Asked for an opinion on Justin Bieber, Taylor quickly brushed by Purpose to talk about the pop he did interact with this year:
"Honestly, the only real pop music that I hear is through my kids. There was a lot of Babymetal being played in my house this year. There was a lot of 5 Seconds of Summer, who I actually got to meet not too long ago, and apparently they're massive Slipknot fans, which I did not see coming. And they were really, really cool guys. I couldn't name one of their songs, but I've heard them. I'm just so out of the loop when it comes to pop music, because it all sounds the same. It's all the same chord progressions with the same quirky chorus, or the same hip-hop beat that took 21 people sitting in a room to come up with. It bores me."
Read Rolling Stone's full interview for Taylor's thoughts on, among many other things, Scott Weiland's death, performing after the Paris terrorist attacks and Donald Trump and the 2016 presidential candidates.
If your taste aligns with Taylor's, check out Maria Sherman's track-by-track breakdown of 5 Seconds of Summer's Sounds Good, Feels Good, with three of the main talents behind the record commenting in detail. We've also got Jeff Benjamin's January report on Babymetal's biggest show of all time, as well as an interview with the band.