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

After a 4 month break, I decided to check back in on the Top 10 Pop songs worldwide.
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  1. Dave Grachan

    Dave Grachan

    57 soniya oldin

    Once again Rick outstanding



    28 daqiqa oldin

    Not bad this time!!

  3. Matheus P. Ayres

    Matheus P. Ayres

    40 daqiqa oldin

    So good! You should do it every month, Rick! Also, you could try the 50 viral songs too, or the 50 from some random country. It could be really interesting.

  4. Steve V

    Steve V

    46 daqiqa oldin

    Rick “Anyone” was written by Jon Bellion. I think you would appreciate his unique production. You should check him out.

  5. Brandon All’s Fair

    Brandon All’s Fair

    56 daqiqa oldin

    Rick...these vids are so rad. Please keep up the good fight to find the best in all genre's....yes...even pop. :)

  6. kaput450


    59 daqiqa oldin

    Rick, you are very kind. I think I need the ear training program to be able to appreciate this music. Kudos to you, I learn something from almost all your videos.

  7. Ruthie B

    Ruthie B

    Soat oldin

    You could be my dad and you're the only one that's helping me relate at all to the current stuff...

  8. Mr Selivestove

    Mr Selivestove

    Soat oldin

    why can he play the songs without getting a copyright strike?

  9. Cindy A

    Cindy A

    Soat oldin

    Head music, but nothing that touches my emotions.

  10. will melikyan

    will melikyan

    Soat oldin

    Good songs, but I can’t find any of them on Napster. Can anyone help?

  11. TexasWarhawk


    Soat oldin

    Why do most all modern female singers sound like they're a junior high drama diva trying squeeze every drop of manufactured angst out of a raspy, emotionally immature voice? Is it some deluded attempt to make listeners think they're "oh so talented and deep"? It's the American Idol Effect, I guess. These chicks oughta take a listen to Annie Lennox, Carly Simon, Patsy Cline, Linda Ronstadt, Carole King, Tina Turner or Delores O'Riordan if they want a lesson on this thing called "singing".....

  12. Ttssf TGSGG

    Ttssf TGSGG

    2 soat oldin

    Songs NOWADAYS are just ASMR or just depressed. 🤣🤣🤣🤣

  13. Crystal S

    Crystal S

    2 soat oldin

    all of Ariannas songs literally sound the same

  14. Jaimie Vernon

    Jaimie Vernon

    2 soat oldin

    The Eilish tune is a lift of The Turtles' "You Showed Me" from '66 (which was lifted by Klaatu in 1974 on their "Dr. Marvello" single....and then sampled in the early 2000s by 50 Cent & G-Unit for "Lay Your Ass Down")

  15. Matthew Rentschler

    Matthew Rentschler

    2 soat oldin

    Jacob Collier was featured in SZAs song Good Days, and I'm sad you either never got to his part or skipped over it in the video

  16. Todd Hudson

    Todd Hudson

    3 soat oldin

    To me it's a sad state of affairs when you have to give someone props for using a real instrument.

  17. Alexandra Castle

    Alexandra Castle

    3 soat oldin

    levitating chorus sounds like Backstreet Boys lol

  18. Nivaldo Neto

    Nivaldo Neto

    4 soat oldin

    wtf does rick has perfect pitch?

  19. Franco Alencastro

    Franco Alencastro

    4 soat oldin

    Nobody: Rick: Olivia RAWdrigo

  20. Hogfart S

    Hogfart S

    4 soat oldin

    Omg I haven’t listened to the top since my daughter left for Uni!

  21. Jay West

    Jay West

    4 soat oldin

    I'm 36 and I hate current music.

  22. Djohn Djay

    Djohn Djay

    4 soat oldin

    Why do you torture yourself like this?

  23. lalala like this

    lalala like this

    4 soat oldin

    Why would anyone want to listen to a gosebumps edm remix? The original is way better

  24. Dan-The-Man


    4 soat oldin

    I love seeing his reaction to the first song!! This is seriously an amazing way to experience pop, through the eyes of someone new coming in with fresh ears.

  25. Rob Arment

    Rob Arment

    5 soat oldin

    I took my kid to see Justin Beiber a few years ago, and in the middle of hos show, he played a half dozen songs alone on guitar. I wish some of the biggest names in pop would start a trend and put out full albums featuring a band (at most) the size of maybe a disco band (at least) a single instrument and combine good pop voices with raw instrumentation. Imagine Ariana Grande, a mic, and a piano playing for 42-45 minutes.

  26. L'oiseau noir

    L'oiseau noir

    5 soat oldin

    First and last songs are good, the rest I cannot care less.

  27. Eileen Dobbs

    Eileen Dobbs

    5 soat oldin

    I would love to hear some real musicianship again. I know there's talented artists out there but IDK if it's the record labels or the autotuning or production of these songs. But they all sound alike to me. Boring and pedantic.

  28. Chips O'Toole

    Chips O'Toole

    5 soat oldin

    You could randomly interchange the backing tracks between most of these songs and nobody would know the difference.....or care.

  29. Diego Huijbregts Garcia

    Diego Huijbregts Garcia

    5 soat oldin

    I loved how he noticed the loudness war.

  30. FK U

    FK U

    5 soat oldin

    Jeez how the fuck is that song #1 though?

  31. Doug Martin

    Doug Martin

    6 soat oldin

    All the tracks sound better for Rick's playing.

  32. Allan H

    Allan H

    6 soat oldin

    Most of them sounded the same old same old variation on a thousand other forgettable songs. A few, maybe four, were interesting.

  33. Rod Cissan

    Rod Cissan

    6 soat oldin

    Number 10 gave me hope for the future haha sounds Lo-Fi/Pop and I could deal with that.

  34. awookieandagerman


    6 soat oldin

    I have no affection for anything with Beiber's name on it. Otherwise I didn't really hate anything here, a few decent songs too plus the Billie Eilish cut that I really like.

  35. Cari Waldick

    Cari Waldick

    6 soat oldin

    I think music makers are starting to wake up to how much influence youtube channels have on what becomes popular. Back in the day, artists would hope to get radio play, now reaction videos and influencers are able to turn viewers on to what they've heard. They should consider that when they're blocking and de-monitizing.

  36. Layla Marie

    Layla Marie

    6 soat oldin

    I haven't listened to pop music in forever and I was really surprised that some of its .... Good? Wow. I didnt think I was going to be able to say that again a

  37. Surferess


    6 soat oldin

    I love that you began with that Driver's License song bc I think it's the first song that has made me cry in a long time. It is a masterpiece!

  38. a a

    a a

    6 soat oldin

    Shes been eating healthy and drinking coffee to keep her colon clean, no class over sexually role model.

  39. Vince Gonzalez

    Vince Gonzalez

    6 soat oldin

    That first song was pretty decent, but otherwise.... yikes I really can't stand pop.

  40. Donna M

    Donna M

    6 soat oldin

    I’m not crazy about any of them except #1 “Drivers License”. That’s a very cool song that I’ll be listening to again.

  41. Zac Taylor Schindler

    Zac Taylor Schindler

    7 soat oldin

    You inspire me to be more open minded about modern pop. Thanks Rick!

  42. Charlie Buxbaum

    Charlie Buxbaum

    7 soat oldin

    100% agree that music has been trending in a better direction IMO. Right now there’s a lot of stuff that’s not super creative but still good and I think that opens up the avenues for real innovation in songwriting to come through

  43. Names184


    7 soat oldin

    I miss Boston Rock n’ Roll 🎸

  44. Yesica1993


    7 soat oldin

    When I was a teen, I swore I'd never been "old" like my parents, not knowing any current music. And I did pretty well up until my 30s maybe 40s. 52 now and I just... don't care. I can't stand most of this stuff. God bless you, Rick! I guess I'm just old for real! What I can't take is the electronic-y sounding "singing".

  45. Ossi


    7 soat oldin

    What's surprising to me is that nothing on there was like offensively horrible

  46. Pete Thorn

    Pete Thorn

    8 soat oldin

    Great video Rick, I love these. Great to hear lots of guitars, and also some really unique melodic things going on in these tunes, as well as some unique ( or at least not totally stock) chord changes.

  47. hawaiidispenser


    8 soat oldin

    It all sounds depressing as fuck.

  48. Jeffrey Dean

    Jeffrey Dean

    8 soat oldin

    Now I have to go listen to drivers license without your interruptions! :D

  49. Thr1ft


    8 soat oldin

    Mmmmm. Generic corporate music. Delicious.

  50. Cameron Robinson

    Cameron Robinson

    8 soat oldin

    in Driver’s License, is that sharp 4 not just a leading tone? sounds like the note she sings/the note you isolated on the guitar was an A natural (ti in the key of B flat) rather than E natural (fi in the key of B flat). if i’m missing something please let me know!!

  51. Hamadi Bahri

    Hamadi Bahri

    8 soat oldin

    A lot of crap, fake voices, boring melodies and very basic arrangements. Most sound the same. The only interesting title is the N°1

  52. Matt Celis

    Matt Celis

    8 soat oldin

    Big day for the easily impressed, I guess. Standards are so low almost anything sounds good by comparison.

  53. David


    9 soat oldin

    Ariana Grande's has a hip-hop meets japanese city pop feel

  54. Stevie Jo

    Stevie Jo

    9 soat oldin

    It's amazing how it all sounds the same...same style..same progression, beat ..terrible

  55. Stevie Jo

    Stevie Jo

    9 soat oldin

    My quick answer and YES....yes it's terrible

  56. Seemann


    9 soat oldin

    Thanks (just leaving a comment)

  57. Claire Smith

    Claire Smith

    9 soat oldin

    Petition for Rick to react to the rest of Drivers license!

  58. Shelty Horn

    Shelty Horn

    9 soat oldin

    Apart from SZA, I hated every track...Rick's enthusiasm and love of music though has made me feel bad..

  59. Peer Häuser

    Peer Häuser

    9 soat oldin

    He didn't even flinch when Ariana sang "Fuck me till the daylight".

  60. Great U.S. Treasure Hunt

    Great U.S. Treasure Hunt

    9 soat oldin

    This guy is ready to sit in on one of these songs after the first phrase. Wow.

  61. aola wili

    aola wili

    9 soat oldin

    You’re on trending! Yay!

  62. mrconcept


    9 soat oldin

    That first song is really nice.

  63. Tony B

    Tony B

    9 soat oldin

    First one is not unbearable.

  64. John Still John

    John Still John

    10 soat oldin

    Surely Araine's true voice is masked by effects...?

  65. MrF25or6to4


    10 soat oldin

    I appreciate that you do do identify a couple of interesting tracks.. you may be a bit too positive with some of the others.. just my .02

    • aola wili

      aola wili

      9 soat oldin

      Sounds the same . Record companies suck.

  66. DeePal072


    10 soat oldin

    I can only save #1 and #7, especially the first is actually pretty cool, Miss Rodrigo definitely got my attention. Billie and her brother are still a formidable duo, minimalism done well. BTW, any chance of an analysis of Post Human Horror by Bring Me The Horizon? Pretty please 😉

  67. Martin


    10 soat oldin

    I though you were going to talk more about SZA's song, cause it has some really beautiful coal work going on (Jacob Collier co-produced the song).

  68. itkojecockot


    10 soat oldin

    "has it gotten worse ?" no, it hasn't..... why ? cause it's the same COMPLETE TRASH it was the last time :D:D:D

  69. Jason Allen

    Jason Allen

    10 soat oldin

    By far the best top 10 I've heard in probably 3 years. I hate pop music because most of it sounds horrible and it's all trappy bs right now



    10 soat oldin

    Rick, does this mean that you would never buy a Focal Utopia headphones for 4.000 USD ?

  71. Modular Music Academy

    Modular Music Academy

    10 soat oldin

    is is just me or everything is slightly panned to the left?? wtf

  72. Prince Prabhakar

    Prince Prabhakar

    10 soat oldin

    Can you review some of JOJI's songs

  73. martin livingstone

    martin livingstone

    10 soat oldin

    all the songs songs the same / awful

  74. ashton Cale

    ashton Cale

    10 soat oldin


  75. Steve Klein

    Steve Klein

    11 soat oldin

    I couldn't listened to the top 10 pop songs, just sayin.

  76. Anthony Pretzello

    Anthony Pretzello

    11 soat oldin

    Mr. Beato, Dude, I have been listening to Hiatus Kaiyote this is an excellent group. Nai Palm plays excellent guitar and vocals. The entire band is super. This is a present from me to you incase you haven't heard them. Songs: Molasses, Breathing Underwater etc, Love your site and music.

  77. Thiago Alexsander Luiz

    Thiago Alexsander Luiz

    11 soat oldin

    The Justin Bieber one reminded me of "You Shook Me All Night Long", but in minor.

  78. C Neff

    C Neff

    11 soat oldin

    This group of songs is much better than the one 4 months ago.

  79. Johmathan .B. Swift

    Johmathan .B. Swift

    11 soat oldin

    Sounds the same . Record companies suck.

  80. Marco Wriedt

    Marco Wriedt

    11 soat oldin

    I miss real drumming in Pop for so many years now...

  81. erdmx


    11 soat oldin

    I love you to review any "Other Lives" song from any album. They say that they are influenced by classical music a lot. Their song progressions are alway nice. It would be a great lesson for us.

  82. Jo Paint

    Jo Paint

    12 soat oldin

    What's the name of the guitar he's playing? J-45 / J-50 Variant?

  83. Jan Benschop

    Jan Benschop

    12 soat oldin

    Uplifting love song in minors... works fine for a romance song when fast, or an end-of-love song when slow...

  84. dan bosch

    dan bosch

    12 soat oldin

    watching your videos for a while, i think i figured out why your record label didn't do well. you know the difference between crap music and good music, while the top ten proves most of america doesn't. pretty much you have too good of taste.

    • dan bosch

      dan bosch

      12 soat oldin

      you could produce a record for me any day m8. mad props to your skills and the dues youve paid.. you could probably make anyone mediocre sound freakin awesome, just too awesome for most of america.

  85. dan bosch

    dan bosch

    12 soat oldin

    that #1 song, the vocal melody sounds way too familiar, especially over that sharp iv... give me a while i'll think of what it's similar to. im not saying plagiarism just the sense of familiarity helps it to strike a chord that another song had created.

  86. locustkllr


    12 soat oldin

    Rick had a real "Dad" reaction to Ariana Grande's "F me all night" song lol.

  87. Bad song covers.mp4

    Bad song covers.mp4

    12 soat oldin

    Anything is better after WAP

  88. N K

    N K

    12 soat oldin

    I didn't find Justin Bieber's song that cool or wierd, actually as I repeat it in my head it throws me right to Shook Me All Night Long. edit: Ariana Grande's one you could pretty casually add a funky bass line to. I don't remember that song with a guitar - basically a campfire a song . That Billie Eilish one was cool. The other JB and SM one I found myself grooving to immediately, uncontrolable. Didn't care much for the others but I'll probably play around with the last one.

  89. Jonathan Bolger

    Jonathan Bolger

    12 soat oldin

    Levitating is a banger. Syncopation on the verse is sweet.

  90. Blue Sox

    Blue Sox

    13 soat oldin

    Short answer: No. I love the series, but you can do better than clickbait titles, Rick.

  91. Alex Amoroso

    Alex Amoroso

    13 soat oldin

    I really hate Goosebumps

  92. Bob Bissonnette

    Bob Bissonnette

    13 soat oldin

    I like these segments, reviews of current stuff. Nicely done Rick.

  93. Chris C

    Chris C

    13 soat oldin

    such a joy watching Rick picking apart songs and then immediately playing them! 👍

  94. TuffNutz


    13 soat oldin

    Anyone know what the Gibson acoustic is he is playing?

  95. Frank Kolton

    Frank Kolton

    13 soat oldin

    All flatlined melodies in songs that go around in small circles.

  96. B LEGACY 3

    B LEGACY 3

    13 soat oldin

    im so glad you like driver license as much as I do

  97. Frank Scutari

    Frank Scutari

    13 soat oldin

    Hi Rick, I just had a great idea. Wouldn't it be cool to get the multitrack tapes of people like Bob Dylan Neil Young and even though it occurred before multi-tracking Billie Holiday. The reason I say that I would love to hear what their vocals put through auto-tune would sound like! How great would that be?

  98. Jacob Clements

    Jacob Clements

    13 soat oldin

    Haven’t seen it in the comments yet but Jacob Collier actually sings backup on “Good Days.” Love that song!

  99. Work Account

    Work Account

    13 soat oldin

    What a great freaking video. Love it.

  100. Andre F. S.

    Andre F. S.

    14 soat oldin

    Half of the songs are not too bad, musically speaking. But the vocals put me off 90% of the time. Most of these singers all have the same style, same melodic lines, same quirks. So so boring and unpleasant to my ear.