Popular is almost never a measure of impact, or genius, or art. Popular rarely correlates with guts, hard work or a willingness to lead (and be willing to be wrong along the way).
Good points. However, it’s worth noting that the converse is also not true. Something which is artistic, smart and revolutionary does not have to be unpopular for it to work. In fact, something which makes an impact almost has to be popular.
Things that are popular are not necessarily bad, or wrong, or unworthy of attention. Many people seem to make an attempt to differentiate themselves by deliberately listening to obscure music, creating blatantly offensive art and penning “difficult” poetry (or whatever). Strange is the new cool (but black is, and always will be, the new black).