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QOTD – January 23 – Who Wrote the Modern Music Classics?

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.

QOTD:

What songs from the last 5 years will be considered classics, and why?

About Christopher Margolin

Chris Margolin spent more than a decade in Education as a high school English teacher, and is now an Instructional Coach for the Longview School District. He is also the founder of The Poetry Question, an online journal which focuses on reviews of small press poetry publications, and runs a regular series called "The Power of Poetry," where notable poets share their personal stories of how poetry has affected their lives. Margolin resides in Vancouver, Washington with his wife, and daughter.

9 comments on “QOTD – January 23 – Who Wrote the Modern Music Classics?

  1. Robert Long
    January 23, 2014

    I think pretty much every song by One Direction will be considered “classic” because all the teenage girls are in love with them. They’ll be called our generations Beatles and “an instant classic” kind of band. While I feel I want to cry at that, it may be the grim reality.

    Rap songs like the ones Eminem does, will probably also be considered classic because he neglects to use the “N word” that so many other rappers use every other time they say a word. I’ve heard that when he dies, there will be chaos because he won’t be making new songs anymore.

  2. John Fugman
    January 23, 2014

    I’m not really sure about this. “Generation X” is more concerned with the beat of a song and the quality of the hook than the quality of the lyrics as a whole. I believe that for a song to become “Classic” it not only needs to speak to several generations but it also needs to be a top radio song. No one is going to be bumping some obscure, yet incredibly written 25 year old song that got no play on the radio. Also, rock music use to be the mainstream music that the kids listened to and therefor, when we discuss “Classic” music we tend to say mostly rock bands. Most of this generation listens to pop and what is currently considered to be rap. This makes me believe that their “Classic” music will be filled with pop stars and rappers. I do know, because of their fame and the quality and popularity of their music, that Eminem and Carrie Underwood will both be listened to for several generations. While my nieces and nephews enjoy current music by artists like One Direction, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, the Jonas brothers and many more, they seem to be intelligent enough to know when a song is truly great and when one is simply “fun”. If you look through the top 100 songs of the last 5 years there are incredibly written songs, and terrible songs with a catchy hook and a beat kids can twerk to. However, the incredibly written songs are becoming fewer in number. Luckily, one of my nieces rocks out to rock and rap, wears Air Jordan’s, and has posters on her wall that don’t feature teen pop stars. She is able to appreciate high quality lyrics and thus will be able to sit back and vibe to great tunes 30 years from now. My hopes aren’t as high for the other ones.

  3. Joseph Walkley
    January 28, 2014

    I think any band or song that a lot people like would be a classic. Its like how it was 20 plus years ago where any song that was wrote would be a classic now. It will be the same in 20 years from now. Music has changed a alot though from country and rock of how it used to be to all of these terrible bands, thats my veiw, like justin beiber and everyone else. Their music doesnt appeal to me and wont ever be classics to me. But maybe to others.

  4. blake bedlion
    January 28, 2014

    eminem loose your self. This song is all ready known as a classic.

    • mate kochlavashvili
      January 28, 2014

      i agree with that too

  5. Sage
    January 28, 2014

    Inspector Gadget by Chrispy, Ice Cream by Borgore, At Night by Dave Spoon remixed by Benny Benassi, Teleport Massive by Bassnecter. these will all be consider classics because there all EDM songs and in the last five years EDM has evolved so much that anything made in the last year is consider a classic. It will only keep getting bigger, PLUR

  6. justice
    January 28, 2014

    i think a classic is a song that goes down in history or a song that every body likes. for example mj song abc

  7. Taylor Chidester
    January 28, 2014

    1.) “Say Something” by A Great Big World will be a classic because it speaks about how you can fall down in your relationships but you can pick yourself back up and begin again.
    2.) “Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson will be a classic because it helps people get through the rough times by reminding them what is at the end of the struggles. “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” those lyrics mean something to everyone.
    3.) “Jesus Take The Wheel” by Carrie Underwood is and will continue to be a classic because the lyrics are a metaphor explaining that when you’ve had enough and you feel like you can’t handle it anymore you just need to let go and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be there to help you get back on your feet.
    4.) “Demons” by Imagine Dragons will be a classic because it explains how you can ALWAYS get past your demons (hard times) no matter how dark they are.
    5.) “Keep Your Head Up” by Andy Grammer will be a classic because it says how you have to keep your head up through whatever you’re going through.

  8. kentrel
    January 29, 2014

    I really don’t care for the songs nowadays. I think if anything it would be something everyone used to listen to within these last 4 to 5 years. I mean other than Jay z, Kanye, Dr. Dre, Snoop (Lion) Dogg and Eminem.

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