Best years for music, 1982-2006?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Dave Gilmour's Cat, Nov 17, 2016.

  1. Chris Schoen

    Chris Schoen Rock 'n Roll !!!

    Maryland, U.S.A.
    Those years draw a blank for me, as far as music. :shrug:
  2. Kate_C.

    Kate_C. Meadow Party 2020

    Orwell predicted the winner over half a century ago: 1984. Though a year before my planetary debut, the combination of music and music-related events are unimpeachable.

    Hatful of Hollow/Smiths
    Meat Puppets II/Meat Puppets
    Legend/Bob&The Wailers
    **These 5 are enough for me, but wait, the year was also a heavy metal high water mark...

    Ride the Lightning/Metallica
    '74 Jail Break/ACDC
    No Remorse/Motorhead
    Love at First Sting/Scorpions
    **These 6 alone might seal the deal, but wait, from the GenPop arena we have....

    Unforgettable Fire/U2
    Like a Virgin/Madonna
    Purple Rain/Prince
    1984/Van Halen
    *But wait ("everyone I know has a big 'but'" - pee wee), from the Miscellany file...

    Heartbeat City/Cars (u might think & drive!)
    Building the Perfect Beast/Henley
    Word of Mouth/Kinks
    ProsConsHitchhiking/Roger Waters
    Reckless/Bryan Adams
    Stay Hungry/Twisted Sister (anthemic singles: we're not gonna take & I wanna rock)

    But wait....still dubious? How about "This is Spinal Tap". Honestly. No? Now you're getting greedy. Still, if we haven't reached a preponderance of evidence in your mind, consider more musicalia from the Silver Screen: Amadeus, Purple Rain, and - I really don't get this one, but it'll surely play to the natives - Give My Regards to Broad Street (stick to the album version to avoid contracting hives from a toxically pointless screen play).

    Finally, even now, 30+ years later, the meeting of J, Lou, and Murph in formation of Dinosaur Jr. might be the single most resonating event from 1984 for me personally. Also, don't forget the short-lived collaboration of Page&Rodgers in The Firm, though that remarkable debut album was a year in the offing./K
  3. bare trees

    bare trees Forum Resident

  4. John Adam

    John Adam An Introvert In Paradise

  5. levi

    levi Can't Stand Up For Falling Down In Memoriam

    North Carolina
    I probably got a little carried away with the lists, but it was hard just to narrow the selections to 15 per year. Best year? I guess I'd go with 1984. Maybe. :sigh:
  6. John54

    John54 Senior Member

    I could have picked any three years from 1982-87, but after a bit of thought I went with '82, because synthpop was starting to get good once that New Wave stuff was cleared away, '84 for having some of my decade favourites like Hollow Horse by the Icicle Works, and '87 because it was the year I started collecting British imports in earnest (from reading Melody Maker and NME) and I found a lot of nice stuff I would not have heard otherwise. Nothing against '83, '85 or '86 though.
  7. TheSeldomSeenKid

    TheSeldomSeenKid Forum Resident

    That is what I did in the Mid 1990s that helped me discover some great New Music Artists from the UK(also discovered great Music with the Free End of Year 'Best of' Sampler CDs that came with 'Q', 'Mojo' & 'Uncut' Magazine and reading their Top albums of the Year Lists).
  8. Hermes

    Hermes Past Master

    1987 obviously:
    Joshua Tree (U2)
    Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me (Cure)
    Appetite for Destruction (Guns 'n' Roses)
    Sign of the Times (Prince)
    Music for the Masses (Depeche Mode)
    Darklands (The Jesus & Mary Chain)
    Calenture (The Triffids)
    Bad (Michael Jackson)
    Hysteria (Def Leppard)

    1984 second place
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  9. Dave Gilmour's Cat

    Dave Gilmour's Cat Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Out of interest, which are your 1984 favourites?
  10. Hermes

    Hermes Past Master

    Purple Rain (Prince)
    Born in the USA (Springsteen)
    Reckless (Bryan Adams)
    1984 (van Halen)
    Treasure (Cocteau Twins)
    Ocean Rain (Echo & the Bunnymen)
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  11. Dave Gilmour's Cat

    Dave Gilmour's Cat Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Thanks. Nice list!
  12. observerstation

    observerstation Forum Resident

    Considering the topic is titled 1982-2006 I think we should leave out 1981
  13. Dave Gilmour's Cat

    Dave Gilmour's Cat Forum Resident Thread Starter

  14. skisdlimit

    skisdlimit Forum Resident

    Bellevue, WA
    10 favorites from my "best" years, in roughly alphabetical order by artist (+2 comps/EPs for each):

    A Flock of Seagulls - s/t
    Duran Duran - Rio
    Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast
    Judas Priest - Screaming For Vengeance
    Men Without Hats - Rhythm of Youth
    Michael Jackson - Thriller
    Missing Persons - Spring Session M
    Prince - 1999
    Scorpions - Blackout
    Vanity 6 - s/t
    John Lennon - The John Lennon Collection
    Stevie Wonder - Original Musiquarium I

    Cyndi Lauper - She's So Unusual
    Def Leppard - Pyromania
    Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
    Iron Maiden - Piece Of Mind
    Metallica - Kill 'em All
    New Order - Power, Corruption, and Lies
    The Police - Synchronicity
    Tears For Fears - The Hurting
    Yes - 90125
    ZZ Top - Eliminator
    The Human League - Fascination!
    Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 - 18 Greatest Hits

    Depeche Mode - Some Great Reward
    Echo & the Bunnymen - Ocean Rain
    Iron Maiden - Powerslave
    Metallica - Ride the Lightning
    The Pretenders - Learning To Crawl
    Prince - Purple Rain
    Scorpions - Love At First Sting
    Talk Talk - It's My Life
    Van Halen - 1984
    "Weird Al" Yankovic - In 3-D
    Bob Marley and the Wailers - Legend
    Spın̈al Tap - This Is Spın̈al Tap :winkgrin:
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  15. Witchy Woman

    Witchy Woman Forum Resident

    Third Coast, USA
    1984, already listed by others

    1989, mainly b/c it was a great year for country music—Garth, Clint, George, Patti Loveless, Mary Chaplin Carpenter, Rosanne Cash, etc.

    1993, some great stuff by New Order, Blind Melon, Duran Duran , The Cranberries, Pearl Jam, etc.
  16. Dave Gilmour's Cat

    Dave Gilmour's Cat Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Bumping this to keep the poll open.
  17. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    82, 83, 84
  18. kevin5brown

    kevin5brown Jazzercise Aficionado!

    I guess this poll isn't for me. 1967 - 1973 or so. :)

    Although there's some good guitar indie rock from the '90s that's particularly good.
  19. Two Sheds

    Two Sheds Tea-sipping bad boy!

    Key events from the years I picked:

    1982 - The Jam have a prolific year and wrap it up. Big year for the Clash and the Police.
    1987 - R.E.M. break through commercially. Big year for U2.
    1995 - Oasis breaks big in the States.
  20. riskylogic

    riskylogic Forum Resident

    Dead Can Dance :love:

    But 1982 was really good too.
  21. Dave Gilmour's Cat

    Dave Gilmour's Cat Forum Resident Thread Starter

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  22. Jimmy Disco D

    Jimmy Disco D Forum Resident

    Shropshire, UK
    1989 holds great memories for me

    Stone Roses - Stone Roses
    De la Soul - Three feet high
    Beastie Boys - Paul’s Boutique
    Pixies - Doolittle
    Soul to Soul - Club Classics
    Spacemen Three - Playing with fire
    Lush - Scar
    808 State - Quadrastate
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  23. DownInAHole

    DownInAHole Forum Resident

    I'm a nineties kid, I went with 1991, 1994 and 1997.

    I am surprised 1987 is not doing better, that was a pretty massive year with some huge blockbuster albums (Michael Jackson-Bad, George Michael-Faith, Def Leppard-Hysteria, Inxs-Kick).
  24. stef1205

    stef1205 Forum Resident

    1989 for me:

    Pixies / Doolittle
    Nirvana / Bleach
    Stones Roses / s/t
    Bob Dylan / Desire
    Lou Reed / New York
    Rolling Stones / Steel Wheels
    The Cure / Disintegration
    Tin Machine / s/t
    JAMC / Automatic
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  25. Kingsley Fats

    Kingsley Fats Forum Resident

    I think that there was a lot of great music released in the 80's but apart from REM & The Replacements there is very little on your list that excites me.
    I could provide a very different list just as long which highlights the diversety that you mention.

    The answer to the original question. There is no best year. They are all good There is great music released every year.
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