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I'm a 90's boy, but the 60's was the greatest. The 90's were a throwback to the 60's (see Britpop). Plus this was the decade of the statistically greatest BAND of all time - The Beatles. In various poll of the greatest SONGS of all time and ALBUMS - this is the decade that rules!

Below is a list of best selling music ARTISTS who have released in the 60's:

Aretha Franklin
Bob Marley
The Doors
Meatloaf
Santana
Johnny Hallyday
The Who
The Beach Boys
Tina Turner
Linda Ronstadt
Stevie Wonder
Olivia Newton John
Lionele Richie
Cher
Bob Dylan
The Carpenters
Chicago
Kenny Rogers
Fleetwood Mac
Rod Stewart
Julio Inglesias
Bee Gees
Neil Diamond
Genesis
Barbara Streisand
Frank Sinatra
Billy Joel
The Rolling Stones
Pink Floyd
Led Zeppelin
Elton John
Michael Jackson
Elvis Presley

As for the QUANTITY, a lot of 60's bands were releasing at least one album (often 2) per year - see Kinks, ...more

You can thank the sixties for its influence on modern day music. Unfortunately, people are over looking this amazing decade with the eighties, which is complete nonsensical. Yeah, the eighties had hits, but the sixties had music icons. Let's start with The Beatles(notable works include; Sgt. Pepper, Abbey Road, Revolver), they can never fail to entertain the people, and they never will(I bet Madonna won't last as long as these guys). Then we have Dylan, the Stones, The Who, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Jefferson Airplane and many more. The late 60s also held the birth of future bands and musicians who would come out to become the 70s greatest hits. To name a few; Led Zeppelin, Bowie, The Band, Fleetwood Mac etc.

The 60's hands down. As someone else posted, The Beatles alone had more great songs than entire decades of all other artists' music combined. And when you include the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Beach Boys, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Creedence Clearwater, The Who, Jackson 5, Temptations, Supremes, Mamas & Papas, etc, etc, there is no contest here.

Bob Dylan and The Beatles alone have written more great songs than every artist in the 1980's combined, let alone all the other artists like Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen Sam Cooke, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones and countless others who came to prominence during that decade.

The 80s suck! The 60s is where everything started and evolved. How can you deny the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, and so many more! The birth of Motown, Woodstock, Soul, and the growth of Rock n Roll!

Some of the greatest music ever made. Brian Wilson one of the biggest influence. Brian with 'Pet Sounds' made the Beatles have to take their music to the next level as well. I'd have to say 1963-1973 was probably the best 10 years though. I love the 80s as well, but 60s was genius on so many levels.

Best decade by miles, and I wasn't even alive then. The nineties were fine, the eighties were better, and the seventies were wreaking of disco. But the late sixties revolutionized music.

Best decade had the Beatles, rolling stones, Pink Floyd, kinks, simon and garfunkel, elvis, the who, beach boys, David bowie started, bob dylan, jimmy Hendrix, roy orbison, righteous brothers, the animals, monkees, the doors, motown,

The 60s gave rise to the most progressive & iconic forms of pop music. Pop music in this era was artistic & wonderfully written, composed & produced. More innovation than any other era and more purpose. By FAR the best pop music era of all time.

In terms of melody nothing could beat the '60's-an incredible number of very melodic songs were written-and also songs with great, simple guitar hook parts-and you still had the more R&B sound-melodic also- done great -like from the Stones.

Are you joking? Practically all of the best music comes from the Sixties. The Fifties are almost as good, the Seventies a little less good, and everything else sucks, particularly the Eighties and the music of this century.

The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who,The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Elvis Presley, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Simon and Garfunkel, Bob Dylan. I mean seriously The Beatles alone have produced better songs and albums than anything put out in the 80s. If you were to take the 60s best albums and compare them to the 80s best albums the 60s win without a doubt

Some of the most exciting and experimental music ever created. 70s were almost just as good, but nothing compares to when The Doors, Pink Floyd (with Syd Barret), Neil Young (in Buffalo Springfield), and Bob Dylan were just starting out.

60's above anything else. This is the true start of music. The 50s were still in the midst of pointless lyricism, whereas artist like The Beatles, Stones, The Doors, Bob Dylan and co were thrusting forward with actual meaning and sentiment in their songs. If the 60s didn't shape out the way it did, music would be probably 15-20 years younger.

It's not even close. I defy you to pick a band from any other decade that is as prolific as The Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Doors, Simon and Garfunkel, hell The Monkees are better than any band since then.

Just real music. Singers back then were actually talented and didn't need for their voices to be edited with computer. More people wrote their own songs. A fantastic time for music.

Big musicians from the 70s 80s and 90s have been influenced by musicians from the 60s
Michael Jackson was influenced by stars like James brown and the Isley brothers

Wow how can I start feeling good nina simone ain't no mountain high enough as sung by marvin gay lets twist again chubby checker wow that's just a few

All the greatest bands came from the 60's. Just look at the all time best selling lists. The majority comes out of the 60's. Beatles, Stones, Presley et al...

60's are a no brainer for the best musical decade. You got the stones, the kinks, the Beatles, velvet underground, Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd, and so much more. Every artist since then claims to have some kind of influence stemming from a 60's band. By far the best decade for music.

Video killed the radio star; as of the 1980's it was only about how you LOOKED.
The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, the Doors, etc, and even the biggest 50's star, Elvis Presley had great success in the 60's, and the 40's biggest star, Frank Sinatra did too.
Its really no contest.

The 1960s was when music became an important part of society. It was also the most innovative and best sounding decade.

I chose the 60's, because this is the period when the most innovative en influential music was made in my opinion.

The Decade of Psychedelic Rock, and Innovative music, definitely my favorite decade for music for sure. - RogerWatersfan1999

60s music is much better than the generic crap of the 80s and the noisy rubbish of the 90s. Next best thing is the 50s

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