Ruby List – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Popular music comes in many forms. From rock and hip-hop to country and classical, almost everyone can find something to like.

Today’s top artists (top 100) according to billboard.com include: Post Malone (rapper), Shawn Mendes (singer), Imagine Dragons (band), Drake (rapper) and many more. But just because someone is young doesn’t mean they like this generation’s music.

“I hate the stuff they play on the radio now,” said 22-year-old Mariah Martin. “Since I was in high school every other person I know was getting into Drake, Bruno Mars and all the rest of them, and I’ve always been into Aerosmith, The Ramones, Eric Clapton, and others like that, stuff that’s classic now. And so many kids today hardly know who those people are let alone listen to their music.”

LRHS senior Ally Tadelman, however, likes the contemporary sound.

“Some of my favorite artists are definitely Drake, Ed Sheeran, Florida Georgia Line and Carrie Underwood,” she said. “I have never really listened to any of the ‘classic’ stuff.”

Even many of those born in the 1960’s and 70’s who grew up when the classics were first becoming popular have drifted from the sounds of their youth.

“I listen to Drake mostly,” commented 55-year-old Real Estate Agent Brian Weston. “I got into him because I thought it was cool at the time and then I never stopped. I also always listen to whatever comes on the radio, usually 101.5, which is supposedly the ‘hottest’ music station as well.”

I like rock and some pop music,” said LRHS junior Bradley Davis, “but I don’t really listen to the classic stuff. I like Imagine Dragons, Panic at the Disco and All time Low.”

But many in this Millennial generation appreciate the music of the past. Many people ages 14-20 are playing Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Def Leppard and Guns N Roses.

In 2014, for example, a journalist walking past a college dorm in Chicago wrote a story about the loud music he heard blaring from several rooms which was not rap or Rhianna, but Led Zeppelin, Van Morrison, The Beatles, and The Rolling Stones. That music is now 40-50 years old.

“I love all the classics,” added LRHS senior Sophi Reid. “Queen, ABBA, The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin. I think they are all amazing compared to most of the music they play today.”

The reasons for classic rock making its comeback have been attributed to more involved parental influence over music tastes, those 40 and over who grew up with those types of music having control over the media world and Millennials admitting that musicians during the 70s and 80s did in fact have a talent for not only playing the music but writing the songs and playing the instruments themselves.

However, everyone has their own tastes, and whether everyone agrees on what is good or bad does not matter as long as people are enjoying what they listen to.

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