Is ’90s Music Objectively Better?
Laura Lee - March 22, 2018

It Couldn't Be Done

By Edgar Guest

Somebody said that it couldn't be done But he with a chuckle replied That "maybe it couldn't," but he would be one Who wouldn't say so till he'd tried. So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin On his face. If he worried he hid it. He started to sing as he tackled the thing That couldn't be done, and he did it!

Somebody scoffed: "Oh, you'll never do that; At least no one ever has done it;" But he took off his coat and he took off his hat And the first thing we knew he'd begun it. With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin, Without any doubting or quiddit, He started to sing as he tackled the thing That couldn't be done, and he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done, There are thousands to prophesy failure, There are thousands to point out to you one by one, The dangers that wait to assail you. But just buckle in with a bit of a grin, Just take off your coat and go to it; Just start in to sing as you tackle the thing That "cannot be done," and you'll do it.

We all love ’90s music, love to listen to it, to talk about it, to reminisce about it and to relive it. But when it comes to better or worse, can we really say that the music of that time period was actually better than that of today?

Truth be told, we have been building our music taste since our teenage years and early 20s. These acquired tastes stick with us throughout our lives. So depending on how old you are, you will still most likely listen to the music from that period of time in your life.

There is however, something important that should be noted about music before the 2000s came about. In the past century, each generation has claimed their own unique music style and has used it as a way to divide themselves between the parent generation.

But today, things have changed. Teenagers prefer hit songs, regardless of which time period they are from, and are no longer loyal to a specific artist anymore. There is also no longer any specific preferred style.  Unfortunately, teenagers are no longer willing to pay for music. It’s all about YouTube nowadays.

Why might this be? Maybe since multi samplers came into play in the ’90s, every possible noise, sound-mix was introduced and innovated music. But since then, there really hasn’t been any real innovation for music. The lyrics are of course different and reflect more current issues, but the sound, performance, and melody structure are all pretty much the same.

So if people have the choice between hundreds of millions of music products, and there’s no real difference, then why would they buy or sponsor it? Well, they simply wouldn’t.  According to data analytics, out of 650 million songs that exist, people only listen to 300,000 songs.