Millennial tests Gen Z co-worker’s early 2000s pop-punk music knowledge: Paramore, Avril Lavigne and more
As far as TikTok is concerned, Gen Z has proven repeatedly that they’re pretty invested in all things early-aughts — but what about its iconic pop-punk songs?
In early February, millennial TikToker Brandi (@brandialison_) posted part one of a series on her account entitled “Seeing if my Gen Z co-worker knows my Millennial music.”
Brandi and her co-worker (@beingsochill) look at the camera as the numbers one through 10 appear vertically.
The first track, which is “Dear Maria, Count Me In” by All Time Low, begins to play. Brandi looks to her co-worker to see if she recognizes it — and she doesn’t. An “X” appears next to the first number.
As the game continues, snippets of notable pop-punk songs of the time are heard — like “In Too Deep” by Sum 41, “Ocean Avenue” by Yellowcard and “Misery Business” by Paramore — while Brandi’s co-worker continues to listen intently. Brandi, who appears to be both surprised and hurt by her co-worker’s inability to recognize certain songs, can be seen singing along to each snippet that plays.
By the end of the video, Brandi’s co-worker seems familiar with just four of 10 tracks.
“9 & 10 hurt the most,” Brandi captioned the video, referring to her co-worker’s failure to identify blink-182 tracks “What’s My Age Again?” and “All the Small Things” which, to her co-worker’s credit, were released in 1999.
With over 706,700 views, 71,900 likes, and 1,739 comments, many Gen Zers have gotten in on Brandi’s music challenge.
“She just had a bad taste in middle school this is quintessential Gen Z middle school music,” wrote @prolefem.
“Gen Z (2003) & i knew them all,” wrote @emotionsperrie.
“Everyone knows Paramore, as they should,” commented @raeladawn13.
“I’m Gen Z and I knew all of these, it’s not age it’s not having a good taste in music lol,” commented @happy_meal1384.
Brandi has teamed up with the same co-worker to film additional parts of the millennial vs. Gen Z music challenge, featuring music from different genres, including pop and R&B. The occasional Disney song has even been featured in one of Brandi’s challenges.
While not all Gen Zers are familiar with pop-punk music of the 2000s, thanks to Gen Z-friendly musicians like Olivia Rodrigo and Yungblud, the genre’s modern day resurgence appears to be alive and well.
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