Every generation thinks that their music is the best. Everyone from your grandparents, to your parents, to you, to your children, to your grandchildren think that the musical results of their generation are the best. I remember back in the 90’s when The Fugees came out with “Killing Me Softly” (two time… time) and I thought that was the hottest song around until I listened to it in the car while riding with my Mom who, upon hearing it, simply said “I didn’t know Roberta Flack did that song again.” So… yeah… that wasn’t the “coolest” ride home after that particular statement, but it got me to thinking at a young age that maybe great music goes beyond generational boundaries. That’s when I really started to study music comparing current pop music to past music and it was soon after that I realized how much music gets recycled into various other genres of music (Gospel, rap, hip hop, R&B, elevator music, TV commercials, etc, etc.). As I continued to study and research music past and present, the most interesting thing that I found was that the music that was recycled was the music that could stand the test of time. So perhaps a great song is one that is relatable to any generation or perhaps has one of those undeniable grooves. Just a working theory, but it seems to fit the facts.
What do you think? Shared wisdom makes us all stronger.