Music is deeply personal to each person. What we like to listen to when we are down or when we are trying to get pumped up for a workout, will differ from person to person. This is because everyone has different musical tastes. For example, some people love the oldies, while others can’t stand the oldies at all.
If you’re a music fan, there’s a good chance you’ve had this argument with a friend or co-worker at some point: which was the best decade for music? Decades are like children; it’s hard to pick a favorite. Ultimately, we have to accept that if we like a lot of different music, then all the decades were pretty great. Still, it’s fun to look back and remember the good old days when music meant something.
Let’s have a walk down the memory lane with the era having the best music:
- The 1960s
For those of you who were born after Woodstock, Flower Power and the Beatles broke up. It may be hard to believe that the 1960s was the Golden Age of Music. (Perhaps you only remember it as the decade of the Vietnam War and the assassination of JFK.) But, if you were born in the 1960s (or grew up in the 1970s listening to music from the previous decade), you have a very different perspective. You’re well aware of how revolutionary the music of the 1960s was.
It wasn’t just about a different sound. It was about changing the very definition of what music was supposed to sound like. The revolutionary spirit of the 1960s continues to influence artists and music fans today and is the reason why it is said to be the best decade for music.
- The 1970s
Ah, the 1970s. The iconic music, the larger-than-life celebrities, the bright colors, the fashion can be described as over-the-top even by today’s standards. Everything about the 1970s was unique, and that was reflected in the sound of the decade. It was the time when music was at its most experimental, with many bands playing music that was very different from the music that was being played at the time.
One thing that was different about the music of the 70s was that it was more about the music and less about marketing. A mix of disco, funk, punk, and new wave topped the charts, and fans of today are still sampling the best of this era.
- The 1980s
If you’ve ever tuned into a classic rock radio station, you’ve probably heard a slew of 1980s hits. While the 1980s may not have had as many musical greats as other decades, it still boasted plenty of impressive artists and some of the best music of all time. From synthpop to hair metal to dance to punk, the 1980s was a great decade for music.
Well, this was the decade that gave us the birth of MTV, glam rock, synthpop, rap, hair metal, the original boy bands, punk, grunge, and alternative. It also featured the greatest musicians of all time, such as Michael Jackson, Madonna, Prince, and Bruce Springsteen.
- The 1990s
There is no decade for music lovers and connoisseurs like the 1990s; for one, the 1990s was the decade rock music was at its peak and ruled the charts. In the late 1990s, it was common to see an up-and-coming band release their debut single and album on a major label, go on tour, and then go back to their day jobs when the tour was over. As the decade progressed, it got more and more sophisticated, and many of the world’s most popular genres were created, including nu-metal, trance, and electro. Also, the 1990s were the decade when hip-hop and rap emerged as a force to be reckoned with.
- The 2000s
Music in the 2000s has been full of revolution, but it has also been full of evolution, as each decade before it has been. The only difference is this revolution has been made possible by technology and culture and has not been solely dictated by the music industry. In this decade, we got to listen to some of the greatest musicians of our time. It was the decade that produced greats such as Britney Spears, Eminem, and even Justin Bieber.
However, as you can see from our list of the top ten songs of the 2000s, there was a lot more to 2000s music than commercial pop music.
Whether it’s listening to music, making it, buying it, or trying to teach it to someone else, we all have a special connection with music. However, everyone’s taste in music varies.