We’re Still Living in the 1950s…

… at least right around the Christmas season. ┬áThis great XKCD comic from last week shows us that our most popular “current” songs of the holiday season are in fact from the Christmases of Baby Boomer’s childhoods. ┬áCurious to see how this plays out for other holidays (can we consider “Thriller” the official song of Halloween?) and with other entertainment mediums.

tradition Were Still Living in the 1950s...


  1. Artie Gold December 14, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    I haven’t lived in the ’50s since just after I turned three. And I have the pictures to prove it!!!!

    Seriously, though, there is a progression of era: Pre-war. Post-war. Oldie. Classic. Old School.

    That gets us up to about ’85 or so. Coincidentally, also right about the time when CDs — and the whole first wave of reissuing content in a different medium — ensued….

    Part of this is certainly due to the whole boomer culture thing — but the fact that the 50s was really the dawn of “high fidelity” (as it were) recordings has something to do with it.

    My kids will sometimes watch old cartoons. I joke that when I was a kid, we never watched anything that old. But then again, nothing that old existed in 1961 — at least not in a usable form…

  2. Charlie December 14, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    These are just the most popular songs by *radio airplay*. And who listens to radio? Probably not too many people in their teens and twenties these days. I wonder if there is a new batch of Christmas songs which are actually more well-known to teens today than the ones on this chart?