Shots fired. Mega-famous iconic pop star Elton John has a lot to say about modern pop music, and much of it isn’t very nice, apparently. In an interview with BBC Radio 6 Music, John made his opinions on modern pop music, songwriting, and young pop stars perfectly known — and fans of any of all three of them might be offended when they hear what he has to say.
But what did Elton John say that will offend the Taylor Swift-ies and the Beyonce super-fans of the world? He said that most pop songs aren’t “real songs.” When lamenting about the reality of pop music today, where there are usually a handful of writers and producers on a track, John extended compliments to Father John Misty and Conan Grey because they write their own songs with no help from others. “Conan’s from America,” he said.
“He’s the only person in the American Spotify Top 50 to actually write the song without anybody else. Everybody else, there’s four or five writers [on a track.] You look at most of the records in the charts, they’re not real songs. They’re bits and pieces and it’s nice to hear someone write a proper song.”
He then went on to make a very… Well, Boomer comment, and said that most of the songs that are played on the radio are songs “made by a computer.” While he may be speaking just about digital instruments, the comment is still confusing. After all, even if Father John Misty only uses analogue instruments in his recordings, most likely, the songs are still then mixed and produced digitally. But, it is Elton John. He can say whatever he wants at this point. He’s earned it.