Lunchtime Poll

Lunchtime Poll: Songs Your Parents Loved and You Hated

A few weeks ago, Alyson reflected on some positive musical memories. However, my parents loved a lot of really terrible music that now I only like ironically or seek out if I just want to dance. We listened to a lot of the Bee Gees and Abba in my house growing up, as my parents immigrated to the UK in 1979. No, I should not be dancing. No, I cannot hear the drums, and I don’t think Fernando can either.

I am not a fan of disco and pop from the late 70s and early 80s. I refused to see both the musical and the movie musical of Mamma Mia. I make an exception for Waterloo and for Abba in the context of Muriel’s Wedding.

Who doesn’t love Waterloo?

Who else equates their teenage years with actively trying to avoid their parents’ musical collection?



By Karishma

Karishma is a twenty-something living in New York City and is trying her hardest to live out every cliche about Millennials. This involves eating her feelings, drowning in debt and mocking infomercials. She likes sociology so much that she has two degrees in it, and is still warding off her parents' questions about a real career.

5 replies on “Lunchtime Poll: Songs Your Parents Loved and You Hated”

For the most part, I loved my parents’ music collection. The two artists that I really couldn’t stand though were Peter Gabriel (dad) and Michael McDonald (mom). My dad bought a Peter Gabriel album when I was in high school that LIVED in his car. If I never hear “Sledgehammer” or “Games Without Frontiers” again it’ll be too soon.

My father would always sing the Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” every single time my brother or I asked for something or made a passing remark about wanting something. So now I have a love/hate relationship with it. When I hear it, it happily reminds me of my dad and my childhood, but I also associate it with not getting toys, candy, and shoes (or anything that I didn’t absolutely “need”).

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