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At what age did you stop discovering and listening to newly released music?

Asked by rockfan (11360points) 1 week ago from iPhone

Or do you still listen to new music on a daily basis? Some studies and polls suggest that 30 is the average age that people stop listening to new music. I’m 29 and I listen to about 80–100 new albums a year, and that’s not including listening to classic albums for the first time. So I’m assuming I may be in the vast minority as I age into my 30’s. What about you?

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Jeruba's avatar

Please clarify. Do you mean new types of music (new genres), or music that is newly released (perhaps new compositions), or just music that is new to you?

Are you saying that people’s musical tastes tend to be fixed at 30 and they just listen to the same old songs? Or, rather, that if they’re fans of bluegrass music generally, they’re never going to start listening to trance?

If I listen to a radio station that plays many things I know and also many things I’ve never heard before, including new releases of old works, does that count or not?


Ah, you changed the question.

rockfan's avatar

In the article, they are simply referring to “discovering new music”.

Which pertains to brand new music recorded recently.

For example, my dad loves soul music, but he doesn’t seek out new soul music that sounds similar to the music he already likes. Instead, he’d rather listen to the soul music he already knows.

rockfan's avatar

For some reason, the link I provided isn’t working. It’s a Business Insider article titled:

“We stop discovering new music at age 30, a new survey suggests”

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

I have not stopped.
My brother mixes sound and sends me new stuff that he works on often enough but most of the “new” stuff I seek out is not recent.

hmmmmmm's avatar

My mid-twenties saw a great decline. I had a minor increase in my early 30s, and I will occasionally find something new I like, but for the most part, my consumption of music is a nostalgic exercise.

canidmajor's avatar

Big decline when I became a parent, at 34, then another big uptick when I had a young teenager in the house. Decline again around 55, circumstances again.

Jeruba's avatar

Wondering if the type of music you listened to in the first place tends to limit your openness to new compositions and new genres. If your tradition is Cajun, will you try opera? If your taste runs to classical, will you sample Cajun?

Brian1946's avatar

Probably when I was 66.

The woman who was my singing teacher, gave me her first CD, which I think was made in 2013.

Mama_Cakes's avatar

I’m 48 and I still seek out new music. I hop on over to NPR and check out their “First Listen”. I’ve discovered a lot of great artists that way.

zenvelo's avatar

I stopped listening to new music when I got married at age 35. But I started up again when the marriage ended 15 years later. Since the I have hear a lot of new music and met a lot of musicians.

hmmmmmm's avatar

* Let me also add that I loved music from 15 years old to my mid-twenties. I spent nearly all of my money I earned on cassettes and going to shows. Here in Boston in the 80s, the punk/hardcore, industrial, post-rock, alternative scene was pretty amazing. I would spend my late teens attending at least a couple of shows per week. It was an exciting time.

And when my music interest took a nosedive, so did my tolerance for live music (and getting the crap kicked out of me in “the pit”). I took a hearing test about 8 years ago, and was told that I have fairly significant hearing loss at certain frequencies, and that it’s common to see this type of thing in people my age due to loud headphones and live music.

stanleybmanly's avatar

Pop music fell off my screen pretty much after the kids left home. It’s rather peculiar, because the wife has avid exposure to contemporary pop music and is very much in the loop. The pandemic has drastically eliminated my own exposure as the road trips we take were the great opportunity for her to inflict current hits on my staid tastes.

gorillapaws's avatar

The problem is the music, not me… It’s crap! Get the hell off my lawn.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Miles Davis CD Rubberband just released. Over 40 LOL !

Strauss's avatar

I’ll be 72 in October and it hasn’t happened yet. Although I definitely have my musical preferences, I am still very open minded about different styles and developing genres of music. I have studied and performed everything from folk, blues, rock, classical and lately my interest has gone to indigenous ethnic music of Africa and Asia.

stanleybmanly's avatar

@gorillapaws I would be inclined to agree with you were it not for the fact that I distinctly remember my parents declaring in the 60’s that the music of the time was useless trash!

Darth_Algar's avatar

I never did.

rockfan's avatar


Whenever someone says that all today’s music is crap, I have to assume that they’re not looking very hard…

gorillapaws's avatar

@stanleybmanly Your parents were wrong.

Of course I’m being facetious. There is still good stuff being made, but the industry has certainly gone downhill. I’d love to see music swing back towards authenticity and soul.

rockfan's avatar

I’m a big fan of rock, folk, country, R&B, and alternative, and there are COUNTLESS singers today with authenticity and soul.

gorillapaws's avatar

@rockfan Don’t you get the sense that the industry would chase off someone like Neil Young (assuming he was just starting out now) and instead find a dude from a modeling agency, throw on some makeup, write him a song and autotune him in production? I mean that’s the holy-grail of the music industry, right? Instead of music being some elusive, creative art form, you can manufacture it according to a standard formula (like a can of soup) and not have to deal with uncertainty? It just feels like things have been going hard in this direction for the past 15–20 years.

cookieman's avatar

Never. I’m 48 and check out new music all the time.

Just this week I got Taylor Swift’s new album Folklore — which is excellent.

Last week I preordered the first album from new artist Caylee Hammack — who is incredible.

Week before that, I got Tenille Towns first album. She’s great too.

I probably get new stuff monthly and am always on the hunt for new artists.

rockfan's avatar

Here are some of my favorite artists at the moment that I think are worth checking out:

Laura Marling
The Milk Carton Kids
The Civil Wars
Shovels & Rope
Weyes Blood
Margot Price
The Hot Sardines
Angel Olsen
Parker Millsap
Wolf Alice
Father John Misty
Perfume Genius
Pokey LaFarge
Lianne La Havas
Nick Waterhouse
Sharon Van Etten
Brandi Carlile
Phoebe Bridgers
Tyler Childers
Brent Cobb
Michael Kiwanuka
Regina Spektor
Fantastic Negrito
Ashley Monroe
Julia Jacklin
Victor Wainwright
Sturgill Simpson
First Aid Kit
Hiss Golden Messenger
Josh Ritter
Big Thief
Elle King

Darth_Algar's avatar


There are a lot of artists out there today who come from the same mold as Neil Young.

cookieman's avatar

@rockfan: I saw Civil Wars on your list and will just assume the rest are gold. Love them.

Brian1946's avatar


“Just this week I got Taylor Swift’s new album Folklore — which is excellent.”

Thanks for the reminder. I forgot that I downloaded some trax from her 1989 album in 2015.

Okay, so now my answer is 68.

Demosthenes's avatar

I’ll be 29 in a few weeks and I haven’t stopped listening to newly-released music. I have slowed it down, though. Most of that is due to the fact that when I was younger, especially when I was in high school and sharing music was something my friends and I would do every time we hung out, I had more opportunities to listen to the music that my friends liked and explore new music through them and their tastes. That was a significant means of discovering new music that is largely not a thing for me anymore, on account of changing habits, working, being on my own more often, no longer sharing car rides (a car is a great place to share music with people!) Now I can’t just expect new music to come to me, I have to actively seek it out and I simply have less time to do so and it’s becoming less of a priority as I get older.

johnpowell's avatar

Pretty much stopped finding new music around 15 years ago when I was 25.

But I have around 180K tracks in itunes. My library is deep and all of it is fantastic.

Wu-Tang Forever!

gondwanalon's avatar

I never have really paid attention. If it came on the radio and I liked it then I’d listen to it. If I really liked it then I bought it. Don’t hear much new “music” on the radio nowadays that I like.

MrGrimm888's avatar

I still love new music. And. I always find something really old, to like.
I have my favorites, from my time, but I think good music, is “good music.”

tinyfaery's avatar

Haven’t stopped yet and I am in my mid-40’s. If I stop searching out new music just assume some alien life form has taken over my body.

folklore by TS is my new religion.

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