What's the best decade for music?

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It was a little before my time, but I view 1967 through 1976 as the pinnacle of music production in the modern music era. Hippie, psychedelic rock ruled, along with soul and r&b, folk, blues, country and funk. Free love was in the air and people still cared about actually making music and it wasn't solely about money and fame - although it quickly took a turn for the worse. Enter drug overdoses, plane crashes and disco. True, heartfelt music remained triumphant however.

A taste of the best from each year?:

1967 — The Beatles (Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band), The Doors (The Doors), The Jimi Hendrix Experience (Axis: Bold As Love), The Monkees (The Monkees), The Temptations (The Temptations in a Mellow Mood).

1968 — Johnny Cash (At Folsom Prison), Aretha Franklin (Aretha Now), Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR), Otis Redding (The Dock Of The Bay), Simon & Garfunkel (The Graduate Soundtrack).

1969 — The Kinks (Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire), Marvin Gaye (MPG/That's the Way Love Is), Bob Dylan (Nashville Skyline), Led Zeppelin (Led Zeppelin II), Joni Mitchell (Clouds).

1970 — Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (Déjà Vu), Santana (Abraxas), The Jackson 5 (ABC), Grand Funk Railroad (Closer to Home), James Taylor (Sweet Baby James).

1971 — Carol King (Tapestry), Janis Joplin (Pearl), Rod Stewart (Every Picture Tells a Story), Isaac Hays (Shaft Soundtrack), The Who (Who's Next).

1972 — Don McLean (American Pie), Roberta Flack (First Take), Chicago (Chicago V), Neil Young (Harvest), The Rolling Stones (Exile On Main Street).

1973 — Pink Floyd (Dark Side of the Moon), Elton John (Goodbye Yellow Brick Road), War (The World is a Ghetto), Carly Simon (No Secrets) The Allman Brothers Band (Brothers and Sisters).

1974 — Jim Croce (You Don't Mess Around with Jim), Paul McCartney and Wings (Band on the Run), Barry White (Can't Get Enough), Eric Clapton (461 Ocean Blvd.), Gordon Lightfoot (Sundown).

1975 — Earth, Wind and Fire (That's the way of the World), Bob Dylan (Blood on the Tracks), Linda Ronstadt (Heart Like a Wheel), Average White Band (AVB), Kiss (Alive!).

1976 — The Eagles (Hotel California), Stevie Wonder (Songs in the Key of Life), Peter Frampton (Frampton Comes Alive), Fleetwood Mac (Fleetwood Mac), Parliament-Funkadelic (The Clones of Dr. Funkenstein).

?So much diversity, so much talent, so much drama. Gotta love it!


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