Heady stuff at The Atlantic today — a handful of rock critics are noting that “rock is dead,” for a variety of reasons, notably this: Only one ‘rock’ song cracked the Billboard Hot 100 for 2010. That was Train’s “Hey, Soul Sister,” which the Village Voice also happened to call the worst song of ’10.
The main unifying force of The Atlantic piece is whether the White Stripes were the last great rock band (it’s been 10 years since White Blood Cells). This idea — of the Stripes as rock’s last great bastion — has been put forth by others as well.
So, what does the nerd world think? Is rock music truly dead, or just hibernating?