My biggest problem with pop music/top 40 radio is the fact that all the melodies are recycled from the hits of years past.
I can hear and point out stolen snippets of very unoriginal songs.
Maybe they borrowed the melody because it was catchy, and stole it on purpose.
Maybe their songs are so simple that it’s random chance that the two songs will sound alike.
I might sound arrogant, but as a musician, I don’t think any of the pop artists of our day have any talent, or song-writing ability.
It is also important to add that many pop musicians (even Adele) don’t write all their own music, but rather, someone is paid to write their music.
And music written for the purpose of gaining money sounds much different than music written earnestly.