If you ask someone, "What's the best music out there?" Nine time out of ten they'll give you an answer in the form of a genre name, or a band name. However, that other 10% and sometimes even less, will give what is probably the correct answer. And just what is the correct answer? Well let's just say that it doesn't involve naming your favorite band, or your favorite style of music.
Contrary to what many people will tell you, there are a lot of good bands out there. There are also alot of bad bands as well. But what seperates the good from the bad? What makes one band, a bad band? Well I'll tell you that it doesn't involve their style of music. Anyone who is narrowminded enough to tell you some kind of music is bad because they don't "like" it is not hitting it on the head. What makes a band bad is a lack of thought in the words they'll write, or a lack of freshness to their music. Whether you like a band or not, you can listen to one and tell if they're constantly racking their brains for new ideas, new riffs, and new sounds in general. Of course, a band will fit into some genre one way or another, but if they never try and change a little here and there, and if they never move to find compelling ways to tell the stories in their songs, that's when you've found a bad band.
3 Doors Down is a band I happen to like, but I don't think they're all that good. The songs "Here Without You" and "When I'm Gone" are almost entirely based on the same exact chords and and different variations of the same riffs. And I even tend to like some of their lyrics. (note: SOME) This is my point here. I like the way these songs sound, but I also can see they didn't try real hard to make either of the songs very unique. Jack Johnson is another artist who I kinda like, but again, he's doing the same thing with his very, very similar guitar riffs. I like his lyrics alot, but his ability to create a fresh sound to his particular style of music doesn't seem to be there.
Now, on the other hand, what makes a band good? Well, it's just the opposite of what makes a band or song good as you might guess. When someone or some group can come up with fresh, though provoking lyrics, and new and unique sounds for most if not all of their songs, you've got something special. I'm not a hige Nirvana fan, but Cobain was an excellent writer and creative in his music writing as well. He found a way to stay in his particular style of music, but keep everything he was doing all his own, and kept everything from being repetative. The package that makes a song good is a well rounded mix of well-written lyrics and fresh sounds. To be honest, I don't even think that a song needs to be all that hard to play, for it to be good. If you've found a fairly simple chord progression to go with something you've written, and that something you've written is a good piece, you can put the two together and make a "good" song. Maybe everyone won't like it, but it'll still be good because it's yours, and it didn't sound, or feel like anyone elses. Making good music doesn't make you popular. Making easy to figure out lyrics, and catchy sounds is what will make you famous.
Now some musicians are dead and are extremely famous, but I think alot of their fame came with their death. There are however, alot of exceptions to that though, but that's another story. The point here is, the idea of "good" music isn't neccessarily something a majority of people will like. Making good music is when someone who doesn't even like your style can say, "Hey, I didn't like it all that much cause it's not my thing, but it was pretty damn good for what he was trying to do." Talen is an overused word nowadays, but even with that, there are alot of talented bands around. But there are equally alot of untalented bands who are into music to make the "Anthem" or "Hit Me Baby One More Time" songs. Can you look past your taste in music and find the people who are truly good artists?