it's shite, a form of cloaking device to bundle the masses into one wavelength of similar thought...escape this desease of a music, lusten to underground music, music that requirtes thought and talent
anything on kiss100 *cough* piss100 is mainstream
by techno fan July 09, 2004
This word lives a double life. On the one hand, it can describe something that is legitimately popular because it is good. However, through the hipster douche movement, the phrase "this ___ is mainstream" is used almost as often as "I love PBR" and "I need some more baby powder and Crisco to fit in my jeans."

According to many hipsters (or at least the obnoxiously arrogant ones), any musical artist that is signed to a label, sells music online or attracts more than a dozen people to his/her show is "mainstream," a "sellout," or any other word they found in their thesaurus they bought with their parents money.
One definition: "The band broke into the rock mainstream with its smash hit (insert song here)."

The newer definition: "Screw (insert band name here), that band is so mainstream. Come on, guys. Let's all dress in an identical manner and listen to music Pitchfork tells us is cool."
by DestroyAllHumans May 08, 2010
CRAPPY MUSIC that goes by the standards and implied guidelines set by other songs that are currently popular.

The only inkling of individuality is either a) the lead singer's voice, or b)the fucking tone of the guitar.
Both of those are still a rarity.

Sometimes, you can define a mainsrteam band by the ranking they are at on the top 40 list, or the iTunes most popular. But not always, because sometimes good indie music is mistakenly put there.
jock: "Dude, I just got this new CD. It's 'American Idiot' man!! I feel so bad-ass! Aren't they awesome, singing about America and shit?!"

smart indie kid: "Fuck man, don't spend money on that mainstream garbage.
Go buy some Pinback."
by Tartar Martyr June 23, 2005
The word used to describe a person who only likes things that are cool, and popular.
Mainstream people think Metal is dumb and stupid.
by God Does Not Exsist November 05, 2009
A person (or more commonly persons) which follow the common/accepted/most seemingly popular trend. The trends are normally labeled, causing a divide of those who conform and do not conform (non-conformists) until the non-conformists become the common trend, creating a cycle.
Today's common mainstream trends are labeled as 'emo' (Many of these titles are misused). The older term for the jumping of trends is 'Fashionista or Fashionister'
by The Minorate Majority December 31, 2007
1. Something Popular
2. Something well-known
Russian cartoons aren't as mainstream in America as they should be.
Rock music is very mainstream here.
by SakuraSaku June 02, 2007
culturally conventional, wideley accepted, standard
She is seeking to eventually be a mainstream artist.
by The Return of Light Joker October 04, 2007

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