All our grandparents recount the legendary music of their youth and how today's music is nothing but untalented people, loudly banging on their instruments. We always have to play the good ol' classics at family Christmas because they refuse to actually listen to "young people's music." But let's make this year the year we convert them into pop loving oldies! Play these songs for them, force them to listen, and you shall see the transformation from haters into fans instantly.
1. "Green Light" by Lorde
Show them this track and they won't be able to stop listening to it! With its breakout release at the start of the year, your grandparents will be given one of the best pop songs made so far. Plus they're going to love Lorde
, she's adorable and old people love adorable young people. Her name is easy to remember so there won't be confusion as to who she is. They might even start asking you why you're not more like Lorde or why you can't make music like this, which is rocky territory but it's worth every strange insult.
2. "Cranes In The Sky" by Solange
How could they not love this song? It's mellow, calming, and pretty similar to what they're used to listening to, except it's Solange
. This track will not jump out and attack their ear drums, it'll build gradually so they'll have enough time to become big fans.
3. "Love" by Lana Del Rey
This track is a bit different to the other tracks on the list. It's definitely more emotionally driven but that's why it's perfect for converting. Lana
sings in her typically tranquil voice which could throw them off, but keep them listening for the chorus. They might say she has a voice of an angel - a princess, even - and they won't be able to distinguish her from their truly adored 50's icons.
4. "Fade" by Kanye West
Your grandparents might be shocked into a different dimension if they were to watch the music video, so maybe just show them the song by itself first. It might be a bit too raunchy for their liking. But c'mon, that bass, and then Kanye's
voice! They'll be ecstatic with such ear pleasing tunes.
5. "Cut To The Feeling" by Carly Rae Jepsen
Now this woman is our modern pop princess. She has nailed the genre in all of its glory. As soon as the grand-rents get a waft of this, they won't be able to hold back their rather rigid dance moves. You'll have a party on your hands this Christmas! They'll be up and about wiggling around like a teenage girl hearing Carly Rae
for the first time.
6. "Sing" by Ed Sheeran
A hit agreed upon by almost every generation, the beat is fun and gets the heads boppin' (just don't bop too much in case of injury). The vocals are easy to understand, it's fun and catchy, and everyone ranging from age 7 to 70 loves it.
7. "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
This one might be more directed at the old grand pappy here since it's got more of a masculine tone. Plus, Bruno Mars has got an undeniable swag that any grandpa would probably see in himself. It's also got elements of 70's disco and funk, so it will bring back some memories of their younger years.
8. "Dancing On My Own" by Robyn
If your grandmama is a single pringle, you simply must show her this single ladies anthem. Every gal can relate at some point. Yes it's got electronic elements, but the vocals and heartbreaking lyrics will distract her from the weird synth beats. If you start singing along maybe she'll join and there might even be a tear or two shed, granddaughter-grandmother bonding! But seriously, there will definitely be tears, so keep a box of tissues handy and ready to go when Robyn
starts to sing.
9. "Bitch Better Have My Money" by Rihanna
Now this track is going to get them lecturing you on finding a real job and none of this freelance artist stuff, so if you're prepared for another one of those lectures, play the song. They might also be a bit offended by the rather foul lyrics, but you're just going to have to explain the evolution of language. Finally after all of these lectures are given, they will absolutely love this track. It'll bring out their rougher side, the person they needed to be to endure all the changes that have happened over the past two centuries.
10. "Hotline Bling" by Drake
With the infectious tune of this track, your grandparents are going to be humming this for days. You used to call me on my cell phone? Who's calling me? What even is a cell phone? THE WORLD IS OUT TO GET ME *spirals into deep paranoia over lack of knowledge on today's technology but it's totally worth it because Drake is so lovable*.