How old does a song have to be to be called “classic rock”?

April 4, 2010

u2-bdayWhen I was at the gym this afternoon, before I had put in my iPod earbuds, I heard U2’s “Beautiful Day” on one of the local classic rock radio stations. No complaints from me, of course, but really … how old does a song have to be to be called “classic rock”?

“Beautiful Day” was released less than 10 years ago — September 2000. Partly because U2 has really slowed down its pace of album releases, that song was the lead single just two albums before the current one. Just doesn’t seem like it belongs next to 25-year-old Van Halen songs, 35-year-old Zeppelin songs, and things like “Freebird” and “Sweet Home Alabama.”

Is it just me? Shouldn’t “classic rock” have to be, like, at least 15-20 years old?


  • Reply Lisa April 4, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    maybe “classic” rock means a song that they anticipate will be played forever…a song that stands out rather than the age of a song. Now if it shows up on the “oldies” station, then that just means you’re getting old. 🙂

  • Reply Carrie April 4, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    for me – its not a year – usually I put it in the “classic” category when my 13yo also knows the song – and it came out before she was born 🙂

    i.e. Judas Priest – Breakin the Law – she knows all the words….I didnt necessarily consider it classic until I heard her singing along – then I felt old….well…classic…

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