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Which year had the best music?

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

  1. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    Sgt Pepper was released in 1967.

    Argument over!;)
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  2. CarrieV

    CarrieV Lead commenter

    He must have been doing the rounds with Young Voices!
  3. MrMedia

    MrMedia Star commenter

    I’m 1984. Cracking year.

    Though for the record, the 90s has a lot of good stuff. Wonderwall, parklife and all the early EDM beats made it a good decade.

    Anyone wanting to vote for the worst? 00s has the least amount that I listen to.

    I’m probably
    1. 80s
    2. 90s
    3. 60s
    4. 70s
    5. 50s
    6. 10s
    7. Early stuff from 1920-1950 (lots of good stuff here)
    8. 00s
  4. peter12171

    peter12171 Star commenter

  5. primarycat

    primarycat Star commenter

    So was I for most of it. I turned 14 towards the end of 1984.

    It is mixed but some I love in there. The Cult, Marc Almond, Prince, even Aha. But some shockers too. I'd probably go for 1985 or 1986 if I was picking from the 80s to get some Zodiac Mindwarp.

    MAGAorMIGA Star commenter

    Returning to the merits of 1983.

    UK Top 100 - 20th Feb 1983

    1 Too Shy – Kajagoogoo - nah

    2 Billie Jean – Michael Jackson – whatever the allegations, this is a towering pierce of pop music

    3 Africa – Toto - awesome

    4 Change – Tears For Fears – incredible from their first album

    5 Sign of the Times – The Belle Stars – great song

    6 Down Under – Men At Work – a brilliant all-time classic

    7 Up Where We Belong – Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes – good ballad

    8 Never Gonna Give You Up – Musical Youth - nah

    9 Tomorrow’s (Just Another Day)/Madness Is All in the Mind – Madness unbelievably prolific funsters

    10 Wham Rap – Wham! nah

    11 Tunnel of Love – Funboy Three – super song

    12 Love on Your Side – Thompson Twins – excellent song

    13 Oh Diane – Fleetwood Mac – what a shame their worst ever single was in the charts this week!

    14 Total Eclipse of the Heart – Bonnie Tyler – fantastic power ballad

    15 Christian – China Crisis – super single.

    16 Shiny Shiny – Haysi Fantayzee – nah

    17 Hey Little Girl – Icehouse – super song, great band

    18 Last Nght A DJ Saved My Life – Indeep. OK cover version of Elton John’s classic

    19 Baby Come To Me – Patti Austin & James Ingram – never heard of it.

    20 Gloria – Laura Brannigan – anthemic

    21 Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) – Eurythmics – classic

    22 Get the Balance Right – Depeche Mode – great electropop band

    23 Electric Avenue – Eddy Grant – superb

    24 Communication – Spandau Ballet – OK

    25 Genetic Engineering – OMD – yet another electropop offering

    26 You Can’t Hurry love – Phil Collins – first track on CD 1 of Now 1

    27 Cold Sweat – Thin Lizzy – great heavy rock single

    28 The Story of the Blues – Wah! – a cheerful Aztec Cameraesque single

    29 She Means Nothing To Me – Phil Everly & Cliff Richard

    30 Waves – Blancmange – a bit dreary, in truth

    31 Nature Boy – Central Line – deservedly utterly forgotten

    32 The Cutter – Echo & the Bunnymen – superb song

    33 The Harder They Come ft Donnie Calvin – Rocker’s Revenge nah

    34 – 1999 – Prince – LOVE this song!

    35 Rock the Boat – Forrest – catchy disco tune

    36 New Year’s Day – U2. U2 when they were good.

    37 Jailhouse Rock – Elvis – no I’ve no idea what this was doing in the charts in 1983!

    38 Twisting By the Pool – Dire Straits – absurdly catchy by Mark Knopfler’s band

    39 The Chinese way – Level 42. Another awesome song lurking in the nether regions of the Top 40.

    40 Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye – Bananarama – terrific pop song

    41 We’ve Got Tonight – Kenny Rogers &Sheena Easton – an unlikely combination!

    42 Rip It Up – Orange Juice – great single

    43 Steppin’ Out – Joe Jackson – what a great song!

    44 You Are – Lionel Richie – one of a string of classic singles from the great man at this time

    45 Hold Me Tighter in the Rain – Billy Griffin – a poor man’s Lionel Richie!

    46 Maggie – Foster & Allen – remind me of the Furey Bros. When I saw the title I expected it to be about the PM of the day. Sadly, I don’t think it is.

    47 Soweto – Malcolm McLaren – don’t remember this, but clearly about apartheid South Africa

    48 Scatterlings of Africa – Juluka ???

    49 He Knows You Know – Marillion – offering from the truly great Script For A Jester’s Tear album, the band’s first

    50 Get Loose – Evelyn King

    I can’t be bothered to find the whole Top 100, but lower down were Luther Vandross, The Jam, Christopher Cross, Aztec Camera, Joan Armatrading, Stranglers, Big Country, Randy Crawford, Don Henley and UB40. OK, OK and “Orville’s Song” by Keith Harris, but you can’t have everything!

    Plenty of quality music here, and having Tears For Fears AND Marillion’s first albums represented swings it for me.
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  7. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    I love Luther . Huge loss .....and I think James Ingram ( good song ) also died ( quite recently )
  8. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    Chris Cross currently touring. Played his stuff a lot in the ‘80s
  9. primarycat

    primarycat Star commenter

    Might have to fight you over the ballads. But broadly agree otherwise.
  10. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    China Crisis - I saw them at Uni

    I have rarely been so bored.

    I'm going to see Mr Cross later this year - love "Ride like the Wind"
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  11. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    Toto represent all that is wrong with American Music
  12. MAGAorMIGA

    MAGAorMIGA Star commenter

    I think I was at the same concert (or at least tour - Swansea University 1983) and I concur, but they did release a string of great singles - Wishful Thinking and Black Man Ray well to the fore.
  13. MAGAorMIGA

    MAGAorMIGA Star commenter

    I forgive Toto everything just because of Steve Lukathor's guitar solo on Lionel Richie's "Running With The Night".
  14. primarycat

    primarycat Star commenter

    Love the song. The geographical inaccuracy bothers me every time.
  15. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    I went to quite a few electronica gigs - god knows why because they were all rubbish.

    The only exception was Ultravox's "Monument" tour - that was really good.
  16. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    Around that time I went to see John Martyn at Bradford Uni - his band were delayed due to bad weather and he ended up doing an acoustic set and a few numbers on his "box of tricks" guitar.

    I was completely blown away - saw him many more times over the years - even after he lost his leg and was a pale shadow of his former self he could still play.
  17. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    All years have good music and all have bad music... usually tied to childhood memories and later, a disparaging elderly attitude towards the next generations music.

    The bad music is rarely replied except for kitsch value... so the good stuff is remembered. I don't have a best year... seems to go in phases for me... G'n'R/Nirvana/Iron Maiden ... then BritPop/Blur/Oasis ... then The Killers et al. ...

    I was getting quite down on modern music then I discovered Gunship. I'm happy again.
  18. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    Last year wasn't bad.
    A few good years in the 2000s.
    1994, 1991, 1989, 1984, 1979, 1977, 1973, 1969, 1963
    It's still good. Sleaford Mods are currently as exciting as anything from any of those years
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  19. primarycat

    primarycat Star commenter

    Like Sleaford Mods too. I've seen them. Not exactly new but the Specials new album is great.
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  20. primarycat

    primarycat Star commenter


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