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1970's for me
Possibly the current decade too.
I think I listen to a fair amount of 2000s stuff, quite a bit of 60s, 80s and 90s, ignore the 70s and have lost track of modern music!
By a long shot.
00's> 10's> 80's > 60's > 90's >> 70's
Two decades that everyone says were amazing to be in - and I can understand why - but that offer very little in music or style to a modern day man like myself.
I like the odd thing from each of those decades.
"i don't listen to ANY 70s music because it all FUCKING SUCKS"
yeah nobody did.
must try harder
and according to my itunes, a sizable chunk of that is the replacements.
got quite a lot of 70s albums but not too much that i would really class as an all time favourite.
to say it's the most influential is a bit meaningless, every decade is influential to different bands and trends, of which there are always more than a few.
don't know why you can never just accept that somebody could have a different opinion to you, they always have to be "wrong" somehow.
I'm sure I'm wrong but didn't goth, industrial, shoegaze, (electronic) dance, 'indie' rock (whatever that is) and hip hop all kick off in earnest in the 80's? Or am I just a pilchard?
the only bands I really listen to from then are Felt and the Cocteau Twins i think, I guess the very early 80s material of Orange Juice and Elvis C.
I probably listen to 00s most, then 70s and 90s pretty equally, followed by 60s, then 80s
70s are probably the best in terms of quality/variety.
I've explored the world of "old" music shamefully little, meaning I own very few pre 1990s albums. Alas, even though I can see that the '70s spawned some incredible movements, I'd have to go with that decade as my least listened to too. I think the deal is that whilst I enjoy punk I find the genre rather samey and so have never really dug too deeply into it, and whilst there are plenty of disco tracks that excite me I couldn't imagine listening to a whole album by a disco artist, or even a compilation without skipping through a fair bit of dross. Glam I'm pretty ambivalent about and prog can fuck right off.
I do keep meaning to explore more early ska/reggae and early hip hop, though.
Anyway for me, probably the 80s (with the exception of hardcore punk) - it's just hard to get excited about a decade of music primarily dominated by technology that dated so abysmally.
I think it's more that they're so evocative of a certain period. Plenty of classic '80s electropop has synth hooks that still sound sharp as fuck. Speaking of which, I'd better stop all these good intentions and actually get around to checking out more of the bands who inspired so much of the homoerotic electro of today I love...
Some great 70s disco-albums:
Giorgio Farina's Discocross (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vB4jY_oVRE) and "Romeo & Juliet" by Alec R. Costandinos (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTVb2sDBT5c)
"Kimono my house" by Sparks (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVpLxqTd0Mo) or ELO's Eldorado (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrffDM3hHk8)
And Tubular Bells as prog greatness. Otherwise I couldn't be bothered with the genre myself as well.
Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler, Antonín Dvo?ák, and of course W. S. Gilbert ::swoon::
most would naturally be this and the last.
then 90s, 80s and 70s. huh. all decades amazing in their own right, though there is something special about the 70s. a grim decade by all accounts, fertile ground for creativity I guess.
the odd VU or Stones or Diana Ross plays when I'm on DJ Mix, but I rarely think "oh, gotta hear a Beatles record today".
I still listen to old Bowie records all the time. And Japan, 70s punk...hell, ELO!
80s were awesome. 90s, just so-so. Yeah, Pavement, MBV, but the late 90s were dominated by Limp Bizcut-type bands. Linkon Park! Which suck, obv.
00s get most my time nowadays. And listening to new stuff.
what you've least listened too here http://mac.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Super-Analyzer.shtml
PS it's a Java file so it's NOT Mac only
Here's what mine looks like: http://i39.tinypic.com/k9eva.png
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In short, 00s > 90s > 10s > 70s > 80s > 60s. Which surprises me. I'd've probably said 60s or 10s least, and maybe 70s > 90s. Hmmm, interesting.
The only significant works all decade were Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique and a few Mendelssohn pieces (notably the Hebrides overture, the 4th Symphony, and book 1 of Songs Without Words). And they were all in the first 4 years. Slow decade.
There is a massive gap between 70-76 or so where there are only a smattering of records I own according to my list. I don't know what I would have done as a music fan if I lived back then, the majority of stuff in my library from that time is reggae. Or Zeppelin.
It really was one of the greatest periods for music in terms of originality, quality & diversity.
Bowie (my all time favourite), Nick Drake, Kraftwerk, NEU!, Cluster, Neil Young, Patti Smith, Roxy Music, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd
However, you're right that 1977 saw a seismic shift in music compared to what was on offer earlier in the 1970s.
60-66 was a bit lean.
But not for full-length LPs. If that makes sense. Apart from jazz, that was a cracking time.
Never really listen to 60`s stuff.
70`s and 90`s are my favourite decades, they were great for Electronic music and the 70`s German stuff.
80s & 90s. However, with music from the past few years I found a lot less that stays in heavy rotation.
I think there's only one 60s album in my collection but that's about it.