While I’m obviously a big fan of pop music and the electro/dance/pop fusion taking over top 40 radio at the moment, I’m getting ready to hear something a little different in 2011. While I think electropop and auto-tune will continue to be staples for the next few years, as with any trend, they come and go.
Usually after one genre or sound takes over for awhile, we are inundated with something completely different in its aftermath. The last time pop took over in the late 90s and early 2000s, more hip-hop and R&B (Ashanti, Ja Rule) and pop/rock (Nickelback, Avril Lavigne) records followed. Now, these sounds are few and far between on top 40 with another pop explosion underway.
While I’m certainly not ready for pop music to make a quick exit from radio, I’d like to see some more songs like these in the future:
“Kiss Me” Sixpence None the Richer
“Crush” Jennifer Paige
“I Love You Always Forever” Donna Lewis
“Love Fool” The Cardigans
You get the idea–sounds that were very popular in the mid-90s between the alternative/grunge era and the explosion of bubblegum pop. I’d love to see some of these singer-songwriter style songs make a comeback, with the use of real instruments and voices not auto-tuned beyond recognition.