Music: Millenials Say it’s No Longer Cool to Like “the Old Stuff”

For decades, when it came to musical tastes it was always cool to like “the old stuff.” About two to three records in, if a band changed their style or went pop, they were considered “sellouts.”

The narrative has changed, as millennials now say the “new stuff” is better, and that “selling out” is actually a good thing. According to a recent P.U. poll, 82 percent of millennials would like to see their favorite bands sell out by their third album.

“It keeps things fresh,” said John Gallam, a 23-year-old Starbucks barista. “I mostly listen to metal and hard alternative rock, and I prefer bands to mellow out by their third album. At that point, I’d love for them to go acoustic or at least slow down their riffs.”

The societal shift is a relief to some millennials who used to feel social pressure to denigrate a band’s new album, even if they liked it.

“It’s a huge relief,” said Ronnie Garrison, a connoisseur of rock-gone-pop music. “When the new Goo Goo Dolls album came out, it was amazing to be able to say, ‘This is their best album yet!’ I finally feel like I can be myself.”

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