Why is music so bad today? Are we just getting old? Remember when our parents told us that the music we listened to was horrible? Is this just a case of us turning into our parents, or is something else going on? The 20th century was a period of constant innovation and development in popular music. From the early 1900s with the development of jazz and all its variants to the hybridization of blues producing rock and roll, the musical landscape was evolving in new and exciting ways nearly every decade. However, the 21st century seems to have stalled that musical progression. In contrast to the previous century, much modern music tends to have a somewhat generic, stale and overproduced aesthetic. Why is that?