 1 is great!

  • Marc Patzelt

    Marc Patzelt

    3 ժամ առաջ

    9:09
    Yea.. This what a musically educated man would do...

  • Pedro Pazmino

    Pedro Pazmino

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    Is Rick's ear is so trained he catches the chords and stuff on the spot? Woah.

    • wjec1970

      wjec1970

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      Probably, I'd say. I'm lucky enough to be pitch perfect myself and it is so useful as a musician... plus you can be a human tuning fork for your band mates!

  • Fabio Grimaldi

    Fabio Grimaldi

    4 ժամ առաջ

    rick beato " wow thats cool!"
    me : ......

  • Wioleta Wnorowska

    Wioleta Wnorowska

    4 ժամ առաջ

    Thank You so much!

  • ViluR123

    ViluR123

    4 ժամ առաջ

    that last song "good days" by sza actually has jacob collier on it

  • SgtSarcasm

    SgtSarcasm

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    We should start calling pop music “production music” since the production seems to be the only “good” thing about it

  • Cap'n Kaos

    Cap'n Kaos

    4 ժամ առաջ

    Songs might be good ...cant stand the soy filled production these days ...

  • Marc Patzelt

    Marc Patzelt

    4 ժամ առաջ

    6:17
    How is that even possible?

  • Danie Ferreira

    Danie Ferreira

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    I also love the fact the you are not a guitar snob. You actually listen to music!

  • Stason

    Stason

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    Ooo I've been waiting for this. Love this concept.

  • eddie willers

    eddie willers

    4 ժամ առաջ

    Will we ever hear people's REAL voices again?

  • DJmanbearpig

    DJmanbearpig

    4 ժամ առաջ

    I really enjoyed the first couple of songs but was not impressed with Ariana.

  • Danie Ferreira

    Danie Ferreira

    4 ժամ առաջ

    Rich, you rock! You have just shown (again) why you should be the go to guy then it comes to music!

  • Eric Bonham

    Eric Bonham

    4 ժամ առաջ

    The HVME song is just a trap remix of the song Goosebumps by Travis Scott feat. Kendrick Lamar. The song has been out for a least 4-5 years. It should have lost points.

  • Jim Graves

    Jim Graves

    4 ժամ առաջ

    Could "The Art of Song Writing" be moving back to actual songs and not repetition of a few basic phrases?

  • cikame

    cikame

    4 ժամ առաջ

    My favourite part of these videos is the 4 hours of auditory cleansing i have to do afterwards.

  • Sufyan Ahmed

    Sufyan Ahmed

    4 ժամ առաջ

    Please do these videos more often. love the top 10.