Pop is NOT a dirty word.

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Pop is NOT a dirty word.

Ariana Grande in the music video for her song

Ariana Grande in the music video for her song "7 rings".

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Ariana Grande in the music video for her song "7 rings".

Press release photo.

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Ariana Grande in the music video for her song "7 rings".

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Most people associate pop music with vapid singers with shallow lyrics and uninspiring voices. They think of overplayed radio hits with repetitive, overproduced instrumentals written by a team of songwriters as opposed to the artist themselves. Pop singers, especially women, are constantly written off as untalented and overrated.

I’m here to let the world know that all these assumptions are completely untrue.

It’s no secret that I’m a lover of pop music. I’m constantly promoting my favorite artists, albums, and songs whether anyone asked me to or not. People sometimes ask me why I like “garbage pop music” as if it’s a crime. But guess what? It’s not and here’s why:

Pop is arguably one of the most dynamic and versatile genres out there. It can be whatever you want it to be. Other genres, such as hip-hop or heavy metal, have a very specific sound and certain criteria of what can and cannot be defined as hip-hop or heavy metal. Pop music, on the other hand, has no rules. A pop song can combine elements of both of those genres and be considered pop, hip-hop, and heavy metal. It’s all-encompassing and very inclusive.

A pop song also doesn’t have to be a short, upbeat bop about love or partying. It can be of any length and tempo and be about any subject, whether it be deep with complex metaphors or simple and straightforward. Pop is effective either way. The only time pop is ineffective is when the artist puts no effort, passion, or confidence in their work. If the artist doesn’t believe in their music, why should we?

That brings me to my next point, the stereotype of pop singers being untalented robots who don’t write their own songs could not be further from the truth. Pretty much every pop artist I listen to has a role in the creation of their music. That includes writing, producing, and even directing their own visuals.

Yet no one seems to want to give any credit where credit is due. Why? Because it’s pop music, and it’s easy to hate. Especially in recent times when the charts are dominated by hip-hop and dance tracks, which isn’t a bad thing, it just gives people a reason to say that pop songs must be bad because they’re not charting. But If I know anything about the charts, it’s that popularity does not equal quality.

So, just admit you like dancing around to Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift when no one’s around because pop is NOT a dirty word.