Top Ten Best Decades for Music

The Top Ten
1 1980s

This decade was the best for both pop and metal. This decade was ruled by the pop king, and the best pop musician Michael Jackson. As well as by Madonna and Prince. But these are only the most famous artists of this decade. If we dig deeper, we’ll see synthpop ( the best pop subgenre along with indie-pop, art-pop and dance-pop). Magical sounds. If we speak about rock, I consider it the best decade for metal. NWOBHM bands were pretty cool both lyrically and musically, it was really new for rock, and very different from traditional hard-rock. It also spawned Metallica the most popular metal band, and probably my favourite one, as well as spawning thrash metal to a full potential, although proto-thrash songs like Stone cold crazy by Queen were released in 70s. There is much more to say about 80s music, but I think these explanations would be enough.

The 80s had so much variety in music, it’s almost unfair how good it was. Great singers and musicians who worked their tails off to get to the top, not a bunch of overnight You Tube sensations like today. I really miss those days.

The decade of MTV created an exciting new stage for musical artists to flower! Some of my favorite artists, such as Cyndi Lauper and Madonna, debuted in the 1980s. Michael Jackson hit his apex.

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!

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!

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 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.

Honestly, I like 70s music more than 80s music. Even if Classic-jack radio stations are slowly letting them go now, they're the most timeless songs that I've listened to. Music through the 70s really progressed and grew into a bigger inspiration among many throughout what came, and even for what's there to come. The Eagles, Steve Miller, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, the Cars, Elton John, Boston, Isley Brothers, Bob Marley, Fleetwood Mac, Aerosmith, Commoders, and so many more influential artists became famous since the 1970s. Even if the decade had an unfortunate beginning with the Beatles splitting up in 1970, it really shows that music shows growth from inspiration, and the best of what we can all enjoy.

3 1960s

60s have a large variety: in the early 60s you've got the doo-wop and fifties-sounding music, and as the decade progressed bands experimented with music. Some of the best bands of all time came from the sixties as well; the Beatles, the Beach Boys, the Monkees, the Supremes, and great artists such as Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, Elvis, and more. The experimentation and progression in rock music laid the groundwork for future decades.

I love the music from the 60s becuase it has really nice meaning behind it, and the singers were so propper. They sang from their soul and it went really well with their fashion. It has such a nice vintage aesthethic and makes me want to be in love

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

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.

4 1990s

Hands down the best era for rock and alternative rock. We had grunge - Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, and STP for example. We had awesome heavy metal - Metallica, Tool, RATM, Nine Inch Nails, and Pantera to name a few. We had ska, ska punk, punk and other alt bands like Sublime, No Doubt, Offspring, Pixies, The Flaming Lips, and Weezer. Finally, some great rap from artists such as NWA, Tupac, Beastie Boys, Lauren Hill, Wu Tang Clan, and Snoop Dogg. And emerged some great female artists such as Tori Amos, Bjork, Ani Difranco, PJ Harvey, Liz Phair, Sinead O'Connor, Veruca Salt, and the Chicks.

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

The 1990s is the decade when music most diversified. This is when hip hop was first becoming mainstream and rock was splitting into many different genres including grunge with nirvana and metal with Metallica. This was by far the best decade.

5 2000s

In the first couple of years the quality was so high as genres from the 90's still dragged on, with that I mean post-rock, abstract hip-hop, IDM and more. After that there are still alternative masterpicies like Madvillany, In Rainbows, Deathconsciousness and so on. By the late 00's things just abrupetely stopped in exchange for mainstream one hit wonders and wannabe celebrities, but dare I forget all the excellence before.

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 )

Why is everyone hating this era? I get it, the late 00s sound similar to the 2010s however, the genres are quite diverse and they use these genres like how it's supposed to! Songs are quite memorable too!

6 1950s

The 50s is my least favorite decade for music, but there's some good in this decade. You know, you got your Elvises, Richie Valenses, Pat Booneses, (No! We don't talk about this guy! He may be a good singer, but he is such a religious nutjob and ruins black music!) Yeah, it's a dull era for music, but I liked the rock n' roll and doo wop. And they continued to pave the way for modern rock and R&B. Good.

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!

The jazzy romantic serenades of the 40's helped soldiers get through World War 2.

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

I love Big Band music. Some of the best dancing music!

8 1920s

Jazz Age! Harlem Renaissance! Blues! Also the decade of Jimmie Rodgers, the "Singing Brakeman" who is considered a pioneer in country music. This decade also saw the debut of Dorothy Fields, who partnered with Jimmy McHugh to write "I Can't Give You Anything but Love" and went on to a long, stellar career.

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

In 1938, Dorothy Fields became the first woman to win an Oscar for songwriting with "The Way You Look Tonight." In the '30s, music helped people get through the Depression, proving that music has great healing power.

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

The 2010's have such GREAT SPANISH pop music! Anuel AA, Ozuna, Shakira, J Balvin, Daddy Yankee and more and even other people expanding to Spanish like 6ix9ine and Lil Pump.

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.

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

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

Music from the Italian Renaissance!

14 1810s

The composition of this eras music was amazing

15 1910s
16 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

kpop! (bts, nct, exo,...)
I love the house (sam feldt, martin garrix,...) also

17 1200s

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

18 1400s

PogChampion, good time for music, gave us such good hits like, memories from the black death EZ vote

19 1690s

This is the decade of greatness

20 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

21 1890s
22 1870s
23 1900s
24 1660s
25 1000s

best time for music hands down

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