They all say “Disco is Dead.”
And while that may be true, we can’t help but wonder:
What else died with it?
The unfortunate fact of the matter is actually that many music genres, including disco, have faded into the oblivion of outdated rhythm.
Each making their own notably sharp appearances for some time on the Billboard chart, all the while having equally notable downfalls.
To strengthen our understanding of this, let’s take a trip on the timeline and head back about 22 years ago, to where we will find the band Sublime basking in the glory of their most recognized hit, “What I Got”, released in 1996.
Most to this day still do not even know that, at that point in time, Sublime held the throne over the development of an upcoming music tide called, Third Wave Ska.
The term “ska” by then a mutated form of calypso style reggae, mixed in with the slight attitude of punk teens voicing their angst and trouble through the mic.
While it is known to have characterized the decade’s whimsical color grunge aesthetic, in the blink of an eye, it disappeared almost as quickly as the 90’s alone.
Fast forward to the early 2000’s, and groups like Papa Roach, Linkin Park, and Slip Knot are leaving a mark on millenials through vocalized screeches and grunts.
Encouraging the expression of what it means to truly struggle, Nu Metal had officially made a battle cry.
Disappointingly enough, the battle soon was lost in the midst of pop music’s overthrow in the 2010’s.
However, despite the tragic endings, it is important to mention that genres like Third Wave Ska, and Nu Metal have led to the other formations of particularly popular music trends today.
At Perkiomen Valley High school, a few students were asked several questions based on personal knowledge gained from the music on their playlists. They were asked some questions about these “dead” genres, and if they somehow still manage to play a small role in what they listen to daily.
Junior, Gabby Naples, explained her view with an open mind stated, “My favorite music genre right now is indie pop because of the different instruments and vocals used in the music production…”
She then continues, “.. I used to listen to a lot of rap, but I decided to branch out and listen to more music that is more outside my comfort zone.
I would have to say of them all, my least favorite genre is country because I do not like the lyrics nor do I like the sound. Genres like Hair metal, and Third Wave Ska have died because in my opinion, only older people used to listen to those genres, and now those older people do not even listen to those particular genres anymore.”
Naples concludes her interview by adding, “In all honesty though, I think I would be glad to give some lost genres a chance on my own playlist.”
Another junior by the of name Erin Dee is more than happy to apply her deeply introspective opinion into the discussion.
“I listen to a lot of different music.” claims Erin. “I feel like I am always listening to Ariana Grande, Frank Ocean, J.Cole, Meek Mill, Ocean Alley, SZA, Daniel Caesr, and even Brent Faiyaz,” laughing she goes, “and that is just to name some.”
Describing her answer further, she shines a light on a recurring theme found within all music that has come and gone.
“I think everyone has music that they have strayed away from. For me, when I was little, it used to be the Hannah Montana, Jonas Brother, and Selena Gomez Disney soundtracks, and that was it. Selena Gomez and The Scene was your typical “girl power” playlist, and it was all just so light at the same time.
Nothing about it was heavy. At that time I didn’t know much about the world, nor did I know much about who I would later become. Nobody really knows when your that age, but then when you do start getting older you start searching for whatever music relates deeper to your own issues, and your own shifting mindset.”
With that the interview ends with senior student Angelina Lionetti.
“As of right now I guess you could say my favorite genre is alternative r&b. For example, my top for that genre right now is definitely Frank Ocean. I like Frank Ocean because most of his music starts slow, and calm, but speeds up but never really speeds up to the point where you can no longer enjoy the song.
Other than that, I used to listen to so much pop punk music. I’m talking about like Mayday Parade, and Pierce the Veil.
I mean I don’t really listen to these bands anymore because I guess I just grew out of that phase of my life, but that doesn’t stop me from time to time listening here and there. It just isn’t my thing anymore.
In the end though, I am a person who would love to give anything musically a chance. Even if that is a second chance.”
From what it seems, nobody should be shocked if even the music we find prime this day in age, happens to become the forgotten tracks of the next generation.