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What particular songs or genres of music would be described as 'Preppy'?

Asked by Yellowdog (11879points) 1 week ago

Someone posted a list online some years ago, listing “The Top 10 most Preppy Songs.”

Several repliers, myself foremost, strongly disagreed, saying that six of those ten songs were urban, hip-hop, whatever. Two were kind of Hipster / Alternative – the final two were artsy hipster types like one might hear / download at Starbucks.

All of this music was good as far as the aptitude and artistic ability goes into those specific genres. Maybe they were heard / listed at Abercrombie & Fitch which at one time showcased neo-preppy clothing.

I would like to briefly define “Prep” and “Preppy” as what once was Ivy League; an old-money lifestyle, in the States it might exist among the coasts. Authentic “Preppy style” is something one must be born into. It is badly emulated by many fakers and posers but is also emulated by those who wish to adopt it for its traditional, coastal, high-end qualities.

It was best exemplified to those of us like myself who are outsiders by The Official Preppy Handbook by Lisa Birnbach – described as a facetious guide to emulating the look, speech patterns, thinking, and lifestyle of those who attend prep schools and are a part of high society.

At one time, it was considered WASPy (White, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant) – but as coastal people with money are very liberal in their ties it has become increasingly multicultural, as even Birnback now affirms.

The only music I was able to suggest was ‘Preppy’ might be some of the Beach Boys songs regarding sailing. Or perhaps Peggy Lee’s “Is that all there is.”

So, what are some songs that would define Preppy, High Society, Old Ivy?

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filmfann's avatar

Christopher Cross became a well known supplier of “Yacht Rock”.

katcoo911's avatar

Barbie Girl..:)

stanleybmanly's avatar

The Whiffenpoof song.

If you want to read an astute, biting and funnier than shit analysis of status in America that is still right on the money, take a look at the book “CLASS” by Paul Fussell, published in the early 80s. It’s insightful and will crack you up.

ragingloli's avatar

I think they meant “peppy”.
Like Exciting Hyper Highspeed Star.

smudges's avatar

I, too, wonder if they meant ‘peppy’. ‘Preppy’ music makes no sense whatsoever.

filmfann's avatar

The OP says “I would like to briefly define “Prep” and “Preppy” as what once was Ivy League; an old-money lifestyle, in the States it might exist among the coasts. Authentic “Preppy style” is something one must be born into. It is badly emulated by many fakers and posers but is also emulated by those who wish to adopt it for its traditional, coastal, high-end qualities.”
I’m pretty sure he didn’t mean Peppy.

stanleybmanly's avatar

But isn’t that what fraternities and sororities are all about? The induction into the pretense and affectation of upper crust privliege, and the idea that supposedly in America one may buy or be promoted to snooty status.

smudges's avatar

@filmfann I was referring to: Someone posted a list online some years ago, listing “The Top 10 most Preppy Songs.” I wonder if that person meant peppy. As I said, ‘preppy’ music makes no sense.

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