The Power of Three: Decades of Music


Bryce Graham

There’s power in songs from the 1960’s and 70’s, at least one of which came back strong in the 90’s

Eli Vaglica, Staff Writer

Decades, we remember them as the last two numbers of a century like the 50s, 60s and 70s, but so much can happen between that 10 years of time. It may seem like just a number to some people, but often you can see major changes politically, socially and fashionably all by what the music has to say. The best way to see these changes is by not just listening to the most popular songs, but also the most controversial ones, which can tend to be popular as well.

Jailhouse Rock – Elvis Presley

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Elvis Presley was a rock n’ roll king. He was even referred to as “The King”. He apparently died from a heart attack on the throne if you know what I mean. Although there’s always a few nutty people who think he’s still alive. Rock music was taking over the scene with rebellious teens and their escape from classical pop music and the hymns at church dominating most music.

Sympathy For The Devil – The Rolling Stones

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This song came out in a time where war was hated by hippies and teens wanted to rebel from their overly conservative and Christian families. That’s just a brief overview of some of what the time was like from an outsider’s perspective. The song is told from the perspective of what is to be the devil and his influence on catastrophic human events usually involving death and destruction to the tune of a samba.

Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen


Loved by hipsters and scene kids everywhere, not only did this song and the prior one get used in the fecal matter trash that was the fad Suicide Squad. While it is a very good song and representative of rock in the 70s, I just don’t want to hear it anymore. It’s been so overplayed, I get a headache just thinking about it anymore. Like any good song, it’s so catchy that people play it out too much even today.