What Was the Best Year For Music?

Much like with television shows, narrowing down the best year within music can prove to be difficult. Because with the good there always a little bit of bad to go alongside with it. But, there are some years that are regarded and remembered overwhelmingly positive for their contributions to music. I have handpicked 5 years that has been remembered as either influential or remembered fondly within music.


  • Happy Together – The Turtles
  • Respect – Aretha Franklin
  • Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Frankie Valli
  • Penny Lane – The Beatles
  • Light My Fire – The Doors
  • Somethin’ Stupid – Nancy and Frank Sinatra
  • Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell


  • Come Together – The Beatles
  • I Can’t Get Next To You – The Temptations
  • Bad Moon Rising – Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
  • It’s Your Thing – The Isley Brothers
  • Honky Tonk Women – The Rolling Stones
  • Suspicious Minds – Elvis Presley


  • I Feel The Earth Move – Carole King
  • Brown Sugar – The Rolling Stones
  • Me & Bobby McGee – Janis Joplin
  • What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye
  • Joy to the World – Three Dog Night
  • How Can You Mend A Broken Heart – Bee Gees
  • Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers


  • Heroes – David Bowie
  • Dreams – Fleetwood Mac
  • Somebody To Love – Queen
  • Hotel California – The Eagles
  • Stayin Alive – Bee Gees
  • Dancing Queen – ABBA
  • Blinded By The Light – Manfred Mann’s Earth Band


  • When Doves Cry – Prince
  • What’s Love Got To Do With It – Tina Turner
  • Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper
  • Hello – Lionel Richie
  • Love Is A Battlefield – Pat Benatar
  • Thriller – Michael Jackson
  • Like A Virgin – Madonna

Each of these years could reasonably be anybody’s favorite year of music. Or it maybe it’s a year that’s not even mentioned. That’s the great thing about music. Our favorite music we enjoy listening to is typically what we grew up listening to and everyone grows up listening to something unique to them and their experiences. Everyone has their own preference to what music they consider to be the best of all time. So comment down below what’s your favorite year for music. Is it a year listed above or is it another year I haven’t yet mentioned?


One response to “What Was the Best Year For Music?”

  1. I can’t name a favorite year (although these were all great). I agree with you about music associations, though. I can hear a song and have a vivid, all-senses memory of a certain time and place, usually coupled with a strong emotion. Especially love. Some songs I can no longer enjoy because they are associated with people I no longer associate with.

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