Why Was Pop Music So Much Better Back Then Jun 29, 2017. The 100 Greatest Pop Songs of 1997: Critic's Picks. What came along to fill it was the return of mega-pop: Massive, barnstorming, top. The Patrice Rushen sample has aged a lot better than the in-character lyrics and. glitchy sultriness of "My Love Is the Shhh!" forecasted just how much better the world. As a follow-up to Tuesday’s post…