Which has been the best decade for bands or solo artists?

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  1. Otis

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    50's?
    60's?
    70's?
    80's?
    90's?
    00's?
    10's?


    Criteria needs to be the decade where a band or artist was most, or still relevant. i.e. Status Quo were going in the 60's and did have some hits, but they are much more known for their work in the 70's and 80's.

    Obviously some artists like Bowie were just as relevant in the 70's and 80's.

    So, best decade?

    Think it will always be the 60's for me. Beatles, Stones, Dylan, Kinks, Beach Boys, Small Faces etc.

    What do we reckon?
     
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    Depends on when you were growing up, cos you relate the music to experiences and emotions at that time. People older will see it as a generic rehash of 'groundbreaking' stuff from their youth. Younger people will see as old rubbish.
     
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    Definitely the 70's. The decade when hard rock music really took off. Sabbath, Deep Purple, Free, Hawkwind, and many more.
     
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    Not so sure. I think my daughter, who is 15, would say the 60's.
     
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    90’s. I left school in 89 so in many ways the 90’s defined me.
     
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    Grew up in the 90s. Agree with you 100%.
    Oasis, Stone Roses, Nirvana, Metallica and many more.

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    90's was a good decade.
     
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    I’d been majorly into heavy metal from a young age, Iron Maiden especially and thought I was set on my musical taste for life. So when I left school and Indi music appeared from no where it was a real awakening for me, stone roses and the charlatans lead the charge for me. Then grunge arrived which was another step. Thrash and death metal was an easy step for me as I’d always been into a guitar riff. I got into gangster rap and hip hop through a mate because if we were going anywhere in his car (and we were always going somewhere at that age) it was what he listened to so it was what I listened to, I had the same effect on him with bands like Metallica and the cult. I learned by the time I was 19 to keep an open mind on music and there isn’t many genres I don’t like songs or bands from. I like looking at the acts that influenced the bands I like and from this I’ve found a liking for bands from eras that I missed, musically speaking. Joy division are one of my favourite bands along with the ramones through this and although I was alive when they were around I was so young I missed them. Over the last few years it’s country, folk and bluegrass that I’ve slowly been getting into and learning about. Been a Johnny Cash fan for years but it’s Hank Williams that’s catching my attention of late.
     
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    If pushed i would say the 80s, but i think the 10 yrs from 76 to 86 are just about unbeatable. From punk to new wave, electro to early house, it had so many genres.
     
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    The bands made a big impression on my life through my school years. Left school in '97 which is when I discovered dance music and class A drugs. Well, the great bands took a back seat. I love it all again now. When I hear some of the old tracks it takes me right back to some great days.

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    I became a teenager in the mid 70's and remember being a fan of Gary Glitter (hahahaha) .By the end of the decade I was the world's biggest stranglers fan. So the 70's for me was a decade of a great variety of music from glam rock to heavy metal, punk and reggae.
    ...but for pure great music and musicians i think that it's probably the 60's that win.
     
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    I grew up with brit pop and grunge but had older brothers blaring 80s rock all the time so I've got an affinity with both decades.

    I'll go 85-95.
     
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    Of course there will be some who like stuff from other era's, but perhaps we can test it. Ask people the best decade in music and the decade they were born?
     
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    I think every decade has good music and crap music and at the end of the day it's all subjective.

    One day I may fancy listening to Glam Rock (T Rex/Mud/Sweet), the next day New Wave (Depeche Mode, Human League, Pet Shop Boys) and then some Britpop (Pulp, OCS)

    My music taste is very open and would happy have an album of classic hits from each decade.

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    Ahh, yes, but we are going off on a bit of a tangent. The question wasn't on music, but on the bands.

    More great bands in the 60's for me, so that wins it to my eyes.
     
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    I think every decade has had great music and have had a huge influence on the decades that have followed.
     
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    As far as great bands go, I think the '60s or '70s.
     
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    just given this some further thought and I'd say the 80s has produced more of my favourite albums than any other decade. Just of the top of my head I can think of:

    Stone Roses - Stone Roses
    J&MC - Physcocandy
    Pogues - Rum, sodomy and the lash & If I should fall from grace with god
    Smiths - The queen is dead & Strangeways here we come

    So I think I would go 80s.
     
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    No contest. The 1960's had the biggest explosion of creativity in bands and solo artists.
    When you listen to 1960's music on Youtube and read the comments, it's amazing how many young people say things like "it's so much better than today's music" or "I wish I had a time machine and could go back".
    There was some great music from the 70's and 80's but after that it was pretty much over, commercialism took over from creativity.
    Some great artists you failed to mention, The Moody Blues, Donovan, The Doors, Jefferson Airplane (and Grace Slick), Steppenwolf, Joan Baez, Simon and Garfunkel.
    And then there's all the great girl groups like the Supremes and Ronettes and all the Motown greats like the Temptations, Miracles and Four Tops. Otis Redding, Percy Sledge, the list goes on and on ....
    Don't forget these were real people, with real talent, playing real insruments. They could sing and play live and often almost as good as the records. There was little of the electronic assistance artists in the subsequent decades could take advantage of.
     
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    90s was the last decade music was any good.
     
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    I'm really tempted to go with this - the decade that closed with punk/new wave (as mentioned earlier by johnnyspider)
    But the 'awakening' for me would have to be 1980's (strictly indie/alternative) so many 'quirky' pop acts appearing on TOTP in the early '80's, too.
     
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    Largely disliked the '90's cos they just weren't the '80's.
     
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    Like some has already said, 85-95 was a great 10 years for music with so much new stuff coming through in late 80s and early 90s.
    If I had to nail down a decade I’d say 80s though
     

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