12:06 AM on 11/21/12
When it comes to hip-hop, I don't consider any of it to be 'classic' - far from it.
When it comes to rock, I think there have been loads of albums recently that could be classic, but I reckon it takes a good 10 years to really be sure. The problem is because it's all become so alternative, and 'supposedly' the best albums are very alternative now, they rarely actually sell many copies and get out to a large audience, unlike the 'classics' of the 60s/70s/80s.
Furthermore music critics seem to think that to be a classic it's got to be 100% new, forgetting the fact that the majority of people don't actually listen to much music that is older than 10 years. So quite frankly if a band brings out an album that has a very similar sound to some 70's band then I don't generally give a damn because the 70's were flipping 40 years ago and I've never heard that type of music before.