Think about this: about 35 years ago, in 1982, these songs were on the Billboard Top 100 chart.
*Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - I Love Rock 'n Roll
- John Cougar - Jack & Diane
- Tommy Tutone - 867-5309/Jenny
- The Go-Go’s - We Got the Beat
- Journey - Don’t Stop Believin’
- Van Halen - Pretty Woman
In 1982, I was in my early teens. Go back 35 years earlier, and these are among the Billboard top 100 for 1947.
- Tex Williams - Smoke, Smoke, Smoke That Cigarette
- Sammy Kaye - The Old Lamplighter
- Arthur Godfrey - Too Fat Polka
- Bing Crosby - The Whiffenpoof Song
- Freddy Martin - Managua, Nicaragua
- Guy Lombardo - Managua, Nicaragua
It wasn’t uncommon to have multiple versions of the same song, by different artists, in that list. The Harmonicats, The Three Suns, and Art Lund all topped the chart with different versions of Peg O’ My Heart. That’s like Katy Perry feat XXXTENTACION, Ariana Grande feat Quavo, and Alessia Cara feat Taylor Swift feat Drake feat Jason Aldean feat Big Sean feat Lil Uzi Vert feat Florida Georgia Line all topping the chart with different versions of Scars to Your Beautiful.
Anyhow, those songs from the 1940s sounded just as old-timey to my ears as ragtime, barbershop qurtet, and songs in a nasal falsetto voice about how merry they feel driving their Oldsmobile and going off to war to battle the Kaiser. To the Millennial crowd, does rock and pop from the 1970s and 1980s sound just as old fashioned to you, as if it’s a relic from a long-past era?