1970 or 1969 or Maybe 1991? What Year What Music’s Best?

It really depends on when you were born. Those from the ’50s are all about The Beatles, while millennials will tell you that Britney Spears was the greatest artist to ever grace the stage. Ummm…

The Beatles / John Lennon’s fans / Michael Jackson / Britney Spears.
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We’ve covered every decade and came up with a different “Best of” list. Scroll down to see the top ten years that rocked the music industry.

10. 1970

Time for some heavy metal! Black Sabbath was 1970’s album of the year. Their second studio album, “Paranoid,” was massive, and it includes some of the their most memorable hits, including “War Pigs” and “Iron Man.”

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Another moment in music history was Paul McCartney’s announcement that he was leaving The Beatles. Oh and Jimi Hendrix died at 27… and Simon & Garfunkel split up. What a year…

9. 2007

Radiohead, yes, Radiohead. “In Rainbows,” was crowned album of the year and it earned critical acclaim, winning two Grammy Awards (Best Alternative Music Album and Best Boxed for Special Limited-Edition Package).

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Another event that year was Live Earth, which was done in the hopes of slowing down global warming.  The Spice Girls also reunited, and High School Musical 2, the sequel, aired.

8. 1972

David Bowie gifted the world with his album, “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars.” One of his best works, they say, and one it’s of glam rock’s most innovative albums.

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Paul McCartney also debuted his new band, Wings. But, 1972 was when Creedence Clearwater Revival broke up. Don McLean’s American Pie, however, reached No. 1 on the charts.

7. 1991

Nirvana’s time to shine was in 1991 with their album “Nevermind,” the one with the floating baby on its cover. They sold 300,000 copies a week at the time. Smells Like Teen Spirit was played everywhere, on radio stations, restaurants, bars, etc.

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Also, Whitney Houston performed the national anthem at the Super Bowl and then there was The Scorpions who released their memorable hit, “Wind of Change,” which became the anthem of the end of the Cold War.

6. 1997

“OK Computer” by Radiohead was the year’s top-ranking album. Their third was ahead of its time, with songs about consumerism, social alienation and politics. Basically, it was all about the world we’re living in now.

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And the Spice Girls released “Wannabe,” making them worldwide superstars. The Notorious B.I.G. was shot and killed in Los Angeles. And pop trio Hanson flooded the airwaves with MMMBop.

5. 1973

“The Dark Side of the Moon” by Pink Floyd was the top-ranking album that year, selling 45 million copies worldwide. It was one of the best-selling records in history and the band’s best album.

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Then there was KISS’ first concert on January 30 at the Popcorn Club in New York. DJ Kool Herc was credited with giving birth to hip-hop. And Bruce Springsteen debuted his album, “Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.”

4. 1994

Jeff Buckley’s debut album, “Grace,” was the year’s #1 record. While receiving mixed reviews, it gained hype over the years. Over a decade later, it cracked the charts and became certified 7x platinum.

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Nirvana’s frontman Kurt Cobain died that year, causing waves across the music community. Then there was Nine Inch Nails’ “The Downward Spiral” and The Offspring’s “Smash” – both released and considered two of the best rock albums of that year.

3. 1967

NO matter when in the 60s, the top-selling album belonged to The Beatles. In 1967, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” made waves. It spent 15 weeks at #1 on the US Billboard chart.

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1967 introduced us to The Doors, which broke through with their self-titled debut album. It was also the year that Aretha Franklin recorded Respect and The Beatles’ All You Need is Love became the year’s biggest hit.

2. 1971

“Untitled (Led Zeppelin IV)” was 1971’s best album. The band’s fourth studio album got worldwide attention, selling over 38 million copies overseas. One critic said the album “[defined] not only Led Zeppelin but the sound and style of ’70s hard rock.”

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Led Zeppelin’s biggest hit from the album was Stairway to Heaven, which dominated the charts. And, by the way, it doesn’t contain hidden messages if you play it backward.

1. 1969

Finally, number one goes to 1969, partly because of Woodstock, the groundbreaking festival which saw 400,000 people crowd together on some land in upstate New York. All they wanted was to watch some of the greatest music of the time.

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This year’s top-ranking album was “Abbey Road” by The Beatles. That same year, though, the band announced their final performance on a rooftop in London. Other than that, Led Zeppelin put out their debut album.