Why Electronic Dance Music is Terrible

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A critical look at the popular genre of electronic dance music, and why it’s actually terrible.


Most people enjoy listening to music. It can provide us with entertainment, relieve boredom, or allow us to dance and have fun with friends. However, not all music is created equal. Some genres are better than others, and electronic dance music (EDM) is definitely one of the worst. Here are four reasons why EDM is terrible:

1) It’s repetitive and boring

One of the biggest problems with EDM is that it’s incredibly repetitive. The same four-on-the-floor beat is used over and over again, and the same synth riffs and melodies are repeated ad nauseam. This can make it very difficult to listen to EDM for more than a few minutes without getting extremely bored.

2) It’s often poorly produced

Another issue with EDM is that it’s often poorly produced. A lot of EDM songs sound like they were made in someone’s bedroom using cheap software. This results in thin, tinny-sounding tracks that lack any real depth or richness.

3) It’s oversaturated

EDM has become incredibly popular in recent years, and as a result, it’s become oversaturated. There are now so many EDM songs out there that it’s difficult to find anything truly original or interesting. Instead, you’re likely to hear the same tired ideas regurgitated over and over again.

4) It’s just not that good

At the end of the day, the main problem with EDM is that it just isn’t very good. It’s often monotonous, poorly produced, and oversaturated. If you’re looking for truly great music, you’re better off listening to something else entirely.

The History of Electronic Dance Music

The history of electronic dance music is long and complicated, with various sub-genres and styles developing over time. Electronic dance music first appeared in the early 1970s, with artists like Kraftwerk and Giorgio Moroder experimenting with synthesizers and drum machines. In the 1980s, new sub-genres began to emerge, including acid house, techno, and trance. In the 1990s, electronic dance music became mainstream, with artists like The Prodigy and Fatboy Slim achieving commercial success. Today, electronic dance music is one of the most popular genres in the world, with billions of dollars being spent on it each year.

The Problems with Electronic Dance Music

There are many problems with electronic dance music. Firstly, it is often very repetitive and boring. Secondly, the mixing can be very poor, resulting in a lot of noise and distractions. Thirdly, the beats are often too fast and can be overwhelming. Finally, the music often lacks soul and depth.

It’s repetitive

Most popular songs are about three minutes long. They have a beginning, a middle, and an end. They tell a story, or at least convey an emotion. They might make you feel happy, or sad, or nostalgic, but they will make you feel something. Even the most basic pop song usually has some kind of emotional arc.

Electronic dance music, on the other hand, is designed to be played on loop for hours at a time. It often consists of just a few repeating elements: a recognisable melody (if there is one at all), a thumping bassline and some basic drums. This can make it strangely comforting in small doses – like white noise – but it quickly becomes repetitive and tedious when you try to listen to it for more than a few minutes.

It’s loud

Electronic dance music is loud.Really loud. A typical EDM song has a sound pressure level of around 120 decibels, which is about as loud as a jet engine taking off. And it’s not just the music that’s loud – the sound system at a typical EDM festival can be even louder, with a sound pressure level of around 140 decibels.

What does all this noise do to your body? Well, for starters, it can damage your hearing. exposure to sounds above 85 decibels can cause hearing loss, and according to the World Health Organization, around 1.1 billion young people are at risk of losing their hearing due to exposure to loud noise.

But it’s not just hearing loss that you have to worry about – exposure to loud noise can also cause other problems like tinnitus (a ringing in the ears), vertigo (a feeling of dizziness), and even anxiety and depression. So if you’re planning on going to an EDM festival this summer, make sure you bring earplugs!

It’s often associated with drugs

Electronic dance music is often associated with drugs, particularly MDMA (ecstasy) and ketamine. This association can be a turn-off for many people, as it implies that you need to take drugs in order to enjoy the music. This is not the case, of course, but it does create an image problem for the genre.


In conclusion, electronic dance music is terrible because it is repetitive, lacks creativity, and is often formulaic. It is easy to see why so many people dislike it. However, there are some people who enjoy this type of music. If you are one of those people, then more power to you. But if you are looking for something more creative and original, then you should look elsewhere.

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