Op-ed: Classic Rock Music remains popular for good reason

Marina Gonzalez, News Editor

Classic rock music is the type of music that many people from the older generation have listened to for many years.
According to media marketing firm Hubbard Chicago, people from the age groups of 35-65 and almost half of the 25-34 group consider classic rock as their favorite genre.
As a young person, I did not know much about classic rock music until I took a class called History of Rock and Roll. I learned about rock music and many famous artists from the past from Professor Robert Martinez, who teaches the course at Bakersfield College.
Taking that class and learning about classic rock was what made me start listening to this music in the first place and I have been listening to it ever since. I’ve learned to really appreciate this genre of music.
How young people have learned to appreciate classic rock is from their parents listening or playing this music to their kids, which means that kids will eventually start listening to this music, according to an article in Psychology Today.
I remember the times when my mom would always play some songs by Queen such as “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Another One Bites the Dust” in her car when we went on our road trips out of town. Those were times that made me start listening to Queen more often.
Classic rock music is also known for having some of the most legendary bands from the past that have incredible music such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Black Sabbath, and many more.
As I continued listening to classic rock more, bands like KISS, Queen, and AC/DC have become my favorites to listen to all the time. These bands have made some of the best songs that I love listening to.
KISS has become my number one favorite band and some of my favorite songs of theirs are “Detroit Rock City”, “I Was Made For Lovin’ You”, “Forever”, and “Modern Day Delilah”.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic began, there were some big bands such as Aerosmith, Def Leppard, Joan Jett, and KISS with David Lee Roth were doing some big tours to perform everywhere, according to the Live for Live Music website. However, those tours have been put on hold and rescheduled because of the pandemic.
My mom and I went and saw my favorite band KISS perform in concert at a local concert venue, and it was the best concert we had ever seen.
Classic rock music has and always will be the most popular genre of music. Of course, what constitutes classic will continue to change as time passes and contemporary music becomes oldies. Whether people, young or old people listen to it, it will live on forever.