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Which has been the best decade for music?

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#1 of 56 OFFLINE   NeilTHI



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Posted February 11 2009 - 10:41 PM

Which has been the best decade for music?

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#2 of 56 OFFLINE   Joseph J.D

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Posted February 12 2009 - 02:05 AM

Hands down, the 60's........so many amazing artists came out of that period in music. The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Who, Hendrix etc.etc....they changed the musical landscape as we know it.
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Posted February 12 2009 - 03:06 AM

Two hands down, the 80's.
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Posted February 12 2009 - 03:42 AM

LOL!!! The eighties.... too funny.

#5 of 56 OFFLINE   Ron-P



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Posted February 12 2009 - 05:00 AM

Actually, the 80's and the 70's are my two favorite decades. But, all the bands listed by Joseph above, I cannot stand.
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Posted February 12 2009 - 05:54 AM

I subscribe to the Chris Rock theory that whenever you started getting laid, you think that whatever era of music you were listening in that time is the best music ever made. I don't like most of the bands around today but in 20 years, there will be guys who are teenagers today that will be thinking that 2009 was the high point of music.

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Posted February 12 2009 - 06:41 AM

Nah, I prefer 80s music to 90s. But I probably like 50s/60s better because that's what my parents listened to while I was growing up.

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Posted February 12 2009 - 07:27 AM

I'd say from around 72-73 to 88-90, or thereabouts.
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Posted February 12 2009 - 07:53 AM

The 60s is probably the objectively "correct" answer because of so many influential bands beginning then, but in terms of bands I actually listen to I'd have to say the 80s were best.

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Posted February 12 2009 - 10:07 AM

90s > 60s > 80s > 70s > 00s > 50s

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Posted February 12 2009 - 12:23 PM

The 1960s (1961-1970).

#12 of 56 OFFLINE   Henry Gale

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Posted February 12 2009 - 12:50 PM

I had a couple of different decades in mind when I saw your topic. Sadly, when I got to the first post my decades of choice were not included. I loved the best of the 50s and 60s music, I was there. But having explored a whole lot of recorded music during my life, the 30s would be my choice. No doubt about it.
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Posted February 13 2009 - 04:36 AM

The '80s are best.

The 1780s, that is! Posted Image

As for my real answer, I'd probably go with the '70s for all the classic and prog rock, although a lot of my favorite stuff came out in the '90s and '00s from more obscure groups (most of that was heavily influenced by '70s music, though).
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Posted February 13 2009 - 08:54 AM

My favourite decade is the 70s. The "best" in terms of influential is the 60s (whether one likes the music and bands from that era or not, they exercised more influence on subsequent music than any other decade in the 20th century). All of this applies to pop/rock in the broad sense of the term. If we're talking jazz, then I'd say the late 40s to mid-60s were, indisputably the "best" and my favourite. Coltrane, Davis, Brubeck, Baker, Adderley...(I could go on and on and on and...) If we're talking classical (in the broad sense, not the technical sense), then I'd say late 17th century to early 20th century (I'm a big enough fan to appreciate music from across that span, but not knowledgeable enough to reduce it to a specific decade or two). As for favourites, I'm most partial to mid-to-late 19th and 20th century Russian composers (Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Prokofiev and Shostakovich, among others) and early 20th century English composers (Vaughn Williams, Elgar and Bax, among others), though I enjoy music from a wide variety of composers.
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Posted February 16 2009 - 09:35 AM

The 60's for me. I think it has more to do with what decade you were a teen than anything.
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Posted February 16 2009 - 10:34 AM

That may be true to some extent. But I just missed that cutoff, as I wasn't a teen until 1971. Posted Image

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Posted February 17 2009 - 11:02 PM

Hey, Why you said 80's is so funny. Whats the reason with eighty? The 60's for me.

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Posted February 18 2009 - 01:07 PM

A lot of the music I listen to doesn't qualify for the answer, but under the clear intentions of the question I have often thought the best music ran roughly from 1967 to about 1976 or 1977. I guess the 70 edge it out then. Since I was born in 1964 I guess I was getting laid at such a young age I can't even remember it. Anyway, in my case I guess that rules out both the sex and teen theories.

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Posted February 19 2009 - 04:03 AM

I am guessing that most people are going to choose the decade that they were teenagers. This seems to be the time when music is the most important part of a person's life, at least it was for me. So, the 60s are the most important and best decade of music for me.
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Posted February 20 2009 - 09:45 AM

The two most important decades in popular music in the 20th century were the 1920s and the 1960s. The '20s were the first flowering of jazz, blues and country. It was also time of the Broadway/Tin Pan Alley composers that created the Great American Songbook. These styles dominated music until the '60s. The '60s, of course, remains the fountainhead for everything that's come afterwards. Every current musical style can be traced back to that era. Which makes me think that either we are on the verge or in the midst of another cultural shift that we won't recognize until much later.
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