Worst and Best Decades for Music?

What was the worst decade (or era) for music?

  • 1980's (mousse abuse and synthesizers)

    Votes: 5 41.7%
  • Early 1990's (aka "boy bands")

    Votes: 1 8.3%
  • Late 1970's (bell bottoms and disco)

    Votes: 1 8.3%
  • Now (with all this bubblegum)

    Votes: 3 25.0%
  • 1950's (before the music got more innovative)

    Votes: 2 16.7%

  • Total voters
  • Poll closed .
Any thoughts or opinions?

I admire that ballroom dancers have an appreciation for many different musical eras, thanks to the music used in lessons, showcases, and competitions. So what do you think were the worst and best decades (or eras) for music?

Some people think the 80's might be one of the worst, if not the worst. With lots of one-hit wonders and lots of synthesizers. (Do you remember all those non-descript, generic-sounding Survivor-type songs during the credits of 80's movies--the decade not being remarkable for movies either?)...

Some point to the early 90's, with all those boy bands...

Then there's now, with so much bubblegum out there...

As for the best, some people point to the mid-60's to the mid-70's as perhaps the best--with a tail-off towards the late 70's.

"The sentimental person thinks things will last--the romantic
person has a desperate confidence that they won't." - F. Scott Fitzgerald


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The 1980's is the best for music/movies/television/fashion. Illegal drinks such as Mountain Dew - enough to make your teeth cry and body wibble were available in Europe (not so now in the present nanny state).

I love everything about that decade. There are some brilliantly composed pieces on Synthesizers - check out Vangelis's 'Antartica' for example.

When I get round to writing my Will I'll be having 'Shalamar - Dateline U.S.A.' played at my own funeral :cool: Or maybe The Pointer Sisters - Jump :D

For music it went down hill after the 1990s.... not as bad as the 2000's though! All originality on some artists seems to be lost as everyone is just re-hashing old songs and movies...

Saying that though I do like 1930's/40's music as well. The 70's had a cool disco period :cool:


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everybody secretly loves disco and 80s pop, don't argue with me
and i was a teenybopper during the boy band craze so i cant say i didnt like them
music right now totally blows for the most part

Phil Owl

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For me, the 80's, and the description in the poll was PERFECT, mousse abuse and synthesisers. I think actually the single WORST thing that ever happened to music was MTV, which overnight made actual talent a thing of the past as far as record companies were concerned. All of a sudden, it was all about having a look, an image or an attitude.

The early to mid-90's run a dangerously close second for me with all the phony boy/girl bands (very fitting that the mastermind behind nearly all of them, Lou Pearlman got 25 years in prison for fraud and other related charges BTW). The screeching divas and phony lip-synching pop stars I could've done very well without.

Both decades marked by a lot of fakery.


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I definitely love songs and artists from different eras... and as much as it pains me to say it, I must agree that although most people hate the 80's, you gotta love em as well... Every period has its ups and downs though. I love the oldies, but classic rock, and even some of the boy bands were awesome. I find that I appreciate all types of music (including todays) mostly because of dance. If I didn't dance I'd probably be less willing to listen to different music.


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everybody secretly loves disco and 80s pop, don't argue with me
and i was a teenybopper during the boy band craze so i cant say i didnt like them
music right now totally blows for the most part
Sorry, but "my time" (my friend hates me saying that) was Rubber Soul to circa 1971/2 -- until radio went retro-50's in the wake of "Grease". Disco had come and was already dying out before I was ever aware of it -- "Fifth of Beethovan", which was used by Mexican TV for their 1976 coverage of the Olympics and the Disco version of the "Star Wars" cantina music circa 1977 (Sep 1977, to be more specific). I went Bach-Beethovan-andere at that 1971 point until the mid-90's (with ARRO and San Diego's "The Eagle"). All that "disco" ever meant to me was "discoteque", which was to say that they used recorded music. The greatest peoples' quote that I heard was for a "concert in the park" which the lead singer announced would be the greatest hits of the 80's: "Well, this shouldn't take too long!"

No. Seriously. It's like a line from an old German tear-jerker from the late 50's/ early 60's (Ruth Leuwerik(?), where a young person died and his buddies in a jazz band wanted to play his kind of music at his funeral. The funeral director stated: "Bei mir gibt's nach Brahms keine Musik mehr." ("In my opinion, after Brahms there has been no more music.")

Funny thing is that I dance WCS, but to music that means nothing to me. But then, I don't like country music at all, but I have a lot of fun dancing country.

The music that does mean something to me is 30's/40's swing music. It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing!

In the mid-80's, a friend at work (recently in Germany) passed on to me some tapes by a German commedian, Otto. In one routine, Otto presented "Hänsel und Gretel" in a modern context with modern music. For the longest time, I had thought that he had made up all that music, until I heard "Neunundneunzig Luftballoons" in Grosse Pointe Blank.

"Dann steh' ich auf und lass' einen fliegen"


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As for music, I can find things I like and don't like about each decade mentioned. I grew up in the late 70's and early 80's. Some good stuff there.

That being said....love the big band era music.
How miraculous that in only a few minutes, a song can paint a picture, tell a story, or evoke something timeless. Like "Walk Away Renee", "More than a Feeling" (which was inspired by the emotions of "Walk Away Renee"), and "Brown-Eyed Girl"...

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