After Nirvana

In an earlier post, I talked about some of my favorite rock lyrics of all time. I thought it was a pretty good list.

Until somebody pointed out to me that all of the songs were over 20 years old.

So that got me thinking. Am I really so old (46) that I can’t appreciate any modern rock?

As Paul would say, “May it never be!”

I’ve got a son who is 16. So I have no choice but to listen to current stuff. But by and large, I really like it.

So, in no particular order, here are some of my favorite songs of the post-Nirvana age (since everyone knows that classic rock died and modern rock was born the first time they heard “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”)

  • Believe by The Bravery. Man, is that a good song. Especially the opening guitar part. The album itself is full of profanity, but this song has some spiritual leanings in it.
  • What I’ve Done by Linkin’ Park. Well, maybe there is an order to all these. This one is probably my favorite of them all. When we did this song in church last Christmas Eve, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven.
  • When You Were Young by The Killers. Another energetic, guitar-driven song with an upbeat tempo that belies its melancholy lyrics.
  • The Pretender by The Foo Fighters. Could Dave Groehl have been the real talent in Nirvana?
  • Man On The Moon by REM. OK, it sort of straddles the generations. But I never get tired of hearing this song. And I never meet someone named Andy without thinking to myself, “Andy did you hear about this one? Andy are you having fun?”
  • Doesn’t Remind Me by Audioslave. I really like the vocals. The lyrics even talk about “speaking in tongues” though I have no idea of the context. Thanks to Riley for pointing me to this one.

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