Written by Robby Red, current WCDB Rock Director.
Some people will tell you that the 90s were the ten best years in music. Others will disagree, citing the 60s or 70s as a better ten years. It’s an extremely subjective question to ask someone: “What were the best ten years in music?” Twenty people could have twenty different answers. Recently, I decided to put some of my favorite albums in chronological order to determine the best ten years in music, or my favorite ten years at least. Before you get upset about the bold claim I am about to make, please keep in mind that I have not heard every album that was ever released. I haven’t even heard every album that came out in the ten-year period I’m choosing. I have, however, heard the thirty albums I chose to represent my favorite years in music and I would highly suggest all of them. The only restrictions I placed on my list were that a band could only have one album on the list and all of the albums had to be released within a ten-year period. Albums are listed chronologically, then alphabetically. I hope the music will do the rest of the talking.
1976 to 1985 were the best ten years music ever had.
1) Judas Priest – Sad Wings of Destiny
2) The Clash – The Clash
3) Television – Marquee Moon
4) Blondie – Parallel Lines
5) Devo – Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!
6) Adam and the Ants – Dirk Wears White Sox
7) Bram Tchaikovsky – Strange Man, Changed Man
8) Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures
9) Martha and the Muffins – Metro Music
10) The B-52’s – Wild Planet
11) The Feelies – Crazy Rhythms
12) Magazine – The Correct Use of Soap
13) Mental As Anything – Espresso Bongo
14) The Monochrome Set – Strange Boutique
15) The Soft Boys – Underwater Moonlight
16) Television Personalities – …And Don’t The Kids Just Love It
17) Dexys Midnight Runners – Too-Rye-Ay
18) Haircut One Hundred – Pelican West
19) Iron Maiden – The Number of the Beast
20) Orange Juice – You Can’t Hide Your Love Forever
21) Romeo Void – Benefactor
22) Wall of Voodoo –Call of the West
23) The Chameleons – Script of the Bridge
24) ESG – Come Away With ESG
25) The Go-Betweens – Before Hollywood
26) Talking Heads – Speaking in Tongues
27) Violent Femmes – Violent Femmes
28) The Icicle Works – The Icicle Works
29) The Pale Fountains – Pacific Street
30) The Replacements – Tim