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When Did 'Your Music' Become 'Classic Rock'?
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Re: Eighties
  • 7/31/2014 11:37:24 AM
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@PC:

"it seems that most of contemporary music will not really last past the lifetimes of the creators."

Good observation. Thanks!

Re: Eighties
  • 7/31/2014 11:19:03 AM
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A classic is enjoyed by people who weren't alive when it was created. Shakespeare and Charles Dickens are classic literature. Mozart and Beethoven are classic music. Rembrandt and Michelangelo are classic art.

Given that music from the 60's is already dropping from the playlists of 'Classic Rock' stations, it seems that most of contemporary music will not really last past the lifetimes of the creators.

Re: Eighties
  • 7/31/2014 10:24:28 AM
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@PC: I get your point. In this perspective, how would you define a 'classic music'?

Re: Eighties
  • 7/31/2014 10:00:40 AM
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Mozart and Beethoven are classic in a much more enduring sense than "classic rock" is classic.

As Broadway points out, there is great music from the late 60's, but somehow it doesn't make the playlists of these classic rock stations anymore. (I bet it was there 10 or 15 years back.)

I think MagneticNorth has it exactly right - these stations (and the MTV show too) play music from x years back. This reaches a certain demographic with the songs they remember most from their golden days of youth.

Re: Eighties
  • 7/31/2014 8:19:47 AM
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@PC: Good question. The definition of "classics" has nothing to do with the kind of music or piece of art we grew up with. Not many of us grew up listening to Mozart or Beethoven's classical music. But it is universally acknowledged that most of the works by these artists/musician are classics.

Re: Eighties
  • 7/31/2014 8:10:36 AM
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I don't think Bieber's songs will ever become classics because his music style is an adaptation of existing pop styles. So there is nothing "original" about his songs.

Re: Eighties
  • 7/31/2014 6:11:30 AM
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Yes, pretty much. Classifying something as a classic only requires a substantial amount of time to see if the work remains stellar despite fleeting changes in people's preference. It makes me wonder if any Bieber will be appreciated 20 years from now.

Re: Eighties
  • 7/31/2014 6:06:53 AM
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I think "classic" is a moving target. Back when MTV was about music videos, I came across a show called MTV Classic. I thought the songs were so, so old. But some years later, I came across the same show and saw Mariah Carey's earlier songs being played. I realized I had grown much, much older.

Re: Eighties
  • 7/30/2014 4:42:05 PM
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Great question! I think that may introduce a make-or-break point for radio - what format should we be playing to be profitable?

Re: Eighties
  • 7/28/2014 11:07:03 PM
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@CandidoNick:

"Classics are works of art of recognized and established value.that are judged over a period of time to be of the highest quality and outstanding of its kind."

So if songs from the 90s and 2000s fit into these categories of artwork, they can be seen as classics. 

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