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Greetings,

I have been doing a deep dive into 70's rock for the last few months - the usual landmark stuff, popular bands and artists and rare/one and done bands. Mind blowing stuff and a crime that some of those one and done bands didn't become successful.

It has just reinforced my view greatly that the 70's is the greatest era for rock music ever. Of course much of that couldn't have been created without the 60's era - but my preference is for the level that the 70's took it.

Of course I love 80's, 90's and even music coming out now - there is so much great music still coming out and not enough time, but it is all really NOTHING in comparison to what bands/artists were doing in the 70's.

That's my take. What do you think is the best decade for music and why?
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60's...MC5, STOOGES, HENDRIX, KINKS, VELVET UNDERGROUND, REDISCOVERY OF MANY OLD BLUES MUSICIANS, ETC ETC ETC
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Objectively I would say the 60's. Personally I would say the 70's.
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70's easily
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70's/80's for me.
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9O's

80's music is a lot of fun, and its a shame that 90's music sort of went against that, lyrically, in a lot of ways. Its always about somebody's crappy childhood, or one's inability to cope with the realities of life. Which is unintentionally funny, actually, coming from wealthy pretty boys banging supermodels in their gated-community mansions.

But studios finally got rid of all that primitive recording equipment. Music of all varities sounds prestine. And most of it at least attempts to be 'about something.' Stone Temple Pilots, Garbage, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Sonic Youth, Weezer ... so many great bands ...

Live's Throwing Copper is among my most favorite albums. And Hurting each other, covered by Johnette Napolitano with Marc Moreland, is just about my most favorite song. Holdovers from the previous two decades found continued success, even. Like how U2 almost completely reinvented itself. The 90's seem to have been much more of a game changer, in that respect.
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70's and 80's
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Tail of a hurricane wrote: Thu Nov 25, 2021 5:17 am 70's and 80's
Hard to not agree with this :)
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70's win
I love the 80's
90's is when music died and it's never recovered
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70's

I've found overtime I like the 70's stuff the most. You have great Rock 'n Roll and Early Heavy Metal and Punk, when both genres still felt creative before becoming boring and predictable. Those Sabbath and Priest albums feel so exciting still for their spark of creation.

Rock albums reached their peek in production and sound. Who's Next & Quadrophenia, The Clash's Give 'Em Enough Rope, Van Halen & Highway To Hell are some of my favorite sounding Rock 'n Roll records. They knew how to record drums back then, so what the Hell happened the next decade? :cheese:

So much great Soul and Funk music. Singer songwriter type stuff like Joni Mitchell, Todd Rundgren and Carole King. The more I look into 70's music the more great stuff I find. For me it's the absolute best decade for music.
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Late '60s to early '70s for rock.

Late '80s to early '90s for metal.
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Bruce wrote: Thu Nov 25, 2021 4:40 am 9O's

80's music is a lot of fun, and its a shame that 90's music sort of went against that, lyrically, in a lot of ways. Its always about somebody's crappy childhood, or one's inability to cope with the realities of life. Which is unintentionally funny, actually, coming from wealthy pretty boys banging supermodels in their gated-community mansions.

But studios finally got rid of all that primitive recording equipment. Music of all varities sounds prestine. And most of it at least attempts to be 'about something.' Stone Temple Pilots, Garbage, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Sonic Youth, Weezer ... so many great bands ...

Live's Throwing Copper is among my most favorite albums. And Hurting each other, covered by Johnette Napolitano with Marc Moreland, is just about my most favorite song. Holdovers from the previous two decades found continued success, even. Like how U2 almost completely reinvented itself. The 90's seem to have been much more of a game changer, in that respect.
Given your love for KISS in the 80's - especially Asylum and probably a lot of shredding hair metal, I totally expected you to be an 80's man.
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70´s and 90´s
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Grand Classic wrote: Thu Nov 25, 2021 8:51 am Given your love for KISS in the 80's - especially Asylum and probably a lot of shredding hair metal, I totally expected you to be an 80's man.
80's metal, rock, pop ... I cannot get my fill.

It was also very brackish waters, when it came to the studio recording process. Newer technologies were gradually integrated, by various studios, rather than going all in on the new, all at once by all of them. Just as an example, Human League kicked off America's 2nd British invasion with a song that sounds like it was recorded with dated equipment:



Then, just a few years later, releases another classic that sounds very up to the minute ...



This is very representative of a sound quality issue thats prevalent throughout much of 80's music. Then there's this clear divide between 80's & 90's where everything in the latter era sounds crisp, clean and clear. All of it.

Much like when KIϟϟ took off the makeup -- wow! -- suddenly, their records don't sound tinny & murky, anymore. And Bruce's guitar work came along just as production standards were improving even more. To where his playing wouldn't be wasted on a record like Asylum, that wasn't going to sound like the master copy was dropped in a bucket of mud. By the time Revenge came out, 90's technology crispened the sound to where its like you're in the studio, hearing them play ...
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woodworm001 wrote: Thu Nov 25, 2021 5:56 am 70's win
I love the 80's
90's is when music died and it's never recovered
I always thought it started declining around 1988. My personal favorite years are 1980 to 1984. The mainstream music at that time was incredible.
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The 70s for rock and disco, the 80s for pop and metal.
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60's & 70's
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Music that genuinely inspires me is 60s, 70s, and 80s. Depending on my mood, I prefer one over the other.
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60s
Miles Davis, second great quintet, plus he released In a silent way and Bitches Brew
John Coltrane, A Love Supreme, etc
The Beatles
The Rolling Stones, singles, Let it Bleed, etc
Led Zeppelin, l, ll
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Cream
The Who 60s output is my favorite
Santana 1st Album
Eric Dolphy, Out to Lunch
Frank Zappa, Hot Rats
Sun Ra, the helion centric world's of sun ra
Sonny Rollins
Charles Mingus
Wes Montgomery
The Flying Burrito Brothers, The Guilded Palace of Sin
Bob Dylan
Motown
Piper at the Gates of Dawn and See Emily play
Elvis's 68, 69 output
The Doors
Buddy Rich 60s Big Band
The Velvet Underground
Tony Williams, Emergency
And so many bands and artists that were formed in the late 60s that would go on to release amazing music in the 70s
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70`s
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I think the 70s is my favorite.

But really, any answer from the 50s to the 90s is full of great music.
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Arguably the ‘70’s. Such a variety of music on the charts and airwaves. Also teenage years. Impossible to top.
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KISSTRONAUT wrote: Fri Nov 26, 2021 8:40 pm Arguably the ‘70’s. Such a variety of music on the charts and airwaves. Also teenage years. Impossible to top.
Agreed.

Production took a big step forward, the willingness to experiment with songs (70's really made well use of the albumformat), album covers (gatefolds anyone?).....genres that rose to prominence and gave us classics (hard rock, prog, punk, new wave, electronica, live recordings)
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90's
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The 70's. Not just for Rock, either. Jazz became very adventurous and added Rock and Funk elements. It was a phenomenal time for music.
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KISSTRONAUT wrote: Fri Nov 26, 2021 8:40 pm Arguably the ‘70’s. Such a variety of music on the charts and airwaves. Also teenage years. Impossible to top.
Sounds like you are describing the 90s.

Also teenage years. Impossible to top.
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70ies for Rock, 80ies for Metal.
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80's.
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Spiritual_Chaos wrote: Sun Nov 28, 2021 9:27 am
KISSTRONAUT wrote: Fri Nov 26, 2021 8:40 pm Arguably the ‘70’s. Such a variety of music on the charts and airwaves. Also teenage years. Impossible to top.
Sounds like you are describing the 90s.

Also teenage years. Impossible to top.
90’s were good too. I just think the ‘60’s and ‘70’s are hard to top. I was born in 1960 so I was fortunate to live through them all.
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60's up to late 70's before fucking disco came on the scene. Hated the 80's and 90's. I'm old.
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60s
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70's for me, easily.

To this day, I'm still discovering great 70's bands and albums that I missed back in the day.

Next would be early 80's, then late 60's.
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80s
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70’s and 80’s for me.
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70’s

Led Zep
Rolling Stones
The Who
Bowie
Springsteen
Kiss
Pink Floyd
Aerosmith
The Clash
The Ramones

All released their best music in the 70’s
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Some of that great 9O's music I was talking about:

STP: Dancin' Days



Natalie Imbruglia: Torn



Third Eye Blind: Never Let You Go ('99)

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Jebus H Crisco. That’s some putrid shit.
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80’s -110%. There was so much great stuff. Tons of Rock, Metal, Thrash, Glam etc. Punk, Alternative. Even the pop and rap was better then. MTV brought all the artists to life on screen. All the kick ass concerts too. Even classic artists from the 60’s and 70’s thrived in the 80’s. Wow...so glad I grew up in that era!
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70's without a doubt. In the mid-60's The Beatles kicked open the door to new levels of musical exploration. By the late 60's entirely new genres (hard rock, prog, psych pop, country rock, etc) were springing to life. The 70's, to me, was such a creative period because there was so much room for exploration. There weren't many templates to follow and artists were just letting their muse lead them.