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"The music of past generations is so much better"

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Smkiller Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist
I am so tired of hearing things like this. It's everywhere. "Today's music sucks. I love only the classics!"

The reason this bothers me so much...

Radio stations that play modern/current music have to play a song, regardless of whether it's good or not. Radio stations that play stuff of past decades get to choose what they play, based mostly upon popularity, as well as quality. So of course, on those stations, you'll get mostly what was considered the actual best back then.

So when young people today say "older music is better", it's a misinformed statement. They're only experience is the limited choices of what those stations play. If they had been born back in those generations, and experienced what those "current/modern" stations played back then, they would realize that those decades had their fair share of 'shit' music, just like this decade does. Every decade is like this.

There's also the whole "opinions are subjective thing" that comes into play. Remember that when this comparison is being made, it's not a fair one, because you're dealing with completely different sounds and trends, for the most part.



What do you think?
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FoxFornication Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, it's their own fault for being too lazy to search for music in some other way than turning on the radio.
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SaraAlaska Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm only fourteen and I prefer the 80's rock music. ^-^ Its because as a kid my parents always played that music at night and I would always hang out with them listening to it. It makes me happy and its awesome. I like Joan Jet, Pat Benatar, ACDC, Guns N' Roses, Journey and alot more. There was also a Soft Rock station from back then and I loved every single song it played like Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks. I understand what you say though about radio stations though and I do like some of todays music like Katy Perry, Phill Phillips, Avril Lavigne, Taylor Swift and One Direction, Kellyty Clarkson. although I don't care for Justin Bieber or Niki Minaj. I prefer music that has some kind of a story to it or a good beat and most of 80's had both.
Nearly everything I hear about in today's music is drugs, acholo, or sex.
Or all three.
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DSnintendotoad Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
You know, 3 years ago i thought the same thing, i thought all of today's music was shit. Well after i did a bit of research, i found out that there is a ton of good new music! ATB, Nightmares on Wax, Alexander Rybak; all good music.
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HGWizard Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
YES YES YES! I'm am friggin' tired of hearing that nonsense.

I had actually made a picture and put it on my facebook making fun of those memes that compare Bieber to 2pac, or Lil' John to Jimmy Hendrix etc.

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I find it hilarious when people rave how much better music was in the 90s than now.
I grew up in the 90s, all you heard was N*Sync, Backstreet Boys, Hanson, Spice Girls, Vengaboys, it's not really that much different than Nikki Manj or Bieber.
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HGWizard Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
BTW, the AL Stewart lyrics in the picture in the link above are from this song.

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I think he's very underrated artist from the 70s.
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TheLiarWolfram Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Filmographer
I'm a "whatever sounds good" sorta person, so I pretty much listen to everything that isn't Top 40 or country. Pop music is so influential because its repetitive sounds make it mentally addicting, so you can't get it out of your head. This is fact. So the reason it's so popular is also the reason it sucks so much. I'll listen to indie, classic rock, grunge, European techno, and 90's alternative all day.
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sanchezartwerk Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I completely agree with you on all points. As an indie artist (the Upper Strata, Ramblin Rose, Grin Fiends) it is possible to do things through youtube hell even this sight that past artists couldn't have dreamt of. People watch my clips fan me etc.. from all over the world. But there is a whole other type of music that is self produced or indie produced that is often so much better.
Commercial music is aimed at the widest possible audience like McDonalds it is really a good burger its just the burger that you can always find. Pop music is shoved down your throat on the hour every hour by a bunch of geezers in LA or NY, "that say this is our product we have millions behind it, your will like it you will buy and you will tell everyone its th next big thing". IF not we will play it some much eventually like all brain washing you give in, "yes yes ok please just don't play Adele again."

Whats funny is if you watch Wedding Singer Grosspoint blank High Fidelity and others pay attention to the soundtracks many of the songs were underground college radio hits not on the pop charts at all. Some were even banned from radio all together so sometimes the real music nerds laugh last.

I enjoyed your thoughts thanks for sharing.

Jonathan

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BelayaLapa Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Well, I don't know if this counts, but I am not the "older generations" kind of person. I'm the "Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical and early Romantic" is better kind of person. But I see what you're saying. People detach after a certain point from current/pop radio and all they can remember is what they grew up with, so that "back in my day" will always be said no matter what. It can be taken a few ways, one, the person might actually have an argument in Music style and what could be defined as such, they're bitter what they grew up with didn't last, they're nostalgic and use the "back in my day" as a coping mechanism for dealing with rapid change.

People need that kind of thing to function...reminiscing and what not.

This was a fun post :P
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TheSpiderFromMars Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, a huge mayority of today's music is worse than it was back then. I think. Most of the sounds and genres they play today really isn't my piece of cake. Simple as that.
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CaramelGrape Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist
Dust addicts are the worst. Let them live in the past.
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singagainsoon Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Personally, I don't enjoy much of the popular music on the radio, and like music from the 60's-70's a good deal more because that was what I grew up on. My parents listened to it, and for my entire life, so have I. Even though I'll admit a lot of the mainstream music today is catchy (and some of it isn't so bad), I don't think it has as much substance to it in most cases. There are a lot of good artists in today's world, though a lot of them don't get the recognition they deserve. There's good and bad with every new generation.
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TheDyingStar Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
It doesn't matter how old the song is, you love it or you hate it.
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SirBlackmoore Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
I am in my 20's and I am a musician myself and I can honestly say that the music of today is close to shit. Of course modern pop music is shit. In my opinion, the 60's through 90's were the best. That's a pretty long range, but it is what it is.
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Black-Allison Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Those 4 decades are ridiculously big time spans to compare the the last 20 years we've been alive. And I can name some pretty questionable acts from then. Devo for one.
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VISIONOFTHEWORLD Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
When young people say it's better- and a young person even risks being so uncool to say something so risky- it should be kind of a danger sign about how bad 'music' has gotten. I'm not so young ne more, and I consider 'older' music to be much better- but older is a moving target since time isn't exactly standing still. There is good music, but I find it very disbursed across all these genres that have decided to break themselves up and subdivide. This means when a kid is asked what "kind" of music they like, they list several of these obscuro genres- and really I think some of the categories they use just refer to one band. The problem with trying to make up all these different categories (how many are there for what once passed as 'Gothic'- really?) is that it makes it hard for people to figure out what to listen to, or they might miss someting that is only accessible on the internet, and only if they know what it's called.
I've heard some amazing individual songs in recent years but could never find them again- once on a radio (!) station in Charlotte late at night possiblythe AM hours, on some obscure station- as if I was gonna find it again! I saw some live bands in Toronto that amazed me in their creativity and musical ability, and the songs were odd yet wonderful. I barely remember most of them, too obscure, couldn't find it.
So you get mainstream bands today like Killers and Coldplay who have made it and they are really good, but then everybody gets tired of hearing hits all the time. 95% of the music I listen to is over 20 years old, but that's mostly because of its sentimental value. Even the 'pop' songs from that day was better written and more memorable than today's trash. But I expect the same thing to happen to everyone. Most likely a lot of you will keep the music you grew up with, and will hang on to sentimental value (and rediscover songs you hadn't previously liked, later) and say the same thing about the past generation (which will be yours) being better.
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Fzang Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist
I fully agree with your post, and then there's also the "back when I was your age I used to be interested in music too. Now I have work, kids, insurances, dinner and house cleaning to worry about". Some people just don't get to experience music like they once did, and they will cling on to those memories they have from back then, without ever creating new ones.
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Fzang Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist
First sentence should end with a full stop, not a comma. FUCK, you drink one beer, and dA's non-existing edit button already punishes you.
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Badgercheese1994 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student General Artist
Radio DJs used to also be Musical experts that would play music that was composed well and was actually good, somewhere along the line; Radio DJs were just people that served to feed the flock of sheep..

As for Past music being better? Hmmmm as long as the Bee Gees are a part of music history, it's a hard point to debate :lol:

However, I think as far as mainstream pop, there is no time period more robotic and synthesised and devoid of freshness than the one we are in now. As long as Nicki Minaj, Justin Bieber, Flo Rida, David Guetta, Pitbull and Ke$ha are what is "sweeping the nation," any other time period will feel like Baroque. There is SOME hope though, with artists like The Black Keys, Adele, Neon Trees, fun. and others coming to the forefront. You know, music with actual instruments? None of this NEO-Disco club shit...
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Black-Allison Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Well there were the Bee Gees, and then there was Devo.
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Badgercheese1994 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Well, something always sneaks past the border.. D:
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MeineSehnsucht Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012   Writer
Man, previous generations had Abba and shitey hair metal. And still those people keep moaning their stuff was better.
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Carmalain7 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
Whoa man, take a step back; Abba's the shit.
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MeineSehnsucht Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012   Writer
It really isn't. It's just plain silly.
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:iconcarmalain7:
Carmalain7 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
So is Tenacious D, and yet they were nicknamed 'The Greatest Band in the World' so you bite your tongue.
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MeineSehnsucht Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012   Writer
I bit my tongue and I tasted them words.
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Koui Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012   General Artist
When some teenager praises the 90's as a golden age of music they think of-----> [link]

but completely skip stuff like...

[link] Whoomp There It Is!

[link] INFORMER

[link] The Macarena XD

if you ask me, some people make broad generalizations around other people because they assume no one who actually lived at the time will be there to disagree with them, turns out that they only love one or two things not the whole decade which would be alien to anyone born after the midpoint of that decade
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Badgercheese1994 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student General Artist
And some teenagers think those are actual good song cuz of nostalgia :no:
Although, as retarded as the Macarena is, it's relatively harmless, ok the girl in the song is a bitch, cheating on her boyfriend and all, but compared to the music porn that is out now, I mean, you know yer fucked when one of the hits is a lame metaphor for a blowjob..
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Koui Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012   General Artist
a teen now would not have been old enough to consider some of those nostalgic ;]

lol are you serious? The Macerena isn't just about a girl, it's about a prostitute/go-go dancer who happily "dances" for Men at the river :rofl: 90's songs weren't PG either not with all of those metaphors in regards to heroin use, ODing, suicide and other lovely subjects.
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Badgercheese1994 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student General Artist
I'm a teen, well late teens, but I remember it. Yet again, I have Spanish culture so that also comes into play...
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Koui Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012   General Artist
I'm 24 and so far I've noticed that a lot of pop songs today sound familiar, like they were made years ago and re released with extra synths, bass and whatnot attached...

frankly I don't think music really changes much, but trends do so we assume it has
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Badgercheese1994 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student General Artist
That Spin me right round remix and that Dragostea din tei remix are horrible..
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Koui Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012   General Artist
I haven't heard those yet...should I be thankful?
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Badgercheese1994 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student General Artist
Yes YES YESSS!
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dead-now Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Each generation as all selections of music. I mean, 'Sugar Sugar' was a hit back in the days of the 'classics.'
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popstck Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
if anything each generation is better than the last because with further experimentation comes more variety
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mangagirl1603 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree, even the older decades had some crappy artists, disco music should just never have existed. There are some great modern artists too, they just tend to be kept in the shadows.
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Neithacultra Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And that's why I don't listen to radio stations and just stick to my own music library. :p
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opiumrooster Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
no way. older music was way better. i would trade radiohead in for the Bee Gees any day.
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MeineSehnsucht Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012   Writer
:D
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DBguardian Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah. a better statement would be: "popular music was better back then". there has always been shallow music around but at least, say in the 90s they played artists like Vanilla Ice along Soundgarden, A Tribe Called Quest, Björk and other "good" music on the popular tv/radio channels
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MeineSehnsucht Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012   Writer
Yeah man, I loved that, Vanilla Ice.
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Negative-Letter Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's funny how these people fail to consider the fact that some of the music back then was considered "crap" by people, just as some of the music out today is considered "crap." But in reality, there no such thing as "good" or "bad" music, "real" or "fake" music, etc.

In conclusion: damn elitists.
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Negative-Letter Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I completely agree. I hate when people act like all music from decade ago was good. The music then had what people considered to be "good" music, and what was considered "crappy" music, just as it is today with today's music. But in reality, there's no "good" or "bad" music, "real" or "fake" music, etc.

In conclusion: Damn elitists.
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h-irsch Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I always get a good laugh whenever someone claims older music is gold and don't even know who artists like Peggy Lee are.
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UltimateRidley Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Seeing the title, I was going to whip out a Cracked article I once read to share what they mentioned scientists saying.

...Then you said exactly what I was going to say.

I have another interesting bit of information concerning the old people who say this very thing (although in their case it's more like a true lack of understanding than trying to look cool): when we get older (about 50), our brains stop producing dopamine at new things that we might have loved if it hit us when we were younger. This goes for everything: movies, TV shows, video games, technology, and music. Instead, older people have to look back at their old days of nostalgia, and thus the media and technology to go with them, to properly produce dopamine.

Here's the article that told me this: [link]

...In other words, hearing this argument is unavoidable. Old people who say it can't help it, and young people are either desperate for positive attention or insufferable hipsters.
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Smkiller Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist
The article was a very interesting read. Thank you for that!
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