I’m not sure if that was the right way to phrase that question.
Anyway, I was sitting here listening to the radio when “Layla” (original 1970 version) came on the radio, and I was thinking about what a great song it was. When I was a kid, this was the kind of music that I more or less thought of as being from my parents’ generation, but that didn’t stop me from listening it. It’s a great tune, as are many other rock/pop songs from the 1960s and 1970s. And I don’t think it’s terribly different, genre-wise, from rock songs that are released today. You certainly wouldn’t listen to it and think, “Wow, that sounds old-timey.”
So, Layla was originally released in 1970, 42 years ago. When I was a kid in the 80s, something released that long ago would have been WWII-era, and there’s no way I was listening to old-timey Sinatra songs or “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” or anything like that, when I was a kid or now for that matter. I realize that some people do still enjoy that genre, but that’s the genre that was popular in the 1940s, and it’s completely, totally different from the genre that was popular when I was a kid in the 1980s. But here we are in the 2010s, and the 1940s stuff still sounds really old-timey, whereas the 1970s music sounds “normal,” for lack of a better term.
If I had a handle on musicology terms or whatever, I might have been able to do a better job with my OP, but hopefully people get the gist of what I’m asking.