Radio Killed the Popular Song

“Video Killed the Radio Star” is a song by The Buggles, a British band, that came out in 1979.

It depicts the fall of radio musicians due to the rise of television, which became very popular during this time period, or at least, many people finally had the money to buy one. Thirty years later, the radio’s popularity has made a resurgence. For one, it breaks the awkward silence of riding in your friends’ parents’ cars. In today’s world, the radio has taken its revenge, killing the popular song.

[one_third]In today’s world, the radio has taken its revenge, killing the popular song.[/one_third]

[two_third_last] Honestly, there is quite possibly nothing more annoying than hearing the same song over and over on the radio. Recently, these songs include “White Walls” by Macklemore, “Royals” by Lorde, “Wake Me Up” by Avicii,  and “Roar” by Katy Perry. I’m not criticizing these songs; I actually enjoy listening to some of them. But the radio has made these songs seem overused.

A few months ago, I went to a party. Needless to say, it was a lot of fun. Maybe it would have been more fun if the playlist for the dancing included songs that weren’t already drowned out by the radio. Maybe it’s just me, but what happened to good old-fashioned rock music that everyone could dance to? It seems that today, techno chords produced from a computer are the only thing people will dance to.

With all that said, it’s really not anyone’s fault: dancer, party DJ, or artist. It’s the radio’s fault. If radios would play a better variety of music, maybe club music or dance party music wouldn’t seem so bland.[/two_third_last]

 

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