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!

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?


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.

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.

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!

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


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...


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

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!

Ride the Lightning. Enough said.


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

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.

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


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

The 80's was, without a doubt, the greatest decade for Thrash Metal, ever.

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

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


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

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)

Two words: Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody born in 1975


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.

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.)

Alice In Chains
Stone Temple Pilots

Music was at a Crossroads Once Again

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.


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


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.

The Contenders


Needs to be in the top 10. Selling England By The Pound, A Passion Play, Holland, Dark Side Of The Moon.

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

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.

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.


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

Black Sabbath Black Sabbath


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

Radiohead, yo la tengo, gybe, bjork, spiritualized

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


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

Wild Frontier - Gary Moore


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

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.


Rebirth of pop music

Bohemian Rhapsody

Avantasia - Moonglow



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

If you're talking legendary music, this is my favourite year!

Hotel California, duh!

Boston anyone?


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.

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.

Every single song from 2012 was a banger. Best year in music, you can't change my mind.

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.


Alice In Chains Dirt, Stone Temple Pilots Core, and Catherine Wheels debut album.

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!


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. Enough said.

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

Pet Sounds was pretty good.

Pet Sounds, Revolver, Blonde on Blonde.


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...


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.

One word: Bergtatt


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


Rubber soul and Help
two of the best Beatles albums of all time

Two words: Rubber soul

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

Motown alone puts 1965 in top ten

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