A Grandparent’s Guide to Today’s Popular Music

It's tough for older folks to stay on top of new music. But knowing what you liked back in the day, we have some suggestions. Also, we tell you how to stream music.

Samara Joy singing on stage
Samara Joy
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"There’s no good music being made today. I haven’t heard anything new that I like since college.”

If that sounds like something you might say, here’s a gentle introduction to popular music 2023. We’re talking about some good stuff. We’re taking some top acts in various genres from the ‘60s up through the ‘90s and picking recent acts that we think will appeal to fans of those older artists. If you liked so-and-so in the ‘70s, try listening to so-and-so today…

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Contributing Writer

Steve Hochman has covered popular music at the Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Billboard and Variety as well as serving as music critic for public radio shows on KPCC Los Angeles and KQED San Francisco. He’s a co-author of the recent Melissa Etheridge graphic biography, Heartstrings, and has written liner notes for a wide range of album releases. Currently he is a lead writer for Spin magazine, New Orleans’ OffBeat and the Bluegrass Situation.