If you’ve been anywhere near an old music video on Youtube (the likes of Simon and Garfunkel, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Depeche Mode etc.) and make the mistake of your life by deciding to go in the comments section, you’ll notice a lot of people going on and on about how they were born in the “wrong generation”, because during the times of said bands, the state of music was better than it is today. After all, there weren’t any Katy Perrys, Taylor Swifts, Adeles and such back then. Or were there? OF COURSE THERE WERE! Want a hint? Check out the disco era of the 70s and 80s…
When it comes to music, there is no such thing as the wrong generation. People have this idea that during the times of Freddie Mercury, James Hetfield in his prime, Robert Plant in his prime and so on, their bands were popular and played on the radio. They’re wrong. I mean they received airplay, but they weren’t the most popular ones. Dig up any charts from the 80s and 90s and, while you may find said rock/good music bands there, they won’t be on the top of the charts. Just because you listen to them doesn’t make them popular. And even nowadays you have bands just as good.
My personal favorite bands, aside from Queen, are Rise Against and Avenged Sevenfold. The latter two are actually fairly well-known and have had world tours for quite some years now. But are they anywhere near the top of the Billboard Top 100 chart? No…they are not. You can go to the Billboard Top 100 website and check for yourself. Wanna bet that 20-30 years from now people will be thinking they were born in the wrong generation because back in the day these two bands were popular?
There is no “wrong generation”. As a guy called Buckley said in a video in which he talks about this, you are actually born in the “right generation”. The reason is that you actually have access to old and new music at the same time, meaning you can enjoy the music of the old without sacrificing the music of the new.
In the end, I think people need to realize that music wise, it wasn’t really better in the past when it comes to music on the radio or on TV. Charts will always favor catchy pop songs for a very simple reason: they are catchy. People can’t get them out of their head and there are actually patterns and algorithms which can help you make your song more catchy. Just enjoy your favorite type of music, old and new.