What songs would Gen Z Americans put into a time capsule for future generations?

Each generation believes that its music is the best music ever bad. It’s always been that way. This proves it again.

A company called Shutterfly surveyed a thousand Americans on the kinds of songs they would like to see placed in a time capsule to preserve it for future generations.  Here’s what Gen Z believes the future needs to remember:

  1. This is America – Childish Gambino (41.03%)
  2. Shape of You – Ed Sheeran (34.62%)
  3. Despacito – Luis Fonsi (29.49%)
  4. Happy – Pharrell (23.08%)
  5. Shake it Off – Taylor Swift (19.23%)
  6. Hello – Adele (19.23%)
  7. Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen (16.67%)
  8. Hotline Bling – Drake (14.10%)
  9. Chandelier – Sia (12.82%)
  10. Bad and Boujee – Migos (11.54%)
  11. Formation – Beyonce (11.54%)
  12. Uptown Funk – Bruno Mars (10.26%)
  13. Body like a Back Road – Sam Hunt (10.26%)
  14. Sorry – Justin Bieber (7.69%)
  15. Love me Like you do – Ellie Goulding (7.69%)
  16. Tennessee Whiskey – Chris Stapleton (6.41%)
  17. Bang Bang – Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj (6.41%)
  18. Black Beatles – Rae Sremmurd (5.13%)

Now let’s compare and contrast with this list based on the choices of all survey respondents, regardless of age.

  1. Happy – Pharrell (33.67%)
  2. Hello – Adele (32.87%)
  3. Uptown Funk – Bruno Mars (26.79%)
  4. Shape of You – Ed Sheeran (24.50%)
  5. Shake it Off – Taylor Swift (24.00%)
  6. Despacito – Luis Fonsi (17.43)
  7. This is America – Childish Gambino (17.03)
  8. Tennessee Whiskey – Chris Stapleton (14.34%)
  9. Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen (13.65%)
  10. Sorry – Justin Bieber (10.16%)
  11. Formation – Beyonce (8.96%)
  12. Chandelier – Sia (8.57%)
  13. Body like a Back Road – Sam Hunt (8.47%)
  14. Love me Like you do – Ellie Goulding (8.17%)
  15. Hotline Bling – Drake (6.08%
  16. Bang Bang – Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj (4.58%)
  17. Bad and Boujee – Migos 4.48%
  18. Black Beatles – Rae Sremmurd 2.49%

Discuss

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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