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What decade do you think produced the best rock music?

Asked by baileysmom12 (957points) December 21st, 2009

I am partial to 70’s rock but I would like to know what you think.

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NaturalMineralWater's avatar

I third that motion.

SuperMouse's avatar

The 1970’s produced some fun music, but the best rock music was made in the 1960’s. Cream, The Who, The Kinks, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, Jefferson Airplane, Crosby Stills Nash & Young. So many bands that changed music forever came out of the 1960’s.

whatthefluther, please share you opinion!

baileysmom12's avatar

@johnpowell That’s too funny
@SuperMouse You make a good point.

dpworkin's avatar

The 50s for rockabilly doo-wop, and Elvis, the 60s for what @supermouse mentioned, the 70s for Neil Young, The Eagles, The Alman Bros, etc. the 80s for Springsteen, The Police, The Cars, The Talking Heads, Dire Straits. I’m sure I’m leaving a lot out.

Dr_Dredd's avatar

I’m partial to the 80s.

dpworkin's avatar

Oy! How could I have forgotten Bo Diddly, Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, The Supremes, Aretha, Buddy Holly…

Zen_Again's avatar

Agree with what’s been added. Hey they’re all good and have contributed something.

chelseababyy's avatar

This is just my personal opinion but..
I happen to love 90’s rock.

However I do love 70’s and 80’s as well. Def Leppard, Boston, Aerosmith, etc.

Brian1946's avatar


80’s music was great because it gave me great *RFR. ;-)

*Relief From Reagan.

J0E's avatar

Can’t go wrong with the 70’s or 80’s.

baileysmom12's avatar

@chelseababyy Agreed. Def Leppard was awesome!

john65pennington's avatar

Hi, baileymom, this is John and you knew i would be answering this question. i was a disc jockey in Nashville back in the early 60s. i was there when all the good stuff was actually being recorded and played on my radio station. no one could possibly ask for a better time to be born and live. it was truly great. most of todays music is fashioned and re-recorded from songs out of the late 50s and mid 60s. example: Johnny B. Goode by Chuck Berry. this song has been remade by many different artists, including The Beatles. and, lets not forget about The Beach Boys. their music is as good today as ever and thats been 35 plus years ago. how can you argue that point? a lot of great music came out of those years. i love the 70s, also. mostly love songs were written in those ten years and they are still around today and played over and over on the FM stations. i was there when it all started and what memories i have. many songs were recorded in Nashville, starting in the 50s. the original song Little Darlin’ was recorded on 2nd Ave. North in Nashville, by a group called The Gladiolas. a lot of people do not know this. remember the song, Stay, by Maurice William and The Zodiacs? yep, recorded right here in Nashville. all in all the mid 50s to the mid 60s was the best music generation for me. maybe, this is why Nashville is called Music City U.S.A.

Brian1946's avatar


”...the 70s for Neil Young, The Eagles, The Alman Bros, etc….”

I agree: those artists made some of the best music of the 70s, and even though they began in 1967, I would say the same about Fleetwood Mac.

Dr_Dredd's avatar

@Brian1946 Yes, I remember needed RFR as well. :-)

Blackberry's avatar

The 90s and 2000s, and whenever metallica came out lol.

baileysmom12's avatar

@john65pennington You are so right. Most people think only country music is recorded here in Nashville. I know a LOT of rock albums (yes, I sad albums) were recorded her as well. I remember Stay. Who could forget the love songs??? Muskrat Love is a classic!! What station did you DJ at? I might remember it.

Ghost_in_the_system's avatar

The 70’s followed very closely by the 80’s

flameboi's avatar

80’s… long haired rockers with trashy outfits :P

JendayiH's avatar

Whatever decade Little Richard was in

sweetteaindahouse's avatar

I have to say the 60s because of everyone that played at Woodstock, plus The Beatles.

Darwin's avatar

The 1950’s and the 1960’s, but then I am older than dirt.

Actually I am rather partial to Kay Kaiser and his Kollege of Musical Knowledge. Ish Kabibble rocks!

aprilsimnel's avatar

I’m partial to the music from mid-to-late 60s and indie rock from ~2005 onward.

Kelly_Obrien's avatar

It is a mixture of decades which produced the best rock and roll music…50s, 60s, and 70s. After that, it was all downhill for music as we know it.

Roby's avatar

50s hands down. The rest is pure crapola

dpworkin's avatar

Oh, how ecumenical, @Roby!

Supacase's avatar

How can I choose just one? They all have so much to offer from the ‘50s on up. I guess my favorite would be the ‘70s – Led Zeppelin, The Steve Miller Band, The Eagles.

Music in general would be the ‘80s. That is when I grew up and those songs bring back such memories. I can’t believe I still remember all of the lyrics to so many songs.

PretentiousArtist's avatar

It’s really hard to select which decade made the best rock music, because there are, in every decade, good music and crap.

Brian1946's avatar

Although it’s not the standard numerical concept of a decade, my favorite is probably 1967–1977, although I guess it could be said that rounds up to the 70’s. ;-)

1967 is when the Cream and Jimi Hendrix released their first albums.
Their arrival signified the emergence of comparatively advanced musicianship, the most notable of which for me was the guitar work of Clapton and Hendrix.

In 1968, another English-bred guitar great, Alvin Lee of Ten Years After, arrived and Hendrix released his third excellent album, “Electric Ladyland”.
I think it was in that year two other legends, Rod Stewart and Jeff Beck, released their first album together: “Truth”.

In 1969, Led Zeppelin and Santana released their first albums, and Zep also released their second album.

In summation, I’d say the primary factor for the excellence of 60’s music was the massive influx of English artists.

It could be that in turn inspired the emergence of more intelligent, creatively advanced, and aspiring American music in the 70’s.

In the early 1970’s, America’s best rock guitarist, Johnny Winter, released my favorite rock album, “Johnny Winter And Live”.

IMO, it was in the 70’s that Santana released his best music.

It was also in the 70’s that I was introduced to the artistry of Steely Dan; the Eagles; Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young; and Fleetwood Mac.

tinyfaery's avatar

Rock music is extremely varied. I’d have to say the 60’s and the 00’s. The 00’s changed Rock forever.

tinyfaery's avatar

Jack White
Does it Offend You, Yeah

Listen to these and you’ll see why.

chelseababyy's avatar

@tinyfaery Oh. My. God. I love that you just listed Does it Offend You, Yeah. <3

Dr_Dredd's avatar

I confess that I don’t listen to music much anymore. I think I really am stuck in the 80s. :-)

aprilsimnel's avatar

:gasp!:: Does it Offend You, Yeah?

<——- Likey!

RareDenver's avatar

It’s always gonna be a loaded answer this one because people answer with what means a lot to them and that is usually what era they had their teens / early 20’s in when it comes to music.

For me it would have to be the 90’s (although my favourite album of all time was released in ‘89) I guess at the end of the ‘80’s and the early ‘90’s the worlds of disco, dance, rap and rock began to merge and I loved the fusion styles it brought up, you could get a guitar band that you could really dance to and an electronic band you could headbang to.

lonelydragon's avatar

Music from the 1960’s, because it redefined rock music, and shows incredible longevity. You can still hear it on the radio today, and not just on the oldies station! I will admit to being partial to ‘70’s and ‘80’s music, too, but it couldn’t have existed without the ‘60’s.

@john65pennington That’s a really cool story. What an exciting time to be alive! I love the Beach Boys and the song “Stay”. The falsetto part never ceases to amaze me.

PretentiousArtist's avatar

@RareDenver DO NOT put daft punk and headbanging EVER AGAIN.

RareDenver's avatar

@PretentiousArtist hey that’s just how I roll… but you already know that, lol

Irishmar's avatar

The 70’s for me….without a doubt!! don’t even get me started!

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