Artists have been tricking us into loving their music since music began: playing songs in certain patterns and keys, delivering overblown levels of emotion, or just following the trends of the time. Musical clichés can be obnoxious, tired, and silly, but they usually work. That’s why they get used so often. “Ooh la la” choruses and other go-tos have been making us dance, cry, or scream for years, and as much as we want to deny it, we’re suckers for them. Now, we’ve come to expect many of these formulaic nuances; in fact, they’re so pervasive that we don’t even give them a second thought. In that vein, we’re attempting to bring attention back to these stale traits by presenting you with the 10 most unavoidable clichés in music.
10 Unavoidable Music Clichés
Love 'em or hate 'em, you can't escape 'em.
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