Well 15 years isn't a small time frame (that's like 20% of a lifetime), but listening to songs from 2001 and from 2016, I cannot find any massive differences, maybe perhaps some minor unnoticeable ones. For example listen to Can't Get You Out Of My Head by Kylie Minogue (massive hit from 2001) and Work by Rihanna (massive hit from 2016) sound very similar, but there is a 15 year difference between them.
On the other hand there is a massive difference between songs from 1971 and from 1986, for example. A typical song from 1986 (example: The Final Countdown by Europe) doesn't resemble a typical song from 1971 (example: Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin) in any way.
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There's the phenomenon of the 'millenial whoop': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MN23lFKfpck2
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Pop music is so controlled right now that no real originality or creativity is just not allowed to be recorded. The record industry has been consolidated into 5 major labels who rule the market with an iron fist when back in the 1970's there were hundreds of record labels and many bands were given total artistic freedom. The result is that today everybody sounds the same no matter what genre you're talking about. And now it all corporate, it's all faceless and it all sucks! Also, why should these profit hungry record label waste time and money developing exceptionally talented musicians like Yes, ELP or Renaissance when they can make more money selling you crap like degenerate hair bands such as Poison, nightmarish noise like Megadeath and Slipknot and cheep electro pop shit like Katy Perry? The reason why today's music sucks is because the consumer has allowed it to suck over the past 30 years.1
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