This topic kind of explains itself, so here goes (I will try and be brief, as we have a lot of decades to get through):
The 1960s – The Beatles
No surprises here, especially for those readers who read my favourite bands post I wrote recently. I love The Beatles and always have, and I not only have all their albums, but most of the albums the members have released post-Beatles, too. This year in fact marks 50 years since The Beatles’ first single, ‘Love Me Do’, was released (and I have a calendar celebrating this). I also have a lot of Beatles memorabilia, including posters, pencil cases, clothes, and much more.
The 1970s – Led Zeppelin
Again, no surprises – the only real competition here, for me, is Pink Floyd, who come a very close second for this decade (to be fair, PF released albums in 4 separate decades). Led Zeppelin are one of a small number of bands who helped give rock music a certain energy and power which it lacked in the previous decade, and which continues in the genre to this very day. LedZep were also very diverse, dabbling in a range of other genres from blues and folk to funk and reggae.
The 1980s – Crowded House
Although Crowded House continued well into the 90s, and reformed after a ten year break in the 00s, they formed in the mid 1980s and were met with almost immediate success in Australia and New Zealand, with some great songs that had catchy pop hooks but retained a certain intelligence and elegance to the songwriting process. I remember hearing these songs as a very young boy, and they will always have a special place in my music collection. (In the following clip, the actual song starts at about 1:40)
The 1990s – Red Hot Chili Peppers
This one may come as a surprise to some, as I didn’t mention them in my top ten bands list. This is because while I loved this band in the 1990s, as I was growing up, their albums in the 1980s were, at best, average and silly, and since the 90s they have become progressively more predictable and lacklustre. But in the 90s RHCP had three fantastic albums, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, One Hot Minute, and Californication, and all three of these albums sit among my absolute favourites, and “Under The Bridge” as one of my favourite ever songs (and also the song I’ve sung the most at Karaoke).
The 2000s – Ben Folds
As Ben Folds Five broke up at the end of the 90s, Ben Folds continued to make his piano-based music, and actually shot to a much more widespread fame very quickly at the start of the next decade. Throughout the 00s, he released several albums which all differed in sound yet retained that trademark wit and energy for which he has come to be loved. Seeing him perform live with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House in 2006 really opened my eyes to just how amazingly talented this guy is, and if you haven’t listened to him before you really are missing out.
The 2010s – ???
I am not going to answer this decade, as we are only in the third year and so have a long way to go. But there are many new and exciting bands appearing on the scene, with a strong return to good music becoming the trend, and so I am excited to see what is yet to come.
What are your favourite bands of the past few decades?
What predictions do you have for who might be the best bands of the coming decade?