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Overplayed music: having annoying qualities

Pictured is Steve Lacys 2022 sophomore album, Gemini Rights.
Photo Credit: Official album cover via Complex
Pictured is Steve Lacy’s 2022 sophomore album, “Gemini Rights.”

Many new albums released in 2022. These charted and attracted millions of new listeners for artists such as Taylor Swift, Drake, and Steve Lacy. However, do these artists produce overplayed music?

In most cases, people would say no as they enjoy listening to these loved artists. However, individuals like myself can get tired of certain songs and all of their qualities. I mean, I don’t always want to listen to Drake or Taylor Swift.

Overplayed albums

“Gemini Rights,” Steve Lacy’s sophomore album from 2022, featured ten brand new songs. Fan favorites like “Bad Habit” and “Static” were made readily available on social media platforms like Instagram and TikTok. This resulted in an overuse of Lacy’s music, and “Bad Habit” quickly became an annoyance. 

“Her Loss,” Drake’s hip-hop album, featured 21 Savage and was released in November 2022. It changed the rap game with songs like “More M’s” and “Rich Flex,” which went viral late last year. Drake is a well-known musician who has been praised for this album. These songs have been overplayed on the radio to the point where listeners have become dissatisfied, myself included. 

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My take on one-hit-wonders

It irritates me when radio songs play continuously, no matter how many times you change stations. It’s neither diverse nor enjoyable to listen to. Many artists have songs on their albums that deserve to be played in addition to the ones that are charting. In the end, certain songs divert attention from artists. 

I’ve considered the possibility that I’m just a picky listener. I will admit that I have sometimes found music on TikTok and Instagram. I have used overplayed music to explore an artist and found a slew of others that are extremely well-made. Not only are these overused songs a bother, but they also cast a shadow over the artist’s songs that carry potential.

Are they worth the hype?

No matter what generation a person comes from, they will always remember songs from their childhood or adolescence. Many people claim that some songs bring back “memories,” but I find that they lead me to not want to hear them again. Some music deserves to be remembered and sung, regardless of whether they were a one-hit-wonder or not. Classic rock songs will live on for generations because they broke down musical barriers. However, are songs like Drake’s “Treacherous Twins” really worth the hype?

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Victoria Sanchez, Reporter
Victoria Sanchez is an 18-year-old senior at Colonia High School. She is a part of the FBLA club. She enjoys paddle boarding, vinyl collecting, and concert hopping in her free time. Her favorite band is The Backseat Lovers for their sensible lyrics and upbeat instrumentals. Sanchez is best described as kind and in tune with her feelings. She likes sushi, California rolls being her favorite. She is innovative and hopes to use this skill in her future career. In college, she wants to major in Marketing and minor in Management. Through writing for the Declaration, Sanchez hopes to interest readers in local happenings. 

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