Why is classic rock still so popular whereas genres like disco, grunge, new wave have come and gone?
Never underestimate the power of the largest demographic population yet to be born in the Western world … the Baby Boomers. Not only do we love the music we grew up with, we have shared it with … or indoctrinated, if you wish … our children into the love of this music since they were en utero.
And our children are motivated to continue the trend. My young adult sons recognize the look of joy and pride on my face when they correctly identify the song playing on the radio. They consider it their mission to teach their peers about Woodstock and the Monterey Pops festivals, about the Beatles, Joe Cocker, Guns N Roses, Led Zepplin, and Lynyrd Skynyrd, to name just a few.
The group who came of age during the 80s are running a close second, and they love their Duran Duran, Prince, The Bangles and The Cure. While I appreciate that music, it will never hold the hormonal and primal charge that the era just preceding it does for me.