Why do old people hate new music?

When I was young I was trying to make sense of all around me.

I discovered music and I discovered radio. Radio brought me that music. I didn’t realise, but, in the bigger picture the music I loved was new music. It was the the new and exciting pop music of the day. I was hungry for it and always wanted more.

What I couldn’t really understand as a teenager was how anybody could not love this new music. It was with a considerable shock that I discovered the old people of the day hated it. They weren’t indifferent to it, they openly hated it. Indeed, in those days the old people didn’t just hate new music, but actually thought it was Satan‘s conduit for corrupting the young. The dance moves of Cliff Richard, Tom Jones or Mick Jagger were all progressively making the heads of old people explode.

New music was completely rejected by the old people, and they publicly said horrible and hurtful things about and to the youth generation of the day. Discussions between the old people told us how we were disgusting and things had gone to pot since ‘their day’.

Everything we, as youth, valued, the old people dismissed as irrelevant. When the old people had been young,things were wonderful. Yet the youth of the day, back in the 1960s and 1970s were wasters with no proper values and they listened to terrible and irrelevant music produced by people who really should get their hair cut.

Any child of the 1960s and 1970s suffering this relentless and disgusting dismissal by the old people would surely want to grow old remembering the horror of how old people behaved when they were young.

Surely they’d be more accepting of the choices today’s youth make?

Surely they’d have learnt to not be like the old people had been in their youth?

Apparently not. Very sadly, the abused have become the abusers. Today’s old people are doing to today’s young people exactly the same thing.

It appears today’s old people love to sneer and snarl about the new music that today’s young people are listening to. They love nothing better than telling today’s young people that nothing is as good as it was in the 1960s and 1970s. Everything, according to today’s old people, is so very crap compared to 40 or 50 years ago.

Old radio anoraks are some of the worst offenders. They will bully and point fingers at today’s radio and make tutting noises at anybody within earshot. They will almost burst a blood vessel if anybody dare say they enjoy any of today’s radio. The old people will typically slag off BBC Radio 1 despite being 30 years outside of its intended demographic, and having never listened to any of the different new music show s on it because it’s not a 1960s pirate radio station.

Instead of enjoying any of today’s new music forms, they immediately dismiss them without listening. With closed minds, the old people want to listen to 30 or 40 songs that were ‘new’ 30 or 40 years ago. They refuse to listen to any of the ever changing new music, declaring it ‘shite’.

Sadly, they don’t remember that back in the 1960s and 1970s that’s exactly what old people used to say about those cherished 30 or 40 songs when they were brand new music.

If they did bother to think back to what they went through as teenagers, surely they’d not want to cruelly put today’s teenagers through the same thing?

Maybe today’s old people have forgotten that aspect of their youth and what the old people used to angrily say to them.

You’d kind of assume they hadn’t forgotten, since they constantly want to reminisce and replay over and over again the music and events of their youth. You’d think they’d remind themselves that old people weren’t nice, and you’d think they’d not want to copy them. Yet they do.

One comment

  1. As a music enthusiast, this is a topic i have considered a lot over the years. I find myself fitting into this mold as well which is even stranger , but at the same time quite useful.
    By no means do i hate all new music. Indeed, there are quite often new releases that i quite enjoy. They are fairly few and far between though. If i play my own music though , i tend to listen to stuff from the 1980’s as that’s the era of music that i like the best.
    I have found, by experimenting on myself , if i download and listen to tunes from that era that i have never heard before – maybe album tracks, or just tracks that didn’t chart – therefore they are new to me – i am far more likely to like them than any material from the present day. I have come to the conclusion that it must just be down to the style of music rather than only liking stuff i have heard many times before.
    Indeed, i definitely share the sentiment that hearing the same old oldies, time and time again is tedious in the extreme. Indeed, this syndrome has actually resulted in songs that have been firm favorites of mine in the past, ending up been disliked due to the tedium of hearing them played to death on so called ”more music variety” commercial radio stations.
    Every now and then , there is a new artist or band who releases some new stuff that is in what you might call a retro style that i find i like. A couple of examples of these modern acts would be ,’The 1975′ or maybe ‘Daft punk’ or ‘Keane’. These have a style that could have easily been recorded 30 years ago or more.
    I am probably not one of the extreme closed shop cases that your article refers to as it’s true that there are many older people that just assume that anything new or current is just rubbish. I think they hear maybe a few things they don’t like on maybe Radio 1 , and just assume that is all going to be the same , where , in fact , if you take the time to dig around, there almost certainly is new stuff you will like.


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