Then and Now: From Mp3 to Spotify

Kayla Timmerman, Staff Writer

Music is something we all listen to. Whether we’re in the car, going to school or work, or doing anything for that matter, music is a universal experience. However, while music is a consistent experience through the years, the type of music at the top of the charts is not. Music has changed so much over the years, and every year it’s getting more and more different. Take 2008 and 2017, for example.

The top hits of 2008 bring you back to a time of parties with your old elementary school friends where they played on your MP3 player, or when you were in the backseat of the car and you heard them on the radio. Some of the top hits of that time included “Pocketful Of Sunshine” by Natasha Bedingfield, “I Kissed A Girl” by Katy Perry, “Don’t Stop The Music” by Rihanna, and “American Boy” by Estelle featuring Kanye West. “I would hear those songs everywhere. At the mall, at my family’s house, on the radio, you name it,” says sophomore Olivia Frost. Sam Giordano, a junior, adds, “Since I was 7 at the time, I definitely would’ve heard it in Justice.”

Contrary to 2008, the top hits of 2017 make you think about parties with your now high school friends, or about driving in the front seat of the car while listening to Spotify. Some of the top hits from 2017 include “Slow Hands” by Niall Horan, “Shape Of You” by Ed Sheeran, “Sign Of The Times” by Harry Styles, “New Rules” by Dua Lipa and “What About Us” by Pink. “These are all on my Spotify playlist right now!” says sophomore Dana Guerriero. There’s no doubt that in 10 years, they will bring back memories of what we’re living in and experiencing right now.

The top hits of the year, or even just pop music in general, has changed throughout the years. The culture and trends of the time have changed how music is made and listened to. Diversity of music continues to grow as the years go on. With each year’s top hits, memories can be brought back from just a few months ago or even to almost a decade ago.

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