I agree with your distaste for much of the modern crap music. I just don't think the Beatles era is ideal for comparison either. These days artists are chosen for their pretty faces (if not their boobs). They are usually marginal singers. Songwriting is done by contract by someone else, and they correct for the poor singing by using autotune-like pitch correcting methods and heavy over-audio engineering with digital waveform editing to correct for the time (if the tracks aren't laid down on trackers to begin with) They didn't have any of this during the Beatles time. The Beatles often sound out of tune and uncohesive, but this is likely due to their lack of this extra production technology we have today. What the Beatles did do - however - was really revolutionize the pop song structure and write some damned catchy choruses. This is something music still benefits from today. While I recognize and appreciate this, it doesn't mean I have to like their original recordings. What's really impressive (at least to me) are the many late 70s through late 80s bands that are damned near pitch perfect and in time during a period when autotune and trackers didn't exist. Freddie Mercury of Queen and Morrisey of the Smiths (to name two examples) could really sing, and well! This just happens to be the type of music I listen to the most.