Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Dave Gilmour's Cat, Nov 17, 2016.
Those years draw a blank for me, as far as music.
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
**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
Love at First Sting/Scorpions
**These 6 alone might seal the deal, but wait, from the GenPop arena we have....
Like a Virgin/Madonna
*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
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
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.
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.
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).
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
Out of interest, which are your 1984 favourites?
Purple Rain (Prince)
Born in the USA (Springsteen)
Reckless (Bryan Adams)
1984 (van Halen)
Treasure (Cocteau Twins)
Ocean Rain (Echo & the Bunnymen)
Thanks. Nice list!
Considering the topic is titled 1982-2006 I think we should leave out 1981
Best years for music, 1957-1981?
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
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.
Bumping this to keep the poll open.
82, 83, 84
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.
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.
Dead Can Dance
But 1982 was really good too.
Then the companion poll is: Best years for music, 1957-1981?
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
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).
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
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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