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The Majority: Do Their Opinions Have Merit?

Me and a friend of mine were having a discussion, the topic was about music. He maintains that if the majority were to positively regard something, then there must be some merit to it. If the masses tend to appreciate something (like a certain band or song maybe), then obviously it must have some merit.

I think that I tend to maintain what is stated in a quote from Bertrand Russell:

The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence that it is not utterly absurd; indeed, in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible.
-- Bertrand Russell

While there is obviously SOME truth to his views, alternately, there is also truth to the mindset that just because the majority tend to regard something positively, it doesn't necessarily mean that it has any legitimate merit.

What are your opinions on this?
The majority of people in my country drink alcohol, have premarital sex, a lot smoke... does this make it right just because majority are not against these things?

The little philosopher