It's all just about taste, isn't it?
Music is neither old nor modern: it is either good or bad music, and the date at which it was written has no significance whatever.
– Peter Warlock (British composer, 1894-1930)
If you talk about music quality or if you compare artists, then there will always be people who will tell you that the appreciation of art is just a matter of taste. Some people will say that there are no good or bad artists, and that there is no such thing as great or awful art. Everything’s basically the same, and it just depends on what you personally like.
That’s bullshit of course.
Music quality has nothing to do with taste.
Claiming that Justin Bieber is just as great as David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix or Michael Jackson is just stupid. One Direction, the Backstreet Boys and N*Sync are not on the same level than the Beatles, Pink Floyd, or Radiohead for example. Miley Cyrus doesn’t play in the same league as Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Etta James, or Madonna.
I think there is a large consensus among music critics and music lovers on what’s good and what’s not.
In most cases it’s quite obvious by the way.
It’s not surprising to see that those people who claim that music is just about taste are mostly those who are listening to bad music. Maybe it’s a lack of knowledge or appreciation, maybe it’s some kind of self-protection and it’s about avoiding discussions about true quality.
But it’s not all black and white of course. Most artists are located somewhere in that grey zone between good and bad, and then even those listeners who appreciate art may have various opinions of course.
We don’t have to dig into the details at this point, for now you just need to understand that there is good in bad, and you need to commit to making good or even great music in future.