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10 Reasons Thousands Now Listen To Classic Rock Songs Who Never Thought They Would

By rocknation / March 15, 2016

It’s been decades since the heyday of classic rock but its appeal is still as strong now as it was in the 60’s.

Wondering why so much of this music has not only stuck around but gained generations of new listeners?

In no particular order, here’s ten reasons thousands of people still listen to classic rock.

10) Envy of the 60’s

Let’s face it, the 60’s and 70’s were a time of massive social upheaval and iconic music. Young people then were glued to the radio, not their phone.

No matter how much young people nowadays love their smart phones, they’re still a little jealous of all that real interaction they’re missing out on.

They feel like they are channeling that when listening to classic rock (probably through their earbuds).

9) Martin Scorcese Films

Scorcese has been a popular filmmaker since the 1970’s. He’s not only directed several biopics on rock groups like The Band, he’s also used classic rock in nearly every film he’s ever produced.

Oftentimes he’s accompanied scenes of intense violence with rock music from The Rolling Stones, The Clash, or The Animals, not to mention many other bands from the era.

8) Presidential Election Season

If you’ve attended a political rally or watched one on television, chances are you’ve had some classic rock blasting your way.

Politicians have long employed the use of classic rock in an attempt to reach the heartstrings of their potential constituents.

Case in point, Donald Trump has been playing the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Bruce Springsteen. Bernie Sanders has been opting for Simon and Garfunkel and Neil Young.

7) American Idol

The show American Idol is hugely popular with a wide demographic, from Generation Z through baby boomers.

And even though the performers are usually Millenials, they still embrace classic rock, frequently crooning The Rolling Stones or Queen for their international audience.

6) Video Games

The popular video game “Guitar Hero” re-introduced thousands of young players to the majesty that is classic rock. Kids as young as 6 or 7 can now imagine they are rocking a guitar with licks from Aerosmith and The Outlaws.

Bonus: their parents don’t mind listening once they nail the song.

5) Marijuana Legalization

The recent legalization of marijuana for medicinal use in many states has opened up a legal pathway for many former hippies to relive the days they barely remember from the 60’s and 70’s.

Now that it’s legal to treat yourself for ailments from glaucoma to depression with pot, it’s only appropriate to put on some Jefferson Airplane or Led Zeppelin to accompany your high.

4) Gray haired Spinning Teachers

Classic rock is a seriously good motivator for your workout, and chances are the coach at your local gym uses it to help you burn off some calories.

A playlist packed with hits from the 60’s and 70’s will definitely help you pass the time as you get in shape.

3) You’re on a road trip.

In the 60’s and 70’s, taking a joyride or a road trip was a rite of passage for any young person. Of course, back then they only had to turn on the radio to pump up songs from Steppenwolf or The Who.

Nowadays you can just flip to “Born to be Wild” on your I-pod to channel that vintage feeling of freedom.

2) Great Relationships with Parents

The Millennium generation is more connected and closer to their parents than prior generations were, with more empathy going both directions in their relationships.

It could be the decline of corporal punishment or the ability of the Baby Boomers to relate to their children, but kids and young people nowadays actually think their parents are kind of cool and enjoy the music of their generation.

1) Baby Boomers Program the Radio Stations

Baby Boomers are successful and they control what you listen to. Whether programming radio stations, producing television advertisements, or DJing their kids birthday parties, you can count on them pumping up the volume on some classic rock every time.

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