Why is there such a strong trend for retro entertainment (80s, 90s, early 2000s) nowadays with youth? Are modern music, film & video games that bad?


Why is there such a strong trend for retro entertainment (80s, 90s, early 2000s) nowadays with youth? Are modern music, film & video games that bad?
Why is there such a strong trend for retro entertainment (80s, 90s, early 2000s) nowadays with youth? Are modern music, film & video games that bad?
This is a trend I have noticed with teens and early 20s. Music, film (TV, movies) & video games from the 80s, 90s and early 2000s, are rising high in popularity with that age group... and there is more disdain and dislike for modern-day music, film (TV, movies) & video games.

Why do you think this trend is happening? Use as much detail and personal testimony in your answer as you wish. 👍

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  • I think people just enjoy nostalgia. Things that are in the past often seem more appealing than when they were contemporary.

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    • How is a 16 year old teen, born in 2001-2002,

      going to feel nostalgia from 90s music?

    • The question is about people who didn't grow up in that era, listening to retro music

    • I know what you meant. But people can feel nostalgic about a time they never even experienced. And often the fact that they never experienced it themselves makes it easier to romantisize those times. A lot of people wish they lived in the 60s or 20s or whatever because they love the trends from those periods, while ignoring all the bad things from then that we don't have to deal with anymore (like racial segregation, for instance). There are different names for it, like nostalgia by proxy, fauxstalgia, or no-stalgia.

  • It happens every generation. The people around my age when we were younger was all about 80s culture. Now the young kids who weren't alive for the 90s are doing what we did but us bitter 90s adults with shitty world prospects look back at our childhoods in the 90s as a simpler time. Which it was, it was before the 2008 recession, constant islamophobia of the post 9-11 world, lack of jobs and increases in people being forced to take out loans they couldn't ever pay off to get into the colleges we'd always been told we have to go to the graduating in debt with no jobs available because the people who told us to go to college have been in those same fucking jobs since they were in their 20s/30s/40s so then most people have to take shitty minimum wage temporary jobs and get shamed for having them by the same people demanding the services of those jobs.

    Bitter cycle

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  • Because things back then were less confined by political correctness and things like originality and creativity were at their peak, especially in the 80's.

    Think about all the Saturday Morning Cartoons, all the toys, shows, music, movies, etc.

    Now look at today and how almost every blockbuster/Hollywood movie being released is a remake or reboot of what already existed.

    The amount of originality today compared to back then is sorely lacking.

    As for music, at work my co-workers listen to the current top chart pop crap out there and it's all the same. From one hand or artist to the next, they're all so similar in that it's difficult to know you're listening to different artists from one song to the next.

    There are of course exceptions to every rule. There are some good movies and songs that come out from time to time, but compared to how many were being pumped out in the 80's and 90's per year... Much of that has become classics and timeless.

    These days the greater majority of content and entertainment is forgettable.

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  • A lot of the "retro trend" is for things that are much more light-hearted or upbeat than a lot of the ultra-realistic but much darker-toned entertainment of today. I don't think that's an accident.

    I'm a mobile DJ, and it's been harder and harder to have parties and dances with modern music, because less and less of it is upbeat - SO much of modern music is ultra-ghetto HipHop (or heavily influenced by it) that's very negative and depressing, along with frequently being offensive and inappropriate. There's just not much joy in it, and so, when people want to have fun and dance, I mostly have to play older music that IS actually upbeat and fun and up-tempo.

    I think a lot of people long for those more-positive, happier, lighter feelings, and those retro movies, music, and video games give them those feelings.

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  • I can't stand hearing todays music but that's just because i hate that loud cat dying sound they add to most songs these days.

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  • I'm not really a modern day person, I like things from back in the day because I think they were better than they are now. I'm 90's kid, so I do have a big love for the 90's and it was a happy time for me. So, it's nice for me to think of times when I was happy and things weren't complicated.

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  • I really like listening to 2000s music. I'm 18 right now, so its when I was younger and still developing. There's just some nostalgia in listening to it.

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  • I love the 80's! :) Also the reason for that trend could be because the entertainment back then was much better. With every decade music and other forms of entertainment just get's worst so people would tend to want to look back to the times when it was better!

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  • I was born in 1998 . todays music has gone down. i got bored
    with sims 4 . now that i play splatoon 2 is very good. dislike Taylor swift is the worst type of singer. i prefer the olds song.

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  • I believe this is happening because they remember it from there childhood... or those who market ‘trends’ are having midlife crises, and want to return to there youth.

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  • I think it happens with every generation. When I was growing up I listened to what my aunts and uncles were listening to and that was music from the 60's and 70's. Movies from my childhood showed that era, so I was interested in the fashion from then and the way they wore their hair.
    There wasn't the media like there is nowadays which I think also plays a part in the fact that retro is trending. When your that age, you tend to want to fit in, so if retro is what most people are doing, then you will likely follow suit.

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  • Music today is not music (in some regard). Or you could just say, it’s not what it used to be. There are very few artists that still have good talent. If you were to compare the music from back then to now... you’d see how simple and repetitive the beats and lyrics are. So many people trying to redo old school songs. It’s really just sad. It’s probably a huge reason why I don’t really listen to the radio much. Maybe a 2-3 times a month to see what’s new but I typically go back to what I like from back in the 80s-early 00.

    Video games are a bit different. I enjoy all of my old gaming systems that I still have but games have come such a long way with complexity and graphics. I love all video games and appreciate how they have evolved.

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    • The Gamecube and PS2 were the shit back in the days of my childhood during the early 2000s. Super Smash Bros Melee ftw.

  • Nowadays music is only hot for a short time period, older music is legendary forever

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  • 90s has always been relevant within this generation

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  • i love the 90s !

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  • I think I'm in that trend too

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  • I noticed that too, guess they're running out of ideas

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  • Well yes they are actually.. not video games, they are better. And some great films these days are really bloody great. That has always been the case, and there actually is great contemporary music.. I've found better unsigned music that I can use as a film maker than Simon Cowell's bloody excremental products. So I'm saying music that is by unsigned artists, free to use, is better than the mainstream popular.

    The problem is that mainstream popular music and movies, is becoming quite horrifically commercialised, like so much so that it's detrimental to all other aspects, it's becoming quite institutionalised, formulaic with the objective of making as much money as possible.

    There have actually been studies conducted on the diversity of older popular music in comparison to contemporary popular music, where the findings were that older contemporary music had vocals with a higher academic level of vocabulary, used a greater range of notes and chords, than contemporary music. So essentially it's a fact that contemporary music is worse.. unless you think music with worse vocabulary and a more limited range of musical sounds is better. .. to be honest I find many of the lyrics in contemporary music quite reminiscent of excrement, and I think the true art is making beautiful music that doesn't need lyrics, because of how beautiful the music is.

    I'm going to post a few videos, firstly a couple unsigned songs I have used in one of my short films, then a video of PJW talking about the study comparing older music with contemporary music, then something from South Park which was actually an incredibly accurate metaphorical demonstration of reality for me, and finally some music which is amazing without lyrics, by my personal favourite musician.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpnPN9XYAqghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPMktSZT0Okhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IP0wuwJBdMIhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukLYJuzZhWghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcIAkP7SFyI

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  • I was born in 86. Grew up in the 90s. I think music today is better on average. ON AVERAGE calm down! There's tons of good shit these days even on the radio. Adele? Hello, instant classic artist. The 90s had good shit but there was plenty of garbage. I feel these days the radio is similar of good to bad music, but there's more good today than in the 90s. But all that trap music will have people trying to kill me for suggesting music. today is good lol.

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  • Personally I'm mainly doing retro video games. Some of it is stuff missed out on in my childhood, some of it is that the games are fun to play, can be cheap, and some are available without annoying DRM [eg. through GOG].
    My music tastes at the moment are modern though [nightcore being one], though I do enjoy older music, and played classical piano for a number of years.
    Some of the old films/shows I just prefer the humour, eg. Gilligan's Island and the Goodies, and are also what is available.

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  • Nowadays we have already tried all the possibilities meaning we have learned all the elements with music, films, video games, tv shows and more. There is an old saying once you tried everything and mastered everything's you go back to the beginning (basics) with a new approach and create something new because many kids and young adults dont know it came from the past and it's surprising that they feeding from it that is where we are now plus there were more classics and hits in the 80s, 90s, and the early 20s. Examples: Bruno Mars music contains elements from the 80s styles and now he is using 90s styles in a creative way like his hit song "Finesse" contains elements from the theme song tv show from the early 90s "In Living Color" and it makes you want to Dance like Kid N Play, Bobby Brown, Vanilla Ice, And MC Hammer. Justin Timberlake is a pop singer but he raps little and sings in a 90s style way with incorporating Country style with Soul & 80s blues with his voice in Prince & MJ like way. There are more film remakes (Superman: Man of Steel, Batman: Chris Nolan version, Death Wish with Bruce Willis paying homage to Charles Bronson, Blade Runner 2049 still have Harrison Ford, Hellraiser: TV shows, Macguyver, 90210, Full House, Boy meets world, Hawaiian 5 O) then ever because we the technology now to make then look better now and breaking more details, Men dressing like the 80s (Cloths that fit & tight pants), and video games like Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, Tekken, Super Mario, Sonic the Hedgehog, Madden, NBA Live, Tetris, Final Fantasy, Need for speed, Gran Turismo, Metal Gear (Games from the 80s, 90s, and early 2000s) still exist but with new flavors and more details. The slang talking uses 80s and 90s example like we use What's up or what up, Cool (90s), Bet meaning you have understanding like ok or alright= aight. The trend right now is starting to leave the 80s style and were heading towards more 90s style with a lot of things.

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  • Bruh, the early 2000's were the days with all things so I can't blame them. Lol

    As far as video games oh my gosh how bad they have gone? The creative is flat out gone except in sports games.

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    • I agree, most video games of today are so corporate and don't have as much of a vibe of artistry and creativity.

    • Yeah, I missed the days of the PS2 and Gamecube, back when game developers were still creative and had many new ideas, especially not to mention, NO microtransactions or loot boxes forced down onto consumers throats by greedy publishers during those times in the early 2000s.

  • Because they didn't live those decades. They're like middle age or WW2 for them.
    Also, when something goes in the wrong way, people look to the past to find something better.
    Let's be honest, today's music, TV, video games, movies... Most of them are shit, without originality. Music sucks, TV is full of reality shows full of retarded people, video games are released unfinished and full of DLCs, movie are just sequel after sequel...
    The 80's gave us many legendary shows, like Magnum, A-Team, Knight Rider, Street Hawk...
    Not only that, but in the 80's/90's, there was a real freedom of speech, of thought, not all that SJW, neo-feminism and PC bullshit, you could have boobs, babes, action, violence, racist jokes... And no one complained because no one cared. Most comedian from the 80's wouldn't last a month today, with twitter and other social medias.
    It was also a simpler time. Not the overwhelming technology we have today, if you wanted to talk to someone, you have to talk to him directly. Things where more local based since the internet wasn't a thing, so the people you talked to were the people living around you. Kids were out more, and not the face stuck on their phones, but actually playing outside.
    Maybe it's a kind of nostalgia. Technology gave us many way to communicate, but people seem to look more and more lonely.

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  • Nostalgia. People like to remember the good things from the past. But I think there needs to be a balance. Bring back some familiar stuff but experiment with new ideas. But it's always important to remember what people look for. That's why that stuff comes back because they get the formula right

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  • Have you seen women wearing leg warmers and tights/yoga pants & tight tops? Omg. I went to an 80s party and it was like going to heaven.

    The big shoulder pads and huge sweaters should be burned tho

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  • I'm honestly surprised how the early 2000s is now finally acknowledged as a nostalgiable era since most people I know of, have been shitting on the entire 2000s decade just because the 2nd half of the decade was when entertainment and politics were turning to utter crap, thus making the entire decade look like overall shit. While the 80s-90s and great and beloved decades, I feel that the early 2000s was one of the most underrated era/times.

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  • I think, we had a culmination point during the 90s. Since then, technology has still improved, but imagination and creativity have not followed this trend. There are a number of exceptions of course, but global culture is much less dynamic and vivid; overall 'quality' was higher previously, and this leads to an attempt of getting back there. The question is, if this is temporary and we just need a 'breather', or if we saw an irrelevant bush fire that becomes history not far from now.

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  • It's called nostalgia. That stuff grew up with them and is a cherished part of their lives. When people get older, we all yern for the simpler times.

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    • How does a 16 year old (born in 2002) have any nostalgia from the 90s?

      This question is about people that DID NOT grow up in that era, preferring entertainment from that era more than their own

    • Please properly read the question next time 😂

  • Have u seen the entertainment these days? Yes todays decision makers want to make even more money and copying is more effecting than creating something with quslity and originality. U don't have to look for a creator or someone with the idea, plus the product is actually rdy right away.
    people don't demand shit. Just look for their own shit to be justified.
    Do u challenge urself to understand ever music?

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  • Music is pretty badnow I'm. Auto tune, everything sounds the same. Little talent required these days to get big. Last I heard rock is due for a comeback according to Alan Cross!

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  • Because it's easier to just reboot something, than come up with something original.

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  • I honestly think that entertainment is a whole lot better nowadays then it was back then. But, it was cool what went on back then.. some movies and music was great, damn near legendary...

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  • Yes I’ve noticed this too but it’s not a bad thing, some things in the past never needed improvement and I also think a lot of the new stuff is not that good at all

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  • This isn't something new there's always people who grow up with nostalgia and say their music culture etc was the best.

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    • But the question was towards why those things are popular now with today's youth, not for people like me and my generation.

    • I'm talking about people who didn't grow up in the 90s and 80s.

      When I casually talk with my students (teenagers), many of them prefer 90s and 80s stuff to the modern stuff.

      A current 16 year old was born in 2001-2002... they had no life experience in the 90s!

  • Because that period was chocked full of the best entertainment! Most of it is poorly redone though.

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  • Yes , music and film are THAT bad. Most are "reboots", rip-offs and songs feature too many guest artists because they've got nothing else. Apparently few artists or writers can actually think for themselves it's all boring collaboration and auto-tuning with wannabe half-porn music clips.
    The less said about the movie world the better.

    Music was cheesy and kinda crap but in the '80's & 90s but it was mostly all there's and original. The same with movie's. I wish I'd scene a lot of those 80s movies in the cinema !

    Video games has generally moved forward but it's mostly to do with visuals and not necessarily the story within the game.

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  • Yeah when it comes to music I listen to more 60's-70's stuff than I do stuff from this century.

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  • Because most of the music nowadays sucks, they left the c off the front of rap

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  • Its not that they r bad itskinda like we r creating history... a story to tell when we are older

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  • Modern music is really that bad. It’s all fuckin electronic.

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  • Because we did shit right back then!

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  • Modern trends just suck

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  • I don't like today's music.

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  • You want logical explanation for people behaviour

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    • Understanding societal trends is important for understanding the world we live in, especially now that you're adult age now.

  • I think people are getting sick of generic sounds and pop culture. They want more substance in their entertainment, which prior decades appreciated and brought to the table. No more cheap, generic trash! lol

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