The Guide to Modern Music

I've noticed that there's a lot of people (especially young classic rock fans) who are constantly saying that music today sucks and that today's music isn't innovative or experimental enough and stuff.

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What dadrockers tend to say:

"Lyrics today suck! All it talks about is sex, drugs and twerking. All the lyrics are just 'BABY BABY BABY OH' and 'you a stupid hoe. you a you a stupid hoe' and 'Hol up Hol up We Dem Boyz.'"

"New singers suck! They all rely on autotune to sing!"

"Rap music sucks! It all has no REAL instruments and is just computer beats. They can't sing and all they do is talk. Anyone can rap any rap song! Rap is just about sex and money!"

"Today's music all sounds the same! There's nothing creative or innovative going on!"

"Rock today is just f-ggot emos whining about their girlfriends!"

"Today's metal is gay and is just a bunch of p-ssies and emo f-ggots!"

"Today's punk rock is gay poppy music about love and it can't beat the classics from the '70s/'80s!"

"Today's music sucks I wish there was music today that's like '60s and '70s rock!"

"I wish there was more music like oldies music!"

"There's no more creative innovative music today!"

If you agree with this, I don't necessarily hate you, I just think you need to open your mind more to modern music. Some of these artists and bands might be outside your preferences but remember to give everything a chance. Don't dismiss all modern music because it is modern.

Modern Rock Albums for Old-school Rock Fans

Wolfmother - "Cosmic Egg" (2009)

The Black Keys - "Brothers" (2010)

The Black Keys - "Thickfreakness" (2003) (it isn't very modern but classic rock fans should listen to it.)

The Strokes - "Comedown Machine" (2013) (Recommend tracks: "50/50" and "Happy Ending.")

Rival Sons - "Great Western Valkyrie" (2014)

Arctic Monkeys - "AM" (2013)

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - "Specter at the Feast" (2013)

The Orwells - "Disgraceland" (2014)

Ty Segall - "Manipulator" (2014)

Royal Blood - "Royal Blood" (2014)

Tame Impala - "Lonerism" (2012)

The Black Angels - "Indigo Meadow" (2013)

Interpol - "El Pintor" (2014)

Interpol - "Turn on the Bright Lights" (2002) (it isn't very modern but still worth checking out.)

Cage the Elephant - "Melophobia" (2013)

Bass Drum of Death - "Bass Drum of Death" (2013)

The White Stripes - "Icky Thump" (2007)

The Darkness - "Last of Our Kind" (2015)

Spoon - "They Want My Soul" (2014)

Queens of the Stone Age - "...Like a Clockwork" (2013)

Halestorm - "Into the Wild Life" (2015)

Airbourne - "Black Dog Barking" (2015)

Thee Oh Sees - "Mutilator Defeated at Last" (2015)

Graveyard - "Hisingen Blues" (2011)

Graveyard - "Lights Out" (2012)

Twin Peaks - "Wild Onion" (2014)

Modern Metal Albums That Aren't "for P-ssies and Emo F-gs"

High on Fire - "Snakes for the Divine" (2010)

Trivium - "The Crusade" (2006)

Trivium - "Shogun" (2008)

Havok - "Time Is Up" (2011)

Havok - "Unnatural Selection" (2013)

The Sword - "Apocryphon" (2012)

Electric Wizard - "Time to Die" (2014) (Recommended tracks: "Sadio Witch," "We Love the Dead" and "Saturn Dethroned.")

Witchcraft - "Legend" (2012)

Heaven & Hell - "The Devil You Know" (2009)

Black Sabbath - "13" (2013)

Evile - "Skull" (2013)

Mastodon - "Once More 'Round the Sun" (2014)

Gama Bomb - "The Terror Tapes" (2013)

White Wizzard - "The Devil's Cut" (2013)

Vektor - "Black Future" (2009)

Modern Punk Rock Albums That Classic Punk Fans Should Check Out

Against Me! - "Transgender Dysphoria Blues" (2014) (Recommended tracks: "Unconditional Love," "True Trans Soul Rebel" and "Dead Friend.")

Off With Their Heads - "Home" (2013) (Recommended tracks: "Altar Boy," "Come Find Me" and "Seek Advice Elsewhere.")

Ceremony - "The L-Shaped Man" (2015) (post-punk)

Teenage Bottlerocket - "Freak Out!" (2012) - (Recommended tracks: "Headbanger," "Cruising for Chicks," "Maverick" and "Who Killed Sensei?")

Viet Cong - "Viet Cong" (2015) (post-punk)

METZ - "II" (2015)

OFF! - "OFF!" (2012) (Recommend tracks: "I Got News for You," "Man From Nowhere" and "Harbor Freeway Blues.")

OFF! - "Wasted Years" (2014) (Recommend tracks: "Red White and Black" and "It Didn't Matter to Me.")

Title Fight - "Floral Green" (2012) (Recommend tracks: "Secret Society," "Calloused" and "Like a Ritual.")

Pissed Jeans - "Honeys" (2013) (Recommend tracks: "Teenage Adult," "Romanticize Me" and "Vain in Costume.")

Titus Andronicus - "The Most Lamentable Tragedy" (2015) (Recommend tracks: "Lookalike," "No Future, Pt. 4: No Future Triumphant" and "Dimed Out.")

Iron Chic - "The Constant One" (2013)

The Other - "New Blood" (2010) (Recommended tracks: "Castle Rock" and "The Burial")

Modern Albums for the Ones Who Say "Hip-hop Today Sucks," "Rap Music Is Talentless and Has Meaningless Lyrics" or "Music Today Has Awful, Meaningless Lyrics"

Kendrick Lamar - "To Pimp a Butterfly" (2015) (it has jazz in it.)

J. Cole - "2014 Forest Hills Drive" (2014)

Action Bronson - "Mr. Wonderful" (2015)

Joey Bada$$ - "B4.Da.$$" (2015)

Eminem - "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" (2013)

Joey Bada$$ - "1999" (2012)

The Roots - "Undun" (2011)

PRhyme - "PRhyme" (2014)

Kendrick Lamar - "Good Kid, M.A.A.D City" (2012)

Modern Albums for the Ones Who Say That All New Music Sounds the Same, Is Talentless and Doesn't Do Anything Creative or Experimental

Flying Lotus - "Cosmogramma" (2010)

Flying Lotus - "You're Dead!" (2014)

Gorillaz - "Demon Days" (2005)

Fucked Up - "Glass Boys" (2014)

Deafheaven - "Sunbather" (2013)

Wolves in the Throne Room - "Celestite" (2014)

Between the Buried and Me - "Coma Ecliptic" (2015)

Godspeed You! Black Emperor - "Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress" (2015)

Opeth - "Heritage" (2011)

Opeth - "Pale Communion" (2014)

The Horrors - "Luminous" (2014)

The Horrors - "Skying" (2011)

Florence + the Machine - "How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful" (2015)

Florence + the Machine - "Ceremonials" (2011)

Florence + the Machine - "Lungs" (2009)

Death Grips - "No Love Deep Web" (2012)

Animals as Leaders - "The Joy of Motion" (2014)

Animal Collective - "Merriweather Post Pavilion" (2009)

Battles - "Gloss Drop" (2011)

Arcade Fire - "The Suburbs" (2010)

Swans - "The Seer" (2012)

Modern Albums for People Who Thinks New Music Never Sounds Like Music From Decades Ago

Hozier - "Hozier" (2014) (The album sounds a lot like music from decades ago and sounds quite like classic rock.)

Mark Ronson - "Uptown Special" (2015)

Pokey LaFarge - "Something in the Water" (2015)

Leon Bridges - "Coming Home" (2015)

Wavves - "Afraid of Heights" (2013)

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats - "Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats" (2015) (Coming out on August 21 2015. The song's "S.O.B." and "Howling at Nothing" are online to listen to.)

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    People were definitely saying modern music sucks back in the 70s as well. There's always that nostalgic bias that never goes away and gets passed down from one generation to the next. But there will always be good music, it's just not always so easy to find. Also, great guide, lots of good suggestions here. Hats off for including Mark Ronson, love the Michael Jackson vibe on Uptwn Funk!
    I assume it's much more easy to find good music when there is internet. Back then one would listen to whatever was on the radio or tv.
    Love that word, nostalgia bias. Kind off what I was looking for, for a while.
    Im with you its there, modern technology has just made it to the point where you have to sift through oceans of shit before you find it.
    Modern Metal Albums That Aren't "for P-ssies and Emo F-gs" -Trivium- Ummm... Yeah...
    Yeah I headdesked quite hard the moment I saw Trivium on the list. Vektor - Black Future however is amazing. Every metalhead should give it a listen at some point.
    Run the Jewels 2 is a fantastic modern hip hop album. Dawes is an amazing folk-rock band, they started in like 2009. Future Islands is great for those looking for something unique. Also, Slipknot's new album is pretty damn good for metalheads.
    Wouldn't place Marshall Mather LP2 here, not that good.And Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell, QOTSA... are not really modern music for me. These are 'old band' though.An ex-new nice band is Devil's Blood from Netherlands, psyche/prog/hard rock. Really amazing composition and atmosphere
    that is the worst list of metal albums i have ever seen
    How did you manage to mention modern metal albums and miss the entire Djent movement?
    Because Djent sucks.
    Dude. You are wrong. There are great bands in this whole bullshit 'djent' movement and they have such a broad spectrum that it is really ignorant to say the whole thing is wrong.
    Djent is boring, the only thing funny are the riffs. The whole genre is empty and if you don't get it, you're stupid. Change your musical tastes right now !
    ...Says a Kesha and Katy Perry fan, lol. Even if you hadn't already displayed your ignorance, it would be impossible to take anything you say seriously.
    Baby Joel
    Katy Perry isn't anything special, but Kesha has been one of the better satirical personas in recent times. Also she's a very very intelligent person.
    I still love you Baby Joel <3 Is it wrong to like Ke$ha or Katy Perry?
    Baby Joel
    Not at all. It is impossible to be wrong with music, or with any of the other art forms. I've got a bunch of favourite songs that people would criticise, but they don't have the right to do that. They can't judge me (or you) for an opinion (that has no ethical implications) *clarifying that last line, saying I like Ke$ha is very different from saying "I think all the Jews should get killed". One is subjective, the other is unethical.
    Clearly you don't know jack shit about music if you think Meshuggah, AaL, SikTh and Periphery all just suck.
    Meshuggah was NEVER Djent (even if they inspired Proto-Djent), SikTh broke up before Djent was even a thing, Periphery stopped being Djent after their 2nd full length, and AaL was only Djent-ish (with a heavy Prog vibe) on the 1st album. In other words, all the "best Djent" bands didn't stay Djent long or weren't Djent in the first place. Sums up the movement very well, really.
    Wow, what a pedant you are. Regardless of whether Meshuggah was Djent, they launched the Djent movement, which means they're part of it, and so are the other bands mentioned. Your comment reveals you have no understanding at all of what a musical movement even is. No one questioned or gives a crap whether these bands are "technically" still Djent, even by your arbitrarily picked standards of what Djent is. The underlying point is that (with the arguable exception of Meshuggah) their music is representative of modern metal, yet none of them are mentioned in the article. I don't understand why the OP's comment got disliked so much. His point is right on the money, in that these bands are at the forefront of metal right now, so it's absurd not to include them in an article that calls itself "guide to modern music" with a section dedicated to metal, whether you like their music or not.
    Baby Joel
    (I really hope you're talking to the crazy sam himself, cause I pretty much agree). I mean Led Zeppelin's genre listing on wiki is hard rock, blues rock, folk rock, and heavy metal. Bands can play lots of music that is cohesive for them, and have it all be different subgenres because people have become so obsessed about fawning over their sub-genre elitism that there's a new subgenre for every song ever.
    No one said it has to be good; it's a list of modern albums that are at the forefront of a major genre. Not that your opinion matters, and not that your sweeping generalization isn't idiotic, of course.
    The metal section completely misses so much. Amon Amarth's newest album and Behemoth's are the first things that come to mind, but there's also Blind Guardian's Beyond The Red Mirror and a lot of others that I didn't mention.
    Celestite is good but honestly it just reminds me of the dark ambient Burzum albums, nothing really revolutionary.
    i like the idea of this column, but i feel like you didn't dig far enough for some true modern masterpieces. there is some really good stuff on here (viet cong, ****ed up, etc.) try these on for size have a nice life- deathconsciousness (modern dark side of the moon? probably, no joke) baton rouge (french band)- totem (sonic youth or unwound in french, sweet) white suns- totem (noise noise noise, really intense) self defense family- try me (punk as ****, hard to describe) austerity program- beyond calculation (sounds like big black, always a plus) converge- jane doe (obviously the best/most consistent hardcore band of the last decade) loma prieta- last city (best skramz band of the last few years, easily) plus plenty more