- Nov 16, 2006
Yes. I figured age would be a huge component.
Though I expected the 80s to win because I have noticed comments under a lot of 80's music like: "I wasn't even born in the 80s, but its my favorite music". IMO it's the peak before a lot of digital processing dragged it down later.
I stumbled upon some of those YouTube biggest hit every month videos from something like the 1930's till now. While there is occasional good stuff everywhere, it's the mid to late 1960s where it really starts getting good for me, and the 1990s it starts getting bad.
As rock music fan, I can't imagine people leaving out Beatles, Stones, Zeppelin.
- True, I was born in the 80's and still too young to actually listen to music then, but its a helluva era for rock and roll.
I think rock bands from the 60's and 70's suffer a bit of "Seinfeld Isn't Funny" thanks to being pioneers in the genre, the bands that came up in the 80's and early 90's really matured rock and roll *a lot*. Combined with the increase in accessibility and fewer gatekeepers meant way more stuff could actually get out there and reach the ears of listeners.
Late and post 90's got hit with a double whammy over over commercialization and over accessibility. There are some incredible post grunge era bands out there (the doom metal/ stoner rock genre pioneered by Kyuss and Queens of the Stone age had a real golden age in the late 90's early 00's) but there are SO GOD DAMN MANY options now with streaming and such that its incredibly difficult for anything to really float above the noise. Listeners can also currate and dial in on personal preference so much that its hard for genres to evolve in a big way when everyone wants and can to listen to something familiar that they like there is far less serendipitous "Oh wow that was different and everyone liked that" in the air in general nowadays.