A couple of days ago a co-worker in her mid-20s glanced through this playlist of mine:-
Killers All These Things That Ive Done
Surfjan Stevens - Chicago
TV on the Radio Dancing Choose
Lupe Fiasco Daydreamin
Ms Dynamite Dy-Na-Mi-Tee
Arctic Monkeys Fake Tales of San Francisco
Flaming Lips Fight Test
Doves - Pounding
WIlco I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
Richard Hawley I Sleep Alone
White Stripes In the Cold, Cold Night
Goldfrapp Little Bird
Arcade Fire - Rebellion (Lies)
Turin Brakes Slack
Beck Paper Tiger
Rufus Wainwright Peach Tree
Pineapple Thief Remember Us
Drive-By Truckers Ronnie and Neil
LCD Soundsystem Someone Great
Icarus Line Spike Island
Animal Collective Summertime Clothes
Nick Cave & Bad Seeds There She Goes, My Beautiful World
Fleet Foxes Your Protector
Radiohead 15 Step
Her comment - "Definitely some of the classics in there!".
So to the question in the topic subject - when does a song become a classic?
At my advanced age, I consider "classics" to be from the 60s to the 80s, possibly early 90s. After that, I tend to think of them as relatively new. Shouldn't a song earn the title "classic" based on its own longevity, rather than that of the listener?
Or is it simply a mark of quality, e.g. a great song from 2010 say could be an instant classic?
Suppose it depends on your definition of classic.
With apologies if this has been discussed previously.