Millennials grew up on the excruciatingly-sappy-to-adult-ears songs of Barney, the Dinosaur. Got any guesses on what you think they’d orient toward as young adults? Yep, you got it: happy sing-song-y songs. La-de-da-da. With any generation, as it ascends into young adulthood, they redefine what it means to be in that phase of life, including the music that is considered popular.
While GenX met young adulthood full of cynicism — and songs (and tone) to match — Millennials are an optimistic, can-do generation. Explore the dark edge, holes and dysfunction of society? No way; that’s the GenX role. Songs they like sing of and toward bright futures the Millennials know they individually and collectively have. The songs that resonate for them are happy, sing-around-the-campfire songs, upbeat, sing-song-y, with happy lyrics. As with any generation in young adulthood, the music they listen to is often created by the latter-half of the next-elder generation more in-tuned to the next gen. But that changes over time, as more of their own generation moves into young adulthood and they occupy that role fully.
Now, I’m not, by any means, any sort of historian, avid follower of, or super-knowledgable gal when it comes to pop culture and music; I know there are many paths, subpoints and examples to prove this point otherwise. It’s the large trends and how they sync with generations that’s my focus. Here’s a taste of some of these songs. I don’t dislike them, but I find they sure do drip with the heavy taste of saccharine. 🙂