The Bohemian Rhapsody film inspired many discussions about how music is not the same as it once was. But what was it, exactly?
Even though I do not remember the evolution of the best bands and solo artists, I still appreciate the vinyl days of the 60s, 70s, and 80s. In this article I will be going through what I consider the Golden ages of my lifetime, the last five decades of great music.
My personal favourite age, where rock, psychedelic rock and electric guitar was generated to give us a whole new revelation of music. Whilst funk, soul and Jazz kept gradually rising from the 50s, rock took over. The Beatles era was born in 1962, hand in hand with the birth of the bellbottom and afros. This decade gave us our all-time favourites Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix’s electric guitar, also showcasing Psychedelic rock by Pink Floyd, The Doors and the Rolling Stones. This year of free love , sex and rock and roll ended with the renowned Wood Stock featuring Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, Joe Cocker, and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Trying to achieve the same colossal show over and over it was never materialised in a way it was done in the 60’s.
Rock never died but grew stronger especially in the 70s U2, Queen , Nazareth, Alice Cooper ,AC/DC. Aerosmith among many great others. The Jackson 5 reached their peak in the 70s giving a new meaning to funk and soul, which was rising slowly and introducing us to bands like Sister Sledge, kool and the gang, The Temptations and the O’jays. Hip-hop and pop emerged for a new audience to enjoy. Despite a lot of great music memories, this year ended in an overwhelming matter for music lovers with the breakup of the Beatles, as well as Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin dying at a very young age. Also leaving the rest of the world in a sorrowful mood knowing that these talented people will not produce more Music.
A survey polled over 11,000 Europeans revealed that this decade was the favourite. Rising to fame were artists like Prince, Madonna, Cindy Lauper, Boy Gorge, Janet and Whitney. Dance music emanated along with RnB and pop divulging to the satisfaction of the new generation. Gothic style was manifested in the 80s with the black leather pants and jackets, tattoos became more common, people wanted to bear a resemblance to their idols thus explaining the hair and clothes trend tied to the 80s. This decade was the decade for all types of music varying from Rock, Electronic , RnB and alternative rock where we met REM and The Hills.
The times that housed Dance and Pop Music , Neo Soul and the famous rise of Pop bands. From a European survey this decade did not have a lasting impact, it was rated quite low. Electronic music grew, leaving the techno, house and trance that was born in the 80s to have a rapid growth, giving the youths a reason to party and those famous raves became prominent. Rock was still on the uproar: Nirvana, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Pearl Jam made their debut. Neo Soul arose acquainting us to Lauryn Hill, Missy, Faith Evans, TLC and Boyz To Men. Then there were the trends of the pink hair and baggy shirts that emanated from our favourite group bands, Spice Girls, Backstreet Boys ,NSYNC, Westlife and a lot of others. Most of these named were born in the 90ss and died with the 90ss not continuing to live to see the noughties.
This was the decade of Hip-hop and RnB. Artists like Eminem, Nelly, Snoop Dog, Lil Wayne, Destiny’s Child were big on the scene in this decade. Also teen pop bands and solo artists made it to number 1 in the charts, like Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears. Also a few that emerged from the late 90s stayed in the chart for a few of this decade, groups like NSYNC. This decade did not produce new styles with the exception of the Emo genre. Rock was still going strong especially in Britain, where we had Oasis, Travis, and The Verve all keeping us, rock lovers sane with their music engendering. Even though this was not one of my favourite decade for music, the distinguishable elements which attributed to this decade such as the rise of the internet, media player programmes such as iTunes and music and video sharing websites such as Youtube.