Why I love old music and why you should try it too

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There, I’ve said it! I enjoy random old songs nobody else listens to and only a handful of more recent bands. That’s because I stopped following the musical trends almost ten years ago. Instead, I switched to bands from the ’80s and to obscure genres I don’t even know how to describe. In case you haven’t heard this kind of music before, here is a quick sample.  

Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying the 80s’ music is better than the contemporary one. And of course, not every old hit had a deep message. A lot of the time, the lyrics were cheesy (like “Living next door to Alice” by Smokie) but this doesn’t stop me from singing them from the top of my lungs.  

What I mean is that old music comforts me in a way that the new one simply cannot. This might seem strange, but let me explain why I prefer it:

Old music brings back good memories

My family traveled a lot when I was young. To make time pass faster, my father would put on music on the car’s cassette player. I curled up in the backseat, watching the landscape and listening to songs such as “Brother Louie” by Modern Talking or “Jeanny” by Falco. After a while, I began to like them, even if the lyrics didn’t have any meaning to me then. 

I also remember myself dancing to old music at home, while my parents shared stories from their youth. Music helped us bond. In time, my father’s music became mine too. Fun fact: there is a certain song we haven’t been able to find since we lost the cassette, and it gets on our nerves to this day.

Old music shows the progress of an artist or band through time

While many long-lasting musicals projects come to an end, many of my favorites are still going strong. This means there is a lot of material to catch up with from the debut until the newest album. Depeche Mode, for example, has aged like a fine wine. Their unique electronic sound is unmistakable even after 40 years of activity. The band experimented a lot in terms of sound, voice, and main themes from being playful toward being compassionate and meditative. I enjoy “Stripped” (1986) as much as “Cover me” (2017). They are both timeless, with a strong message that I feel echoing in my heart every time I hit play.

Some songs are simply iconic

`The Final Countdown` by Europe. `Forever Young` by Alphaville. `I will always love you` by Whitney Houston. `We are The Champions` by Queen. `Thunderstruck` by AC/DC. Every karaoke enthusiast has sung at least one of them. Moreover, these anthems are often played at all kinds of events, from competitions to graduation parades. Their meaning is still valid because they represent universal feelings such as anticipation, victory, love, enthusiasm. 

Diversity is the keyword

I bet that anybody who wants to give old music a chance might find something to their liking. The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, ABBA, Madonna, and Michael Jackson are a good start. You might already know some of their songs, but there are a lot more to discover. No? Let’s try something else.  

If you are interested in the Goth subculture, you might try Bauhaus, Sisters of Mercy, and Suspiria. Let’s not forget that the ’70s and ’80s were the golden age of metal, such as Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, and Twisted Sister. Or perhaps you would enjoy electronic music such as New Order and. Tears for Fears. But if genre means nothing to you and you just want to broaden your musical horizon, I suggest David Bowie’s discography, Fleetwood Mac, Jay Hawkins, and The Doors.


Music was and will always be a big part of my life and identity. And like myself, my tastes are forever changing, forever evolving. I still like to explore new bands, but I get back to my old favorites when I need to unwind.

If you want to read more about how music can change your life, I recommend this article.

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