Are today's songwriters uninspiring?
Musician Sir Elton John has criticised modern songwriters, calling them "pretty awful." Do you think the songwriting standards have declined?
The singer told the Radio Times that he doesn't like TV talent shows, calling TV "boring, arse-paralysingly brain crippling." And added that he felt contemporary pop was uninspiring.
Sir Elton also said he admired stars such as Lily Allen, Amy Winehouse and Lady Gaga, but added: "It's important they write their own songs, so they're not at the mercy of anyone."
Do you agree with Sir Elton John's comments? Do you find modern music unoriginal? Or are you inspired by contemporary pop? Should singers have to write their own songs?
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