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Subject: '00s Teens and '90s Music

Written By: mach!ne_he@d on 12/10/15 at 3:44 pm

I wasn't sure where to post this, but, since it deals with the perceptions of '90s music in the 2000's, I figured I might as well put it here.

One of the more stereotypical things about teenagers is their tendency to make fun of music from the previous decade. Teens in the '80s laughed at Disco, while teens in the '90s mercilessly mocked Hair Metal. Oddly, this didn't really happen with '90s music during the '00s, at least within my circle of friends and classmates. As much as we loved Linkin Park, The Strokes and Good Charlotte, we were almost equally into Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins and STP. In fact, one of the earlier CD's I ever purchased was Nirvana's Nevermind back in 1999. I remember walking around my high school campus listening to Black Hole Sun by Soundgarden on my CD player like it was a new song. Could you imagine a high school kid doing that with, say, Motley Crue in 1994 and not getting made fun of? Mid '90s Hip-Hop was also huge with my peers as well. My cousin used to blast Nas' Illmatic album on his stereo more often than anything by Nelly or Ludacris.

I just wondered if this was just exclusive to my peers, or more the norm during the early-to-mid '00s. For any other '00s teens, did you notice '90s music still being popular in your school, or was it considered more passe? Also, for '10s teens, how is '90s music perceived in high school this decade? I figure that it might be even more "en vogue" these days due to the absurd amount of '90s nostalgia out there.

Subject: Re: '00s Teens and '90s Music

Written By: bchris02 on 12/10/15 at 3:59 pm

There was plenty of mocking directed at euro-dance and '90s pop like Boys II Men, Hanson, Spice Girls, All 4 One, etc.  Adult-oriented '90s pop such as Celine Dion was also hated.  In my high school in the early '00s you wouldn't be caught dead listening to something like the Macarena.

Metal and hip-hop remained popular though and there was never a backlash against it.  Probably because the same genres in the '00s were simply an evolution of what originated in the '90s.

Subject: Re: '00s Teens and '90s Music

Written By: #Infinity on 12/10/15 at 6:03 pm

Yeah, teen pop was especially despised throughout the 2000s, as bchris02 already stated.  Commercial rappers such as Puff Daddy, Vanilla Ice, MC Hammer, and Master P were also pretty ridiculed.  Even a lot of pop rock, like Spin Doctors and Hootie & the Blowfish, earned a fair amount of mockery after their prime.

While grunge, britpop, gangsta rap, and alternative weren't viewed too negatively in the 2000s, the 90s were certainly not the only decade with timeless music that has always remained popular.  People never got tired of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Queen, and David Bowie from the 70s, and even a fair amount of 80s music acts, such as Michael Jackson, Talking Heads, R.E.M., Metallica, and Kate Bush remained classic for decades to come.

Subject: Re: '00s Teens and '90s Music

Written By: bchris02 on 12/10/15 at 6:10 pm


Yeah, teen pop was especially despised throughout the 2000s, as bchris02 already stated.  Commercial rappers such as Puff Daddy, Vanilla Ice, MC Hammer, and Master P were also pretty ridiculed.  Even a lot of pop rock, like Spin Doctors and Hootie & the Blowfish, earned a fair amount of mockery after their prime.

While grunge, britpop, gangsta rap, and alternative weren't viewed too negatively in the 2000s, the 90s were certainly not the only decade with timeless music that has always remained popular.  People never got tired of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Queen, and David Bowie from the 70s, and even a fair amount of 80s music acts, such as Michael Jackson, Talking Heads, R.E.M., Metallica, and Kate Bush remained classic for decades to come.


I agree with this.  A lot of early '90s commercial hip-hop was in fact criticized.  Gangsta rap remained popular however.

I think every decade has its artists that remain pretty timeless.  For the '60s, people never tired of the Beatles and the Stones but artists like the Archies and 1910 Fruitgum Company didn't age as well.

Subject: Re: '00s Teens and '90s Music

Written By: Ripley on 12/11/15 at 12:37 pm

My sister was born in 1989 I consider her both a 90s kid and an early 2000s kid.  She was 11 when the 00s started so she's more of a kid of that decade. However she's always preferred the Spice Girls over B*Witched and she would rather listen to Natalia Imbruglia than Michelle Branch.  A better example is my cousin who was born in 1990. He spent the entirety of his teen and preteen years in the 00s. He also listens to 90s music more.

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