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What are your favorite songs from various decades?

Asked by gorillapaws (29135points) 2 months ago
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Please share some of your favorite songs/performances by decade. Try to limit them to one song per artist, and no more than 5 songs per decade. The goal is to share what we found to be great about music from each slice in time.

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SQUEEKY2's avatar

From the 1970’s would have to be Hotel California by the Eagles .
From the 1980’s would have to be money for nothing by Dire Straites.

gorillapaws's avatar

This is what I came up with. There’s tons of awesome music and artists not on this list. I’m not saying these songs are better than others not on the list, just that I enjoy these songs from that particular era.

John Lee Hooker – Tupelo
Frank Sinatra – Come Fly With Me
Ella Fitzgerald/Louis Armstrong – Summertime

Peggy Lee – Fever
BB king – Heartbreaker
Buffalo Springfield – For What Its Worth
Jefferson Airplane – Somebody To Love
Bob Marley – One love

John Lennon – Imagine
Dire Straights – Sultans of Swing
Doors – Roadhouse Blues
Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb
Heart -Barracuda

The Cure – Just Like Heaven
Nena – 99 Red Balloons
Tears for fears – Mad World
Depeche mode – Enjoy the Silence
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Higher Ground

Soundgarden – Burden In My Hand
Pearl Jam – Jeremy
Nirvana – All Apologies
Notorious B.I.G. – Juicy
Nine Inch Nails – Hurt

Dave Matthews – #41
Dispatch – The General
Immortal Technique – Rich man’s world
Alicia Keys – Empire State of Mind
Pat McGee Band – Rebecca

Rodrigo y Gabriella – The Russian Messenger (the most metal acoustic flamenco instrumental duo you can imagine)
Indiana – Blind As I Am
Gunship – Fly For Your Life

mazingerz88's avatar

most Burt Bacharach songs
most Sergio Mendez songs
Time of the Season ( Zombies )
More Today Than Yesterday ( Spiral Staircase )
Traces of Love ( Classics IV )

One Less Bell To Answer ( The Fifth Dimension )
The Hustle ( Van McCoy )
Do It Again ( Steely Dan )
What A Fool Believes ( Doobie Brothers )
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough ( Diana Ross )
Rock With You ( Michael Jackson )

Promises, Promises ( Naked Eyes )
My Ever Changing Moods ( Style Council )
Foolish Heart ( Steve Perry )
I Can’t Tell You Why ( The Eagles )
Anyone Can See ( Irene Cara ) / Forget Me Nots ( Patrice Rushen )

1979 (Smashing Pumpkins)
You Get What You Give ( New Radicals )
Smells Like Teen Spirit ( Nirvana )
Here’s Where The Story Ends ( The Sundays )
Virtual Insanity ( Jamiroquai )

Brian1946's avatar
RayaHope's avatar

Single Ladies – Beyoncé
You Belong With Me – Taylor Swift
Party In The USA – Miley Cyrus (before she went crazy)
I Kissed A Girl – Katy Perry
Poker Face – Lady Gaga

Tik Tok – Ke$ha
Bad Romance – Lady Gaga
Teenage Dream – Katy Perry
Only Girl – Rihanna

Rain On Me – Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande
Willow – Taylor Swift
Break My Soul – Beyoncé
Permission To Dance – BTS

This is just a small sample, I like a lot of stuff :)

Brian1946's avatar


“Only Girl – Rihanna”

Great choice!
Now hit the books! ;p

raum's avatar

I both love and hate this question. Really fun reading people’s answers. But having to narrow it down to five songs per decade is brutal.

RayaHope's avatar

@Brian1946 (shaking my fist at U) party pooper :(

gorillapaws's avatar

@Raum “But having to narrow it down to five songs per decade is brutal.”

I struggled with it too. Don’t feel obligated to pick the best 5 from each decade. Focus on stuff that clicked for you and highlights an aspect of the sound from that era you wanted to showcase.

Loving all of the GA’s so far. Keep ‘em coming!

Brian1946's avatar


“But having to narrow it down to five songs per decade is brutal.”

Whoops- I overlooked that part.
Luckily my selections average out to 4 per decade.

WhyNow's avatar

@gorillapaws 99 red balloons
...everyone’s a superhero
...everyone’s a captain Kirk
Wow! Love this song!

gorillapaws's avatar

@WhyNow Sadly, it’s more relevant today than since the end of the USSR. Nations playing chicken with nukes is a reckless game with no winners.

Kardamom's avatar


“The Entertainer” by Scott Joplin”:


“America the Beautiful” by Katherine Lee Bates and Samuel Ward:


“Rhapsody in Blue” by George Gershwin:


“Minor Swing” by Django Reinhardt:

“If I Didn’t Care” by The Ink Spots:


“In the Mood” by Glenn Miller:


“Johnny B. Goode” by Chuck Berry:


“Eight Miles High” by The Byrds:

“Rain” by The Beatles:

“Mais Que Nada” by Brasil 66:


“Uncle Albert Admiral Halsey” by Paul McCartney and Wings:


“Every Day is Like Sunday” by Morissey:

“Don’t Go” by Yaz:

“Roam” by B52s:


“Cure for Pain” by Morphine:

“Don’t Look Back in Anger” by Oasis:


“Get This Party Started” by Pink:

“Let’s Get It Started” by The Black Eyed Peas”:


“Royal” by Lorde:


“Go Easy On Me” by Adele

raum's avatar

I have been trying to focus on stuff that I personally like. Problem is that I like too many different kinds of music. And way too many songs. :P

Will come back to this question!

gorillapaws's avatar

@raum To help narrow things down, skip the ones already mentioned, and maybe focus on songs that showcase different aspects of the sounds of that era you may have liked (especially if there are gaps from what’s already been listed): e.g. instead of 5 awesome psychedelic rock songs, do one of those, one funk, one folk, etc. so the listener could get a sense of the breadth of the style of music from that time. And if you still can’t decide, just flip a coin.

flutherother's avatar

1950’s Fever by Peggy Lee
1960’s Willie the Pimp Frank Zappa
1970’s Oh No Zappa
1980’s Holiday Madonna
1990’s Summertime Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince

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