Why do people prefer music from their teenage years?
July 30, 2007 6:30 AM Subscribe
Why do people tend to gravitate more strongly towards music that was popular in their teen years?
posted by desjardins to Grab Bag (43 answers total) 27 users marked this as a favorite
I was a teenager from 1987-1994, and the music from those years just sounds "right" to me, especially at the tail end of that era (think Offspring, Green Day, Counting Crows, etc.). Music before that time seems dated, and music created after that time, while sometimes likable, never holds my interest the same way.
Mr. desjardins is 4 years older than me, and he tends to like stuff from the early 80s.
When I was growing up, my mother listened to stuff that had to be popular when she was a teenager. I used to make fun of my parents for listening to "oldies," but now I'm the one listening to music from 15-20 years ago. Yet it still sounds current to me.
Is there something in the adolescent brain that imprints music more strongly?