Elton John Disses Pop Music Today: ‘Not Real Songs’

Peter Stavros

Elton John must not be a fan of the W.A.P. – and quite frankly, I get it.

The legendary singer said that today’s hits are not the same as the ones to made pop music back in the day in a recent interview with BBC Radio 6 Music. He is not a fan of songs that require several songwriters, and commended a few artists that are still doing their own thing – like Father John Misty and Conan Gray.

He said:

“I like people who write songs. And there’s plenty of people that do, but a lot of them don’t get played on the radio because they’re too sophisticated and we get songs made by a computer all the time and I’m not interested in that.

[Father John Misty] reminds me a little bit of me, the way he writes songs. Conan’s [Gray] from America and 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.”


It is true that the majority of today’s superstars – such as Beyonce, Rihanna, and Katy Perry – have a massive team of songwriters behind their music. Perhaps, someone should gift the ‘Your Song’ hitmaker a copy of Taylor Swift’s Folklore!

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