Why Electronic Dance Music is Horrible

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Why is electronic dance music so terrible? There are a number of reasons, but the biggest one is that it’s just so repetitive.


There is no denying that electronic dance music has taken the world by storm. In recent years, EDM has gone from being a niche genre to becoming one of the most popular genres of music.

However, not everyone is a fan of EDM. In fact, there are many people who believe that electronic dance music is terrible. In this article, we will be taking a look at some of the reasons why electronic dance music is horrible.

The History of Electronic Dance Music

Electronic dance music has its roots in the Disco era of the late 1970s. DJs began to experiment with using electronic equipment to create new and innovative sounds, and the genre slowly began to take shape. By the early 1980s, disco had begun to fall out of popularity, but the new genre of electronic dance music was just beginning to take off.

The first truly successful electronic dance song was 1981’s “Planet Rock” by Afrika Bambaataa and the Soulsonic Force. This song combined elements of disco, funk, and hip-hop, and its popularity helped to legitimize electronic dance music as a viable genre. In the years that followed, a number of other songs and artists would help to define the sound of electronic dance music, including Kraftwerk, New Order, Depeche Mode, and Fatboy Slim.

Today, electronic dance music is one of the most popular genres in the world, with hundreds of thousands of fans attending festivals and clubs every year. However, it is also one of the most maligned genres, with many people arguing that it is nothing more than repetitive noise. Whether you love it or hate it, there’s no denying that electronic dance music has had a huge impact on popular culture.

The Popularity of Electronic Dance Music

There’s no denying that electronic dance music (EDM) is one of the most popular genres of music today. In fact, it’s become so popular that it’s now one of the most profitable genres in the music industry. This popularity, however, does not make it any less horrible. In fact, EDM is actually some of the worst music around. Here’s why:

1. It all sounds the same.

EDM is notorious for its repetitiveness and lack of variation. Most tracks follow a very similar formula, with little to no variation in sound or structure. This makes for some very boring listening, as there’s simply nothing to differentiate one track from another.

2. It’s just noise.

EDM is often criticized for being little more than noise. This is because many tracks feature very little in the way of melody or harmony, and are instead built around a simple beat. This can make for some very unenjoyable listening, as it can be hard to appreciate the music when it feels like you’re being bombarded with noise.

3. It’s extremely repetitive.

As mentioned above, EDM is extremely repetitive. This is due to the fact that many tracks are built around a simple loop that repeats over and over again throughout the course of the track. This can make for some very tedious listening, as you’ll likely find yourself getting bored long before the track ends.

4. It lacks emotion.

One of the biggest problems with EDM is that it often lacks emotion. Many tracks are simply designed to get you moving, and don’t really aim to evoke any sort of emotional response beyond that. This can make for some very empty listening experiences, as you’ll likely find yourself not caring about the music at all after a while.

The Problem With Electronic Dance Music

Electronic dance music is the worst. It’s repetitive, it’s soulless, and it’s taking over the world. Let’s get into the reasons why electronic dance music is terrible.

It’s repetitive

There’s a reason that so many people who go to electronic dance music festivals end up taking drugs: the music is incredibly repetitive. The vast majority of electronic dance music follows the same basic formula, with a thumping bass line and a series of soaring synth leads that all eventually coalesce into a distorted, mind-numbing mess. It’s the aural equivalent of watching paint dry.

It’s loud

Electronic dance music is, at its core, extremely repetitive. The same four-on-the-floor beat is pounded out again and again, with only slight variations throughout the course of a typical EDM song. This can be incredibly grating on the ears, especially when the music is played at high volumes. For those of us who are not fans of EDM, it can be difficult to understand why anyone would want to listen to something so monotonous and mind-numbing.

It’s anonymous

The vast majority of electronic dance music is created by anonymous producers, and this has a number of negative consequences. First, it means that there is no real personal connection between the artist and the audience. The music is essentially being created by a machine, and the people listening to it are just faceless consumers. This lack of connection means that the music is often quite soulless and feelingless. It’s just a collection of sounds that have been put together in a way that is designed to get people moving their bodies. There is no emotional resonance, and no real sense of connection between the artist and the listener.

Second, the anonymity of electronic dance music producers makes it very easy for them to steal ideas from other people’s tracks. Because there is no real personal connection between the producer and the listener, there is no real sense of ownership or responsibility for the music. This leads to a lot of plagiarism and copyright infringement in the electronic dance music world.

Third, because electronic dance music is so anonymous, it is often used as background music for parties and other events. This means that people are not really listening to the music; they are just letting it wash over them while they socialize or drink or whatever else they are doing. This can lead to a lot of people feeling like they don’t really know or understand electronic dance music, which can make it harder for them to appreciate it when they do hear it played out in public.


Overall, electronic dance music is pretty terrible. It’s repetitive, it’s often unbearable to listen to, and it’s just not good music. There are some redeeming qualities to it, but they are far outweighed by the bad. If you’re looking for good music, you’re better off looking elsewhere.

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