Millennials prefer music from past ‘golden age’ as compared to today’s pop music : study claims

Music is something which almost every listens, it’s often called as a food for soul. The reasons people like to listen to music can be varied, like some people listen music to change their mood, some play songs to celebrate some event while the others do it while driving. Thus, music serves a large part of the audience. Good music often inspired good singers who feel entitled to serve to this small community. Not everyone is a good singer, a recent study has claimed that golden oldies have found a place in the minds of the millennials. They are found to be liking the music of the past as compared to the contemporary pop music. This study must have made the artists to re-think their approach towards popular music.

Songs from the past proved to be more memorable

The study found that the songs from the 1960s and 1990s proved to be more memorable than the songs of the 21st century. These results were found by the researchers who conducted the study. These scientists who wanted to conduct this study collected a group of millenneal, later they made them listen to a song from each year. In 643 participants, the results were astonishing. The people in age group 18 to 25 were able to recognize the top tunes that were released in 1960s and 1999. In contrast, when they were made to hear the latest songs, their memory was not helping them much as compared to those older songs.

Dr Pascal Wallisch, who belongs to New York University in the US said, ‘The 1960s to 1990s was a special time in music, reflected by a steady recognition of pieces of that era-even by today’s millennials.‘ The researchers found that those songs which reached the top charts between 60s and 90s were quite varied as compared to the songs being released in modern times. The reasonable examples of this phenomenon are When a Man Loves a Woman’ by Percy Sledge (1966), ‘Baby Come Back’ by Player (1977) and ‘The Tide is High’ by Blondie (1980). There were other popular songs like ‘Knock Three Times’, ‘I’m Sorry’ and ‘Truly’. The songs which researchers selected for study purpose were those which reached the number one on the Billboard Top 100 between 1940 and 1957. These participants were made to hear a random line from these 152 songs and were asked to recongize the entire song.

When the results were compiled, it was found that there was a steep decline in the recognition ability of the participants regarding the hits between 2000 and 2015. This research in detail can be found in journal Public Library of Science ONE.

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