Go back in time with retro artists


Retro items are taking the world by storm and it isn’t any wonder that many songs charting on Billboard and other sites are inspired by music from past decades.

From Silk Sonic to Billie Eilish, the hits of today show that the music of the past is just as good in the present. Here are a few older artists that are worth a listen.

Janis Ian is an American singer-songwriter similar to Billie Eilish, with the themes of her songs discussing serious topics. Ian has written and performed songs about racial injustice, depression, death, the struggles of adolescence, failed love and many more from her life experiences.

Ian released her first album at 15 years old in 1967 and continues to be active today. One recommended song to stream is Ian’s 1975 hit “At 17.” The song is about struggles of being a teenager and dealing with unpopularity which many students can relate to.

Marty Robbins was an American singer-songwriter who performed country music and occasionally pop. Robbins was active in country music from 1948 to 1982 and had many hit songs.

Some hit song of Robbins’ to stream are “Ruby Ann” and “Don’t Worry.” Both songs discuss heartbreak but in very different ways.

With country music always being on the charts, it’s nice to look back at classic country and appreciate the singers who inspired modern country musicians.

Marvin Gaye was an American singer-songwriter and record producer who was an iconic figure in R&B, soul and similar genres. Gaye was a part of many hit songs in the late 1960s and 1970s.

Since his death in 1984, Gaye continues to be popular. Groups like Silk Sonic are bringing those sounds of the 1970s back into today’s music.

Although Gaye is well known by fans of this genre, he may not be known by young people currently discovering R&B and soul.

Some well-known songs to stream are “What’s Going On” and “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.” These two songs have very different styles but they equally encompass the sounds of R&B and soul.

There are many good artists from the past worth listening too, and many will likely make a resurgence as the popularity of retro style grows.