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Did all the good music end in the mid-80s with Lionel Ritchie?

Asked by john65pennington (29187points) January 15th, 2012

I was attempting find a consistent artist that had great music, up until the mid-80s, when it seemed to all stop. Out of all the artists, Lionel Ritchie was my choice. It appeared to stop after he recorded his CD and song of Hello. It all went downhill after that. Question: would you have chosen a different artist, other than Lionel Ritchie for the ending of the “good stuff” in R & R music?

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filmfann's avatar

Ya, he pretty much killed music. oh, wait. You like him?

There are lots of good artists still producing great music. Damian Rice, Adele, Mumford and Sons.

Aethelwine's avatar

There is no ending of the good stuff. Jack White is very talented and keeping us entertained.

I would like to add that my husband and I danced our first song during our wedding reception to Lionel Ritchie, 20 yrs ago this April. The band played Lionel Ritchie because they didn’t know the music to Beautiful Tonight by Eric Clapton, but I did like Lionel way back then. Just wasn’t my first choice. ;)

john65pennington's avatar

Okay, this is what I was looking for. Your choice of an artist. I forgot about Smokie Robinson and his 1983 song of Just To See Her Again…...great song.

HungryGuy's avatar

No. There’s lots of good music now.

judochop's avatar

There is soooooo much good music out there. Sooo much. Music evolves, either you evolve with it or get stuck in the 80’s. There is nothing wrong with that but yes, there is plenty of great music out there.

Joker94's avatar

You might have to hunt for it a bit more, sure, but good music is by no means dead. There are still bands and artists out there who produce great music, and have been doing so for the past decade or two.

ragingloli's avatar

I do not know who that is.

linguaphile's avatar

Curse you… now I have “Hello” stuck in my head… hello, is it me you’re looking for…

filmfann's avatar

@linguaphile I’ll trade you for that damn “Three times a Lady” I’ve had in my head since I saw this question.

cazzie's avatar

I think you need to just keep up and find something to replace it. There are plenty of artists. Keep up with NPR’s music news and you’ll be amazed at what they find. You will find something to match your taste and (one can only hope) expand it.

OpryLeigh's avatar

I really dislike it when the older generations make statements like “there is no decent music nowadays, it was much better in my day”. They only say this because it was what they grew up with and became used to. I had this conversation with my Grandmother recently and my argument was, if you actually listen there is great music from all decades, including this one. Some of the artistes who released great music in the 70’s and 80’s are still going strong (Rod Stewart for example, some of his later stuff is brilliant) and there are plenty of newer artistes that don’t deserve to be told that music nowadays isn’t any good. One of my favourite artistes is Alicia Keys, I think she is incredibly talented. Unfortunately a lot of really great modern music isn’t played on the popular radio stations very often but it’s definitely out there. My point is, I don’t think good music ever ended, it just changed and some people dismiss change without really listening.

I did hear my dad (who is a hair rock kind of guy) admit to appreciating some rap if the lyrics were thought provoking rather than just rhyming!

Aethelwine's avatar

@Leanne1986 I have a friend who is stuck in the 60s and 70s when it comes to music. He won’t give new music a chance. He’s the same with Saturday Night Live. He will continue to watch reruns of the show from the 70s and says every new season is crap. He doesn’t even watch the show anymore, so how could he know this? I know the show hasn’t been the best as of late, but there are some good skits now and then. This friend is stuck in a time warp and won’t try anything new. He’s only 40!

OpryLeigh's avatar

@jonsblond I hate it when people say they don’t like something that they have never experienced. Whilst I enjoy music from the 70’s and 80’s the modern music haters seem to forget that a lot of shite was released in those eras too but of course we hardly hear that nowadays so it seems like all music released in the 70’s was awesome. In 20 years time, the only music remembered from today will be the good stuff and I’m sure plenty of people will be saying “music went downhill after the noughties!”

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