Music goes through generational changes like everything else.
The best music of the 1930s and 1940s was lyrical, romantic escapist
music. People needed that music to gain momentary respite from the
suffering of homelessness, starvation and war. After the war you had
the sweet "live, love, laugh and be happy" post-war love ballads,
followed by "rock 'n' roll" and the protest music of the Awakening era
As Gen-X music took hold in the late 1970s and 1980s, the protest
music morphed into counterculture "punk rock" music, with dark lyrics
mostly rejecting Boomer values, and often emphasizing themes of
violence, isolation, disillusionment and death.
Now the young Millennial generation is making itself felt more and
more, and we're starting to see a return to the beautiful romantic
ballads that cheer people up during times of crisis.
A sign of this return is the sudden popularity in the UK of World War
II songs from the "Soldier's Sweetheart," Vera Lynn. Recordings of
"We'll Meet Again" and "The White Cliffs of Dover" are being heard
again.** Wartime entertainer Vera Lynn returns to pop music charts in UK