Take a gander at any music chart these days, and you won’t find much rock. Whether you’re talking about traditional charts like Billboard’s Hot 100, or streaming charts for services like Spotify, or YouTube’s list of the most popular music videos right now, and the genre that once had our culture “all shook up” is pretty much AWOL.
But dig a bit deeper, and you’ll find a rock music scene that may not be minting celebrity royalty, but is still churning out perhaps more music than ever.
That’s not always a good thing, of course. Rock has a long and checkered history of problems, whether we’re talking the traditional variety (sex, drugs and hedonism) or the more philosophical kind (alienation, nihilism, rage).
Still, some rock groups that have rocked the charts in years and decades past continue to pump out thoughtful, intelligent music that still … rocks. And this week, we’re going to talk about three of those groups (Skillet, Switchfoot and Imagine Dragons). We’ll also hear from one of the last rock stars standing, Skillet’s John Cooper, who recently talked with us about the role parents can play in helping their children navigate the world of popular music today.
So take a listen, and check out the links below.
- Gift of Any Amount Offer: Burning Bush 2.0 by Paul Asay
- Interaction questions: Who’s your favorite rock band, and why? What did you think of what John Cooper had to say this week? Let us know on Facebook or Instagram, or shoot us an email at [email protected].
- Plugged In Review: Switchfoot, Native Tongue
- Plugged In Review: Switchfoot, “Fluorescence”
- Plugged In Review: Imagine Dragons, Night Visions
- Plugged In Review: Imagine Dragons, Origins
- Plugged In Review: Skillet, “Surviving the Game”
- Plugged In Review: Skillet, Unleashed
- Plugged In Review: Skillet, Victorious
- Plugged In Blog: A Plugged In Conversation With Skillet’s John Cooper
- Plugged In Blog: Skillet’s John Cooper Wants Us to Find Life in Truth
- Plugged In 2020 YouTube Interview with John Cooper
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- Jonathan’s CC Pick: ‘Everything will be home-centric’: How Walmart Is Using Interior Design to Tap into TikTok’s Gen Z Audience
- Adam’s CC Pick: About Three-in-Ten U.S. Adults Say They Are Almost Constantly Online