​The Ten Best Bands Your Parents Listened To

​The Ten Best Bands Your Parents Listened To

Your new vintage playlist.
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Many today turn on the radio and hear a lot of disappointment. Many bemoan where popular music has gone and don't see things getting better. However, there is an alternative (and no, I don't mean literal alternative). Try picking up some old records, the kind your parents listened to, and check out what made the music of the 20th century so iconic.

1. The Doors

Jim Morrison, the lead singer for this eccentric, psychedelic rock band, has the voice of a crooner. Mix that with a funky, rock/blues sound and you have a unique and infamous band, the Doors. Let’s also revel in the fact this is the band that gave the rock world a love for leather pants and you have to try them out. Listen to their hit, “Touch Me,” here.

2.Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin’s full, rock sound, mixed with some interesting instrumentals not normally found in their band format, and you have a crazy original band that people need to listen to. The diversity of hits from “Kashmir”, “Immigrant Song”, and “Whole Lotta Love” make them worth trying for everyone. Listen to their iconic song, “Stairway to Heaven” here.

3.Cream

This band that launched Eric Clapton’s career is a great early 1970’s band that gave us songs like “I Feel Free”, “Sunshine of Your Love”, and “White Room”. This band’s great sound is the reason that Clapton was able to move on to a stellar solo career and give us other bands like Blind Faith, and rock super group Derek and Dominos. Listen to “Sunshine of Your Love”,here, and see why this is the band that got Eric Clapton noticed.

4.Jefferson Airplane

Grace Slick’s full-bodied voice gives this band a vocalist to die for. Couple that with the dark, unique melodies and unorthodox rhythms and you have a band the kids today should try out. Check out their 1968 song, “Somebody to Love,” here.

5.The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Of course, Jimi Hendrix is still a pop culture icon, and rightly so. His experimental guitar playing, wild child reputation, and infamous stage presence make the Jimi Hendrix experience worth looking into. Check out the famed “Foxy Lady” here.

6.Steve Miller Band

The more laid-back, pop/rock style of this band is good for easy summer listening. However, they aren’t just a fluff band; they have a decent, full sound that makes one want to return again and again. Listen to their popular song, “The Joker," here.

7.The Kinks

Before One Direction or even the Backstreet Boys, we had the boy band, The Kinks. The Kinks hits were more than just trendy teen girl fodder, but have an edgy sound and many of their songs still prevail today. Take a listen to “All Day and All of the Night” here.

8.The Who

This iconic band gave us a slew of hits throughout the years. Their many accomplishments include performing at the legendary Woodstock (along with Jimi Hendrix and Jefferson Airplane), selling 100 million records worldwide, and being the influence for much of today’s hard rock and heavy metal. The Who’s simultaneous progressive and vintage classic rock sound gives a great listen to anyone who stumbles upon them. Check out their song “Baba O’ Riley” here.

9. The Eagles

The Eagles are a mainstay in the soft rock genre. Their sound can either go from rock infused with some country tones to a more haunting sound, like we hear in “Hotel California”. Try out their song written with Zelda Fitzgerald in mind, “Witchy Woman,” here.

10. Creedence Clearwater Revival

A band with a bluesy sound that can at times have a soulful feel, CCR is a solid band that is worth a listen. The gravelly nature of John Fogerty’s voice makes the sound unique and intriguing. Creedence Clearwater Revival is the act that first signed onto Woodstock, which led to other big, acts to sign and well the rest is history. If the rich history of the band, their great sound and influential songs isn’t enough, listen to their hit “Proud Mary,” which inspired the cover by Ike and Tina Turner here.

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If Taylor Swift Songs Were Types Of Alcohol

Because what's better than a drink and some T-Swift?
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With Taylor Swift's quick return to the music scene... and in a big way, might I add, I decided to associate some of the best Taylor Swift songs with alcohol.

I mean, who wouldn't want to drink to Taylor Swift's catchy melodies and perfect choruses to get over an ex or tell someone exactly how you feel about them?

Taylor Swift has been around for a decade at this point, and let's face it, pretty much all of her songs could go along with at least one type of alcohol.

1. "Welcome To New York" - Moscow Mule

It only makes sense. Visit the Big Apple and you have to indulge in the state's signature cocktail. Moscow mules are a New York classic, and if it's your first night in the city and you haven't bought yourself one, are you even in New York?

2. "Blank Space" - Everclear

Think about it... A night of drinking Everclear will leave you with a giant blank space the next day. You might also look like Taylor did in the music video.

3. "Tim McGraw" - Beer

Tim McGraw is a throwback to Taylor's high school love. What better way to reminisce than with a couple friends and a keg of your favorite cheap beer?

4. "Style" - Cristal Champagne

What's more stylish than with a glass of the most expensive bubbly you can find? Just like Taylor Swift, Cristal will never go out of style.

5. "Shake It Off" - Martini

Get it? Cause you shake a martini? I might be the only one who thinks that's funny but you might end up dancing a little bit with a martini in hand when "Shake It Off" come on the radio.

6. "Red" - Merlot


Red has to go along with a red wine. What else could go along with yet *another* T-Swift breakup song?

7. "22" - Margaritas

Let's face it, when you're 22, you really only drink margaritas. They're fun- and all the hipsters are probably drinking them too.

8. "Teardrops On My Guitar" - Southern Comfort

When your heart is broken, who are you going to turn to besides the only alcohol that gives you comfort...Southern Comfort that is.

9. "I Knew You Were Trouble" - Fireball

I can't say I've ever met anyone who spent a night with Fireball and didn't regret it the next morning.

10. "Look What You Mad Me Do" - Tequila

T-Swift's latest single is an angry one. What better to make you angry than tequila? Taylor basically just called out everyone who had ever talked about her behind her back and she did it in true Taylor fashion-by writing a song. She was probably drunk on tequila when she wrote it too.

11. ...Ready For It? - Bottomless Mimosas

Because it's just that good.

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Board Games Are More Important Than You Think They Are

They've become a defining part of my family.

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Remember when you were a kid and you'd have a family game night? Or your friends would come over and you'd open the game cabinet and play at least three different games together?

Maybe it's just me, but those are some of my best memories from my childhood. My family loves games, board games, and electronic games.

Of course, as I got older, gaming consoles like PlayStation and Wii became more and more popular. That meant that the game cabinet was opened less and less, collecting dust.

Thankfully, I live in New Jersey near the shore and Hurricane Sandy left my family with no power for five days. Sure, it was scary not having power and walking around my neighborhood seeing fallen trees or roof shingles, but we were inland enough to not have had any flood water damage.

No power also meant no PlayStation or Wii games. The gaming cabinet was opened again, this time with vigor. Now, four years later, and I still think about sitting in the dark with a flashlight playing Scrabble with my family.

That was also the week I learned how to play Yahtzee and dominated my dad in every game. My sister constantly was looking for someone to play her to Battleship. We exhausted Rummikub.

The game was already a family favorite, and that's including extended family. Family barbeques had been ending with late night games of Rummikub for at least a year by the time Sandy hit.

We were ready to strategize and crunch numbers, but after day three, we never wanted to a number ever again.

This semester, there's been a surge of board game love again in my family. My sister bought Jenga, which we are currently trying to exhaust ourselves with. My favorite board game also had a comeback: Life.

I loved this game so much that I had the SpongeBob version as a kid. I would play it with my best friend, just the two of us, playing game after game of Bikini Bottom themed Life. Now, I have a car full of "kids" that I've started to make pets in my head. I can handle having five pretend dogs, but not five pretend kids.

I don't know what it is about board games, but my family has always had an affinity for them. We've gone through our cycles of playing video games and card games, but we always come back to the classics. Maybe it's more a defining part of my family than I originally thought.

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