Your poll question is too broad and open to too much interpretation, which will produce results that are just stupid.
[quote] My pick is the 70s.
For what? Rock? Elton John in his only good era, Steely Dan, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Heart, and lots of others who put out their best music in this decade....
But maybe you're talking about pop music? The 1970s represents the most embarrassing decade of all time for pop music. Seasons in the Sun, anyone? Shannon? The Night Chicago Died? It was a decade full of one hit wonders that thankfully were never heard from again.
Of these choices, the '60s, no doubt.
Why do you feel a desperate need to rate one higher than the other, OP?
OP doesn't seem desperate. Perhaps he just wanted to open a music conversation.
[quote]The 1970s represents the most embarrassing decade of all time for pop music. Seasons in the Sun, anyone? Shannon? The Night Chicago Died?
They told stories. Embarrassing, your ass. They are still played and listed to today. You think anyone is going to listen to Miley Cyrus or Rhianna forty years from now?
Well, r3 you've picked three mildly annoying songs out of a decade of brilliant and varied popular music. Would you rate the 00's higher? What about My Humps, Party in the USA, or Who Let the Dogs Out.
R7 = Terry Jacks
OP, you only go back to the 1950's? So happens that the 1940's, the swing era, had the best music.
R7, you are tiresome.
The mold was broken after 1977. Even pop music of that decade was better than most good music these days.
Name any band from the past 3 decades and I will tell you an artist from the 70s that influenced them.
r3, I'd say the '70s precisely because you could listen to 1 radio station and hear a rock song followed by a pop song followed by a country song followed by an R&B song followed by a folk song, etc., etc. Everybody listened and responded to everything back then, before MTV fractured it all and popular music began splintering into niches.
70s had Bowie at his best and Roxy Music slithering across the dance floor. I don't see RiRi, Bey, Kanye or Monster Tongue Miley being as influential, or still filling stadiums, in 40 years time.
[quote]70s had Bowie at his best and Roxy Music slithering across the dance floor. I don't see RiRi, Bey, Kanye or Monster Tongue Miley being as influential, or still filling stadiums, in 40 years time.
I love Bowie and Roxy Music, but neither are "filling stadiums" today.
I think the Swing Era of the late thirties and forties was pretty cool.
I predates me by 20 years but spending some time on YouTube has introduced me to some pretty cool tunes.
For DLers new to Swing, get started with Bennie Goodman. Recommend "Sing Sing Sing" as a good one to know initially.
R16 I saw Roxy Music sell out SECC in 2001, then again at the same venue in 2011. Tickets were like gold dust. I saw Bowie in Birmingham and Hamburg during the same sold-out tour in 2003, I think it was his final tour, it was the one when he ended up hospitalised. They can both still fill a stadium any day of the week, I've seen it happen.
Rock the Boat
Signed Sealed Delivered
Summer nights Santa Monica Blvd 1970;s, sweaty musky hot bodies....
and then the police came.
[quote] R7 you are tiresome.
Good now go to bed and shadddup.
60's into early 70's. It was not only the best but the most important with political lyrics that inspired a generation.
[quote][R16] I saw Roxy Music sell out SECC in 2001, then again at the same venue in 2011. Tickets were like gold dust. I saw Bowie in Birmingham and Hamburg during the same sold-out tour in 2003, I think it was his final tour, it was the one when he ended up hospitalised. They can both still fill a stadium any day of the week, I've seen it happen.
Roxy Music plays music that is 30 years old.
Bowie hasn't toured in a decade, and probably will never mount a major tour again.
Also, this stupid cunt doesn't understand what "stadium" means.
I think music was great from the 20s up until the early 90s...after that it became increasingly corporate and agenda driven and song craft and vocal talent became much less a consideration.
Not to say there haven't been some good songs in the last 20 years but generally we have seen a devolution in terms of melody and lyric quality.
Every decade has its classics, but most of my favorite all-time artists put their best work out in the 1970s. Steely Dan, Thin Lizzy, Joni Mitchell, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Neil Young, James Taylor, Gordon Lightfoot, Alice Cooper, Todd Rundgren, ELO, Heart, Carole King, Laura Nyro, Queen, Fleetwood Mac, Rush, Roxy Music, Jackson Browne, Boz Scaggs, Donna Summer...whew! I love the classic rock from that time, but also disco, glam, soul & punk too. Just an incredibly fertile time for music of all genres. They say the drugs were better then - I'm sure that had something to do with it.
I have to agree with poster 21. There was a lot of innovation and recording techniques invented around that time, besides the political stuff. I still have a lot of vinyl from that era and have hooked up my turntable to my Kicker speaker system and the music sounds a lot warmer than the present digital format. That's just my personal opinion.
Forget the commercial overlay of crap and 1981-1991 gives you New Wave, House, Goth, Hip Hop, Techno, and Grunge. Start with Ultravox and Cameo, end with Nirvana and Soul II Soul. MTV's awesome early years, Summer of Love 88-89, Prince at his peak, New Jack Swing, even Hair Metal was kind of fun.
R22 You're being an intentionally stupid cunt if you don't know that Bowie could still sell out any stadium you care to mention. He announced he's retired from touring, that doesn't mean his fanbase wouldn't pay big bucks to see him. I think quibbling about if R18 means stadium or arena is extremely cuntish. The last tour was sold out in every venue in every country.
As for Roxy playing old music - so what? They still tour and still sell out every venue, and that was the point that was being made.
You're just being very fucking dim.
best decade for music
The finest popular music was written from the mid 1920s through the 1950s.
The Gershwins, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Rogers and Hart, Harold Arlen, Irving Berlin, Harry Warren....among others.
On the other hand, there are many adult contemporary radio stations that have "80s weekends" on their schedule.
[quote][R22] You're being an intentionally stupid cunt if you don't know that Bowie could still sell out any stadium you care to mention. He announced he's retired from touring, that doesn't mean his fanbase wouldn't pay big bucks to see him. I think quibbling about if [R18] means stadium or arena is extremely cuntish. The last tour was sold out in every venue in every country.
There's a huge difference between an arena (10,000-20,000 capacity) and a stadium (40,000+ capacity).
David Bowie could not sell out stadiums in the U.S. Very few acts can do that.
I picked the '60's but the decade I would choose would be closer to 1965 to 1975. That would include:
Magical Mystery Tour
Court & Spark
They Only Come Out at Night
Sweet Baby James
Low Spark of High Heeled Boys
Aphrodities Child 666
Tasty Good Rats
[quote] Harvest Magical Mystery Tour Court & Spark They Only Come Out at Night Sweet Baby James CSN&Y Low Spark of High Heeled Boys Aphrodities Child 666 Tasty Good Rats Toulouse Street
All nice, but kid stuff compared to:
"Night and Day", "I've Got You Under My Skin", "My Funny Valentine", ""Sophisticated Lady"" "It Never Entered My Mind", "My Romance", "I Didn't Know What Time It Was", "Isn't It Romantic?", "Where or When", "Some Enchanted Evening", "In the Still of the Night", "Laura", "The Way You Look Tonight", "Summertime", "The Man I Love", "I'll Be Seeing You", "Stardust", "Let's Face the Music and Dance", "Stormy Weather", "One for My Baby", "Come Rain or Come Shine", "Time After Time"….
"Sweet Baby James"? Really?
80s, no doubt. The absolute best decade in music, ever.
The 1960's gave us The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Motown, The Beach Boys, The British Invasion, Stax, Simon & Garfunkel, The Drifters, Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield, Donovan, The Summer of Love, The Association, The Rascals, Johnny Rivers, The Monkees, Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix, The Impressions, James Brown, The Doors, Stevie Wonder, The Jefferson Airplane, The Animals, Marvin Gaye, Petula Clark, Tommy James and the Shondells, Mitch Ryder, Lesley Gore, Bobby Vinton, Jackie de Shannon, The Ventures, Jan & Dean, The Supremes, Phil Spector, The Shirelles, Solomon Burke, Wilson Pickett, Joan Baez, Roger Miller, Tom Jones, Darlene Love. . .
R32 how very parochial of you. The rest of the world listens to music too, and they somehow manage to sell tickets to acts without your seal of approval.
Bowie is one of the most influential musicians ever and although you may not be a fan the many millions who are would snap your hand off for a chance to see him play love again. Get over yourself.
the 1930's - the best bands, the best dances.
The 90s. The most raw, emotive and intelligent decade for music.
[quote][R32] how very parochial of you. The rest of the world listens to music too, and they somehow manage to sell tickets to acts without your seal of approval.
[quote]Bowie is one of the most influential musicians ever and although you may not be a fan the many millions who are would snap your hand off for a chance to see him play love again. Get over yourself.
I adore both Bowie and Roxy Music. They're just not stadium acts in 2013.
The answer will always be when you were between 17-21.
Which is why we have so many advocates for the 1970s.
R41: I was one of the exceptions, then. When I was 17-21 I was listening to 1960s and 1970s pop music, showtunes, jazz and classic R&B. Little from my generation does anything for me.
loved anything by Lillie Langtry or Jennie Lind, The Swedish Nightingale.
The 70's saw 5 of Sondheim's greatest masterpieces.
Follies alone trumps any other decade and closes this thread!
British Invasion of the 80s... some of the most catchy, fun, and innovatively different music to even hit the pop scene.
Alternative 80s is still the best music genre ever... just listen to "First Wave" on XM/Sirius, and realize how great that stuff is, song after song.
No surprise that the '60s, '70s and '80s have 87% of the vote. During those decades, there were great songs coming out every week. Now, it's maybe twice a year.
1940s I love big bands, swing, and great vocalists.
I love popular music from the 60s to the late 90s. Amazing! Mainstream music started dying a slow, painful death beginning in the early naughties.
I grew up with oldies radio, but when I got older I realized how much better the pre-rock pop music was in terms of melodic and lyrical craftsmanship. Broadway is the only place where anybody cares about that anymore. The modern recording industry is just hip-hop guys with their forced machismo, mope rockers from the three-chords-and-cheap-cynicism-passing-as-the-truth school of songwriting, and autotuned prostitutes from the Disney factory. Even in the 1970s, the lowest common denominator was a bit higher.
Totally R50. When you look at a group like the Monkees from the 60s, it's kind of funny to me that they were considered manufactured and terrible for that time period 'cause the manufactured stars of the last 15 years make the Monkees look like fucking Beethoven. Mainstream music has fallen so far.
Two words: Sixties, Motown.
Holland, Dozier and Holland
Judging by that poll, a lot of disco queens here.
Any decade pre-Madonna. She was "the beast" for pop culture, a grim reckoning, programmed for the materialistic Reagan era.
From 1980-1996 was a great time in music in terms of new "fringe" styles like hip hop, electronica, new wave and ska hitting the mainstream. Everything since then has, in my opinion, been subpar echoes of that time.
In order - best to worst:
1. The '90s by far.
2. The 00's
3. Who cares? It was all too long ago for anyone to care. The '70s and '80s were an embarrassment. I look at my mom and dad's old music and throw up. It seems like no one had talent until 20 years ago.
I prefer the 1930's, 1940s and the 2010's - the pre and post rock eras. Rock and Roll was straight, homophobic and racist music that tore this nation apart. No I am not an L-Der Ghey. I am 24.
R57's post is so tragic, it's hard to know where to start. But he is very young so I'll let it slide.