I became a teenager at the end of 1981 so many of the songs of that era have a special hold on me (one of my faves from ’81 is below). However, I am not an elitist when it comes to music, so there’s no pretending that it was the best music ever made; nor will I say that today’s music is worse.
No. Anybody that does that (in regards to any ear or genre of music) is missing out on a lot of potential enjoyment. For example, there are many people who will only listen to classic rock, and they are perfectly happy hearing the same 50 songs over and over again. You know, those songs are great, but why limit your listening pleasure to such a small window?
There is about 60 years of rock music that you can listen to, and in tons of subgenres. You couldn’t hear it all in a lifetime, but you could discover a lot of great songs. It requires a bit of an open mind, but you don’t need to be an expert (I’m not). Listen to rock music as a fan. Find something new to you. Open your mind, open your ears, and enjoy!
Now…for one of my favorite songs from 1981. It’s fitting because it combines several different genres, and it was way ahead of its time.