My Latest Top 10 Spotify Review...Has It Gotten Worse?

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  1. Brandon


    3 цагийн өмнө

    I'd like to see these reviews while eating grilled chicken breasts or chicken thighs

  2. Brandon


    3 цагийн өмнө

    "He uses a guitar..." 😲

  3. Alf Lenni Erlandsen

    Alf Lenni Erlandsen

    17 цагийн өмнө

    Everything on this top 10 truly makes me wanna stab myself.

  4. Ron Pool

    Ron Pool

    23 цагийн өмнө

    Every song gets better with some guitar

  5. Choyax Iceholocaust

    Choyax Iceholocaust

    23 цагийн өмнө

    two videos later he figured it out that Bieber copied Toto's song

  6. Jackson Green

    Jackson Green

    Өдрийн өмнө

    Goosebumps reminds me of the kind of music I'd hear in London clubs

  7. odin 147

    odin 147

    Өдрийн өмнө

    American idolized music, they all sound the same, all new music and movies are complete garbage, the modern sounds is pure millennial garbage, it is not music

  8. Prd. ROV

    Prd. ROV

    Өдрийн өмнө

    5:55 :lessss goooo

  9. Boddhi


    Өдрийн өмнө

    Justin Bieber #2 and Ariadne grande #3 is this archtype mainstream forgettable pop crap music that pushes zero buttons inside me. Zero, nada. Might be well produced but that’s it already. Probably this is music targeted to 14 years old while am turning 40 this year.

  10. Bruce Gordon

    Bruce Gordon

    Өдрийн өмнө

    I think there is a lot of great music being made today not much of it is in the charts ( there is some) which I find over produced with record companies repackaging their own songs cause you can't get sued if you own it.

  11. Vladyslav Kurbatskyy

    Vladyslav Kurbatskyy

    Өдрийн өмнө


  12. avamira deocho

    avamira deocho

    Өдрийн өмнө

    Bibier Chorus is acctualy terrible!

  13. Art Vanderlay

    Art Vanderlay

    Өдрийн өмнө

    What I love most about Rick is he just couldn't care less for this bullshit boomer 'today's music sucks' mentality. He's just a pro who can assess and make a decision based off of that. I probably wouldn't give the majority of these songs the time of day but he's now made me wanna check out each one - from the songwriting and arrangement right through to the mix and mastering.

  14. Brian Kjar

    Brian Kjar

    Өдрийн өмнө

    they all have that cookie cutter same pop groove and structure that lacks diversity - thats why I dont listen to todays pop music.

  15. Deducing Reality

    Deducing Reality

    Өдрийн өмнө

    Okay either there's something medically wrong with me or this first song is just amazing, kept getting shivers down my spine at the spot you reacted to, that voice!

  16. Mark H

    Mark H

    Өдрийн өмнө

    I find it interesting, i dislike most modern pop, but the ones i like also appear to be the most technically deep and interesting despite me having a total like of musical knowledge. Must be an unconscious thing

  17. Jeff Trinkle

    Jeff Trinkle

    2 өдрийн өмнө

    since when can you just take a travis scott song, slow it down and get all the credit lol. even DJ Screw when he "chopped and screwed" a song it was just the chopped and screwed version of that song, not a DJ Screw song.

  18. Luke Kubisch

    Luke Kubisch

    2 өдрийн өмнө

    Hey rick, you should do a full review of Driver's License!

  19. Jane Davis

    Jane Davis

    2 өдрийн өмнө

    I love this -Rick reacts! I’m so happy when the musician measures up to Rick!😂❤️

  20. Reena Setälä

    Reena Setälä

    2 өдрийн өмнө

    I think the big problem with this list was how many of them drag. I'm ready acknowledge that there are interesting ideas and great melodies in these songs, but they just all drag. Levitating was only one that seamed to be going somewhere. In isolation I might have more tolerance for them.

  21. Boon Doggle

    Boon Doggle

    3 өдрийн өмнө

    The only song that doesn’t sound generic and that I actually enjoyed was Billie Eilish.

  22. Rick Easley

    Rick Easley

    3 өдрийн өмнө

    Every single song in top 15 is segregated now, Rock has been kicked out of Eden. I can't digest any of this, where have all the good times gone?

  23. Oscar Chuquillanqui

    Oscar Chuquillanqui

    3 өдрийн өмнө

    02:12 Made me remember "Hole in my Soul" for a second and a Hallelujah vibe

  24. JoJo Rey

    JoJo Rey

    3 өдрийн өмнө

    You need to get a gig with Olivia, you make her song better. Don’t like Bill Eilish.👎🏼

  25. Joel Weyhe

    Joel Weyhe

    3 өдрийн өмнө

    I love your comments Rick, but why to all these pieces these days sound pretty much the same? Pop songs from the classic era seemed to have greater creative variation than they do now. Methinks I'm missing something.

    • philip k

      philip k

      2 өдрийн өмнө

      It's because only the superb and great songs from the "classic" era have stood the test of time... Same goes for painting, architecture, you name it. 99% of the stuff you listen to on the radio won't be listened to in ten years

  26. Matt James

    Matt James

    3 өдрийн өмнө

    Rick is being too kind.

  27. EZ Z

    EZ Z

    3 өдрийн өмнө

    Come on Rick! We all know every one of these songs suck balls!

  28. Apjfbj Togtu

    Apjfbj Togtu

    4 өдрийн өмнө

    Eh Ariana’s songs lately have become really boring the past few yrs with the club mix type boring music. Besides Breathin and another song that Hozier redid that’s about all I can take from her anymore.

  29. Apjfbj Togtu

    Apjfbj Togtu

    4 өдрийн өмнө

    “Anyone” was sung live on the NYE concert. Had to be redone in the studio to make it sound well better.

  30. Kyle Moore

    Kyle Moore

    4 өдрийн өмнө

    Why do almost all of these songs sound better when you play guitar to them? Lmao. How do these producers not see that?

  31. Dr Gamma D

    Dr Gamma D

    4 өдрийн өмнө

    you love all minor chords? Maybe a "What makes this Yom Kippur Song Great" is in the works?

  32. Stoned Mountain Unicorn

    Stoned Mountain Unicorn

    4 өдрийн өмнө

    I first didn't like this channel at all, But the more i watch the more im liking Rick. He's neutral and open to all music, i mean Jezus, he even calls Justin Biebers music nice at some point.

  33. John Calvert

    John Calvert

    4 өдрийн өмнө

    i wish rick was my dad

  34. Anvay13


    4 өдрийн өмнө

    I guess they let Anyone be at the top !! huihui !!

  35. Shriram


    4 өдрийн өмнө

    1:44 #4? is that special? is it the #4 of the Eb chord youre playing but that is perfectly diatonic to the Bb major scale in which the song is so how is it so cool? can someone please elucidate? I'm a newbie

    • Shriram


      4 өдрийн өмнө

      is it Eb maj7#11 then?

  36. mircea grigore lazar

    mircea grigore lazar

    4 өдрийн өмнө

    Amazing Rick again!

  37. Carter Williamson

    Carter Williamson

    5 өдрийн өмнө

    Holy cow that's a lot of guitars in the back

  38. Kazperian


    5 өдрийн өмнө

    I love how he just knows the chords by hearing 3 seconds of the song... and without dropping or raising any tuning like most tabs do on the internet sites.

  39. Ron Wilkie

    Ron Wilkie

    5 өдрийн өмнө

    wouldnt some lead guitar be nice even in a lite les paul sound

  40. Brett Olsen

    Brett Olsen

    5 өдрийн өмнө

    That was very entertaining. Thank you. Found the essence of my feelings in a quote Dave Genther, "he analyzes the songs like a chef would analyze food entrees." I am a fat guy that loves food and music, this is right up my alley.

  41. peterhaslund


    5 өдрийн өмнө

    Terrible, every song. Wow is right.

    • The Dali Llama

      The Dali Llama

      5 өдрийн өмнө

      pop music is designed for 12 year old girls.

  42. The Dali Llama

    The Dali Llama

    5 өдрийн өмнө

    This music objectively sucks.

  43. Sean Moran

    Sean Moran

    5 өдрийн өмнө

    I just can’t get into *_any_* of these songs :/

  44. Matt Ruth

    Matt Ruth

    6 өдрийн өмнө

    Some decent composition on the SZA track, but like the rest there’s no real core musical idea of any substance. Sentimental mewling over rote chord progressions. The Dua Lipa track holds up. That’s a great, immediate pop album people will “get”, and dance to, in 20-30 years time.

  45. Lucus Mousteen

    Lucus Mousteen

    6 өдрийн өмнө

    They all sound like their version of ed Sheeran to me.

  46. SuperFresh Santi

    SuperFresh Santi

    6 өдрийн өмнө

    Olivia Rodrigo has the ugliest voice omg

  47. TheAlyxzander


    6 өдрийн өмнө

    My wife and I were just commenting on how great our lives would have been if Rick was our father!💖💖💞💗 We Love you Rick and always appreciate the time spent imbibing all of your musical wisdom! Thank you for everything that you share and all of the knowledge and appreciation of music you impart. Priceless!

  48. TheDmonet


    6 өдрийн өмнө

    that vocal style on the beginning Bieber song is just so played. I can't tell when it's him or the 20 other dudes who do the same half whispering thing with the short "yu" "wid yu", there are like 100 songs that sound exactly like that. It's just so, so dull. Same thing with the Ariana Grande. She is a very talented person but that closed mouth whisper thing, not sure if it's supposed to be R&B or what, but damn this crap has been played for like 6 years already.

  49. Brett Victory

    Brett Victory

    6 өдрийн өмнө

    Wow, That Ariana song was a joke.

  50. Amanda Belise

    Amanda Belise

    6 өдрийн өмнө

    The mountains I would climb to have you produce my songs and help me release my first EP.... Dream come true.

  51. Robert Cummins

    Robert Cummins

    6 өдрийн өмнө

    I think music is music. People are surprised that Rick likes these tunes. It’s still the same story I’d imagine. Someone sits on their bed and plays chords on a guitar. They find a nice progression and develop a melody over it. Then the studio takes over and other session guys add parts. Then they’re edited, condensed and given effects, dropped and panned to death and you get a hit. It’s especially good it a talented singer with good phrasing and tone is able to make it fly where needed. I’d love to be a music producer Rick , any intern jobs going? Need someone to make your tea? 🙂👍

  52. Mateusz Sopata

    Mateusz Sopata

    6 өдрийн өмнө

    No 2 Justin Biber is exactly the chorus from "Going Home" by TOTO

  53. Jo-Jo Moceri drums

    Jo-Jo Moceri drums

    7 өдрийн өмнө

    I am with you all the way on this list. I like the same tunes as you for many of the same reasons. I learned a lot of new cool tunes from this, thanks!

  54. Mark Riley

    Mark Riley

    7 өдрийн өмнө

    as good as the new stuff may be ... its still crap for me ... Where are the manly singers??? The guys now sound soft and effeminate ...

  55. Ishan Singh

    Ishan Singh

    7 өдрийн өмнө

    where does he look ?, are chords shown in front of him ? :P 12:36

  56. Mikeel Jahosafats

    Mikeel Jahosafats

    7 өдрийн өмнө

    I have the utmost respect for Rick Beato.

  57. Robert Holter

    Robert Holter

    7 өдрийн өмнө

    Don't know if it's been said before but the second one, Bieber, could be "You shook me all night long" by that one band there... 3:48 Chorus even starts with a "You", the chords and rhythm of the chords...

  58. Kóbor Attila

    Kóbor Attila

    7 өдрийн өмнө

    There are great pop songs the only thing I don't like about them for example Olivia Rodrigos is that it's a cliche depressed love song kind of thing.. Maybe it's just me or most people need to hear these constantly? It's better than meaningless nonsense that's for sure

  59. Mrc Grmn

    Mrc Grmn

    7 өдрийн өмнө

    Trying to hard... let's face it all the songs sucked

  60. Lunar Module

    Lunar Module

    7 өдрийн өмнө

    I fed up with Trap... It not bad by itself - but its way to much everywhere.

  61. James Peck

    James Peck

    7 өдрийн өмнө

    The problem with today’s music is (With pro tools and auto tune) I have NO idea if the artist has the talent or the knob turners

  62. Matthew Caffoe

    Matthew Caffoe

    7 өдрийн өмнө

    I would love for you to, after you go through the list - based on their merits you recognise in the musicality, rank them to what you would rank them as.

  63. Billy Coda

    Billy Coda

    8 өдрийн өмнө

    just realized the background is an image lol

  64. bianchi1885


    8 өдрийн өмнө

    Rick, I watch this video series with my 11-year-old daughter, she knows these songs cold. You act as a bridge of sorts musically between what I know and what she knows.

  65. Colin Montgomery

    Colin Montgomery

    8 өдрийн өмнө

    Although I abhor the state of current pop music, I largely agree with Rick Beato’s analysis for most of these tracks (especially the ‘Driver’s License’ song and the excellent production on the Justin Bieber track, other than the disproportionately high placement of the kick drum in the mix). However, I actually enjoyed the instrumental aspect of the Ariana Grande song the most, as the strings (or synth strings) and chord progression evoked a quasi-baroque feel. Unfortunately, current vocal and lyrical sensibilities, lack of flourishes or authenticity, as well as the monotonous and contrived melancholy inherent in almost all current pop tracks unnerve me, as always.

  66. chapp1e


    9 өдрийн өмнө

    You should react to Polyphia

  67. SkBionic


    9 өдрийн өмнө

    I personally don't like these songs, but I like how unbias Rick is. He doesnt have this pride that makes him dislikes these songs simply because they are pop music.

  68. The One True King

    The One True King

    9 өдрийн өмнө

    Wait? So is Justin Bieber still a thing?

  69. doubts


    9 өдрийн өмнө

    Wow.. I'm shocked at how many of those I enjoyed.

  70. kevnar


    9 өдрийн өмнө

    I'd like to see Rick do a review of the Top Ten from the 40s, 50s, and 60s.

  71. Olivia Neumann

    Olivia Neumann

    9 өдрийн өмнө

    "I dig the groove on that one" gosh i love that.

  72. Rahul Ravishankar

    Rahul Ravishankar

    9 өдрийн өмнө

    this dude is able to find things that are extremely inception-ed into the song

  73. Afridi Hassan

    Afridi Hassan

    9 өдрийн өмнө

    Enjoyed this a lot!

  74. Izzie Naylor

    Izzie Naylor

    9 өдрийн өмнө

    as a songwriter this is so useful because now i just want to write songs that will impress you

  75. George Ferguson

    George Ferguson

    10 өдрийн өмнө

    I appreciate your perspective on songs and, in this case, appreciating pop music. All the best, Rick!

  76. Luis F. Novelo

    Luis F. Novelo

    10 өдрийн өмнө

    Rick is correct. I'm not a fan of Billie Eilish but I do respect the production.

  77. cade_olson


    10 өдрийн өмнө

    That SZA one slaps pretty hard tbh. I miss 2014 when every artist was releasing bangers left and right tho. Could be nostalgia talking tho haha

  78. iohannesfactotum


    10 өдрийн өмнө

    upvoted and comment for visibility

  79. Niles Nelson

    Niles Nelson

    10 өдрийн өмнө

    Wow Rick, you're something else man. The way you can pick up these chords and transpose them to guitar is nothing short of genius. You must have perfect pitch. I like how you credit production too. Everyone in the world is super impressed with Billie Eilish and I'm like yeah her brother is extremely talented. Lol nah she's great too but I give her bro more credit. Man, I'd love to chill with you for a couple hours. You seem like such an awesome person. Bless you brutha. I know it's been a rough time for you.

  80. Marco Soares

    Marco Soares

    10 өдрийн өмнө

    Beato, tha's what we have at the moment.

  81. Kellen Hall

    Kellen Hall

    10 өдрийн өмнө

    if anyone’s trashing that biebs song i’m gonna lose it it’s his best song to date and he has some gas music

  82. Philip Bradfield

    Philip Bradfield

    10 өдрийн өмнө

    I really enjoyed your analysis of the songs. Thank you!!

  83. MrMisterMan


    10 өдрийн өмнө

    everytime i click on trending i want to vomit. New music these days is just trash

  84. Storyboard Dave

    Storyboard Dave

    10 өдрийн өмнө

    I think Rick is being a bit generous. Compare these to any song from 1972 for example and I think it gets silly

  85. Ryan Ford

    Ryan Ford

    10 өдрийн өмнө

    I'll never EVER not be a sucker for a Major/Minor lift

  86. Kristopher Loviska

    Kristopher Loviska

    10 өдрийн өмнө

    Any of those songs could have been done by any of the other "artists" and I don't think anybody would even know the difference. To me it says something when the most glowing endorsement offered is that it has "great production". With the technology available today, every song should have great production. Everything I heard on this video was lifeless and dull. There is great music being made today. Just don't go looking for it in any top 10 lists.

  87. jst4curiosity


    10 өдрийн өмнө

    I'm fascinated with your ear -- I've been a lead & rythmn guitarist for over 35-years myself, and I don't always catch (..and nail!) the progressions like you do. I guess it's that "growing up in a house with constant live music", and your Aunt, eh? Good stuff man, you've got some serious chops. I enjoy listening to different genres than my mainstay also, to analyze how they were done.

  88. Eetu Peltomäki

    Eetu Peltomäki

    10 өдрийн өмнө

    Didn't like pop music 20 years ago, even less today.

  89. Hazim Fitri

    Hazim Fitri

    10 өдрийн өмнө

    those les pauls in the back are distracting

  90. Caleb Mallory

    Caleb Mallory

    10 өдрийн өмнө

    Listens to Drivers License but doesn’t play it through the bridge...you’re a stronger man than I, sir.

  91. Ben Ghazi

    Ben Ghazi

    11 өдрийн өмнө

    All those songs sucked

  92. Melissa Griffiths

    Melissa Griffiths

    11 өдрийн өмнө

    I think an acoustic version of 34+35 would be good

  93. Ian Navarrete

    Ian Navarrete

    11 өдрийн өмнө

    Top ten worst pop songs?

  94. Noel K

    Noel K

    11 өдрийн өмнө

    I don’t know where else to write this but Rick if you could do the 20 best fade out songs that would be awesome. I just listened to My Old School and wish that song jammed for another 20 minutes. This all comes about after the Steve Lukather interview which brought up fade outs. So many great songs that would start getting good only to fade out leaving you wanting more unlike today’s stuff

  95. Steinar Andersen

    Steinar Andersen

    11 өдрийн өмнө

    Rick, there was definite creativity, but the over production of the voals on many of these songs is past the point of painful. Maybe it s because I cringe when anything is off key or butchered, but I'd rather hear reverb than pro-tools.

  96. Steinar Andersen

    Steinar Andersen

    11 өдрийн өмнө

    The autotune. (song 6).......it BURNS!!!!!! Horrible......

  97. youreale


    11 өдрийн өмнө

    Man, you nailed on that. Very inspiring indeed.

  98. That Giraffe You Might Know

    That Giraffe You Might Know

    11 өдрийн өмнө

    I can't deal with Ariana Grande, all of it is just high pitch squealing to me

  99. EWAN TKS


    11 өдрийн өмнө

    you could have the saddest chord progression being played by bass being slapped and it would sound funky such a good instrument

  100. Alternative Spirituality

    Alternative Spirituality

    11 өдрийн өмнө

    Can you please explain these numbers you're calling off