Why I Listen To… | Music That’s Not on the Radio

by Sara Dollens

If there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s music played on the radio. Everything about it aggravates me and I don’t understand how people can actually enjoy listening to it on a regular basis. Most artists that are featured on the Billboard Hot 100 are usually played on the radio, so I decided to take a look at the top five trending songs…

  1. “The Hills” by The Weeknd
  2. “What Do You Mean?” by Justin Bieber
  3. “Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weekend
  4. “Watch Me” by Silento
  5. “Good For You” by Selena Gomez ft. ASAP Rocky

What is so special about theses songs that draw listeners in? Do they deserve airtime on the radio? For me good songs have killer drum tracks and meaningful lyrics. Songs that I can listen to over and over and never get sick of them. After looking at the top five songs on the Billboard Hot 100, I decided to scroll through my music on my phone and pick five of my favorite songs. As hard as this was, I came up with a list…

  1. “Hold On Pain Ends” by The Color Morale
  2. “Stingray Affliction” by Issues
  3. “Broken Generation” by Of Mice And Men
  4. “Burning Our Morals Away” by Slaves
  5. “Terminal” by The Word Alive

I could write a novel on why I think these songs are far superior to the top by Billboard songs, but instead, I decided to analyze some lyrics from two songs to prove why music on the radio is horrible. One is a popular song by my least favorite artist of all-time, Meghan Trainor, called “Dear Future Husband” and the other is one of my all-time favorite songs by The Color Morale called “Hold On Pain Ends.”

“Dear Future Husband” by Meghan Trainor

Take me on a date

I deserve it, babe

And don’t forget the flowers every anniversary

‘Cause if you’ll treat me right

I’ll be the perfect wife

Buying groceries

Buy-buying what you need

“Hold On Pain Ends” by The Color Morale

And sometimes the most beautiful pain in life

Is the kind you can’t disguise or hide.

And the hard truth about life.

If I’m not allowed to give up on mine,

You are not allowed to not even try.

Looking just at the lyrics alone, you can see that Meghan’s lyrics lack any real substance. She’s talking about how if her future husband treats her right and gets her flowers, she’ll be the perfect wife and will get the groceries and do house chores. She sounds like she’s stuck in a bad 50’s movie.

Now look at the lyrics from The Color Morale. They’re talking about how life may get hard at times and may not seem worth the fight, but that pain and suffering is temporary and doesn’t last forever. Their lyrics have raw emotion and speak the truth about hard times in life. This song is far more meaningful and impactful then Meghan’s song, yet she somehow gets more credit and acknowledgement for her music.

It really irks me when talented bands like The Color Morale don’t get more recognition. As a fan of music, I don’t understand how Megan Trainor has such a large following and because of that, I don’t think I’ll ever fully understand mainstream music.

Music on the radio is catchy and way overplayed. Some people love it, but I hate it.

Lots of people listen to music for the hell of it and because they like the catchy beat or the relatable lyrics. But when you’re passionate about music, you look for the message behind the song. You look for the song that has talented musicians playing their hearts out because it’s what keeps them happy and alive. And for me, I’m passionate about music that’s never played on the radio.

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