Worse Than It Sounds: Music

  • ''"4'33"'': A piece so beautiful you won't even realize you're listening to it.
  • Metal Machine Music: Legendary experimental rocker from the late 60s releases an hour long album that started 2 whole new genres of music. It refused to follow the normal concepts of albums and proved to be a true rebellious work of art in the midst of many repetitive trends at the time.
  • Justin Bieber: A Canadian boy rises to stardom after Usher catches him showing off his vocals by covering Usher songs on YouTube. Has a very dedicated female fanbase.
    • Call Me Maybe: Said Canadian boy discovers a popular hit from his own country and shares it with the rest of the world.
  • brokeNCYDE: A combination of two of music's most popular genres. In fact, a popular music site has all of their albums near the top of a very prestigious list.
  • "Chocolate Rain": A heartfelt indictment of the way racism affects society, using innovative and well-discussed recording techniques. The distinctive, sensual voice of the singer propelled him to internet fame.
  • CHVRCHES: The best video game reviewer on the internet loves it.
  • Creed: These guys love Jesus, and their songs are written about their faith. They have also crossed over to a mainstream audience, which is no mean feat for a band that talks about God. They have sold over 30 million albums worldwide, having a significant following of fans.
  • Cyberpunk: An old punk rocker finds a new voice in electronic music.
  • Fear of a Blank Planet:A wonderful satire told from the perspective of a modern day, bored, teenage boy.
  • Florida Georgia Line: The faces of modern country, taking it into new, exciting directions. Frequently compared to a notable Canadian group in terms of success, their debut single was #1 on the Country charts for a record 19 weeks.
  • Friday An overnight sensation in March 2011, this is a truly memorable song about the passage of time, the struggle a young girl must make in choosing between her friends, and sheer youthful exuberance. Most notable for its unique lyrical style and the distinct vocals of its singer. Features a rap verse that can be compared to a multi-platinum recording artist.
  • Gangnam Style A surprise hit that brought an only mildly popular genre of music to worldwide fame. Has crushed many records on YouTube.
  • "Hanky Panky" (album) by The The: Synth pop master smashes musical boundaries as he takes on the songs of the legendary Hank Williams.
  • Iggy Azalea: A white Australian girl defeats the prejudices of the Hip Hop industry by becoming one of the most successful rappers ever. Doing so by perfectly replicating urban American culture.
  • Imaginary Landscape No. 4: This piece, by the much loved composer who challenged the very definition of music with his revolutionary 4'33", is yet another work that pushes the boundaries of music. It is unpredictable, never the same twice, and always evocative of the state of the culture of the moment.
  • In the Life of Chris Gaines: A deconstructionist experiment in Genre Shift and Alter Ego Acting from one of country music's leading performers.
  • Insane Clown Posse: A Hip Hop act stands out for its members' distinctive use of theatrical alter egos, their vicious social satire about the ugliness of modern society, and an elaborately designed mythology filled with classic horror tropes that ties their entire discography together.
  • Invincible The most famous man in the world releases his long-awaited comeback and, sadly, his final album.
  • Limp Bizkit: Their guitarist has received extensive critical acclaim for his eclectic song structuring and playing technique, and the band has released several big songs, videos and albums, and winning several awards.
  • Lulu: The most popular metal band in history collaborate with the most well-respected experimental musician in rock music on a double concept album inspired by a play by the expressionist playwright Frank Wedekind. One of the videos is directed by Requiem for a Dream director Darren Aronofsky.
  • Miley Cyrus: The daughter of a platinum-selling country star uses her music to explore themes like dual identity and her own rise to fame.
  • Milli Vanilli: A pair of European dancers mix Europop with hip-hop to create a ton of Grammy-worthy hits.
  • Minutes to Midnight: Six musicians known for their angsty lyrics mature as they shed their "abrasive" hip-hop and electronic roots for pure Arena Rock sound that is sure to please rock fans.
  • "My Jeans" and "OMG" by Jenna Rose: A preteen singer freely expresses her feelings about desires and what she wants in herself.
  • "Never Gonna Give You Up": A love song which became a # 1 hit in the UK and US. Its video features acrobatic dancers and the director also made award-winning commercials and Hollywood blockbusters. Saw resurgence in popularity 20 years after released.
  • Nevermind: Three nobodies make some of the catchiest angsty songs ever made with just a guitar, bass, and drumset (and cello). The album was hugely important in causing a new genre to dominate top 40 radio.
  • Nickelback: During a time when rock and roll threatens to be subsumed by more popular genres like dance-pop and hip-hop, this band is keeping the flame of rock-and-roll alive in the '00s and, rather than being relegated to their genre, have had humongous crossover mainstream hits. Their most recent records (including their latest, a collaboration with legendary rock producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange) have spat out upwards of seven singles per album, a feat unheard of since the days of Thriller or Hysteria.
  • Nu Metal: Genres that were previously thought to be separate forever, such as heavy metal, grunge, and hip-hop, are seamlessly combined in this style to appeal to a young, rebellious demographic, that originated in the mid 90's and lasted through the early 00's.
  • One Direction: Five boys form on a popular reality show and achieve international superstardom.
  • The Shaggs: A seminal musique concrete troupe who bend traditional musical structures into startling new shapes. They have been favorably compared to the most influential of pop musicians and many musicians have extolled their virtues, including Kurt Cobain and members of Sonic Youth.
  • Sony Music Entertainment: A company owning numerous well-received and popular bands.
  • St. Anger: A dark, brooding tale of four musicians pushed to the edge and a dramatic departure from their previous works. Features a unique approach to songwriting and an even more unique approach to production.
  • Thank You by Duran Duran: A legendary pop music supergroup pays tribute to their influences.
  • Pony Canyon: One of the most well-known record labels by the average video game enthousiast because they published ports of many popular games.
  • Post-Grunge: A revolutionary genre that smoothed out the abrasiveness of Grunge and introduced rock music to a new generation.
  • Unfinished Music, No. 1: Two Virgins: A principal songwriter with one of popular music's leading groups joins his life partner for an avant-garde album which anticipates ambient and electronic music by several years. Features a controversial album cover that celebrates the human body in all its diversity.
  • Universal Music Group: A company owning more numerous well-received and popular bands.
  • Unplugged: One of the greatest guitarists of all time releases his most heartfelt work to date. A Tear Jerker version of one of his biggest hits won a Grammy for best rock song.
  • Warner Music Group: A company owning even more numerous well-received and popular bands.
  • Anal Cunt: A truly revolutionary group that was not afraid to go against all social norms and taboos and criticize several aspects of modern culture. The lead singer was so dedicated to his art that the first thing he did after recovering from a coma was to play a live show, while still under anesthesia.