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Father’s Day Ushers in a New Era of Dad Rock: From Retro to Relevant.

Father’s Day Ushers in a New Era of Dad Rock: From Retro to Relevant.

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Father’s Day is almost here, and here’s the ideal way to get your kids excited about it: build the ultimate dad rock mix. 

Regtransfers, the private number plate experts, created the surprising “Ultimate Dad Rock Driving Playlist for Father’s Day,” which has a blend of contemporary and old Spotify songs.

Let’s define “Dad Rock” before we get into the new music that will astonish younger Dads.

For many years, the term “dad rock” has been used to characterise the music that older generations—especially fathers—preferred. It’s usually classic rock, which is identified by real drumming, guitars, and a traditional rock sound.

Every new generation appears to have something negative to say about the music of the old one, only for their own tastes to eventually become the next “dad rock.” What seemed bold and adventurous a moment ago seems quaint today.

“Dad rock” is an honorific that many fathers and even grandfathers wear to denote timeless music. The increasing popularity of dad rock CDs and playlists suggests that dad rock is growing in appreciation.

The next generation of “Dad Rock,” however, also grows up like fathers do, which may make some dads feel outdated! These are a some of the best-known songs from the ominous discography that are now considered to be “Dad Rock.”

A Few Songs You May Not Have Recognised as “Dad Rock”

Even though Limp Bizkit’s “Rollin’ (Air Raid Vehicle)” has been around for more than 20 years, it could appear too modern for dad rock. Given that Blur’s “Song 2” and Green Day’s “American Idiot” are featured, it’s clear that early 2000s hits have evolved into dad rock staples.

You may be surprised to hear that songs you used to enjoy, like “Can’t Stop” by Red Hot Chilli Peppers and “Morning Glory” by Oasis, are now considered to be part of the dad rock genre. The unexpected selections of “Oh My God” by Kaiser Chiefs and “Stupid Girl” by Garbage show how dad rock’s boundaries have expanded.

The Fratellis’ “Chelsea Dagger” and Blink-182’s “All the Small Things” are two 2000s hits that have been inducted into the Dad Rock Hall of Fame. The presence of versions of Alien Ant Farm’s “Smooth Criminal” and Sum 41’s “In Too Deep” on the list demonstrates the radical shift that dad rock experienced in the early 2000s.

Even more contemporary album tracks have met the requirements, as “Learn to Fly” by Foo Fighters and “Somebody Told Me” by The Killers. Dad rock staples like ‘Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)’ by The Offspring and ‘This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race’ by Fall Out Boy aren’t to be overlooked.

“Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana is a timeless classic, while “The Girl All The Bad Guys Want” by Bowling for Soup is a humorous addition. Set closer “Numb” by Linkin Park shows off how dad rock has influenced nu-metal.

Where Did the Name “Dad Rock” Come From?

The term “dad rock” was first used to mock older generations’ musical preferences, particularly those of dads who were die-hard followers of bands from the 1970s and 1980s. Imagine a parent wearing faded jeans and an old tour t-shirt saying to anybody who would listen, “They just don’t make music like they used to.”

In the early years of the new millennium, older men-oriented classic rock songs begun to be referred to as “Dad Rock” by music journalists and internet forums. It was a parody on the idea that your taste in music becomes unchangeable, generally around the age of twenty. The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, and The Eagles were among the artists often at the core of the “Dad Rock” issue in the 2000s.

However, the meaning of the statement changed with time. Many now wear it as a badge of distinction, despite its beginnings as a somewhat derogatory term. Dads embraced the idea and took pride in becoming “dad rock” icons. After all, these were the songs that encapsulated their formative years, provided the carefree years’ soundtrack, and thereafter provided a comforting background to their family life.

The charming thing about “Dad rock” is how transparent it is. It isn’t limited to a certain genre or era. It may have started with classic rock in the 1960s and 1970s, but heavy metal, grunge, and even punk arose in the 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s. In other words, if you’re old enough to be a father, the music you listened to growing up is now known as “dad rock.” This goal is always evolving with each new generation.

The real story of ‘Dad Rock’

What music did you blast through your Ford Fiesta’s speakers in the early 2000s? And what if you accepted that you are older than you thought you were? even if it seems to be a distant memory. “Dad Rock,” really?

On Father’s Day, why not utilise the time you spend in your car to tell your children about the music your father used to like, and the best part? They are unable to whine for even a day!

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