Why do we stop listening to new music as we get older?

Hello all,

Sometimes I find myself wondering why there is so little newer music in my library. Now, before you start in with rants about "New music is terrible!", I found this rather interesting article on the topic. (SFW)


With the maturing of streaming as a music delivery platform, and the ease of being able to surf new artists and music, it might be time to break my old listening habits and find some newer artists.

Happy listening. 




Although it would seem that some of are still enjoying new music there doesn't seem to be any consensus as to who today's best music acts might be.

If you look at the covers of today's bighest music magazines (Mojo, Uncut, Rolling Stone etc) you are still more likely to the likes of Springsteen, Young, U2, Zeppelin, Dylan, Madonna, Hendrix, Beatles etc.

If you read the music section of audio magazines then you are likely to find more interesting articles on reissues of classic albums than any new groundbreaking current release.

As @frankmc195 said earlier, 1980 seemed to be a key year when it came to a slowing down in musical development.

By the end of 1980 we had seen more or less every significant musical genre as well as the murder of John Lennon just after his return to recording.



I don't think any of us are in any serious danger of getting jaded in our tastes. Most of us here seem to be finding plenty of 'new' music to enjoy.

New to us, that is.

Until some current artist (other than Roger Waters, Eric Clapton or Morrissey etc) is willing to stick their head above the parapet and speak up as to what is happening in the world today, then their music can hardly be called current.

Given the enormous social changes we've all been witness to these last 20 years or so I think it's fairly safe to say most of the music produced in that in that time has little more than ephemeral value.

Here today, gone tomorrow.

I think that one  big reason is relating to the artist and or song writer. If someone is 22 years old it is hard for me to relate to their experience- especially when it may be very different from my own personal experiences at that age, which is fast approaching forty  years ago. Today many young artists are  extremely tenanted and their work is highly professional in all ways, but their perspective is not something that I am always willing to pursue.

I do like new music but it is more limited in scope. Plus there are so many genres out there these day, who has  the the  time to  listen to it all?

I simply don’t care for most of the new music. Some yes, but not most. Rather, I go back in time and listen to more and more music from BEFORE the time frame of what I like best. It’s nice to see where "my music" came from.

Still love metal, punk, blues, rock 
born with Sad wings of destiny lp attached to my back with womb fluid !





One other observation I would like to make is that when you get older your choice of music matures... You also begin to realize that some of the contemporary singers can't sing very well and albums are made that promotes singers who aren't really good and cover their voices with background singers or special effects. Music from the 50s to 79 seem to have artist who were brilliant in presenting what music should be. It does happen in modern music but is much more rare than from that time.

I don't know for sure but I would bet that most older audiophiles would tend to prefer jazz singers over other types of genres because of this maturing. It's mostly pure vocals with nice background music.... What do you think am I right or completely off base?