Is old music better than modern music

nostalgiaOld music helps the Corona time to to process

It is no coincidence that we hear many songs from the past during the Corona crisis. Because our current taste in music has a lot to do with nostalgia and memory.

The soundtrack to the corona pandemic seems to be our throwback playlist. This is confirmed by data from streaming giant Spotify, which shows that we are currently listening to a lot more older songs than usual.

Music is always part of a memory

Old songs take us back to a positive time, says musicologist Martin Lücke, professor at the Macromedia University in Berlin.

"Songs from the past ideally put us in a mood that we have already experienced - that is often a positive mood." That can be a great experience with friends, for example, but also the first kiss, the first flat share.

The memories linked to songs can be several decades old, says Martin Lücke.

"There have always been phases of nostalgia"

The feelings of habit, security and nostalgia that we take with us through older music help us to process the new experiences of the Corona period, says Lücke: "For many this is a return to something they know - in one world that you don't know anymore. "

But that is not only the case during the current crisis. "These nostalgic phases have always existed and always will be," explains Lücke.

"In my late twenties, I know what I like."

Martin Lücke, musicologist at the Macromedia University in Berlin

The songs of the past are indeed different for everyone, but there is always a certain age that defines these songs: The most active music time begins in the teenage years and lasts into the twenties.

"Then it stops with many. In addition, by the end of my twenties my taste in music has manifested itself a bit - then I just know what I like," says Lücke.

Our taste in music solidifies

There is no melody that would encourage everyone, says Martin Lücke - taste and memory are always linked to when the mood goes up, and that is individual for everyone.

Using Schlager as an example, the scientist likes to show that we don't always admit our taste: Most of them reject this style of music, "but after a second bottle of beer at the latest and Udo Jürgens' 'I've never been to New York' everyone starts singing along."

These are so-called nostalgic evergreens, "because these songs were omnipresent and because we have included them in our memories."

The researcher is also sure that in ten years there will be something like a Corona playlist - a musical best-of from the current time.