This morning I turned on a classic rock radio station, and found myself listening to Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” It was one more example of how, while I’m only 32, I’m getting older, and the things that I loved when I was a teenager are now considered “classics.” Every generation goes through this. The Rolling Stones weren’t always “old” music. Jimi Hendrix was actually alive at one point. Janis Joplin, who would have turned 71 the other day, at one point was young enough to have not yet put out a vinyl record. Hell, at one point even vinyl records were considered the “new” technology.
Are bands today still making music that will be considered “classic” when the next generation rolls through? What music will be playing on that “classic” rock radio in 25 years? Remember that a classic song is one that is written so well that it speaks to several generations, and gets stuck in your head for all the “right” reasons – though “right” can be fairly subjective.
What songs from the last 5 years will be considered classics, and why?