Old Music vs New Music


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Old Music vs New Music

Briannah Issa


“All music sounds the same today.”

“I’m born in the wrong generation.” 

“Why does everybody sing about the same thing?” 

“The Beatles > Cardi B”


I’ve seen a lot of comments like this on Youtube whenever I pull up music from The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Madonna, or any other artist from the past generations. I’ve wanted to talk about this topic for so long. Now that I have the chance, I’m not holding back any punches. So, let’s get anatomizing. 


Music is always evolving constantly throughout time. Think about it… did you guys know that rock music is the foundation that made music the way it has always been? It became popular in the 1950s and 1960s. Artists that ruled the airwaves at the time were Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, and The Rolling Stones. These artists made their mark as legends in the music industry that makes you wonder what would be music today without their impact. Can you imagine the world without The Beatles? Well, unless you watched the movie Yesterday, then you’ll understand. 

Fast forward to a time that millennials remember so well, the MTV era. MTV debuted a minute after midnight on August 1, 1981, and the first video that was ever released on the channel was “Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Buggles. Before this happened, there was no platform to feature music videos, so not many people made them. Only a few even knew what a “music video” was, so when MTV came out, it was the next big thing for the music industry and pop culture. The channel made stars such as Madonna, Prince, and of course, the KING OF POP, Michael Jackson. Songs such as Billie Jean, Borderline, and When Doves Cry became hits back in the 80s. MTV was also big during the teen pop era in the late 90s when Britney Spears, NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, and Christina Aguilera came to the scene.


Then, the 2000s came along and we’ve seen a lot of changes in our music. Punk rock was the thing back in the day with artists such as Avril Lavigne, Green Day, Paramore, etc. Disney Channel also was a major factor in the music industry during that time. Because of their popularity status on their shows, they made stars that we grew up with like Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, who I love to call “The Holy Trinity”. Taylor Swift debuted as the blue-eyed all-American girl with her first single, “Tim McGraw” back in 2006. Today, she established herself to be one of the greatest songwriters of our generation. We already lived the 2010 decade, which was a big one for the EDM community. In my opinion, 2013 was the best year for music throughout the decade with songs like Wrecking Ball, Roar, What Does the Fox Say. Drake ruled the Billboard charts in 2018 with songs such as God’s Plan and In My Feelings. Then, Kpop also came into the scene when Gangnam Style was in the airwaves back in 2013. Now, boy band heartthrobs, BTS, and the queens of Kpop, Blackpink are making history around the globe.


What I want people to take from this article is that the evolution of music is nonstop. We went from getting vinyl from the record store to making playlists on streaming services like Spotify. The artists back in the day paved the way and influenced so many of the artists that we look up to as they will do the same thing for future generations. 2020 has been the year that paid homage to the 80s synths with artists such as Dua Lipa and The Weeknd. So, before you comment on Youtube with things like, “I don’t like the music that we have today”, think about how artists take their craft to create the music they want their audience to hear. Sure, everything has already been done, but we’re just starting our Roaring 20s, so it will take some time until we have something that will differentiate us from generations before us. There is no need to compare artists like Cardi B to legends like The Beatles. Both are very different artists with different styles of music. One is paving the way for future female rappers, while one already paved the way for all artists.  With all that said, thank you for reading the blog and I will write to you next time.


By: Briannah Issa