David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed, in London in 1972.

‘70s was the best decade for popular music

It saw the birth of punk, new wave, hip hop, funk and electronic music, as well as the rise of legends like David Bowie, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Neil Young, Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, Elton John and Tom Petty

Music historians often enshrine the 1960s as the best decade for popular music, because it’s when rock became a countercultural movement led by giants like Bob Dylan, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. It was also the decade of soul music, with the emergence of the eminent Stax and Motown record labels. And it also saw the genesis of major music festivals like the legendary Woodstock. Many other political ingredients and social struggles also fueled the 1960s, but it’s not the only transcendental decade of music: the 1950s saw Elvis Presley light the fuse for the rock & roll explosion. Purists love the 1950s because it was the beginning of so many things and was infused with a captivating innocence. Still others argue for the 1980s, with its post-punk and the birth of indie, so decisive for many and which has created its own musical myths. The generation that came of age in the 1990s defends that decade for emotional reasons: they lived through the charged moodiness of grunge, Brit pop and the most brilliant indie music.

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