Published on July 3rd, 2013 | by Alan Cross14
Are We Making Classic Music Anymore?
“Today’s music is shit. Music back in the day was SOOOO much better.”
Don’t lie. You’ve at least thought that at some point. I have–but then I recall this profound statement I read somewhere: “Every generation has the biological right to believe that the music of their youth is the best music of all time.”
It’s true. There’s that musical coming-of-age period that begins sometime around the time we enter high school and ends when we get a real job in the real world in our twenties. Music is so integral to our existence during those 10 or so years that it becomes imprinted upon us for the rest of our lives.
But there’s nowhere in that axiom that says this music itself has to be current and of the moment. It’s possible that, say, you discovered The Beatles or some other classic band (Led Zeppelin, the Stones, the Who) at age 17 and they became a soundtrack for a big chunk of your late teens. Or maybe you got into classic Goth or mid-80s industrial or early 90s grunge.
This older music was so good that it’s being embraced by younger generations, 20, 30, 40 and even 50 years later. Which brings up this question: what of today’s music will be discovered and embraced my young music fans in the future?
In other words, which of today’s artists/songs/albums will have the same kind of staying power of The Beatles, Sabbath, Van Halen, the Ramones, Sex Pistols, Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, U2, Oasis, Blur, etc?
Coldplay? Possibly. Kanye? Maybe. And then there’s…um…