Is Past Music Still Better than Current Music?

Caleb is a Staff Writer.

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Bands like Nirvana, Queen, Green Day, and Guns n Roses have left an impact on the music community. These bands and solo artists were the staples of previous decades’ music, however, their music is continuously streamed to this day. Has the music community only been more huge on older bands than some of the current artists today? 

When looking at the current music charts we see songs from artists like Olivia Rodrigo, Kid Laroi, Adele, and Doja Cat. Most of these songs really come up from ads or special commercials, but as for giving them more attention, that’s where they’re limited. In most movies, it’s likely you’re going to hear songs from the past. The most recent movie called Cruella is set during the 1970s, looking at the soundtrack we see that we have songs like Come Together by Tina Turner (1970), One Way Or Another by Blondie (1978), Or Stone-Cold Crazy by Queen (1974). All of which are known for their constant use in films and movies. 

When looking at YouTube the same could apply to current songs, but when we look at older music the most famous old bands are Nirvana with “Smells Like Teen Spirit” with almost two billion views, along with “The Man Who Sold the World” and “Polly” from the live unplugged, close to 15 million views. Nirvana became one of the most popular bands of their century especially 26 years later after the death of Kurt Cobain (singer/songwriter/founder), his music still remains immortal. Another example is Queen, with their vocalist and songwriter Freddy Mercury, with their music they quickly became the biggest band to ever be known ever since the concert of live aid in Africa during 1985, it became very well known from the show that Queen had put on for Africa. 

Has older music truly become the music of today? And, has present-day music been left aside? Though recent music is more commonly seen, older songs always find a way to make a comeback. These songs have shaped our viewing of music itself, and we are still enjoying them 20 years later, and the memory lives on for more generations of music to come.