Not a judgement, but a (humorous ..cynical?) summary of some elements of current pop music. Frankly, I'm still writing "traditional" music (that's why I'm taking empties to the store for extra cash..) Here goes: Try not to use more than 3 - 4 notes in the melody..two is pretty good. For rap, one note will do. Don't make it too "melodic" Repeat "motif" as much as possible Keep lyrics as minimal as possible (except for rap) Avoid "stories" or anything "deep" Use "woo" "whoa" "yea" & "uh-huh" liberally. You can still use the occasional "millenial whoop" Do not to use more than 4 chords..One or two is quite good Avoid II V I or even V I Avoid all chord extensions Avoid "organic" instruments. Guitar or piano is ok for a "retro" sound Get some good rhythmic loops Master your "copy & Paste" skills Don't forget to put beautiful girls in the video & enjoy the cash you'll make! As an example..