Top Ten Best Decades for Music

The Top Ten
1 1980s

Pop wasn't infiltrated by rap or hiphop, music wasn't politicized, artists weren't hypersexualized, everything wasn't overproduced. Prince, The Police, Hall & Oats, Michael Jackson, Bill Joel, and those one hit wonders!

I don't know what it is. But the 80's just had that magic to it when it came to music. The same can also be said about TV show and movies from that time as well. When the 90's roll around. It all dried up and the 2000's and 2010's are just dead.

Slayer, Metallica, Guns N Roses, Michael Jackson, Iron Maiden, Skid Row, Motley Crue, Queen, Prince etc.
Definitely my favorite decade for music. Love 80s rock and metal bands.

Everybody likes the great diversity of music - some of the greatest artists and bands originated from this decade! Way to go!

2 1970s

Even Captain Jack said it in the '90s. "The '70s the best!" True story. Never was a decade so groundbreaking important as this decade. It totally leaves the boring '60s behind and sets the stage for the final explosion of musical mix. Where '66 was the year of the sprouting seed, the '70s were the spring of pop music. Queen, the Police, James Brown, Boney M, it's this decade! No doubt. After that it went downhill. The '80s had some own flair, but didn't make the grade that far. '90s was even worse. Then the pop music died after that. Hail the '70s!

70s was best. I listed all the best songs I ever heard and grouped them by decade of release. 70s was by far the best. 80s and 60s were next. I think many people who say the 80s don't realize most of those great 80s songs were released in the 70s.
And it doesn't matter what year the band started. I think it should be the year the songs were released when you categorize music by year or decade. For example, Led Zeppelin started in 60s but most of their songs/great songs were release in 70s, so I thing they contributed more to the decade of the 70s. Same with a lot of other great bands.

Absolutely fantastic Decade for music. You have such a broad list of different musical genres. It was such transformative decade for music. I would say that the only time period to have such diverse music would only be the early eighties. Rock split into many new genres from popular progressive rock to the far reaching enthusiasm of classic and hard rock. Furthermore, though disco gets a lot of hate due to its repetitive nature, disco music not only kick-started the now disturbingly simplistic electronic and rap music industry, it was one of the most inclusive genre of music since Jazz. Many people honestly forget this decade due to its lack of music videos which the eighties had. It had True music you could dance to. It really was spectacular. Does that mean I would want to live in those times, maybe not. But I pray more artists pay tribute to this decade of music, as did Daft Punk and some others...

70s is where all the most creative legendary music was made like Bohemian Rhapsody, Stairway to Heaven, Highway to hell, and etc.

3 1960s

I love music from across the decades and even back to the 1800s, but 1965-75 produced the most memorable pop songs. Early 60s was too doo-wap, unsophisticated and teen idol based - although there were exceptions...especially Johnny Mathis Christmas songs and Andy Williams' Moon River. Neil Diamond was a juggernaut singer/songwriter, the best. The mid to late 60s pop music evolved quickly into various styles. Numerous hit songs were very memorable because they were singable, fresh and unique to those who made them hits. There were crooners who could actually sing well, like Englebert, Tom Jones, Andy Williams and Gary Puckett. The early 70s saw a new genre with soft, mature rock. The Carpenters and Bread had many hits. By the mid 70s, disco and heavy rock began to dominate. The wide diversity evaporated and mainstream pop became dull and unmemorable. The 80s introduced many techno hits...gone were the real instruments. Elton John actually got better and U2 produced the most memorable ...more

There was a legendary change to music style and sound over this decade, from Elvis rock to the Beatles Sgt Pepper, from Please Mr Postman by The Marvelettes to Whiter Shade of Pale by Procol Harem, from Runaway by Del Shannon to God only knows by the Beach Boys, from Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash to Sound of Silence from Simon and Garfunkel and these 60s legends live on today. I listened to the Beach Boys live yesterday at Cornbury Music Festival, they were non stop for 90 minutes great sound and wonderful music memories

The sixties is the best decade by far. There is no competition. The only other decade you could make an arguement for is the 70s because some of the bands started in the 60s stayed together through the 70s. The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, The Kinks, Jackson 5, The Doors, Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones, Simon and Garfunkel, Elvis Presley, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Byrds, Cream, The Grateful Dead, The Animals, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Fleetwood Mac, Marvin Gaye, Black Sabbath, Steppenwolf, The Bee Gees, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and The Temptations. And that is barely scraping the surface of this amazing period for music.

One thing to be noted everyone is that hating modern music just because you're too lazy to look for stuff outside the mainstream doesn't make you quirky or mature, it makes you lazy and someone who has nostalgia for an era you most likely weren't even alive for.

4 1990s

Hands down the best decade of all of them. Easily the most diverse decade for just about every genre, but especially rock which was ruled by all the 80s trash that somehow still lingers around today.

Great music. Hip-hop and rap were actually good, and alternative rock dominated. My favorites are: Green day, the red hot chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, nirvana and oasis

Bands associated primarily with the 90's: Nirvana, Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, Blur, Radiohead, Oasis, Metallica, RATM and that's only if you're into rock!

Last decade of I was actually able to listen to modern music. Started the transition to the downward spiral towards today's music.

5 2000s

This Decade is great because of the variety In popular music you would not go to school And be judged for liking Hip-Hop like You would In 80s or for liking rock like you do now

Everything from Shakira To System Of A Down To Blink 182 To 50 Cent where all appreciated In the mainstream And radio. No other Decade bad that. 60s And most of the 80s And 70s were rock dominated if not then disco was. 90s was Pure Grunge until 1996-1999 were people like Green Day, Britney Spears And Eminem And they were all so different. But still were Massively Popular And variety continued until around 2009-2012 were pop just Got more And More popular Rock, Punk, Metal, Alternative And Even Country started to Get less popular With HUGE names Like Taylor Swift Switching To Pop. And here we are 2019 no one Seems To appreciate artists who actually Put Work In their Material And the only genres that people Seems to care About is EDM(Electronic Pop), Mumble/Trap rap, And to an extent Bro Country which is ...more

Good tome for Hip Hop thanks to artists like MF DOOM, Eminem, Three Six Mafia, etc but not too good for Rock. Yeah, we had Radiohead(Who also did some Electronic stuff in the 2000's) and System Of A Down and some other bands but this was when a bunch of whiny teen angst defined Rock(And still do )

While the early and mid 2000s were good, once 2008 came, there was so much variety is music coming out. Sadly, around 2015 or so, pop and rap took over as the more popular genres and with it the variety.

Overall great decade, best Hip Hop Decade (Not including Rap just Hip Hop overall), Pretty good Pop music, Alternative Rock peaked in the middle of the decade, and every part of the decade has its Genre Peak, Hip Hop was best in the early decade 2000-2003 and then again in 2008-2009, Pop in the end of the decade around 2006-2009, R&B was good around 2005-2008, Alternative Rock was good from 2003-2005 and Punk Rock was best in 2002-2004, also Pop Rock peaked in every year this whole decade practically

6 1950s

So chill. Great to listen to when working.

Bee gees and elvis presley, enough said.

The only thing in the decade is doo wop,rock and kitchen pop


7 1940s

Some of the greatest big bands and jazz standards originated from this decade!

Listen to Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, etc. Best time overall for music.

Mostly swing big band type of music

Good tome for swing music and jazz

8 1920s

It just has that classic old-times feel when cities like Chicago and New Orleans were exploding with jazz and crazy parties. Overall, the Classic Years 1920-1960 were the best years for music.

So are Baby Boomer aged Generation, goes well with this old times music of the century

I like the music in the shining!

9 1930s

This, to me, is one of the best overall decades. Great combination of the popular music that I enjoy the most: early jazz, sweet bands, the big bands, and swing. A lot of music on my playlist is from around this period.

Its really good

10 2010s

I think this is an amazing decade for music because there has been so many more artists that sing different types of music introduced.

It's actually a good decade and if you open your eyes and ignore artists like Cardi B and Lil Pump. Artists like Run The Jewels, Denzel Curry and Death Grips exist too. Artists from previous decades are also making good music in the 2010's too such as Green Day, Radiohead, Opeth, etc. Y'all are trippin

Easily the best decade for music. So much experimentation and creativity in nearly every genre. Access to music from any decade has never been easier. Although the 90s and 70s were more groundbreaking and influential in today's current music landscape, new artists are using sounds in ways far more experimental and creative than any decade prior.

So many great Metal albums. Sadly though, this decade saw more bad music than good music. It's hard to believe people actually like the horrible modern music it has given us.

The Contenders
11 1830s

This was the rise of Chopin, Liszt, Schumann, etc. some amazing romantic composers. I believe Ballade no. 1 (Chopin) was written this decade.

I love how this decade has more votes than the 2010s even though music was not recordable yet

Best year of all time for music, especially electronica.

Best music in the times, I felt like I live in the wrong century

12 1750s

More classical. Lets go.

13 1600s
14 1810s

The composition of this eras music was amazing

15 1910s
16 1200s

Moniot d'Arras... Enough said... Legend...

17 1400s
18 1900s
19 2020s

Probably better than the 2010s music,expect the technological advances in the notes as well as electronic and rock took over rap, K pop and hip hop around 2021

20 1690s

This is the decade of greatness

21 1130s

BEST. DECADE. EVER! 1130s, the year of gregorian chants. Best thing to happen to the music industry. I enjoy JesuZ Ded, a popular gregorian Christian metal chant band. Check them out. Christian music is the new mumble rap. #christianzyo

I have a vinyl from back then..send a pigeon to me with a letter attached to it to get the vinyl... Costs $13.99

22 1870s
23 1660s
24 1890s
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