There's always been heaps of crud in the charts, but the difference between the UK Top 40 of the 60's, 70's & 80's and that of the last 10 years is that, back then, about 30 to 50% of it was actually listenable, compared to about 1% now (impo).
All the good bands (with real musicians making real music) of the past and present have been swept under the carpet, in favour of a glossy image which appeals to 5-14 yr olds and makes lots of money - fast! Here today, gone tomorrow!
A lot of the old bands/artistes are still going - sure, some split up, some died . . . but they didn't all just disappear into thin air. Everything's gone deep underground, new and old.
There's still a lot of good music being made, but the chances of everyone getting to hear it are becoming bleaker by the day.
The UK charts are at their lowest ebb ever at the mo.
Once upon a time we were renowned and respected worldwide for producing some/most of the best music ever heard. Whereas now, we are nothing but a laughing stock.
Back then, you needed to sell somewhere between 250,000 and 1 million copies to get to No.1 - whereas now you can get to No.1 by selling less than 30,000.
Says it all, really.
The bosses at Virgin, WEA, Sony/Epic, MCA, Island, Polydor, Mercury, RCA, EMI, A&M, BMG, etc etc need their heads examining . . . or preferably, shooting!