Rancid wrote:Some research suggests that music taste varies with age. In particular, young people like aggressive music like Metal, Hip Hop, etc. As they get older, their tastes soften a bit. That's not to say they don't enjoy what they used to as a kid, but more that their tastes expand into softer types of music.
I personally have experienced this. In my teen years, I mostly listened to Punk & hardcore. As well as classical, but classical was only because I was studying classical guitar at the same time. These days, while I still enjoy punk, hardcore and their variations, I've found I'm also liking other forms of music more too. In particular, Blues, Funk, and Jazz. Part of this is because I played bass mostly as a kid.
Tastes change for sure, but I'm not convinced that young = aggresive, and old = mellow. I still have Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Led Zep and many other vinyl albums that I've had since the 1970's. I also have at least one Drifters album from that era and a few Motown albums... and others. The point being, I did like heavy metal, but it was a very male thing. If a girlfriend came round I was more likely to put a Drifters or Carpenters album on the turntable [turntable?] than Rainbow or Judas Priest. Trust me, a lack of volume and base paid dividends.
As a kid who grew up in the punk era [b1959-aged 60] I didn't particularly like punk rock. At the time it was heavy metal or nothing and punk was seen as a weak imposter, I remember at the time we all dissed punk. These days as I grow old as disgracefully as I can, my pleasure is the ballet it's the most beautiful art form imaginable, it's perfect. But if I hear a Sex Pistols track I have to stop and listen, it's nostalgia. For some reason God Save the Queen or Anarchy in the UK takes me back to those years more than heavy metal, yet I was a big heavy metal fan at the time. Is there a psychologist in the house?..