Photograph of student Andrew Gates by Mike Kehoe
By Patrick Hardy
What type of music do younger generations usually listen to? Those who were born in the 2000’s were not alive when bands such as Aerosmith, Fleetwood Mac, or even Queen were all in their primes. These bands, despite being iconic and incredibly popular, are often overlooked by younger generations either to avoid sharing common interests with their parents or simply because times and music are changing rapidly.
Many people born after the 90’s most likely didn’t even know who Queen was until the movie Bohemian Rhapsody was released last year. Now Queen is back to being played non-stop simply because the newer generation has now seen the movie and, like most of the world, heard the songs and thought to themselves, “this music sounds pretty good.”
The song “Bohemian Rhapsody” is making its way back to the top, but what most kids don’t realize is that this song first made the top 100 after its release in 1975.
A lot of today’s youth thinks that the early 2000’s is the generation where good music began to form, but most of those people don’t know that some of their favorite bands and artist’s that are currently releasing music find their inspiration from artists that were before their time.
For example, rapper Tupac pulled inspiration from Marvin Gaye, music artist Logic was inspired by Frank Sinatra, and The Beatles have been found to hold an influence over many of today’s most popular bands.
So, don’t knock it until you try it. Before you say ‘no’ to an artist from the 90’s, 80’s or even the 70’s, try listening to them first. You might be surprised to find yourself enjoying these tunes from the past.