Author

Bruce Pollock

A Parent's Guide to Pop Music

The walls of the Top 40 continue to fall. For the first time in years, alternative, classic, and folk rock mingle with dance, rap, and rhythm & blues on a chart that is as diverse as the great Top 40s of yore (pre-1990). Meanwhile, the messages about anger, hope, confusion, nostalgia, bliss, and the gamut of sexual urges provide parents with an extended playlist of kids’ most pressing concerns.

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Alternative rock takes the airplay

Can parents and kids find new common ground in Top 40 music? Gangsta rap, hip-hop, and dance are giving way to alternative rock on many stations, producing a mini- revolution much like the one led by the Beatles and Bob Dylan. Parents who went through their own youthful revolution backed by this sort of soundtrack may welcome this trend-unless, of course, it inspires their own kids to rebel.

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