What makes generic music? Should people dislike generic music? How does generic music become popular and promoted by mainstream media? My nephew said "80s hair band music" was one example of it, songs like "mmm Skinny Bop" etc.. Of course, we need to distinguish between overplayed music, like say James Taylor, and actual generic music. Of course, my nephew hates James Taylor, mainly cause he worked at a drugstore where they played his stuff on heavy rotation every hour.