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Like most so far I chose the 70’s the music, it was great with so many super groups, and stars, but I must say that I listen to new music now.
I may be 50, but I like bands like Slipknot, Korn, Metallica, and the like.
I almost feel sorry for the people that listen to classic rock stations.
Not long ago a friend said “I can’t stand that new music, you can’t understand what they are singing”, and it reminded me of my dad saying that exact same thing in the 70’s LOL.
I had to go with the seventies. Everything from Zep, Sabbath and Floyd as mentioned by ktc2, but also the beginning of the punk scene. The Dead Kennedy’s “California Uber Alles” was released in 79 and Fear’s “I Love Livin In The City” came out in 78 as just two examples, not to mention the Sex Pistols. Van Halen’s first record was 77 or 78 and AC/DC’s was in 75. Even the metal scene was spawned during the 70’s. Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Sabbath, etc.
I remember a LOT of people saying in 1980 that the 70’s would be known as the worst decade for music…evah. If you strip away all the bad music and only looked at the good rock music, I think it clearly would be the 70’s.
Can I just say that you STILL can’t spell crap without rap.
February 9th, 2009 at 10:55 am
Nope. I’m 25. I, like Robert, would pick 1965-1975, but that’s not a choice. The 70’s wins out for me, mostly for Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and The Eagles.
Toss up between the 90s and the 00s, for me. Most of the bands I like that started recording in the 90s still put out some good material this decade (ex: Radiohead, Beck, Tortoise, Elliott Smith). The 00s also add Midlake, Queens of the Stone Age, The Protomen, Mogwai, The White Stripes, Dethklok, The American not to mention a lot more interesting blendings of rock and electronic music like Ratatat or 65daysofstatic.
Balloon Maker |
February 9th, 2009 at 10:59 am
Great poll. I grew up with grunge/alternative, so I’ll go w/ that.
Add to MacK’s (#5) list: Rage, Tool, NIN, System of a Down, Alice in Chains
I wonder how closely people’s answer would be correlated to “what decade where you a teenager in” or “in what decade did you go to high school and college?” My answer to the poll was the same answer as these questions
Rolling Stone’s list of the greatest 500 albums of all time has a disproportionate number of entries from the 1970s. Which is also how I vote, though like some others I would shift the ten year period a little earlier (1967-1976?) if I could choose any old timespan.
And I went to high school in the 1980s. But that era’s music skews more to ‘enjoyable’ rather than ‘great’.
Second of all, I think it’s funny that many are heralding the ’70s for bands that actually sucked in the seventies (or at the very least put out their best stuff in ’68-’69). Floyd, Zeppelin, the Stones, they all but out their best stuff before 1970. In the ’70s they got old and bloated and turned into arena rock crap. Meanwhile the bands that WERE putting out great music in the ’70s were doing so in ’78-’79 and are generally associated with the ’80s (see MassHole’s comment above, and throw in acts like Elvis Costello and Talking Heads).
Anyway, I think it’s kind of a fool’s errand because every decade had amazing music, and generally that amazing music was overshadowed by the crap we commonly associate with the decade. The best-selling artist in the ’90s wasn’t Nirvana or Radiohead but Whitney Houston. I’ll take the best of ANY decade over that crap, easy.
What would be interesting would be a poll of reader’s ages to see if it corresponds with these results. I voted 90s because that’s what I came of age listening to – Nirvana, Green Day, NIN, and the grunge scene.
#13 – NIN, Rage, Tool, Alice — those are all from the 90s man!
I like the power pop of the late 70s through the 80s- everything from Cheap Trick to Matthew Sweet… I also thought the 80s and 90s alt country movement was pretty spectacular… It seems like there’s a resurgence of great songwriting now- Paul Weller, Hiatt, Perry Keyes… I think I like some of all eras, except for fucking Pink Floyd and Yes. Fuck that prog rock stuff… and disco. and Garth Brooks style country. and those ‘ride a horse’ clowns. like Clubmedsux, ‘I’ll take the best of ANY decade over that crap, easy.’
John Jenkins |
February 9th, 2009 at 2:27 pm
The Beatles, except for Let it Be, released all of their original albums in the 1960’s (and Let it Be was begun in January of 1969). I really don’t think any more argument than that is necessary.
The only decade in the running after that is the 80’s, and only because The Joshua Tree is such a great album it can carry 10 years.
I had to think ‘er over (the Minneapolis troika of the ’80s — Replacements, Husker Du, Soul Asylum — nearly convinced me), but I ended up going with the ’60s. Kinks, Who, Beatles, Stones, Dylan, The Band, Cream, Hendrix.
The idea that people could choose something other than the 70’s for this means they don’t really know what “rock and roll” means. MAYBE the 60’s if you are one of those ‘laying the foundations’ type people.