Top 10 Best Decades for Music
This decade was the best for both pop and metal. It 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 bringing thrash metal to its full potential, although proto-thrash songs like Stone Cold Crazy by Queen were released in the 70s. There is much more to say about 80s music, but I think these explanations would be enough.
I think there's one reason why I like the 80s music-wise. It's all those hidden gems that were forgotten by the sands of time and then dug back up again by hardcore popular music enthusiasts. Many artists like Kim Wilde, Animotion, Level 42, Spandau Ballet, and the like are some great hidden gem artists from the 80s. However, I am more intrigued by the more popular artists of the time.
It's no wonder these music artists were mostly forgotten. That's mostly because of people who chose to ignore all those underrated musicians and go with something else instead. But that's just my opinion. In the end, the 80s had so many underrated songs and musicians that were almost completely overshadowed by the more popular artists of the time.
The '60s were a time for discovering what rock could be. The '80s were amazing and discovered many new sounds because of technology. The '90s finally let black artists flourish by allowing them airplay, which exposed white kids to their music. But that era also saw music become overly commercialized when the music industry realized they could create bands by putting cute boys together, write catchy music for them, and let them dance with fake mics attached to their ears as they lip-synced. Money ruined music from there. The 2000s and onwards have been awful for music. There are obviously exceptions, but in general, it's been bad.
But the 1970s are a different story. This is the era where bands explored their sound, their instruments, their lyrics. It was pure music that came from truly talented musicians. The great ones naturally rose to the top, not because a production company forced them down people's throats, but because people heard them, loved them, and demanded more of them. Not to take anything away from the '80s, where this happened as well, and the '90s grunge scene, but the '70s was the truest form of that.
There were great things in other decades, but the 1960s had a particularly large quantity of memorable music pouring out, set to the backdrop of historic social change. There were, of course, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Dylan, Motown, Soul, Hendrix. It was not only the golden age of AM radio but also the advent of FM. In addition to the big-name acts, there were so many local and regional acts recording fantastic music. There were vital music scenes in practically every city and town.
You had a band on almost every block. It was an era of constant excitement and innovation in a way that has not been equaled before or since.
I love music from across the decades and even back to the 1800s, but 1965-75 produced the most memorable pop songs. The early 60s were too doo-wop, 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 rock in 87.
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, we saw some great rap from artists such as NWA, Tupac, Beastie Boys, Lauryn Hill, Wu Tang Clan, and Snoop Dogg. And emerged some great female artists such as Tori Amos, Bjork, Ani DiFranco, PJ Harvey, Liz Phair, Sinéad O'Connor, Veruca Salt, and the Chicks.
Music wasn't as good as the '70s or '80s.
There is a nice feel to a lot of it, and there was a lot of good stuff. But a lot more bad genres came into mainstream.
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.
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 the 80s or for liking rock like you do now.
Everything from Shakira to System of a Down to Blink 182 to 50 Cent were all appreciated in the mainstream and radio. No other decade had that. The 60s and most of the 80s and 70s were rock dominated, if not, then disco was. The 90s was pure grunge until 1996-1999, where 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, where 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 in 2019, no one seems to appreciate artists who actually put work in their material, and the only genres that people seem to care about are EDM (Electronic Dance Music), mumble/trap rap, and to an extent, bro country, which is usually about drinking beer and driving tractors.
The '50s is my least favorite decade for music, but there's some good in this decade. You know, you got your Elvises, Richie Valens, Pat Boones (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.
Best era for music! It had rock n' roll legends like Elvis Presley and Ray Charles, and soul and jazz still flourished this decade like they did in previous years! Most diverse decade for music!
Often thought of as just the era of Elvis and diner music, the '50s were instrumental in the change of music from big band jazz to pop and rock. With artists like Chuck Berry and Ray Charles, both Rock n' Roll and Soul Music were invented in the '50s.
Some of the greatest big bands and jazz standards originated from this decade!
The jazzy romantic serenades of the '40s helped soldiers get through World War 2.
Listen to Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, etc. Best time overall for music.
This decade was the best time of my life. It was my teenage days. I'm now 23, and I can't believe how different music is now, even though the 2010s were like 3 years ago. Back then, the music was all about feeling good, women empowerment, living your life, and feeling good in your own skin. Plus, this decade had some of the best artists around, like Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Adele, Ed Sheeran, and Justin Bieber. I could go on. I just love this decade so much.
For the first half of the decade, the music wasn't that bad. Since 2015, I have heard way too many slow ballads. It's starting to get depressing. Where is all the colorful, fun stuff they did back in the day? It didn't matter how an artist dressed, looked, or sang, as long as it fit with the song. I feel like artists are more interested in the money, not for the artistic value that will keep their songs around for decades. Maybe the next decade will get better.
This, to me, is one of the best overall decades. It was a 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.
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.
It's really good.
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.
I like the music in The Shining!
This was the rise of Chopin, Liszt, Schumann, etc., some amazing romantic composers. I believe Ballade No. 1 (Chopin) was written this decade.
Best year of all time for music, especially electronica.
I just love the Romantic era!
More classical. Let's go.
Music from the Italian Renaissance!