Top Ten Years for Music

The Top Ten
1 1967

Easily the greatest year of all time for music. You had The Doors, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Pink Floyd, Mothers Of Invention, Cream, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, Yardbirds, Jefferson Airplane, and many other incredible artists and bands coming up with amazing magical psychedelic and experimental avant-garde records, and it basically was the pinnacle of music, since most of the genres you see nowadays were influenced by the genius of the musicians in that era.

1967 is always going to be the best year for music in the 60s. 1964, 1965, 1968 and 1969 were pretty good as well. Many great songs came out, such as Ode To Billie Joe, one of the greatest examples of the teenage tragedy subgenre, Penny Lane, one of the most British songs The Beatles ever put out, and a lot of songs from the friggin' Doors! Wow, this year was so amazing. Also, James Taylor, The Beach Boys, Pink Floyd, etc, etc, etc, yeah, I think I'm getting too carried away.

1967 was definitely the best year! Absolutely amazing albums were released this year: The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn by Pink Floyd, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles, Surrealistic Pillow, The Doors (self-titled), Strange Days, The Velvet Underground And Nico, Are You Experienced? , The Magical Mystery Tour and more. A spectacular year!

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?

2 1969

1969 : One of the greatest albums by the biggest band in the world.
1969 : The first punk albums.
1969 : Two of the finest and most influential hard rock albums ever.
1969 : One of the greatest, (and maybe the most influential) (and one of the first) progressive rock albums ever.
1969 : The first rock opera.
1969 : A massively influential album that would go on to inspire a huge number of 90s band due to its defiance of musical rules.
1969 : Same as listed above, except it was totally unintentional.
1969 : Again, perhaps the greatest album by one of the greatest rock bands of all time.
1969 : Arguably the best album by a guy who made over 100 albums.
1969 : A legendary band makes a good album followed by one of the worst duds that ever stained a perfect run of albums.
1969 : A very popular american band releases three great albums.
1969 : An underrated british band makes a few underrated concept albums.

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, In the Court of the Crimson King, Led Zeppelin I and II, Pink Floyd's More and Ummagumma, Yes's debut, Let it Bleed, The Soft Parade, Nashville Skyline, Bayou Country, Then Play On, Hot Rats, Five Leaves Left, Arthur or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire, The Band, Tommy, Trout Mask Replica, MANY MANY more great albums.

So many great and innovative albums this year.
1. In the Court of the Crimson King - launched Prog into the mainstream, while also innovating the genre beyond what seemed possible at the time.
2. Abbey Road - The Beatles ultimate record. Quite possibly the best place in which the bass guitar as been played.
3. Hot Rats - Dude, can’t believe only one guy has mentioned this. Definitely underrated on THIS site. I mostly use and it’s not underrated there for sure.
4. In a Silent Way - The best Miles Davis album. Very influential and a must listen for all music fans, regardless of genre. Miles is far from a Jazz purist.
5. Obligatory Trout Mask Replica
6. The Velvet Underground invented a few less genres than usual, but they still invented a few.
7. Led Zeppelin’s first two albums of course.
That’s all I can think of off the top of my head, but that alone is just phenomenal.

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

There are so many reasons why this is the best year and why it deserves to be in the top TEN (Pearl Jam). Blood Sugar Sex Magik (Red Hot Chili Peppers) catapulted their popularity, and it even came out on the same day as: NEVERMIND (Nirvana) all other years, this is the best. The fact that this isn't number ONE (U2) is driving me to a point where I am LOSING MY RELIGION (R.E. M). Not to mention the queen, Michael jackson, and "(Everything I do) I do it all for you". Truly the best year ever and the grammys chose a horrible song to win record of the year when you look at these songs.

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.

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 "Let The ...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.

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.

This wasn't just the best year for music. It was the best year for entertainment. - Tangy Tiger

5 1986

1986 was pretty good. We got major breakout acts like Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, and rock and country was pretty good, as well. But that didn't stop soft rock from invading the charts... Especially Peter Cetera's first solo single, "Glory Of Love". Why did they put this crap in Karate Kid II?! I think that's the reason why the second Karate Kid movie is less remembered than the first one. If you listen to this to motivate you to fight, you'd probably get your ass beat.

Such a great year, Puppets, Peace Sells, Reign in Blood, awesomeness, just completely awesome.

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

6 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.

Just look at the top 100 and there is no argument for you to make against this being #1. The variety in musical styles, also many of that year's great songs are not even listed in the top 100.

how is this not number 1? it has who's next, master of reality, imagine, surf's up, sticky fingers, and the mighty LED ZEPPELIN IV AKA ZOSO

This year had it all. All the progressive artists found a way to collide in this year and blow our minds with awesomeness.

7 1994

Ace Dance Music was out in 1994, by Blast, Tony Di Bart, The Grid, Capella, 2 Unlimited, 2 In A Tent, Whigfield, Culture Beat, Rozalla, Gloworm.

Nu-metal emerges with one of the best albums of the genre.
A nerdy band releases an unexpected masterpiece.
One of the greatest concept albums of all time is released.
A few experimental classics are released.
Pop-punk breaks through with a masterpiece in the genre.
Skatepunk has its TWO ultimate masterpieces.
TWO OF THE GREATEST RAP ALBUMS ARE RELEASED (#1 and #3 on this website).
Two grunge bands release epic classics for the ages.
Some killer metal albums too...
Heck I could go on.

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.

8 1997

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.

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

Radiohead, yo la tengo, gybe, bjork, spiritualized

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

9 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)

Vote this year higher! It had Bohemian Rhapsody!

1975 had Bohemian Rhapsody, this was a golden year!

Bohemian Rhapsody born in 1975

10 1983

I’m not hung up on nostalgia I wouldn’t say previous decades in general had better music but I have to admit 1983 did sound like a pretty good year.

Screaming In The Night - incredible song.

come on Feel The Noize / There's Something Going On / Beat It / Poison Arrow & The Look Of Love / Separate Ways / Twilight Zone / Maniac / Down Under & It's A Mistake

I can't think of any more - but there are plenty

Thrash metal was just getting going in '83

Metallica's debut album Kill Em' All

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11 2019

Rebirth of pop music

Avantasia - Moonglow

Bohemian Rhapsody

12 1970

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

Black Sabbath Black Sabbath

13 2020 2020 (MMXX) was a leap year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 20th year of the third millennium, the 20th year of the 21st century, and the 1st year of the 2020s.

While 2020 is the most terrible year in 21st century. The good side of 2020 is the music. I feel the 80s retro vibes when I listen to 2020 songs and music

Apart from JB and Drake

The music industries are actually improving since 2019

Music released so far this year has been nostalgic and vocal

Let's hope the rest of this year and this decade remains this way or gets even better!

I want this decade a rock, metal, or 2000s techno comeback

I hope it's gonna be interesting year in music.

14 1987

Joshua Tree by U2, Bad by Michael Jackson, Slippery When Wet by Bon Jovi, overall, a great year.

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

When Michael Jackson''s bad album came out

When 'Erasure' began to become Massive.

15 1964

The Beatles, The Beatles, The Beatles... Do I have to say more

The Beatles explode in America and the world.

The British Invasion truly invaded in 1964.

This year was great

16 1973

This should be top 3. Selling England, Dark side of the moon, Larks tongues in aspic, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, HOTH, Passion Play, Brain salad surgery, Pronounced Lynyrd Skynrd, aerosmith, Queen, Quadrophenia, Tres Hombres. I mean sure it doesn’t the beatles but come on this by far the best year for music.

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

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

The Dark Side of the Moon, A Passion Play, and Larks' Tongues in Aspic. By far the greatest year for prog.

17 1982

Ah, yes. 1982. The year when the 80s finally began. Elements from the 70s were beginning to die out, and new wave and synth pop, plus mainstream rock, were finally taking over the charts. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case because soft rock also populated the charts at the time, as well. This was also the year Chicago, a once good band, sold out with one rock ballad... Hard To Say I'm Sorry. Either than that, Let's Groove by Earth, Wind and Fire was released and I like to call this song my favorite pop song of all time.

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 Over" and Roxy Music "Avalon" ...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 Avalon - Roxy Music ...more

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

18 2015

To Pimp a Butterfly, Carrie and Lowell, Currents, Hand. Cannot. Erase., The Book of Souls, The Powers That B, 25... Frankly pretty good.

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

Kendrick, grimes, sufjan, death grips, joanna newsom, julia holter, bjork, tame impala, carly rae jepsen, beach house, etc. great year in my opinion

Didn't entirely suck, but still not great.

19 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?

Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge by My Chemical Romance came out this year.

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

The year Ciara came out with one two step

20 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...

'Dance Music & Grunge' became Huge in 1992.

The year Three Days Grace started!

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

21 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

22 1976

Todd In The Shadows was right. 1976 was a great year for music. Apart from blunders like Afternoon Delight, If You Leave Me Now, Disco Duck (Seriously, screw this song), and Convoy, this is a year that shines the best in music.

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

A stand out year for amazing bands including Lynyrd Skynyrd's One More for the Road

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

23 1995

This is the best year for 90s music, in my opinion. Michael Jackson collaborated with Janet for "Scream", TLC's "Waterfalls", various rap acts, and don't forget Mellon Collie and The Infinite Sadness by The Smashing Pumpkins, which might as well be my favorite 90s rock album (I know, I was a former 90s emo kid), but there were some viruses on the charts as well. Songs like "Short D**k Man" definitely make the cut. Just go listen to it for yourself. It's that bad.

The Smashing Pumpkins, Hum, and Filter's Debut Album all got released that year enough said.

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

'Summer' was Fabulous that Year.

24 2001

...And the best alternative album called Origin of Symmetry was born

The Birth of Gorillaz, what more can I say?

You forgot daft punk's discovery

Linkin Park's Hybrid Theory

25 1966

Why is this so low? With Pet Sounds, Revolver, Parsley Sage Rosemary and Thyme and Blonde on Blonde, the game changer that was Good Vibrations, and The Beatles ceasing to tour to focus on studio recordings, this deserves to be in the top 3.

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

Pet Sounds was pretty good.

Pet Sounds. Revolver. Enough said.

Pet Sounds best album ever

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