New Music Will Never Live Up To The Oldies

New Music Will Never Live Up To The  Oldies

Ilona Soltys, Editor

The 60s and 70s were powerhouses that literally just pumped out good music. The Stones, the Beatles, the Kinks, Zeppelin. All classics and all better than the music being produced today. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not that person that sits around and solely blasts the “Rock Throwbacks” playlist on Spotify but I definitely prefer it to some of the noises being produced today.

Maybe I’m biased because this was the music I grew up on and was surrounded by my entire life but mainstream music has completely gone downhill throughout the past 50 years. My dad and I always had a tradition when getting ready to go somewhere. As he was fixing his tie in the dining room mirror, it was my job to turn up my speakers in my room and absolutely blast, and I mean ground-shaking-windows-rattling-my-mother-almost-having-a-heart-attack blast, Elvis’ greatest hits. I would slide into the room, Risky Business style, and sing my heart out as my immigrant, barely speaking English, father followed suit. This man could barely order some Chinese takeout but he knew every Presley song by heart. So yes, it was basically ingrained in me to love old music but, for good reason.

Let’s take Don Mclean’s American Pie, released 1971, as an example. The song was written as an ode to “The Day The Music Died,” (which the song actually gave name to by the way) the 1959 plane crash that killed rock legends Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens. Each verse includes a play on words that explains how the tragedy shaped the world and music industry entirely. “Bye Bye Miss American Pie” is the beginning of the refrain to the hit which symbolizes the American Dream and it’s abrupt halt after the death of these three rock legends. Mclean basically talks about how the world stopped for a few seconds because of the unforeseen calamity.

Now let’s take a recent song that came out which is pretty popular, ZEZE by Kodak Black featuring Travis Scott and Offset. The lyrics go as follows Pull up in a Demon, on God Lookin’ like I still do fraud , Flyin’ private jet with the rod,  This that Z sh*t, this that Z sh*t.” I have absolutely no clue what that means and that in itself proves my entire point.

My point here is not to try and shade any of today’s artists, it’s just to state that old music is way better. Whether it’s rock or rap, if you go back 20 or more years, you’ll definitely be doing yourself a favor.


To end this off on a good note, here’s a list of some of my favorite oldies:  

  • Simple Man by Lynard Skynard
  • The Weight by The Band
  • Dream On by Aerosmith
  • Fortunate Son by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Have You Ever Seen The Rain by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Born To Be Wild by Steppenwold
  • Fool in the Rain by Led Zeppelin
  • The Passenger by Iggy Pop
  • Cocaine by Eric Clapton
  • Piece of My Heart by Big Brother & The Holding Company, Janis Joplin
  • Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison
  • For What It’s Worth by Buffalo Springfield
  • Hotel California by The Eagles
  • The Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult
  • The Joker by Steve Miller Band
  • Beast of Burden by The Rolling Stones
  • Lola (Cherry Cola Version) by The Kinks
  • American Woman by The Guess Who
  • Light My Fire by The Doors
  • Spanish Eyes by Elvis Presley