Newsbeat got Stephen Fry in to listen to some pop music and say what he thought.
He was, reliably, all high-court-judge-what-is-beatles about his task:
“I could lie, but I couldn't even say what it is. I don't know the names of anybody. I'm not interested,” he admitted. “There's someone called Adelia? Adalia?”They played him some Little Mix:
“Adele,” replied the interviewer. “Adele. I've heard of her,” he said.
As the English popsters sang the ‘sha-la-la-la, woo-ooo chorus’, the 58 year old asked: “Oh, they're not still singing ‘sha-la-la-la’ are they? It's got bits of Phil Spector right at the background through '70s bubblegum pop into a sort of modern version and it's a hideous, toxic compound. It's basically the musical equivalent of Haribo Starmix.”Actually, Stephen, that's not really an insult.