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Old 11-04-2016, 03:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Is there any research on how music "quality" depends on its popularity?

Sorry for such a stupid question and my bad English.

Suppose, we could arrange all music by its “quality”, influence on people, etc. Suppose, there are some music compositions which are better than the others, some are really bad, some are good. Suppose, this does not depend on the popularity of the music composition.
Is there any research that confirms that most of “really good” music compositions are a (very?) little known? That confirms that most of the well-known music compositions are pretty “bad”? (I used a word “well-known”. I don’t know, can I say “popular”, I think it’s confusing because of the genre “pop-music”)

If there is some research that confirms that, should “really good” bands stay unknown in the future? Will their music be worse if they will become well-known (mainstream)?

PS. I don’t relate this question to popular pieces of classical music.
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Old 11-04-2016, 04:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Some great music ends up being popular.
Some bad music ends up being popular.
Some great music never gets past cult status.
Some bad music is quickly forgotten.

It's all a crap shoot.

The progressive rock band Yes had six albums that made it into the top ten of the US Billboard charts.

The song Macarena reached number #1 in 15 different countries and sold over 4 million copies.
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Yeah, hard to believe progressive rock could ever be popular. Gross.
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How could quality possibly be measured in any scientific way?
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Old 11-04-2016, 06:01 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Are you implying a song about a girl getting double teamed by her boyfriend's two friends is not a classic?

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Old 11-05-2016, 02:23 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Ofc there's no science to it that's stupid

But I will say as a general rule popular music is music specifically pushed because of its accessibility

That's a really take it to mean what you want statement though
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