Top Decade Defining Songs Complied by @watchmojo

I’ve recently run across a YouTube channel from WatchMojo.com and it’s made me happy. They, among other things, compiled the best songs per decade. How? The songs are “…a combination of the decade’s most commercially successful songs as well as the most influential records and the tracks that best reflect the period…”

Ready?

The 1950’s

The 1960’s

The 1970’s

The 1980’s

The 1990’s

The 2000’s

I could watch this stuff all day and I love learning things like:

  • “Tutti Fruti” – The line “Tutti Fruti Oh Rudy” was originally “Tutti Fruti Big Booty” butt (oops) changed for censors
  • “Mrs. Robinson” was originally a tribute to Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “Born In The USA” was originally a tribute to Vietnam veterans
  • “Cry Me A River” was a breakup song by Justin Timberlake to Britney Spears
  • “I Walk The Line” – This is a side note but you can hear him hum before each stanza to help him get his cue. Listen closely. It’s really quite awesome!

So in this series, the 60 top 10’s for all decades mentioned in alphabetical (by first name) order are:

2Pac, ABBA, Aretha Franklin, Bee Gees, Beck, Beyonce, Bill Haley & His Comets, Blink-182, Bob Dylan, Bon Jovi, Britney Spears, Bruce Springsteen, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Cyndi Lauper, Daft Punk, Def Leppard, Duran Duran, Eddie Cochran, Elvis Presley, Eminem, Fats Domino, Fleetwood Mac, Gloria Gaynor, Gnarls Barkley, Green Day, Guns N’ Roses, Jerry Lee Lewis, John Lennon, Johnny Cash, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Linkin Park, Little Richard, Madonna, Metalica, Michael Jackson, Miriah Carey, Nirvana, Oasis, OutKast, Pink Floyd, Puff Daddy, Queen, Ray Charles, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ritchie Valens, Run-D.M.C., Sex Pistols, Simon & Garfunkle, Stevie Wonder, U2, Van Halen…

…and the bands that start with ‘The’ that I never know how to organize…

The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Jimmi Hendrix Experience, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, The Who

…and honorable mentions going to:

50 Cent, AC/DC, Amy Winehouse, Backstreet Boys, Ben E. King, Bo Diddley, Bobby Darin, Buffalo Springfield, Blondie, Celine Dion, Coldplay, David Bowie, Don McLean, Eagles, Elton John, Fugees, Irena Cara, Jay-Z, Journey, Lynard Skynyrd, Marvin Gaye, MC Hammer, Prince and the Revolution, Ray Charles, R.E.M., Rihanna, Survivor, TLC, Tears for Fears, Vanilla Ice

…and again with the ‘The’ bands…

The Doors, The Everly Brothers, The Platters, The Ronettes, The White Stripes

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