Top Ten Years for Music
The Top Ten
Great year, it has: The Doors, The Velvet Underground & Nico, Are You Experienced, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band.
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?
The doors, buffalo Springfield, Beatles, some Pink Floyd, many more great classics from this year
The 1960s were the best decade of music period.V 2 Comments
A few 1969 bands and artists people have heard of:
The Rolling Stones
The Beach Boys
The Four Tops
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!
If you search up 1969 songs you will see so much artists and songs that everybody knows. Like CCR, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, and The Rolling Stones just to name a few.V 7 Comments
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.
I was there then. So much 'Beautiful Tunes' coming out non stop then. Was a nice blend of 'Genres' we had, like 'Hard Rock - Indie - Pop - Dance - Rap' unlike now.V 19 Comments
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
'Hi N.R.G Synth Funk' was at its best then.V 6 Comments
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.
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
'Techno Pop' was Astounding then.V 9 Comments
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
MetallicaV 3 Comments
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
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.
Who’s Next (1971) - The Who
What’s Going On (1971) - Marvin Gaye
Led Zeppelin IV (1971) - Led Zeppelin
Sticky Fingers (1971) - The Rolling Stones
Tapestry (1971) - Carole King
Madman Across the Water (1971) - Elton John
In the Land of Grey and Pink (1971) - Caravan
Blue (1971) - Joni Mitchell
Hunky Dory (1971) - David Bowie
Fragile (1971) - Yes
Santana III (1971) - Santana
The Yes Album (1971) - Yes
Meddle (1971) - Pink Floyd
Every Picture Tells a Story (1971) - Rod Stewart
L.A. Woman (1971) - The Doors
At Fillmore East (1971) - The Allman Brothers Band
Electric Warrior (1971) - T. Rex
Ram (1971) - Paul & Linda McCartney
Aqualung (1971) - Jethro Tull
Maggot Brain (1971) - Funkadelic
Histoire de Melody Nelson (1971) - Serge Gainsbourg
Tago Mago (1971) - Can
There’s a Riot Going’ On (1971) - Sly and the Family Stone
Nursery Cryme (1971) - Genesis
Tarkus (1971) - Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Pearl (1971) - Janis ...more
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 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
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! - SoldierOfFortuneV 1 Comment
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
MOP - DisturbedpotatoV 2 Comments
Pet Sounds. Revolver. Enough said. - PetSounds
Pet Sounds, Revolver, Blonde on Blonde.
The year metal was invented by Deep Purple's In Rock and Black Sabbath's Black Sabbath - Metal_Treasure
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath - SoldierOfFortune
Need You Tonight, Kokomo, La Bamba, and Bad and many others - westofohio
The Joshua Tree, Appetite for Destruction, Strangeways Here We Come
When Michael Jackson''s bad album came out
'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.
I actually thought 2010 was a good year for music because my favourite music artist Pendulum released my favourite song Watercolour.It is an Electronic Dance Music song so of course I like it but not only that it is also a Drum&Bass song and for me D&B is the best EDM genre but I am sure even people who ate not fans of electronic music would like this song.-TheCoolGuy1
Two words: Rubber soul - patrickfloyd
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.
Lots of 'Fab Tunes' were out then like 'Please Don't Go - K.W.S' and others. Also the Year that 'Prodigy' became very 'Big' really quickly...
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.
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)
Queen's debut, Dark Side of the Moon, Houses of the Holy, etc. - MetarockV 4 Comments
Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" ; Pink Floyd's "Animals"; Bowie's "Heroes"; and Billy Joel's "The Stranger"
The year of punk
Number 26? NUMBER 26?
WELCOME TO THE HOTEL CALIFORNIA! - Spkycactus011
'Dance Music' was becoming very Popular then.
Spawned so many 80’s classics like Everybody Wants to Rule the World and Careless Whisper
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 Rolling Stones
The Beach Boys
The Four Tops
... And many more HOF acts.
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
The Birth of Gorillaz, what more can I say?
Everyone's just hating because it's not from the 1900s. This was the last year pop music was good. favorite = Counting Stars.
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?
So many good tunesV 2 Comments
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.
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
Michael Jackson Off the Wall
Abba, Chic, Earth Wind and Fire, Queen, Dire Straits, Madness, Kiss, etc.
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.
Second favorite year someone forgot 2017
I feel like this year is being highly underrated. This is the year that (in my opinion) spawned some of the most influential bands of the now, and has some of the strongest album releases. For example:
Good kid, M.A.A.D city - Kendrick Lamar
Cancer for cure - el-p (probably his best solo album)
R.A.P. Music - killer mike (his as well)
The money store - death grips (wild and off the wall, and if you look at trap music/SoundCloud rap today, it’s way before it’s time, and influenced some sounds in today’s style)
The seer - swans (most underrated swans album, this is a classic)
Channel orange - Frank ocean (the introduction to one of the most popular acts today)
Lonerism - tame impala (arguably the strongest tame impala album, nonetheless really good)
An awesome wave - alt-j (introduction to this great band)
Skelethon-Aesop rock (really good album)
These are just the ones that stood out to me, there’s a lot more. I feel like this year is being ...more
I SEE A RAINBOW RISING!
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
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.
Albums like :
Slipknot - All Hope Is Gone
Disturbed - Indestructible
Metallica - Death Magnetic
3 Doors Down - 3 Doors Down
Ac/Dc - Black Ice - Disturbedpotato
This year sucks because of Megan Trainor HAHA
The year defining hits were actually good, the bad songs charted low. Also, Uptown Funk
Didn't entirely suck, but still not great.
Yay - goldstarV 5 Comments
My Chemical Romance released their first album on July 23, 2002. - railfan99
Nelly hot in here dilemma
New found Glory My friends over you
THE Eminem SHOW!
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
Emo, Scene and Goth ruled around this era! Even MySpace was still a thing. Now SnapChat will be long gone pretty soon just like them.V 5 Comments
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.
How is this year not top?
The best album of the 1990s (OK Computer) was released on this year!
OK Computer - Radiohead
The Lonesome Crowded West - Modest Mouse
Homogenic - Björk
Either/Or - Elliot Smith
Homework - Daft Punk
The Color and the Shape - Foo Fighters
Ladies and Gentlemen We are Floating in Space - Spiritualized
I don't really need to say any more in terms of albums
Will the Real Slim Shady Please make more songs. The Marshall Mathers LP ROCKS! The album that saved 2000
Rock has died out at the time, but Metal somehow still remains. Metallica and Megadeth both made their next albums this year, and while both suck compared to the 80s music, it can be hard to decide which would be better. Actually, I take that back. Dystopia will make Hardwired... To Self Destruct look like trash, like Endgame did to Death Magnetic.
This is the year where hopefully pop music dies and people start to realize all the great alternative hits being released this year instead.
"Best year for music" Yeah right. Only 1 good song I've heard this year.
Terrible year for music on the charts
Great year for indie and rap though
21 guns - mmarce445
This year was the best for music ever. I cannot stop listening to all these awesome songs from 2009. It was the best year ever for music and it deserves to be a lot higher than that.
Examples of great songs released in 2009:
Owl City - Fireflies
Flo Rida - Right Round
Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feeling
Green Day - 21 Guns
Pitbull - Hotel Room Service
David Guetta ft. Akon - Sexy Bitch
Cascada - Evacuate The Dancefloor
Britney Spears - If U Seek Amy
Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina - Stereo Love
There are plenty more songs from 2009 that are worth listening to.
Straight Outta Compton! (Gangster rap is born) - trtrtrt
The start of N.W.A n Gangsta rap
Calling Iggy Azalea a rapper is the equivalent to stabbing Eminem in the back 47 times. Shame on you.
How is this year so low?
This was the year for singers having their best songs :
American singer Meghan Trainor's All About That Bass
Australian rapper Iggy Azalea's Fancy
American diva Beyonce's Partition - Princesssmooth
Great year. Charts had variety, new sounds, new artists, old hitmakeers, and some awesome artists from the undergournd. Best all decade and top 5 for the century - ProPanda
Three Days Grace's self-titled album was released
Evanescence's "Fallen" was released
Linkin Park's "Metora" was released
This should be higher. We had good music all over, except for Friday (of course..) - Aha223
Porcupine Tree - Deadwing
Eels - Blinking Lights And Other Revelations
King Creosote - KC Rules OK
Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
Coil - The Ape Of Naples
Kate Bush - Aerial
Opeth - Ghost Reveries
My Morning Jacket - Z
The White Stripes - Get Behind Me Satan
Sigur Ros - Takk
LCD Soundsystem - LCD Sound System
Gogol Bordello - Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike
...and many others!
In all honesty this may not actually be my favourite year in music but it's certainly my favourite in recent (ish) memory and hasn't seen much love in this poll so I've picked 2005 anyway. For the record I'm not 100% sure what year I would've picked (any year between 1967 and 1977...so maybe 1972 perhaps? ).
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