Why do so many - even the young - now prefer old music over new?

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Aug 1, 2006
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Just did a google search, indeed they do (or claim to). Gave me a good chuckle I must admit, I don't see much bonafide 'hardcore' in the playlists.

So what the kids today call "hardcore" is not the hardcore of 20 years ago. I used to think it was Sick of It All, Madball, Biohazard and those bands, apparently not anymore.

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Movies and kids shows are exposing a lot of the old songs to a new audience ..

As a example the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack vol 1
wiki says,
Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is the soundtrack album for the Marvel Studios film Guardians of the Galaxy. Featuring the songs present on Peter Quill's mixtape in the film,[1] the album was released by Hollywood Records on July 29, 2014. A separate film score album, Guardians of the Galaxy (Original Score), composed by Tyler Bates, was also released by Hollywood Records on the same date, along with a deluxe version featuring both albums.[1] The soundtrack album reached number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, becoming the first soundtrack album in history consisting entirely of previously released songs to top the chart.

The album topped the Billboard Top Soundtracks chart for 11 consecutive weeks[2] and 16 weeks in total.[3] As of April 2017, it has sold over 1.75 million copies in the United States alone, and has been certified Platinum by the RIAA.[4] The album was the US's second best-selling soundtrack album of 2014.[5]

Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Marvel Cinematic Universe soundtrack chronology
Soundtrack album by
Various artists
Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol 1 cover.jpg
ReleasedJuly 29, 2014
StudioVarious, across the United States and the United Kingdom
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Guardians of the Galaxy
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Professional ratings
Review scores

Track listing​

All songs—with the exception of "Spirit in the Sky", which is played in the trailer—are featured in the film.[10] "Never Been to Spain" by Three Dog Night, "Magic" by Pilot, and "Livin' Thing" by Electric Light Orchestra were also used during filming; however, the scenes in which they were featured were cut from the final version of the film.[11][12] "Wichita Lineman" by Glen Campbell and "Mama Told Me (Not to Come)" by Three Dog Night were originally considered for the film instead of "Moonage Daydream".[12] "Fox on the Run" by Sweet and "Surrender" by Cheap Trick were also considered for the film.[13] Both would be used for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2's Awesome Mix Vol. 2.[14]


Norm Smith Medallist
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1) Older music is easier for young people to access thanks to the internet.

2) Older music sounds more like newer music due to remastering so younger people can embrace it more easily - this is both a good and bad thing; the music sounds cleaner, but more clipping can also occur.

3) A lot of newer music takes cues from older music - for example, Wolfmother sounds like Led Zeppelin; The Killers definitely take cues from Duran Duran, so younger people don't see that much difference.

4) Older 'popular' music has more variety - old-school hip-hop/rap, pop-rock and hard rock/metal were all commercially successful and so still reasonably well-known to all music lovers, whereas much hard rock/metal has vanished from the mainstream now. Plus older music uses more notes, doesn't sound so artifical due to a lack of auto-tuning and doesn't sound as clipped on average. In other words, it sounds more soulful and makes you tap your feet more because the beats vary more in terms of loudness.

5) What is older music? It depends on the person. My favourite era is 1970-1995. In many ways, Kurt Cobain's death symbolised the swansong for consistently - rather than sporadically - good popular music.


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A Warning On the Future of Music: with Author Ted Gioia and Rick Beato
Times are changing and the future doesn't look like it's the sort of thing we've been able to enjoy.

Everyone who loves music (that would be most people on this forum) should listen to this podcast. A revelation about the future of music. It discusses so much and more, of what has already been mentioned in this thread.

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