Many Generation X individuals enjoyed polka music as youths and remain partial to it due to this familiarity. As adolescents, this generation was exposed to polka music via radio, television and dance halls, so they often prefer the musical style due to its nostalgic value.
Polka music experienced a surge of popularity in the decades following World War II, and many individuals born during the era are very familiar with polka music and dance. Musicians such as Lil' Wally Jjagiello, Steven Meisner and Karl Hartwich established polka music in popular culture despite rock-n-roll's rising popularity. Midwesterners in particular are still regarded as avid polka fans, but the musical style remains universally popular and is often favored by young amateur dancers because of its energetic tempo.