Top 25 Songs Your “Not So Cool” Dad Might Listen To

Delaney O’Hara

A list of 25 song recommendations from the past!

As teenagers, our parents grew up in a totally different time period and their music taste is kinda weird. Since then, generations have passed and music has evolved. There are many differences between modern-day music and music from the past. New technology and innovative ways to express creativity have changed the industry. Many people, including my dad, do not particularly like modern-day music such as rap and pop. A phrase that my dad constantly uses when I’m playing rap music is, “these people don’t know how to sing.” 

Acknowledging that not all old music is bad, here are 25 songs that my dad has introduced to me and that I really enjoy! I hope you get a chance to take some time out of your day to listen to some of these songs. 

  1. “The Walk”  By Mayer Hawthorn
  1. “Work to Do”  by The Isley Brothers 
  1. “Everyday People”  by Sly& The Family Stone
  1. “People Everyday”  by Arrested Development
  1. “Rich Girl”  by Lake Street Dive
  1. “Oliver’s Army”  by Elvis Costello & The Attractions
  1. “Move On Up”  by Curtis Mayfeild
  1. “Portland”  by Middle Brother
  1. “Pick Up the Pieces”  by Average White Band
  1. “So Very Hard To Go”  by Tower of Power
  1. “Metal Firecracker”  by Lucinda Williams 
  1. “Question”  by Old 97’s
  1. “My Beautiful Reward”  by Bruce Springsteen
  1. “Growin’ Up”  by Bruce Springsteen
  1. “Nadine”  by Chuck Berry 
  1. “Living For The City”  by Stevie Wonder
  1. “What’s Going On” by Marvin Gaye
  1. “Ball of Confusion”  by The Temptations 
  1. “P.Y.T (Pretty Young Thing)” by Miclael Jackson
  1. “Back Stabbers” by The O’Jays
  1. “Lookin’ For A Love” by Bobby Womack
  1. “Crossing Muddy Waters” by John Hiatt
  1. “Feelin’ Good Again” by Robert Earl Keen
  1. “Everything I Do Gohn Be Funky” by Lee Dorsey
  1. “I Just Want to Celebrate”  by Rare Earth

Image Credit: