Modern musicians look to the past for inspiration

Music tastes among generations changes and varies depending on age. For our parents it was the sound of 70s and 80s rock. For our grandparents, it was 50s doo wop and beginnings of rock and roll. Our generation's taste in music changes frequently. However in recent years artist have begun to put their own spin on the music of the past. 

Musicians like One Direction, Little Mix, Taylor Swift and many others are channeling artists that are beyond their years. One Direction and Taylor Swift have topped the charts this year with their 80s inspired tunes. Taylor's album, "1989," sold 968,000 copies within it's first week out, and she's practically stayed on the charts since with her multiple singles from her album.

One Direction's biggest hits over the past year contain heavy 80s rock influence. Niall Horan, a member of One Direction, told Billboard, "I love that '80s rock vibe, I'm a massive Eagles fan." 

One Direction's other influences include The Police, Fleetwood Mac and of course, The Rolling Stones. That 80s rock vibe seems to be working out pretty well for them considering there record breaking career and their sold out stadium tour. 

A vast majority of the biggest hits in music this year have had oldie influences at the heart of the song. Meghan Trainor's song, "All About That Bass" has a 1950s doo wop vibe, which was number one on the charts for a solid eight weeks. Recently the British girl group, Little Mix, released their own modern day '50s doo wop song called, "Love Me Like You." The girls music video for the poppy tune even has oldies influence, within hours of being released the video hit 3 million views.

The musicians from the 1950's till the 1980's were the trailblazers for today's artist. People like John Lennon, Stevie Nicks, John Lennon, Elvis Presley, and Queen built the foundation for what the music world has become today. Without these musical geniuses, the artists we listen to on a daily basis may have never been inspired.

If a band like The Eagles had never existed, then it's possible someone like Niall Horan may have never pursued a music career. The new and innovated way of producing music that is influenced by old time rock and roll will grasp the next generation of music lovers or inspire the next Mick Jagger.

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