My Music, My Choice

STORY BY: MICHELLE MENDEZ

According to a study done by me, music is the best thing to happen since the creation of pasta strainers.  With over 1,000 music genres, the choices are endless. Everyone (I assume) has that one song they have connected to on a personal level. Whenever I’m stressed, I put my earphones on and play ‘Papercut’ by Zedd at full volume and drown out the world.

Music is powerful; there are messages in songs that help people go through a situation. Music makes us who we are and what we listen to most likely defines us as a person.  

With so many options, why do we music shame? Music shaming is when someone judges the music you like because they think your type of music is not worthy of praise because it’s different from their music taste.

The problem is, most people do not even realize that they are music shaming. By making comments that someone is too young to listen to a specific song or undermining someone because they listen to a certain artist, that is music shaming.

I’m not sure why people music shame, maybe they really believe their favorite genre is better than everything or maybe they’re jumping on a bandwagon to hate an artist. Regardless, there is only one solution is music shaming, don’t. 

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Just Mind Your Business!

Something people tend to do is target mainstream music. When an artist goes mainstream people call them sellouts and think they won’t produce good music anymore. Which doesn’t make sense because all music is basically mainstream.

In the past five years, Soundcloud rappers have emerged in the music scene. They’ve been labeled as trap music and mumble rap. Although they’ve been extremely successful, many people don’t like them and say they’re ruining rap music. This is a new generation and people like what they like, who are we to tell them who to like.

Whenever I bring up that I listen to Fifth Harmony, some are so quick to make a negative remark. They think Fifth Harmony is lame because of one of their most popular songs “Miss Movin’ On” was written for a younger demographic. That song was released when the members of Fifth Harmony were under 18. Now that they’re older, their music has matured. “Work From Home” featuring Ty Dolla $ign is one of their most successful songs and has gone quintuple platinum in the U.S..

When I get music shamed, it does not bother me at all. I try my best to respect everyone’s music taste but I know that we are all different.

Music is unique and should be celebrated. If I want to get wild, I’ll listen to Lady Gaga’s "Artpop". If I’m feeling nostalgic, I’ll listen to "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" by Eurythmics. Having different tastes is okay not just in music, except racism, we don’t condone that so keep that opinion to yourself.

Whether you love Dua Lipa, Logic or some Indie band you discovered on Twitter, no one should dictate what you should listen to. Listen to whatever you want and be happy.

Except Justin Bieber, fuck that guy.