11 Songs Your Great-Grandparents Loved That Are Still Relevant Today

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When you really want an electric car, then see how much they cost

 

When you really want an electric car, then see how much they cost

“If I Only Had a Job,” 1898. Music by James B. Mullen. Lyrics by W.E. Browning. Image via New York Public Library Digital Collections.

 

When anyone over 50 tells you how easy it was for them to graduate without student loan debt

When anyone over 50 tells you how easy it was for them to graduate without student loan debt

“I’m Not Old Enough to Know,” 1890. Music by Frank David. Lyrics by William Jerome. Image via New York Public Library Digital Collections.

When you make the mistake of teaching your mom how to use her emoji keyboard

When you make the mistake of teaching your mom how to use her emoji keyboard

“Have Pity Judge, She’s My Mother,” 1898. Music and lyrics by Gussie L. Davis. Image via New York Public Library Digital Collections.

When you are fed up with explaining why intersectional feminism is important, but you do it anyway

When you are fed up with explaining why intersectional feminism is important, but you do it anyway

“I’m Tired,” 1901. Music by by Jean Schwartz. Lyrics by William Jerome. Image via New York Public Library Digital Collections.

When you see someone throw a plastic bottle in the trash

When you see someone throw a plastic bottle in the trash

“The Day Will Come When You’ll Be Sorry,” 1894. Music and lyrics by Kurt P. Hirsekorn. Performed by James McGowan. Image via New York Public Library Digital Collections.

When you need to tell someone they’re not a special snowflake, but it’s super hot outside

When you need to tell someone they're not a special snowflake, but it's super hot outside

“You’re Not the Only Pebble on the Beach,” 1896. Music by Stanley Carter. Lyrics by Harry Braisted. Image via New York Public Library Digital Collections.

When you find out just how difficult it is to turn back the clock on climate change

When you find out just how difficult it is to turn back the clock on climate change

“Is Life Worth Living,” 1896. Music and lyrics by Chas K. Harris. Image via New York Public Library Digital Collections.

When you’re still super pumped about marriage equality

When you're still super pumped about marriage equality

“I’ll Marry the Man I Love,” 1897. Music and lyrics by Monroe H. Rosenfeld. Image via New York Public Library Digital Collections.

Even if your family’s not quite on board

Even if your family's not quite on board

“My Mamma Won’t Let Me Come Out,” 1895. Music by Alice Cady. Lyrics by George Cooper. Image via New York Public Library Digital Collections.

When you realize kids born in 1998 can buy cigarettes

When you realize kids born in 1998 can buy cigarettes

“To Me You’re A Baby, Dear,” Music and lyrics by Edward Abeles. Image via New York Public Library Digital Collections.

When you find out someone close to you is voting for Trump

When you find out someone close to you is voting for Trump

“I Love You in Spite of All,” 1893. Music by Chas K. Harris. Image via New York Public Library Digital Collections.