... music was much better than it is today. Yep. I've become that guy. But am I wrong? No, I'm not.
The other day, "Zero" by Smashing Pumpkins came on the radio. I hadn't heard the song in awhile, so when it hit my ears it was like a refreshing jungle oasis in the middle the desert. I began thinking, "Nobody puts out songs this good today. Sure, some of the music is great, but it can't compare to 90s alternative rock. It just can't."
This thought was backed up 1000% by me changing the station at the conclusion of "Zero," and accidentally coming across a Nickelback song.
So which is it? Are rock songs from the 1990s that much better than today's music OR does everyone feel that the music that came out during their developmental years is the cream of the crop? What say you?
My mind can't even handle the debate. I really think each decade/generation has valuable music, but that for rock music, the 1960s and 1990s are ridiculously hard to beat. Hell, even bands like Pearl Jam or Stone Temple Pilots are still putting out music today that cannot compete with their catalog of the 1990s.
Please weigh in- is music actually worse today than it was in the 90s or am I just bias because my birth year is so awesome? I'll create a few example battles to start the debate, and I'll try to pick all songs that I like/love from the 90s and from more current years:
Green Day "Welcome To Paradise" vs. Green Day "21 Guns"
Blur "Song 2" vs. Coldplay "Violet Hill"
Stone Temple Pilots "Vasoline" vs. Foo Fighters "Rope"
Red Hot Chili Peppers "Give It Away" vs. Gorillaz "Feel Good Inc."
Nirvana "In Bloom" vs. Muse "Uprising"
Radiohead "Just" vs. Cage The Elephant "Shake Me Down"
Oasis "Champagne Supernova" vs. Death Cab For Cutie "Soul Meets Body"
Toadies "Possum Kingdom" vs. White Stripes "Seven Nation Army"
This could probably go on all day. Which songs win? Does this small sample size tell us anything? I'm not sure, but it is interesting to think about.
The 90s really did rule for rock music- but maybe some of today's music can compete. What do you think?