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Which year had the best music?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by chelsea2, Mar 23, 2019.

  1. chelsea2

    chelsea2 Star commenter

    Just been listening to 'Pick of the Pops' on R2, which was songs from 1972.
    WOW! Almost all of them classics:

    American pie
    Without you
    Alone again, naturally
    Look wot you dun
    Got to be there
    Floy joy
    Mother and child reunion
    Hold your head up
    Meet me on the corner
    I can't help myself
    Blue is the Colour :D

    Now I know I see the 70s as 'my' decade, when I moved from a child, through teenage years & university, ready to start the 80s as a teacher - but I do think the music of the 70s was the most varied and exciting, and 1972 was one of the best years. I could recognise all these by their intros and sing along to them.
  2. Ivartheboneless

    Ivartheboneless Star commenter

    1824: Beethoven produced his ninth symphony. All the above are naff in the extreme.
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  3. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

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  4. lapinrose

    lapinrose Star commenter

    1967 would be a hard year to beat, in fact we did a radio show on the summer of '67.

    San Francisco
    White Rabbit
    Georgy Girl
    Penny Lane
    Ruby Tuesday
    Light my Fire

    And the Album Fixin' to die by Country Joe and the Fish.

  5. primarycat

    primarycat Star commenter

    I think there has always been bad and good music around. I also think that music takes us back to points in our lives, so we hold on to music partly because of that. I don't think that I'm alone in growing up with my mum's music, discovering my own tastes, losing track of what is new once working, with a family etc and I'm sure I'd have heard more modern stuff through my offspring (just as my mum did through my brother and me) if it wasn't for the fact that she's an 80s throwback who listens to Nick Cave, Bauhaus, the Damned, Sisters of Mercy etc. She did find lcd soundsystem for me though. I'm rambling but trying to say I don't think there's a definitive time as it's about memories and experiences as much as the actual music.
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  6. BertieBassett2

    BertieBassett2 Star commenter

    I would go with 1976 - I agree with you @primarycat that memories play a strong part in this choice. That said, it has to be 1976 because that was when Steely Dan released the Royal Scam (my favourite album of theirs) but also there were some great singles. Consider:
    50 Ways to leave your lover
    Get Closer (Seals and Croft - an underrated duo in my opinion)
    Dream Weaver
    Sweet Thing
    If you leave me now
    The Boys are back in town
    Baby I love your way
    Take the money and run
    Obviously there were also some shockers from that year:
    Afternoon Delight
    I write the songs
    More, more, more
    Get up and Boogie
    Moonlight, feels right
    Devil Woman
    Disco Duck
    Ah, what memories! Even my second list is making me feel nostalgic!
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  7. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    Maybe not the best year for music, but the most memorable for me.

    Final year in uni, the incredibly long hot summer, and some excellent albums released including Station to station (David Bowie), 2112 (Rush), Hotel California (Eagles), Boston (Boston), Rocks (Aerosmith), A Trick of the Tail (Genesis), Frampton Comes Alive (Peter Frampton), etc.
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  8. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    Frampton Comes Alive is one of the most underrated albums of all time - it was a massive hit in America but not in Europe - I still have a copy and I still play it.
  9. peter12171

    peter12171 Star commenter

    I think his 9th is overrated. I prefer the 3rd or 7th. But I take your point.

    To rephrase the question, the best year for music would be 1685, with the birth of Bach, Handel and Domenico Scarlatti.
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  10. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    1977 - the Year Peter Gabriel put his first Solo album out.

    It was a stunning album then and it still is.
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  11. peter12171

    peter12171 Star commenter

    I was too young to appreciate it at the time, but those are two of my favourites of all time.
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  12. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    That was a good year @peter12171

    But 1756. Need I elaborate? I need not.
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  13. peter12171

    peter12171 Star commenter

    I’d probably go for 1987 myself.
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  14. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    The 80s was a musical wasteland.
  15. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Position Artist Title
    01 Louis Armstrong What A Wonderful World / Cabaret Yuk
    02 Mary Hopkin Those Were The Days OK
    03 Des O'Connor I Pretend Yuk
    04 Hugo Montenegro The Good, The Bad And The Ugly Not bad actually
    05 Union Gap Young Girl *shudders*
    06 Tommy James & The Shondells Mony Mony ???
    07 The Beatles Hey Jude A classic
    08 The Equals Baby Come Back Not bad
    09 Esther & Abi Ofarim Cinderella Rockefella *eye roll*
    10 Tom Jones Delilah It has its place, I suppose
    11 Love Affair Everlasting Love Quite catchy
    12 The Bee Gees I've Gotta Get A Message To You Not one of their best
    13 Casuals Jesamine ??
    14 Engelbert Humperdinck A Man Without Love ??
    15 The Scaffold Lily The Pink It still lives
    16 Crazy World Of Arthur Brown Fire Good
    17 Manfred Mann The Mighty Quinn Catchy
    18 Leapy Lee Little Arrows ??
    19 Cliff Richard Congratulations *more shuddering*
    20 The Rolling Stones Jumpin' Jack Flash Good guitar
    21 1910 Fruitgum Company Simon Says *eye roll*
    22 Herb Alpert This Guy's In Love With You Think I'm going to be sick
    23 The Beach Boys Do It Again Not their best but it is the Beach Boys so...
    24 Bobby Goldsboro Honey More vomit
    25 Tom Jones Help Yourself ??
    26 Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick & Tich Legend Of Xanadu Catchy
    27 OC Smith Son Of Hickory Holler's Tramp Got a soft spot for this
    28 John Rowles If I Only Had Time ??
    29 Solomon King She Wears My Ring ??
    30 Joe Cocker With A Little Help From My Friends Great voice
    31 Barry Ryan Eloise ??
    32 Georgie Fame Ballad Of Bonnie And Clyde ??
    33 Engelbert Humperdinck Am I That Easy To Forget I've forgotten, mate
    34 Johnny Nash Hold Me Tight ??
    35 Nina Simone Ain't Got No / I Got Life / Do What You Gotta Do That voice
    36 The Isley Brothers This Old Heart Of Mine Good song
    37 The Small Faces Lazy Sunday Now we're talking
    38 Otis Redding (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay Total classic
    39 Andy Williams Can't Take My Eyes Off You Just no
    40 Amen Corner Bend Me Shape Me Catchy
    41 Aretha Franklin I Say A Little Prayer Great voice
    42 Union Gap Lady Willpower ??
    43 The Beatles Lady Madonna Catchy
    44 The Beatles Hello Goodbye Also catchy
    45 The Herd I Don't Want Our Loving To Die ??
    46 Julie Driscoll & The Brian Auger Trinity This Wheel's On Fire Awesome
    47 John Fred & The Playboy Band Judy In Disguise (With Glasses) Catchy
    48 Jose Feliciano Light My Fire Good
    49 The Move Fire Brigade The Move!!! Yeah!
    50 Bandwagon Breaking Down The Walls Of Heartache ??
    51 Don Partridge Rosie Just no
    52 The Ohio Express Yummy Yummy Yummy Why?
    53 The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour (EP) Ho hum
    54 Don Partridge Blue Eyes ??
    55 Amen Corner High In The Sky ??
    56 Love Affair Rainbow Valley ??
    57 Dusty Springfield I Close My Eyes And Count To Ten ??
    58 Engelbert Humperdinck Les Bicyclettes De Belsize ??
    59 Donovan Hurdy Gurdy Man OK
    60 Richard Harris MacArthur Park I liked this..then...
    61 The Marbles Only One Woman
    62 Canned Heat On The Road Again OK
    63 Simon & Garfunkel Mrs Robinson Great
    64 The Foundations Build Me Up Buttercup Sorry but it is catchy
    65 Herman's Hermits Sunshine Girl
    66 The Beach Boys Darlin'
    67 The Monkees Daydream Believer Altogether now
    68 Bruce Channel Keep On
    69 Cupid's Inspiration Yesterday Has Gone
    70 Sly & The Family Stone Dance To The Music
    71 Jacky White Horses
    72 The Showstoppers Ain't Nothin' But A Houseparty
    73 Status Quo Pictures Of Matchstick Men Ah, bless!
    74 The Tremeloes Suddenly You Love Me
    75 The Tremeloes My Little Lady
    76 Brenton Wood Gimme Little Sign
    77 Jimi Hendrix Experience All Along The Watchtower Awesome
    78 Donovan Jennifer Juniper Dum de dum, dum de dum, dum de dum de dum
    79 Des O'Connor 1-2-3 O'Leary
    80 The Hollies Jennifer Eccles
    81 Marmalade Lovin' Things
    82 The Four Tops Walk Away Renee Great song
    83 Mason Williams Classical Gas
    84 Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band I'm The Urban Spaceman *eye roll*
    85 Love Affair A Day Without Love
    86 Scott Walker Joanna
    87 Tom Jones I'm Coming Home
    88 Dionne Warwick Do You Know The Way To San Jose Great
    89 The Lemon Pipers Green Tambourine
    90 Manfred Mann My Name Is Jack
    91 The Turtles Elenore
    92 Dave Clark Five Red Balloon
    93 The Four Tops If I Were A Carpenter I don't like it
    94 Mama Cass Dream A Little Dream Of Me That VOICE
    95 Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick & Tich Last Night In Soho
    96 Honeybus I Can't Let Maggie Go I quite liked it
    97 Status Quo Ice In The Sun
    98 Paul Mauriat Love Is Blue (L'Amour Est Bleu)
    99 The Bee Gees Words OK
    100 Malcolm Roberts May I Have The Next Dream With You

    These are the 100 top best-sellers in 1968. Not saying it was a great year but it was a year when I was alive and these songs were on the wireless. So.....
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  16. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Star commenter

    Just listened to it in the car, what a trip down Memory Lane. There was a cracker a couple of weeks ago too, 1982 I think.

    Mony Mony gets ????
    It's proper famous! And great!
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  17. BertieBassett2

    BertieBassett2 Star commenter

    @grumpydogwoman, your list reads like the soundtrack of my childhood - some great songs there! I agree with you about no 46 but I would put my favourite as Everlasting Love.
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  18. George_Randle

    George_Randle Established commenter

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  19. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    I agree about the seventies. A lot of the music was new to British ears like reggae, hip hop, punk, heavy metal and other rock genres. This was the decade when synthesisers came to the fore and keyboards were no longer confined to organ or piano. Hail the Moog synthesiser and mellotron! Electronic effects and sequencers came in which featured heavily on music by the Floyd and Hawkwind. Guitar effects also became more sophisticated like phasing, flanging, delay, echo, overdrive, fuzz, distortion, octaving and ring modulation.

    This was the era in music when you would hear a record and it would be unlike anything you'd heard before. So much of modern music seems very derivative for those of us who grew up in the 60s and 70s.
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  20. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    I can still sing a line or hum the tune from about 95 of these!
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  21. artboyusa

    artboyusa Star commenter

    1937...by a mile. Look at these classics:
    Duke Ellington: Caravan
    Count Basie: One O'clock Jump
    Benny Goodman: Sing Sing Sing
    George and Ira Gershwin: They Can't Take That Away From Me, Nice Work If You Can Get It
    Cole Porter: In the Still of the Night
    Rogers and Hart: The Lady is a Tramp
    Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf
    Bartok: Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta
    Shostakovich: Symphony #5
    Robert Johnson: Crossroads, Terraplane Blues - and almost every song he ever wrote/recorded
    Sonny Boy Williamson: Good Morning, Little Schoolgirl

    ...and that's just some of it. Beat that, 1967!
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