Pop science articles like this that server to reinforce one’s personal opinions need to be taken with a boulder of salt, but still, they’re fun to read and comment on:
The gist is that pop music has seen a gradual decline in complexity and variation in the last 50 years. That’s hardly news. I think Homer Simpson’s aphorism “Everybody knows that rock achieved perfection in 1973.” is pretty much spot on. The complexity and nuance of pop from that era shames anything on the charts today (and I suppose jazz fans might roll the clock back even further to the 1920s for real sophistication).
The problem isn’t news and to be honest I’m not even really sure it IS a problem. In fact, popularity and quality don’t often enjoy linkage. McDonalds easily outsells fine french restaurants but is their food better? No. In fact it’s pretty crappy but it’s easy to get and incredibly well marketed. Pop music today is pretty much the same.