Top Ten Best Decades for Music


The Top Ten

1 1980s

The music from this era was just fun. Not many political overtones. Big artists came into the mainstream and produced albums that are memorable. Just a great decade for music.

Best decade for music in my opinion.

So much good, fun, upbeat music from the 80s. Great musical hooks, very few political songs, a ton of memorable songs. No comparison.

We Built This City by Starship, the ultimate 80s Rock anthem!

2 1970s

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...

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.

Singer, songwriter era, politically, culturally and musically great songs. Very deep stuff mixed with guns songs too

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

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.

It floats between 60s and 70s for me. I can't understand why 80s is number one.

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

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.

All my favorite music comes from this decade! Whether it's rock or electronic. British music in my opinion was better at the time, but there was still plenty of great American music.

The 90s are my absolute favorite era for rock. I prefer the 80s when it comes to pop though.

Had the most diverse music genres!

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

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

Pop punk is good

6 1950s

So chill. Great to listen to when working.


Bro 80's is gay

Bee gees and elvis presley, enough said. - Fullwalking2

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7 1940s

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

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

8 1920s

I like the music in the shining!

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.

9 1930s

Its really good

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.

10 2010s

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. - RogerMcBaloney

Best decade for electronic music.

This music is for stupid mindless teens


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.

12 1810s

The composition of this eras music was amazing

13 1200s

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


14 1910s
15 1900s
16 1750s
17 1690s


18 1870s
19 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

20 1890s
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