Back in the listserv days of Rock Town Hall, a Townsman once asked us to consider the best decade in American music.
I’d love to get an update on this, and to hear from some of the folks who have joined since then, such as tonyola, ladymisskirroyale, and the members of the Beantown Rock Mafia. I’m not sure if the Townsman who originally posted this is still an active participant, so I suggest that we forego giving points for the strength of the argument. [Mod – It wasn’t Al? It was mwall.] Perhaps the Mod could create a corresponding poll. [Mod – Why of course!]
The original post is as follows:
What’s the best 20th century decade in American music? Not just in rock and roll, but ALL of American music.
Decades score one point for being picked, and one point if your argument for the decade seems convincing. No argument may be more than two paragraphs long.
Here are the pre-race odds:
- 1950s: 3-1
- 1920s: 5-1
- 1960s: 6-1
Dark Horses with a significant shot
- 1940s: 12-1
- 1970s: 15-1
- 1930s: 20-1
- 1980s: 30-1
- 1990s: 40-1
- 1910s: 50-1
- 1900s: 99-1
And they’re off, ladies and gentlemen!