A lot of tracks have very loud white noise, and it's often very easy to hear at the beginning of tracks before it actually starts. The noise usually gets stupidly noticeable and annoying if listened to in a very quiet environment or using IEMs with good isolation.
I know white noise is sometimes added on purpose, but it makes no sense to me that as much as half of the top songs today would do it.
I think we have enough noise without additional noise being added to the track itself. Wouldn't it make more sense to reduce the noise floor so listeners would be able to enjoy the whole track and not be annoyed about white noise making parts of the song impossible to hear?
Why does this occur so frequently, and what's the point of it?