Top 10 Greatest Decades for Rock Music

Rock music is one of the most popular forms of music of the 20th and 21st century. Many great and inspirational artists/bands have came and gone, shaping the world of rock music as we know it. Question is, what decade gave birth to the greatest artists?
The Top Ten
1 1970s

I was split between 1970s and 1980s and I do think classic rock was at a peak through them both, but the 1980s also brought with it a lot of rap and synth-pop crap. Some notable songs from this era:
Stairway to Heaven
We Will Rock You
Dream On
Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way
Man On the Silver Mountain
Don't Fear the Reaper
Need I list more? Because it only goes on...

The decade, when hard rock, punk-rock, progressive rock and to a small extent metal were extremely popular. Widely considered best rock songs of all time (Bohemian rhapsody and Stairway to heaven) were released in 70s. Widely considered the best rock album ( The Dark side of the moon) was released in 70s. A lot of NWOBHM bands were created in 70s. Need to say more?

This was the classic time for classic rock. There wasn't one mediocre year for rock in the whole decade. Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd led the way while older artists, like the Rolling Stones and the Who, hit their peaks. The decade almost became synonymous with good rock.

Between the likes of Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, and Styx releasing some of their best material, it's hard to imagine a better decade for the rock and roll scene than this one.

2 1980s

1980s! It was a crazy, fun ride! Tons of great
rock, hard rock and metal! The decade when melody ruled! It was colorful, figuratively AND literally! I mean look at all of the exclamation points!

Seriously? Compared to the other decade

By far the #1 decade! Go hairbands!

U2, Bon Jovi, Guns N' Roses, you get the idea. Older bands like The Rolling Stones still put out top tier rock music ("Start Me Up"). Although Zep wasn't around, you still have great rock with U2 leading the way.

3 1990s

It was by far the most versatile decade of rock and people with different tastes can all relate to. That being said the amount of great bands were tremendous. Also in today's generation many young people and older generations know 90's bands pretty well.

Usa :
Some alternative rock bands like Soundgarden, Nirvana, PJ, Alice In Chains, STP and all the Grunge era, Bush, Live, Collective soul from the post Grunge era, but also The Smashing Pumpkins, RHCP, Foo Fighters, Weezer, RATM or pop punk bands like Green Day, blink-182, The Offspring...

GB :
Some pop/rock bands like Oasis, Blur, The Cranberries, U2, The Verve...

Most of my favorite bands either formed out or hit their peaks in this decade. These bands include Nirvana, RATM, RHCP, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Radiohead, you get the idea.

I think the 90's were a lot better than the 80s for rock music. Maybe its just because I'm a big nirvana fan

4 1960s

Rock started as a mainstream music in the 50s, bloomed in the 60s & 70s, was plagued with synth pop in the 80s, had a last spasm in the 90s and finally died in the 2010s. Don't fool yourself, kids, it's truly over now

About half the bands listed as 70's bands are actually 60's bands, and as the title line says, the 60's "gave birth to" Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, etc, etc, and they were extremely popular then. But they were all overshadowed by the Beatles, and no other band was going to be "biggest in the world" as long as they were together. The 60's ruled by far.

The Sixties will always be the best decade of rock and roll, and nothing before or after it can ever compare. So far the entire 21st Century is less than zero compared to the Sixties.

Woodstock. A cultural revolution. Rock and roll was created and it was epic.

5 2000s

My Chemical Romance, Panic! at the Disco, Coheed and Cambria, Paramore, Fall Out Boy, Green Day, and a ton of other bands made this one of the best decades for rock music.

6 1950s

Come on, this should be higher. The fifties is the decade where rock started, exploded worldwide, when Rock was rebellious, dangerous etc..

Bravo to this decade!

7 2010s

Seriously? Remove it right now.

8 2020s
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