A great artist known as Kurt Cobain once said, “We’re so trendy we can’t even escape ourselves”. In this day and age anything has the potential to be the next big trend, for example, over-sized t-shirts for guys and chokers for girls. However, right now different kinds of music genres are heavily trending. The era of Ozzy Osborn, Kurt Cobain, James Hetfield, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr have long since passed. Now-a-days it’s Drake, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar, and Kanye West.
What happened to songs with meaning and passion behind them? The era of classic rock was probably one of the best times for music ever; so rich in culture. The songs that come out today are about drugs, sex, partying, and popularity. Songs now are filled with repetitiveness and swearing. Is that really what you want your 12 year old to listen to? Rather than songs about what’s going on in the world or a better look into what depression feels like.
The impact that classic rock had was mainly because of the lyrics, long instrumental intros and the passion that the band had for music. It was truly inspirational. “I’d rather be hated for who I am than be loved for who I am not,” said Kurt Cobain. That quote is so contradictory to a quote that you would hear from a song today. For example “I can eat any beat like a monster”… Really? How does that have any significance to what is going on? Yes some songs these days have messages behind the lyrics but there are not as many as there was in the classic rock era.
The complicated guitar riffs or the insanely amazing vocals from the singer are truly amazing. Also known as the “grunge” era, Nirvana took over the spotlight with their song, “Smells like Teen Spirit.” The different sounds of the guitar, to the different tones in his voice are incredible. Most songs that fall into this category are similar quite similar. They don’t contain the same 3 cords throughout the whole song, it’s mixed and changed a bit more too creative a heavier effect on the listener. Metallica’s song, “Enter Sandman”, has a longer intro than most songs today. Not starting the vocals until 1 minute and 10 seconds rather than Drakes song, “Fake Love”, that starts after 13 seconds.
As well as the incredible vocals and instrumental parts of the music, you can find a lot about religion in most classic rock songs. Led Zeppelin’s song “Stairway to Heaven” talks about a girl “buying a stairway to heaven”. As well as Black Sabbath’s song “Is God Dead”, talking about how religion can be lost as well as found after an event that has taken place in a person’s life. Searching for answers to his questions, being lost in darkness. Having faith from his “father, brother, maker, and savior”. A whole song to God, even if they leaned more towards a cult, there is still so much religion in their music. Some songs have God in them today, but it’s more of them asking for forgiveness for smoking or having sex rather than searching for him.
The definition of classic rock is, “popular, meaningful, music”. These bands, Nirvana, Black Sabbath, and Led Zeppelin were all once amazingly popular and still can be with older listeners who grew up listening to their music. Some people will ask how I can categorize the grunge era as classic rock. Well the answer to that is it’s powerful, none of the bands talked about being famous or anything insignificant in their interviews or songs. They were truly in it for the music, to be able to create something fascinating. To be heard and recognized for it is something completely different for them. That is why I consider this era of music to be above all the others.