Questions of necessity are, to me, inherently biological.
Questions of art are tied up in expression of meaning, identity, and/or aesthetics.
So, I see questions of necessity in relation to art as having to do with the way our physiology shapes our ability to express meaning, identity, and aesthetics (or simply “expression”, to be terse).
From the perspective of physiology of expression, a 4/4 bass drum on the 1 makes a lot of sense for a list of reasons. It’s not pandering or laziness to notice how our physiology, our biological evolution, provides the foundation for culture. There’s nothing wrong with not resisting it. It’s “natural” for reasons, reasons that can be objectively understood.
In my work as a software designer, I’m often asked about the “meaning” of colors I choose for things. In that context I avoid the cultural discussion (because we are a global company with a multicultural audience) and steer it towards physiology (our eyes can more readily distinguish distinctions in blue and green than in other hues, so the increased gamut in those areas provides for more choices, I don’t just “like” blue because “everybody uses it”. It’s not laziness.)