Here’s the thing… I never assumed I was unaware of my surroundings until I realized I know nothing about pop culture past the year 2012. It’s sad to say my younger self was much hipper, and knew what was cool. Maybe, no scratch that…I have chosen to live in box with my 1960’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s classic hits. I am proud to say I have been broadening my horizons to a few of today’s modern artists here and there. However most of these artists/bands are some variation of rock music, and sound like a product of another time. So what the heck is the rest of my generation listening too??
Now, I can’t just group the entirety of Gen Z into one specific category. Everyone has their own taste in music. I wanted to know what were some defining artists/songs/singles that my generation bopped to. So I asked.
13 of my peers were asked these following questions:
“What were 10 songs you listened to consistently in 2018?”
“What genre of music would you say you listen to the most?”
Now I gotta say I love the variety..
California Here We Go, The Garden; 88 , Inner Wave; Reminiscing, The Buttertones; Don’t Worry Baby, The Beach Boys; Happy Together, The Turtles; Dreams Tonite, Alvvays, Love My Way, The Psychedelic Furs; Let It Happen, Tame Impala; Blue Sunday, The Doors; What Once Was, Her’s.
Patrick: Indie Rock
The Meaning Of The Ritual, Villagers; Take A Number, Stone Sour; If You Ever Want To Be In Love, James Bay; You’re a Lie, Slash, Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators; World’s On Fire, Skindred; Before I forget, Slipknot; Black Sun, Death Cab for Cutie; Cascade, Goldmund; Sway, Dimtry Evgrafov; Weight of Love, The Black Keys.
Alexis: Country and R&B
My Side Of The Fence, Dan+Shay; Trip, Ella Mai; Whiskey And You, Chris Stapleton; Old Love Feels New, Chris Young; Shot Clock, Ella Mai; You Make It Easy, Jason Aldean; Drowns The Whiskey, Jason Aldean; You Make It Easy, Jason Aldean; Beautiful Crazy, Luke Combs; Die From A Broken Heart, Maddie And Tae; Whiskey, Smithfield; Back To Life, Rascal Flatts; 5 more minutes, Scotty McCreery.
Mykayla: Lo-fi Swing and Hip Hop
Flaming Hot Cheetos, Clairo; Who, TSUKI ft Shiloh; We’ve Never Met, But Can We Grab A Cup Of Coffee, In Love With a Ghost; Bellyache, Billie Eilish; Sunflower, Rex Orange County; Sundress, A$AP Rocky; One Of Them, G-Eazy; Looking Like This, Lyre Le Temps; Flex, HMLTD.
Miasma, Ghost; Head Like A Hole, Nine Inch Nails; Remedy, Seether; Gasoline, Seether; Doc Holliday, Volbeat; Turn the page, Metallica; Lateralus, Tool; Here to Stay, Korn; Inside the fire, Disturbed; N.o.e.l, Psycostic.
Kaili: Jazz and Indie Rock
Rosanna, Toto; Devil May Care, Cécile McLorin Salvant; Beauty Has It Hard, Joshua Redman; Bad Dreams, Joywave; Madeline (Feat. Charles Hodges), You Me and Apollo; I Need My Girl, The National; What Would You Do, Tigers Jaw; Hold The Line, Toto; Below, Embracer; Hai Bby, The Bilinda Butchers.
Teodoro: Indie and Alternative
Sunflower, Rex Orange County; My Sight, Mild Orange; Dwindle, Craft Spell; I’ve Been Thinking To Hard, Yellow Days; Not Enough, Fur; Chamber Of Reflection, Mac Demarco; Little Dark Age, MGMT; These Day’s, Wallows; Skiptracing, Mile High Club; Slow Dancing In The Dark, Joji; Lo Que Siento, Cuco.
Brooklynn: Pop Rap
I Like It, Cardi B; Psycho, Post Malone; Love lies, Khalid; 3:15, Bazzi; Sad, XXXtentacion; Havana, Camila Cabello; Lucid Dreams, Juice WRLD; Nice for what, Drake; Beautiful, Bazzi (Feat: Camila Cabello); Pretty little fears, 6lack; Better Not, Louis the Child.
G : Indie
Moving Day, My Moms Old Band (Dolphins Kill For Love); 1975, Billy Raffoul; Hallucinogenics, Matt Maeson; Mercy Lewis, Capaldi; Sister Golden Hair, America; American Girl, Tom Petty; A Save Situation, The Format; Take It Easy, Eagles; Somebody’s Baby, Jackson Browne; All The Kids Are Depressed, Jeremy Zucker.
Brittni: R&B, Rock (of many variations) and Hip Hop
Marceline, Willow Smith; DNA, Kendrick Lamar; Whipped Cream, Ari Lennox; Mic Drop, BTS; Do I Wanna Know, Arctic Monkeys; Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked, Cage The Elephant; Arsonists lullaby, Hozier; Level Up, Ciara; Bad Bad News, Leon Briggs; Heavy Metal and Reflective, Azealia Banks.
Emmanuel: Metal and Rock
All Out Life, Slipknot; Supernova, Powerman; Death Magnet, Metallica; Absolute Zero, Stone Sour; Mad Hatter, Avenged Seven Fold; Hola Adriana, Bear Ghost; Tranz, Gorillaz; Rubi, Dollski; My Vow, Black Veil Brides; Duh Hast, Rammstien.
Jake: Pop and James Arthur
Back From The Dead, James Arthur; Sermon, James Arthur; Prisoner, Train Wreck and Phoenix, James Arthur; Sorry Not sorry, Demi Lovato; Ruin The Friendship, Demi Lovato; Sober, Demi Lovato; Can You Hold Me, NF; If I Ain’t Got You, NF.
Gavin: Indie and Alternative
Dead Crush, Alt J; Summertime Magic, Childish Gambino; Ocean Drive, Duke Dumont; Chateau Lobby #4, Father John Misty; Shrike, Hozier; The Man, The Killers; Waves (Tame Impala Remix), Miguel; Loving Is Easy, Rex Orange County; Bette Davis Eyes, Rogue Wave; Electricity, Dua Lipa.
A favorite among the people seems to be Indie or alternative forms of music. Now this is only based on the following people I asked, but Gen Z isn’t defined. WE LIKE IT ALL! Each person is unique just like our music tastes, or maybe I am actually a grandma. The world may never know.
Also special thanks to everyone who I interviewed! I couldn’t have done this without you!