The power of music is undeniable. It can bring people from different backgrounds and groups together, no matter the generation they belong to or how diverse that group may be in age range--old enough for history but young still aspiring towards tomorrow's possibilities.
It seems that the criteria for popularity in modern society have changed. Modern youth has become more vetty than ever before. They no longer need to prioritize music played on the radio because they can find their niche online, where only one song will speak for them and be liked by everyone with similar tastes in rock or rap videos.
The thread on Twitter where parents tell how their kids came to find out about an incredibly cool song or band they discovered is beyond amazing. It's like people are talking about the same music as your childhood! With over 325K likes and almost 13K retweets so far, it makes you think - has any of us had such awesome surprises from discovering new artists?
A famous writer, a few days shy of 50, tweeted about his 13-year-old goth child ‘discovering’ The Cure
It all started when famous American writer Jeff Sharlet wrote that his “super-goth” 13-year-old once said they were listening to a band that their dad, a few days shy of 50, probably hadn’t even heard of – and that was The Cure. And then the retweets went on…
One Twitter user’s daughter was shocked to know her mom visited Nirvana’s live concert
Among the most beautiful “discoveries” was how one commenter’s daughter’s soul almost left her body after learning that her mother was personally present at Nirvana’s live concert. However, there are still no less interesting moments. For example, about the daughter who heard her father whistling the tune of The Man Who Sold The World, originally written by David Bowie, and was so delighted, kinda: “Wow, you’re listening to Nirvana!”
Among the hits “discovered” by the children of another member of the thread was, in particular, Сareless Whisper by Wham!, Madonna’s Material Girl, and Dancing Queen, originally recorded by the Swedes from ABBA back in 1976.
Another 13-year-old just thought Whitney Houston was ‘the new singer’
Sometimes it turns out that children like some old hits because of a fresh cover version. For example, as the author of one of the tweets says, her 13-year-old daughter asked how her mother liked “this new singer” – Whitney Houston.
Maybe the girl had just listened to the cover of the late singer’s song Higher Love, released in 2019, performed by DJ Kygo, which was very popular then, and increased teenagers’ interest in Houston’s work. Anyway, Whitney, older generations will always love you.
A young guy once asked if his 51-year-old co-worker even knew about a band called Metallica
It’s so funny when young people talk about their “musical finds” to older colleagues – like the 51-year-old tweeter whose 18-year-old coworker once asked if he even knew about the existence of a band called Metallica.
Some of the parents turn out to know music stars personally
And sometimes, it even happens that parents whose children share their own “musical discoveries” with them personally knew the musicians – for example, the author of a tweet who told his nephew how he hung out with The Clash musicians on the set of their video in the early eighties.
It is so amazing when parents and kids can sing some old music hits together
And, of course, teenagers are often dumbstruck when they hear how folks from older generations pick up the lyrics of a song that they just heard somewhere and can easily sing it to the very end. Indeed, as the author of one of the tweets correctly wrote – “I had a life before you too, kid!”
In any case, it’s always great when children are interested in really good music and suddenly find some common interests with their parents. In the end, a couple of decades will pass, and this generation’s kids will come to them to share the joy of their new “discovery,” Lil Nas X or maybe Megan Thee Stallion…
As a parent, it can be easy to forget that your kids are growing up in a completely different world than you did. They're exposed to new things every day, both good and bad. One moment, they're playing with their toys, and the next, they're singing along to a song from your childhood that you haven't thought about in years. It can be a bit of a shock, but it's also a reminder that even though times have changed, music is still a powerful force that can bring people together.
Here are some songs that both kids and parents are sure to remember!
1. "All I Wanna Do" by Sheryl Crow
This song came out in 1994, when many of today's parents were in high school or college. The lyrics are about young love and having fun, which never goes out of style. It's no surprise that kids today can relate to this song as much as their parents did when they first heard it.
2. "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston
This song was originally released in 1974, but it gained new life in 1992 when Whitney Houston recorded it for the movie The Bodyguard. The lyrics are about the pain of saying goodbye to someone you love, but they're also about the strength of love and how it endures through everything. It's a timeless message that resonates with people of all ages.
3. "Wonderwall" by Oasis
This song was released in 1995 and quickly became one of the most popular songs of the 1990s. The lyrics are about finding comfort in someone else when the world seems against you. It's a relatable message for anyone who has ever felt lost or alone.
It can be surprising and even heartbreaking when your kids know all the words to songs from your youth. But it's also a reminder that music is a powerful thing that can connect people across generations. So next time your kids start singing along to one of your old favorites, take a moment to enjoy it and cherish the memories that come flooding back.
We’re pretty sure you’ve been in a similar situation, whether on the parents’ or children’s side. Either way, your comments and stories are highly appreciated – after all, the show must go on.