I bet you everyone reading this right now has obviously listened to at least one song today. To be completely honest, I'm listening to music as I write this! Me and my friends have been recently been liking city pop, which is basically Japanese music from the 70's, 80's and early 90's. A thought of "would Julie have been into this stuff?" turned into "what did all the historicals listen to?" So I did some research to find out what the Historicals would've listened to!
In Kaya's culture, music is mostly used for ceremonial purposes and was played live, since recordings didn't exist back in 1764. An instrument commonly used, like today, was the drum. They made their own drums out of logs. This is a modern song from Kaya's culture based in the past:
During the Revolutionary War, music was typically used as a way to spread political ideas- so Felicity would probably be listening to a song you learned in preschool if you live in America: Yankee Doodle.
Music wasn't really common in 1812 due to the war, but Caroline's time period also brought the writing of that one song you hear before every sporting event if you're an American: yes, the National Anthem.
Music also wasn't common in Josefina's world, but girls were learning how to play the piano like her- and all the way in New York, a Spanish girl, Maria Garcia, became a Broadway star!
Opera music was gaining popularity in 1853 New Orleans, and Marie-Grace and Cecile met at singing lessons- more proof that music was going somewhere.
Just like Kirsten, a bunch of other immigrants were coming to America from Sweden in 1854- causing a popularity burst of ethnic music, including Swedish!
Similar to the way it was used in the Revolutionary War, Addy's time featured a lot of music spreading ideas both of the North and South. One popular song in the North was Tramp! Tramp! Tramp, a song about being a war prisoner.
In 1905, Hawaiian music became popular all throughout America- and Samantha, who was curious about the ways others lived, would probably be interested in Hawaiian songs like Aloha Oe:
In 1915, the score to the movie The Birth of a Nation was considered a musical work, making it the first time a movie's score was considered that. Rebecca probably listened to it behind her family's back:
This isn't a probably: it is canon that Kit got her nickname from the song "Pack Up Your Troubles With Your Old Kit Bag". They even play it at the American Girl stores!
Before Pearl Harbor got attacked in 1941, Hawaii was painted as a peaceful, joyful place through music like Hawaiian Sunset (1941) that Nanea would have probably listened to:
During World War 2, instead of using music as a propaganda tool like before, Americans like Molly listened to superficial love songs to distract themselves from wartime troubles, like I'm Making Believe.
Rock and roll and novelty songs became popular during the 1950's. During Maryellen's birthday talent show, her friends sing a lot of songs, including "How Much Is That Doggie In The Window".
In the 1960's, the entire country loved Motown music, especially Melody! "Heat Wave" was one of the top songs of 1963.
Based on the catalogs, it's canon that Julie's favorite song is "Julia" by the Beatles:
Do you think I should do more posts like these?