Top Ten Years for Music
The Top Ten
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!
The velvet underground & nico + chelsea girl. need I say more
Great year, it has: The Doors, The Velvet Underground & Nico, Are You Experienced, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band.
Sgt. Pepper and Piper At The Gates of Dawn! 2 great psychedelic albums. - MaxPap
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. - JoLeKosovo
The year Judas Priest and Progressive Rock were born. - shadomatrix
1 word - WOODSTOCK
Which might be the single most overrated festival of all time. - Idontreallycaretoomuch
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.
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
We got 3 masterpieces
And of course nevermind
One of the best music eras for the convertables roof down and speakers blasting
Wish I can go back to 1991 and 1992 once more since there was lots of Ace Tunes out...
Michael Jackson is the reason for my vote
Defenatly the Best Ever Year for Music. The 1981.1977 &1979 1967 1969 1968
1985 was the worst then 1978 they were dreadful
The King of Pop, The Prince of Funk, L.A. rock, Euro synth, punk, metal, hip hop, etc. This year was explosive!
Bohemian Rhapsody born in 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.
A year when Stairway and Imagine is released. Say no more.
This year had it all. All the progressive artists found a way to collide in this year and blow our minds with awesomeness.
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.
Best year albums ever.
Such a great year, Puppets, Peace Sells, Reign in Blood, awesomeness, just completely awesome. - MattAffterburner
The 80's was, without a doubt, the greatest decade for Thrash Metal, ever.
Some of the best iconic albums of the 80s came out this year
Genesis-Invisible Touch,Top Gun soundtrack,Madonna-True Blue, Paul Simon-Graceland, Pet Shop Boys-Please, Janet Jackson-Control, Bon Jovi-Slippery When Wet and many many 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
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
Ah...When 'Synth Pop' was at its Peak. We had 'Depeche Mode - Yazoo - Thompson Twins' and many more back then.
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
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
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
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. - JoLeKosovo
Dookie by Green Day, In Utero by Nirvana, Pinkerton by Weezer
NiN - The Downward Spiral
Soundgarden - Superunknown
Nas - Illmatic
Green Day - Dookie
Ween - Chocolate and Cheese
Woodstock 94 - The Whole Thing
Weezer - Blue Album
Beck - Mellow Gold
Alice in Chains - Jar of Flies
The Division Bell - Pink Floyd (It's not their best, but it's still Pink Floyd.)
The year metal was invented by Deep Purple's In Rock and Black Sabbath's Black Sabbath - Metal_Treasure
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath - SoldierOfFortune
If you're talking legendary music, this is my favourite year! - TheHabsFan
A stand out year for amazing bands including Lynyrd Skynyrd's One More for the Road
Hotel California, duh!
A Trick of the Tail, Wind & Wuthering (Genesis), Crystal Ball (Styx), Leftoverture (Kansas), 2112 (Rush). - MaxPap
Needs to be in the top 10. Selling England By The Pound, A Passion Play, Holland, Dark Side Of The Moon. - Idontreallycaretoomuch
The Dark Side of the Moon, A Passion Play, and Larks' Tongues in Aspic. By far the greatest year for prog. - shadomatrix
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
The British Invasion truly invaded in 1964.
This year was great
My Dad Was Also Born In This Year!
The Beatles explode in America and the world.
Appetite For Destruction (Best Album Ever), Hysteria, Whitesnake, Permanent Vacation, Tunnel of Love & so on
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 - westofohio
Wild Frontier - Gary Moore
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. - Idontreallycaretoomuch
Pet Sounds best album ever
Pet Sounds, Revolver. Revolver is the best album of all time.
Pet Sounds was pretty good.
Pet Sounds. Revolver. Enough said. - PetSounds
Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Brittney Spears.
They all shone during this year
Most catchiest songs of the year, after 2012 songs started turning out to be crap
So Many bangers that year
Teenage Dream: enough said
Alice In Chains Dirt, Stone Temple Pilots Core, and Catherine Wheels debut album. - Soulstealer
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.
'Dance Music & Grunge' became Huge in 1992.
The year Three Days Grace started!
As far as total album sales and number of hit songs, 1977 is by far the most successful year in rock/pop music history
Steely Dan's Aja, Billy Joel's The Stranger, Fleetwood Mac's Rumours, Pink Floyd's Animals. Just these four alone make for a monumental year.
'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
The Smashing Pumpkins, Hum, and Filter's Debut Album all got released that year enough said. - Soulstealer
'Brit Pop' was also in 'Full Swing' in 1995.
One word: Bergtatt
'Summer' was Fabulous that Year.
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
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.
Rubber soul and Help
two of the best Beatles albums of all time
Motown alone puts 1965 in top ten
Dylan's amazing albums Bringing It All Back Home, and Highway 61 Revisited.
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.
Title of Record and Human Clay were great albums that year. - Soulstealer
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
Linkin Park's Hybrid Theory
You forgot daft punk's discovery
Tokio Hotel, My Chemical Romance, The killers, Shinedown, The black keys, Gorillaz
...And the best alternative album called Origin of Symmetry was born
Aerosmith Pump, Tesla
'Dance Music' was becoming very Popular then.
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
Michael Jackson Off the Wall
Abba, Chic, Earth Wind and Fire, Queen, Dire Straits, Madness, Kiss, etc.
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.
Pop dude bruh
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
Bands to release their first album in 1978:
The Cars, Van Halen, Toto, Dire Straits, Midnight Oil, Journey with Steve Perry (I know they had three previously)
Stayin' Alive, Runnin' On Empty, Turn To Stone, Hot Blooded, Just The Way You Are, Summer Night City
1978 was the beginning of the music that really blossomed in the 80s.
Van Halen was one of the most important albums for guitar revolution
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.
In Utero by Nirvana, Siamese Dream from Smashing Pumpkins, Vs from Pearl Jam, Pablo Honey from Radiohead, Counting Crows, plus doggystyle from Snoop, Chronic from Dre and Enter the Wu-Tang.
NWA, Nation of Millions by Public Enemy. Straight out the Jungle by Jungle Brothers. Singularly the most important year for hip hop and rap music that had pretty much dominated popular music around the world for the last twenty years
Straight Outta Compton! (Gangster rap is born) - trtrtrt
The start of N.W.A n Gangsta rap
Best year hands down
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
Alter Bridge's Blackbird enough said. - Soulstealer
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
Most of my playlist is filled with music from this year, it was pretty good compared to ten years later.
Wake Me Up Avicii
Everyone's just hating because it's not from the 1900s. This was the last year pop music was good. favorite = Counting Stars.
Live it up
in the end
modern magic formula
last good year before crap music came
Underrated year for music. The charts were amazing in 2013. - Aha223
Nelly, sophie ellis, eminem. COME ON THIS YEAR WAS FIRE VIBES
In 2002 best game ever - Shrek Swamp Kart Speeedway was released. Shrek Swamp Kart Speedway has best music ever.
My Chemical Romance released their first album on July 23, 2002. - railfan99
THE Eminem SHOW!
I think everybody wanted to start the new millennium with a good start, and the year 2000 was great for almost all genres of music. The year 2000 was essentially a "golden era" for pop music - it may seem cheesy at the time but the pop music was more talented than anything you have today.
Debut albums of both Coldplay and Linkin Park. Do I need to say more?
The year Eminem released The Marshall Mathers LP. Stan is a masterpiece
Will the Real Slim Shady Please make more songs. The Marshall Mathers LP ROCKS! The album that saved 2000
Don't forget "Octopus"!
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
Smoke on the water
Rust in peace.
2012 was inundated with catchy songs, catchy vocals and amazing melodies within the songs. A ton more variety of genres compared to 2015-2019 where we saw a decline in upbeat melodies and moving towards slow and sad melodies, as well as the same, boring generic beat. Even songs which never made the top charts in 2012 were very well produced. EDM was massive around this time and was probably one of the best years for EDM too. A special sound catches to my ear whenever I hear music from 2012. It is as if as soon as the song begins to play, I know its from 2012. Because 2012 had a unique sound that can't be compared to any other year this decade. Sure, 2010-2013 was great but 2012 has stood out from the rest for me, making it my most unforgettable year for the rest of my life certainly.
2012 was the best years of music, songs were so memorable
Every single song from 2012 was a banger. Best year in music, you can't change my mind.
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.
This was the best year for music culture because every style of music from 2011 is the main influence on music genres and types of songs coming out today.
Best year for 2010s
This should be higher. We had good music all over, except for Friday (of course..) - Aha223
Greatest year for music in 21st ceuntry
How can 1981 be the best? Queen has had major success with that rolled into the early 80's and deadmau5 was born. - ThatOneRacer
Mtv become the first music channel and motley crue became the first glam metal band
AC/DC succeeded with the first number one album called for those about to rock we salute you wich the first hard rock number one album in the 80s
Metallica was born with first members who fired are dave mustaine and ron mcgovney and have been replaced with kirk hammet on lead guitar and cliff burton on bass
Rush Moving Pictures
Van Halen Fair Warning
Ozzy Osbourne Blizzard of Ozz
Y&T Earth shaker
Triumph Allied Forces
Sammy Hagar Standing Hampton
Black Sabbath Mob Rules
Motley Crue Too Fast For Love
Songs released or charted Billboard year end...
Hold On Loosely -.38 Special
For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) - AC/DC
Here I Am - Air Supply
We're In This Love Together - Al Jarreau
Feels So Right - Alabama
Games People Play - Alan Parsons Project
I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool - Barbara Mandrell
Mony Mony - Billy Idol
The Stroke - Billy Squier
Mob Rules - Black Sabbath
Rapture - Blondie
Burnin' For You - Blue Öyster Cult
Hungry Heart - Bruce Springsteen
She's A Bad Mama Jama - Carl Carlton
Arthur's Theme - Christopher Cross
Same Old Lang Syne - Dan Fogelberg
Bringin' on the Heartbreak - Def Leppard
Just Can't Get Enough - Depeche Mode
Whip It - Devo
9 To 5 - Dolly Parton
Girls on Film - Duran Duran
Let's Groove Earth, Wind & Fire
I Love A Rainy Night - Eddie Rabbitt
Hold On Tight - ELO
I Can't Stand It - Eric Clapton
Der Kommissar - Falco
Urgent - Foreigner
1954 is the best year. Elvis at Sun Records, he was happy and had not met Colonel Tom Parker. "My music just wasn't the same after Sun"- Elvis
Innocence & Instinct by Red, This Is War by Thirty Seconds to Mars, and Dear Agony by Breaking Benjamin enough said. - Soulstealer
Facts this is the best year for music hands down
21 guns - mmarce445
Radiohead, yo la tengo, gybe, bjork, spiritualized
Should be wayyy higher
But at least 2016 isn't even inside the Top 50 so nvm - ZeroBlaster
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.