Top Ten Years for Music

The Top Ten

1 1967

Great year, it has: The Doors, The Velvet Underground & Nico, Are You Experienced, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band.

Brilliant year for music. Pink Floyd in Abbey Road recording Piper at the Gates of Dawn while the Beatles were in the next studio doing Sergeant Pepper. Bliss! 67 really was the beginning of something big.

By far and away the greatest year for music. It's not only that such prominent acts were complied into this grand year, but also the fact that the standard of actual music production was superb. You've all heard The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Jefferson Airplane,and The Rolling Stones... BUT have you heard 'Found Love' by The Fly-Bi-Nites?

Sgt. Pepper and Piper At The Gates of Dawn! 2 great psychedelic albums. - MaxPap

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2 1969

A few 1969 bands and artists people have heard of:
The Beatles
Elvis Presley
The Rolling Stones
Bob Dylan
Jimi Hendrix
Led Zeppelin
Frank Sinatra
The Doors
The Beach Boys
The Temptations
The Four Tops
Marvin Gaye
Creedence Clearwater
Fleetwood Mac
Aretha Franklin
Other years need not even try to compete.

The Beatles were very big defiantly the best of the decade elvis was still going he was boss little Michael Jackson with the Jackson 5 played on the ed Sullivan show which was awesome Led Zeppelin had tones of great hits the beach boys sounded almost as good as Beatles and way more the King of pop the King of rock n roll and greatest band of all time we're going at the same time during this year best year for music ever

Man, the 60s were the best. The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, CCR, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, The Monkees, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Bob Dylan, Diana Ross, James Brown, Neil Diamond, Johnny Cash, Tom Jones, Stevie Wonder, The Who, The Beach Boys, and so much more. I always here everyone say that 80s music is the best. Well, they're wrong! 80s music does not compare to the wonderful tunes of the 60s!

Abbey Road

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3 1991

Should 100% be top 3, along with 1967 and 1969. Anyone who knows about music beyond dad rock knows this. Funnily enough I didn't notice anyone mention In The Court Of The Crimson King, Trout Mask Replica, In A Silent Way or Hot Rats in the 1969 section, even though those are some of the most important albums of that year, and I feel the aforementioned dadrock bias played a role in that.
But anyway, any year which had BOTH of the albums that founded an entire genre (Spiderland and Laughing Stock), the album which defined, perfected (arguably) and is still synonymous with an entire genre (Loveless), a fantastic album looking at Loveless' genre from a completely different angle (Yerself Is Steam), the album which bridged two of the most polarising black genres with its groundbreaking production (The Low End Theory), Swans' first major step away from noise rock (White Light From the Mouth of Infinity) and for good measure one more album which created a genre (Blue Lines), as well as, ...more

Really important year for rock as the music scene drifted away from hair metal and into grunge and alternative. This year is the major turning point and established the rest of the 90s taste in music. Nevermind, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, what more do I need to say?

Green Day's first full album, Red Hot Chili Peppers had Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Nirvana had Nevermind, and Metallica had the Black Album.


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4 1984

I don't know why the '80s are so low on this list, especially compared to the garbage of 1999+ music (ever since Napster, its never been the same! ) In addition to Purple Rain (and other Prince protege artists like Sheila E's Glamorous Life), you also had Born in the USA, Twisted Sister's, Madonna's Like A Virgin, Footloose, Ghostbusters, Wham! 's Make It Big, Hall & Oates' Big Bam Boom, Duran Duran's Reflex and Wild Boys, Tina Turner's huge comeback, U2's Pride (In The Name of Love), Huey Lewis Sports (released in '83 but the hits were mostly in '84), MTV in its prime, and much more! It seems like this list is bias towards just albums, but remember that singles also count, and if you listen to Top 40 countdowns from this year (and 1983 and 1985), it was a time where it was easy to find a variety of fun songs to "sing along" to, which is what music should be about. Appreciate the one-and two-hit wonders and artists who don't get more appreciation, such as Shannon with her ...more

Some critics and experts claim that this is the best year for public music. It's hard to disagree with them. This is the golden year of the golden decade, the cream of the cream. Just look at the charts. - TangyTiger

Ride the Lightning. Enough said. - Songsta41

Some 'Ace Synth Pop Tunes' came out that Year. God...So many to choose...

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5 1983

First pantera album metal magic, shout out the devil by motley crue which was a commercial success and first thrash metal album become available in stores show no mercy by slayer this was one the heaviest years in music history

Also pyromania released by def leppard which was a very commercial success and kill'em all by metallica the first ultimate thrash metal album but they did the first tour in chicago and thriller ranked number one by michael jackson and became the best selling album of all time

Thrash metal was just getting going in '83


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6 1975

Physical Graffiti, Wish You Were Here, and A Night at the Opera. - SammySpore

Kansas released two of their best albums that year, Song For America and Masque. Jethro Tull also had Minstrel in the Gallery and Iron Maiden was formed this year. - DarkenedBrutality (Obviously since no other user would likely mention Kansas)

And Springsteen’s Born to Run and Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks. Arguably the two best albums from these icons.

7 1986

Master of Puppets, greatest heavy metal album of all time, and Slayer's Reign in Blood too

I agree 100% Slayer's Reign In Blood and Metallica's Master of Puppets are legendary albums

Great year for metal. Master of Puppets, Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? , Reign in Blood, etc

Serious year for music.

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8 1994

Grunge was coming to a close and alternative rock was becoming mainstream. Many influential bands like Weezer, Oasis, and Green Day made their debut this year. 1994 was a very important year for music.

Who cares if Bieber was born that year? Bieber is a person trying to live their life. I hate his music but respect him as a human being.

Just because Justin bieber was born, Doesn't mean this was a bad year for music. - Fullwalking2

Jawbreaker's 24 Hour Revenge Therapy, Nas' Illmatic, Nine Inch Nails' The Downward Spiral, Weezer's Blue Album, Sunny Day Real Estate's Diary, Beastie Boys' Ill Communication, Jeff Buckley's Grace, John Frusciante's Niandra LaDes And Usually Just A T-Shirt, Green Day's Dookie, Hole's Live Through This, Nirvana's Unplugged, NOFX's Punk In Drublic, Slint's final EP, and Ween's Chocolate And Cheese

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9 1982

The music from this year that was not on the pop 100 is really good. There was good quality music being made that was not on the charts that was great and far better than the popular stuff. From many genres rock, alternative, funk/boogie, R&B. Combat Rock - The Clash for example was released in Spring of 82' and those of us who were into things new caught on quick. But for most it did not catch on until late 82 to 83. Such albums as Rio - Duran Duran released in May and Shabooh Shoobah - Inxs released in October also follow that pattern. A year for both change and innovation that has really influenced music after. There was so much going on under the radar with funk, heavy metal, and hip hop's beginnings, and rock that most people do not know. Search for some funk/boogie, alternative music away from the charts that year and you will think very differently about this year. The Sounds "All Fall Down", Gang of Four "Songs of the Free", Talk Talk "The Party's ...more

The year an album was released is more important than any one single and also most of you are forgetting the U.S. is not the only country were a certain year was important, Especially if the artist and album came from that country and it's not the U.S.. 1982 albums that are solely from 82' and released as such and 82 takes all the credit.


Rio - Duran Duran

Combat Rock - The Clash

Missing Persons - Spring Session M

Frida - Something's Going On (actually an excellent album)

ABC - Lexicon of Love

These few would be somewhere to start. Stop placing them in 1983! Also these albums were released and make this year: Judas Priest - Screaming For Vengeance, Scorpions - Blackout, Iron Maiden - Number of the Beast, Shoot Out The Lights - Richard & Linda Thompson, Nebraska - Bruce Springsteen, Imperial Bedroom - Elvis Costello, Donald Fagen - Nightfly, The Dreaming - Kate Bush, Upstairs At Eric's - Yazzo, A Broken Frame - Depeche Mode and ...more

Michael Jackson's thriller the best selling album of all time came out prince released in my opinion his best song 1999 this year should be in the top ten please

Ah...When 'Synth Pop' was at its Peak. We had 'Depeche Mode - Yazoo - Thompson Twins' and many more back then.

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10 1971

Jethro Tull became a well-known prog rock band (although overshadowed by bands such as Rush and Genesis) with their Aqualung album, Led Zeppelin their 4th self-titled album, Black Sabbath continued building heavy metal with Master of Reality, John Lennon's Imagine was released, Genesis released The Musical Box and Return of the Giant Hogweed, two prog rock classics, and a third would be made by Yes called Roundabout. Not only that, but The Who became legends with their biggest album featuring songs like Won't Get Fooled Again. This was truly the best year for all of music, as two of the three greatest songs of all time according to most people were released this year.

I listen to sticky fingers and every picture tells a story way too much so I guess my vote goes here

You have some stuff from the Who, some Floyd, some Zeppelin. How can you get any better? - Beatlesboy9

Best year albums ever.

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The Newcomers

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The Contenders

11 1964

The British Invasion truly invaded in 1964.

My Dad Was Also Born In This Year!

This year was great

The Beatles explode in America and the world.

12 1966

Pet Sounds, Revolver. Revolver is the best album of all time.

Pet Sounds was pretty good.

Pet Sounds. Revolver. Enough said. - PetSounds

Pet Sounds, Revolver, Blonde on Blonde.

Rubber Soul, Revolver, Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton, Pet Sounds.

13 1987

Need You Tonight, Kokomo, La Bamba, and Bad and many others - westofohio

When Michael Jackson''s bad album came out

The Joshua Tree, Appetite for Destruction, Strangeways Here We Come

When 'Erasure' began to become Massive.

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14 1970

The year metal was invented by Deep Purple's In Rock and Black Sabbath's Black Sabbath - Metal_Treasure

Black Sabbath Black Sabbath - SoldierOfFortune

15 1965

Dylan's amazing albums Bringing It All Back Home, and Highway 61 Revisited.

Two words: Rubber soul - patrickfloyd

Check out the UK number ones list for this year, and tell me how good they were. I'd say they were absolutely BRILLIANT!

Examples: King of the Road, Mr Tambourine Man, (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction, We Can Work It Out.

16 1995

'Brit Pop' was also in 'Full Swing' in 1995.

'Summer' was Fabulous that Year.

One word: Bergtatt

Michael Jackson's HIStory album was released which became the best selling multiple disc album of all time. Songs like Scream, They don't really care about us.

Plus a lot more songs and albums were released.

17 1977

'77 is the most underrated year in my opinion. Along with others listed below, debuts by Talking Heads & The Clash...Steely Dan's "Aja" is perhaps the coolest album in my collection.

Pink Floyd, Animals
Meat Loaf, Bat Out of Hell
Supertramp, Even in the Quietest Moments
Kansas, Point of Know Return
Yes, Going For The One
Styx, The Grand Illusion
And so much more... - MaxPap

Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" ; Pink Floyd's "Animals"; Bowie's "Heroes"; and Billy Joel's "The Stranger"

Marquee Moon - Television
Big time and highly influential album that didn't get the sales in the U.S. that it deserved

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18 1992

Alice In Chains, Beastie Boys, definitely Leppard, Dr. Dre, Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Nine Inch Nails, Pantera, Prince, Rage Against The Machine, Sublime, Tool, Stone Temple Pilots, and White Zombie all had GREAT ALBUMS in '92.

The year Three Days Grace started!

'Dance Music & Grunge' became Huge in 1992.

So many 'Genres' in our 'Charts' that Year...

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19 2010

This is the best music for everyone born from 1990 +

Teenage Dream: enough said


My OG music, my 9year old ass was rocking hard to this EDM

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20 1985

Careless Whisper (George Michael), Don't You Forget About Me (Simple Minds), We Are the World (USA for Africa), Everybody Wants to Rule the World (Tears for Fears), I Want to Know what Love is (Foreigner), several hits from Madonna, Easy Lover (Phil Collins and Philip Bailey), several hits from Hall & Oates, Bryan Adams, Bruce Springsteen... just look up all the songs from this year

Best year for memorable singles

Spawned so many 80’s classics like Everybody Wants to Rule the World and Careless Whisper

21 1999

This is the year that supernatural released by santana and ranked number one for long weeks on the chards and they won 8 grammy awards in 2000 and bruce dickinson returns back in the band what great comeback

The creation of dubstep! Nice year!

HOW IS THIS SO LOW? It may not have been a great year for music (with the exception of Californication by RHCP), but multiple fantastic bands and singers released their first public albums and EPs that year, letting it be known that they would be to force to be reckoned with. 1999 gave birth to them. - Songsta41

Best year for music ever. So many great songs released that year and overall it was a great year for everything.

Here's the list of all the great songs of that year:
Eiffel 65 - Blue
blink 182 - All The Small Things
Gigi D'Agostino - L'Amours Toujours
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Scar Tissue
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Otherside
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication
Smash Mouth - All Star
The Bloodhound Gang - The Bad Touch
Bomfunk MC's - Freestyler
Darude - Sandstorm

And I'm pretty sure that there are many more great songs from that year.

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22 1989

'Dance Music' was becoming very Popular then.

23 1973

The greatest year for not only Prog, but Music in General! The Dark Side Of The Moon, Brain Salad Surgery, Tubular Bells, Selling England By The Pound. Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Quadrophenia, Tales From Topographic Oceans, and Over-Nite Sensation. - Beatlesboy9

Awesome year for music! The Dark Side of the Moon, Selling England by the Pound, and Larks' Tongues in Aspic were released this year. - SammySpore

Not to Mention Tales from Topographic Oceans, Tubular Bells, Quadrophenia, Brain Salad Surgery and A Passion Play and Space Ritual. By far, the greatest year of progressive rock. - patrickfloyd

Dark Side of the Moon, Band on the Run, Houses of the Holy. Need I say more. (Also Queen came into existence)

No contest

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24 1980

Why is it so low? It was incredible year for music.

-> Hardcore punk was created, in 1980 some pinnacles of the genre were made (especially "Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables" by Dead Kennedys)

-> Metal music achieved mass recognition and success (especially "British Steel" by Judas Priest, but also "Blizzard of Ozz" by Ozzy Osbourne, "Ace of Spades" by Motorhead, debut Iron Maiden album, debut Diamond Head album and "Heaven and Hell" by Black Sabbath were released in 1980)

-> Second best hard rock album ever was released (speaking about "Back in Black" by AC/DC), also some nice rock albums were made by Van Halen and Queen

In my opinion it's number 1, rest of the list would be:

2. 1984 - peak of synthpop ("Forever Young" by Alphaville, "Junk Culture" by OMD), great year for metal ("Powerslave" by Iron Maiden, "Ride the Lightning" by ...more

25 1968

1968 was one of my favorite years in rock music, for example the beatles released their next number one selftitled album or the white album, the rolling stones recorded beggars banquet that their song sympathy for the devil became a major hit and very important track for their tours. Also the beatles recorded the first heavy metal song called helter skelter and it became an iconic hit for metal bands who covering the track, groups like motley crue and aerosmith that are the only popular bands who cover this metal masterpiece. On the hand, the beatles became the influence of heavy metal that many groups formed bands like led zeppelin, black sabbath, judas priest, urian heep and many more.

October of 1968 saw the following on the charts AT THE SAME TIME;
The Beatles
Elvis Presley
Frank Sinatra
The Rolling Stones
Marvin Gaye
Jimi Hendrix
The Beach Boys
The Doors
The Temptations
James Brown
The Four Tops
Ray Charles
Janis Joplin
... And many more HOF acts.

26 2001

The Birth of Gorillaz, what more can I say?

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28 2004

THe college dropout kanye wests best early work. How come its all about the white artists what about hip hop and african american music?

Are we all forgetting My Chemical Romance's - probably - greatest album?

The year Ciara came out with one two step

Arcade fire, mad villainy, green day, the killers. what a great year.

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30 2013

Everyone's just hating because it's not from the 1900s. This was the last year pop music was good. favorite = Counting Stars.

Why does the majority of the music from the 2010s suck?

The two good albums I remember from this year are Infestissumam by Ghost and 13 Black SAbbath - SoldierOfFortune

Acid rap
because the internet
my name is my name
nothing was the same
run the jewls
magna carta holy grail
long. live. asap.

come at me

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31 1979

Fear of Music. Unknown Pleasures. Metal Box.

The Wall. The Wall. - vr46

Everything was happening in 1979 - disco, punk, new wave, hard rock, early rap, Motown, ska! This is only a small sampling of artists and albums that were either released or made the charts that year. There were so many artists experimenting with new sounds. Synthesizers were used creatively to make unique sounds but everyone of these bands were still using guitars and drums (unlike the pop music of the mid-80's). I feel sorry for today's youth with the mumble-rap, autotuned, nasal voiced pop divas and the homogeneous production that is composed and played by computers not real musicians.
Blondie Parallel Lines
The Police Regatta de Blanc
Pink Floyd The Wall
Joy Division Unknown Pleasures
AC/DC Highway to Hell
The Clash London Calling
Sugarhill Gang Rappers Delight
Supertramp Breakfast in America
Cars Candy-O
Michael Jackson Off the Wall
Abba, Chic, Earth Wind and Fire, Queen, Dire Straits, Madness, Kiss, etc.

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34 1976

Hotel California, duh!

Boston anyone?

A Trick of the Tail, Wind & Wuthering (Genesis), Crystal Ball (Styx), Leftoverture (Kansas), 2112 (Rush). - MaxPap

AC/DC sold new album high voltage in international release worldwide and dirty deeds done dirt cheep album. Also led zeppelin album pressence which is the sixth number one album with pure sales and a day at the races by queen and deep purple disbanded because dave coverdale left the band to joying whitesnake and talkbox invented by peter frampton

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35 1974

Some of the best songs were released this year, which include Starless (King Crimson), Cat's In The Cradle (Harry Chapin), Burn (Deep Purple), Working Man (Rush), and Journey from Mariabronn (Kansas).

Why was this not on the list. Tons of awesome albums were released this year. King Crimson's Starless and Bible Black AND Red albums. Queen II and Sheer Heart Attack. Also Yes's Relayer and Tales from Topographic Oceans! - SammySpore

Queen II, Sheer Heart Attack, Relayer, Rush, Kansas, Burn, Starless and Bible Black, Rocka Rolla, Red, and much more.

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37 2002

My Chemical Romance released their first album on July 23, 2002. - railfan99

THE Eminem SHOW!

Nelly hot in here dilemma
New found Glory My friends over you

38 2008

Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, and more, all had awesome music in 2008. Definitely one of my favourite years for music!

Albums like :
Slipknot - All Hope Is Gone
Disturbed - Indestructible
Metallica - Death Magnetic
3 Doors Down - 3 Doors Down
Ac/Dc - Black Ice - Disturbedpotato

39 2007

As probably the only person who liked this year, in just the top 40 there were a TON of great songs. From Linkin Park, Timbaland, Nelly Furtado, Fergie, Justin Timberlake, Fall Out Boy, and Rihanna, to name a few. - WonkeyDude98

An amazing year for Indie music. The Shins, Spoon, Modest Mouse, and Deer and the Headlights all came out with their detestably best albums this year

Three legendary classic rock bands reunited for at least one show this year. The bands are namely: Led Zeppelin, Genesis, and The Police. - Oneside

Soujia boys SUCKS
Umbrella SUCKS
Sean Kingstone - Beatiful girl SUCKS
Kany west - stronger SUCKS
And I don't remember any other!

Here's my list of The Best 2007 Songs! 🤘
(50s 60s 70s 80s 90s 2000-2008 Best Years)

Pop Music:
* 4 in The Morning - Gwen Stefani
* Christina Aguilera - Candyman
* Baby Love - Nichole Scherzingger ft.
* Beautiful Lair - Beyonce ft. Shakira
* Big Girls Don't Cry - Fergie
* Do You Know? (The Ping Pong Song) - Enrique Iglesias
* Love Song - Sara Bareilles
* Shut up and Drive - Rihanna
* The Sweet Escape - Gwen Stefani
* When you're Gone - Avril Lavigne
* Innocence - Avril Lavigne
* Whine Up - Kat de Luna ft. Elephant Man
* Oh My God - Mark Ronson ft. Lily Allen
* Soultmate - Natasha Bedingfield
* Too Little Too Late - JoJo
* Colbie Caillat - Bubbly
* Fuel - Leave the Memories Alone
* Rihanna - Cry
* James Blunt - 1973 / Same Mistake / Take Everything / One Of The ...more

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40 2012

Unpopular opinion, but 2012 was the best year in pop music. It was before pop (at the least the bad pop) lost meaning in their lyrics and creativity.

Should be number 1. Coldplay's Paradise is my favorite from this year.

I remember sitting in the car in 2012 with my second cousin and her friend singing pop music from the radio. It brings back so many good memories and a great time before the terrible rise of music and social media.

In 2012 we got Ed Sheeran's debut album, Taylor Swift put out some bangers, Katy Perry was good for the final time, We Are Young went to #1, this was Imagine Dragon's and Chris Brown's year, Zedd and David Guttea put out some of the best EDM songs of all time,Maroon 5 put out their best songs since Songs About Jane, Ellie Goulding put out her second best song yet, heck even country got a few good songs.

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42 2015

This year sucks because of Megan Trainor HAHA

The year defining hits were actually good, the bad songs charted low. Also, Uptown Funk

Nothing compared to older music. - MaxPap

The Weeknd's Beauty Behind the Madness, Ariana Grande's "Focus",Stuck on the Feeling, Worth it,Bad blood, so many more. This year was "My Everything".😃😄⛪☁️🌞🌟

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43 2000

Debut albums of both Coldplay and Linkin Park. Do I need to say more?

Will the Real Slim Shady Please make more songs. The Marshall Mathers LP ROCKS! The album that saved 2000

The year Eminem released The Marshall Mathers LP. Stan is a masterpiece

If it wasn’t for Eminem this year would’ve been at the bottom

44 1997

Radiohead, Elliott Smith, Spiritualized, Bjork, Modest Mouse. This should be seriously higher

This was an excellent year for music. Harvey Danger released Flagpole Sitta, Green Day released their Nimrod Album, Sugar Ray released Floored (besides Fly, there were actually some amazing Nu metal songs on there) and The Offspring released Ixnay on the Hombre. This year is one you can say a lot about in music terms.

Should be wayyy higher
But at least 2016 isn't even inside the Top 50 so nvm - ZeroBlaster

How is this year not top?

The best album of the 1990s (OK Computer) was released on this year!

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45 1972

Smoke on the water

Is nobody gonna mention "Close to the Edge", "Foxtrot", "Thick as a Brick", "Trilogy", or "Per un amico"? Wow

Thick as a Brick alone should be enough to make 1972 one of the best years in music.
Don't forget Pink Floyd's Obscured by Clouds and Deep Purple's Machine Head. - MaxPap


46 2011

This should be higher. We had good music all over, except for Friday (of course..) - Aha223

Best year for 2010s

Greatest year for music in 21st ceuntry

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48 1988

Straight Outta Compton! (Gangster rap is born) - trtrtrt

The start of N.W.A n Gangsta rap

49 2003

Modern Rock at it's finest! - Johnalove

Three Days Grace's self-titled album was released
Evanescence's "Fallen" was released
Linkin Park's "Metora" was released

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