Irelyn Rogan, 10
Over the past week I have been thinking about how much music has changed over the past couple years. What people used to think was “crazy” and “rock and roll” is considered modest or laid back now. The most “insane” music they had back in the day was Led Zeppelin and the Beatles, while now we have Lil Pump and Drake. I decided to ask some of my peers about what they think about popular songs from the previous generations!
When asked about the song “Hey Jude” by the Beatles, Kemissa Michel, a sophomore here at James River, was overjoyed and said that it was the “best song ever!” Along with Mary Grace Walsh, sophomore, saying that “it’s great and a sweet song!” Led Zeppelin's hit “Stairway to Heaven” wasn’t as big of a hit with today’s youth. Nicole Brice, sophomore, calls it “really cheesy,” along with Aubrey Premock, saying that “it’s a little too mellow for my taste.”
The third song that I asked about was “Baba O’Riley” by the Whos, and this song had people stumped! The majority of people I asked about this song, had never even heard of it. The final song that I had asked about was “Satisfaction” by the Rolling Stones. To my suprise, many students had never even heard of the song, and if they did, it was only because of their parents liking it.
Finally, I asked students about who their favorite band singer was from previous generations. Cassie Johnson, sophomore, said that her favorite was “Queen”. When I asked Britney Shelor, sophomore, about older versus present day music, she responded with “I like Elton John and a lot of older artists because their music is played with real instruments, while today it’s a lot of techno stuff and it sounds fake and weird sometimes.”
In conclusion, what people may have thought as huge hits back in the day are now either irrelevant or still favorites! What do you think of these songs?