Top Ten Years for Music

The Top Ten

1 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!

Woodstock, janis joplin, jimi hendrix. just great.

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2 1967

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?

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

2nd greatest album ever, sgt. pepper. - SammySpore

3 1991

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

I love all the music that came out this year my favourite is Michael Jackson's dangerous album but that doesn't mean I don't like everyone else one of the best years for music

In terms of music this year was good but this was also the year freddie mercury died

Nirvana's Beveridge, Metallica's black album, Pearl Jan's Ten, RHCP's Bssm and Soundgarden's Badmotorfinger all came out in this year.

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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

Way better than music post 1999. Had such a great sound with bands like ultravox, depeche mode and simple minds. It just edges 1981 in mu opinion.

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5 1975

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)

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

6 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.

This year sucks. You wanna know why? Because Justin Bieber was born that year.

Definitely Maybe, The Downward Spiral, Dookie, Vitology, Nirvana MTV Unplugged, Live Though This, Superunknown, Weezer, Mellow Gold, Ready to Die, American Recordings, Smash, Parklife, Roman Candle, Blade Runner Soundtrack, Korn, Sleeps With Angels, Pulp Fiction Sountrack, One Foot in the Grave, Cross Road, II(two), No Quarter, and best of all Grace by Jeff Buckley. - PewPewAssassin

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7 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

'83 was better than '84

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8 1982

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.

Example:

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

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

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

Randy Rhoads died. But Diary of a Madman! - SoldierOfFortune

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9 1966

Pet Sounds. Revolver. Enough said. - PetSounds

10 1964

The British Invasion truly invaded in 1964. - naFrovivuS

My Dad Was Also Born In This Year!

This year was great

The Beatles explode in America and the world.

The Contenders

11 1995

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.
Pop

12 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.

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

Really? #26?
Led Zeppelin IV, Who's Next, Sticky Fingers, Meddle, Fragile, Concert for Bangladesh, Imagine, Hunky Dory, What's Going On, Harvest, Tapestry…
I say again…Really? Does any other year come close?
I must admit, though, it is difficult to pick a year in which the neither the Beatles nor Van Halen nor Rush nor Michael Jackson put out material. Oh well.

13 2013

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

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

This Year Was Horrible (For The Exception Of Some.) - FettiMC

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

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14 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

How is so low?

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16 1977

The year of punk

Number 26? NUMBER 26?

17 1985
18 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.

19 2010
20 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
Cream
The Doors
The Temptations
James Brown
The Four Tops
Ray Charles
Janis Joplin
... And many more HOF acts.
CASE CLOSED!

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