Wireless earbuds may be the most modern way to listen to music, but that does not mean the music being played from them is modern. Popular music of the 1970s and 80s, recognized as classic rock, is the current music choice for many young people. Groups such as Queen, The Grateful Dead, and the alternative rock genre are all making a comeback.
Classic rock correctly coined, as music of this genre remains classic 40 years later. Junior Leah Dooley grew up listening to classic rock, a remnant of her parent’s childhood music. “I like Blue Oyster Cult, Little Riverband, The Eagles, obviously,” she lists. Dooley favors music of the 70s.
Junior Aidan Pine’s preference leans more towards the alternative English rock scene, like The Cure and The Smiths. Pine has even learned to play some Van Halen hits on the guitar.
Due to multiple music streaming apps, such as Apple Music and Spotify, the music of yesterday has become more accessible to today’s listener. Essential Indie, Classic Road Trip Songs and Soft Pop Hits are just three generated playlists on these apps, which all have hits from classic rock.
Lindsay Mirabella, an English teacher who created the Lyrics and Music elective course at the school, is not surprised that classic rock is still mainstream. “That genre just has staying power,” she said. “I think that when artists put a lot into their lyrics it gives them a quality that makes them about something.”
Rock music from this time was centered around relevant social issues. The protest music of the 1970s and the songs with commentary on social issues of the 1980s are more powerful and timeless.
Dooley adds that the genre is “almost like a museum of what people loved back then [and] of what the social norms were at that time.”
Although taste is subjective, the classic rock era isn’t just classic. It’s a history lesson.