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Oldies but Goodies

The music industry is constantly evolving. But then, why is it that so many of us can’t help but sing along to the classic “Hey Jude” or that we continue to play “Don’t Stop Believin’” at every party? So, what exactly is it that makes these oldies but goodies stand the test of time?

 

I often find myself wondering how it’s possible to be nostalgic for something I’ve never had. Whether it be longing to see cult classics like The Breakfast Club in cinemas or wishing I had been in the audience of the Ed Sullivan Show when The

Beatles gave their first iconic American performance, the feeling of wanting to experience these moments of a past I never belonged to is frequent. This isn’t to say I don’t love pop culture today because believe me, I really do. I’ll always brag about discovering One Direction before Harry Styles was the flawless rocker he is now or how I’ve been fortunate enough to meet three of the Harry Potter cast members. But why is it that so far in 2021, my favorite song is “Eight Days a Week,” a Beatles' track that was released way back in 1964?


Besides the given that it’s an absolute bop and that Paul McCartney's 5 octave range is unmatched (for perspective, powerhouses Harry Styles and Adele each have 3 octaves), I think there are a few reasons why I'm obsessed with "oldies" music. First off, I think it says a lot that songs like these have stood the test of time.

Songs always come on and off the radio faster than I can memorize the lyrics. Of course, apps like Spotify help because we can always go back and listen to our favorites on repeat, but at the same time, it offers us such a wide catalogue of music that we never have to hear the same song twice if we don't want. It’s great because as listeners, w