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Go Ahead And Admit It: You Like Your Parents’ Music

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By Bill Doyle

One day a couple of months ago, we did a topic on people whose musical tastes did not correspond with their era; I was expecting we would hear from hipsters who liked Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack era, but we wound up hearing from a lot of 19 and 20 year olds who were into classic rock.

New research may help explain that phenomenon. In a piece in Pacific Standard, research from Psychological Science found that while the most recent songs garnered the biggest responses from the young adults surveyed, two other eras scored well: the late 60s and early 80s. The researchers postulate that’s because, if you’re a twenty-something, chances are your parents came of age in the 80s and played that music in the house. The response to the late 60s would correlate to a twenty-something’s grand parents. So, parents, be careful what music you play in the house because one day your child will be nostalgic for it.

Do you have musical taste from a different era? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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