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2013-02-11 11:23:45 PM  
#44? It's the best one on that list.
 
2013-02-11 11:39:14 PM  
List most under-whelming.

The 1980's was the single worst decade for music.  '87 was not special.  Appetite for Destruction, and Bad are the only LP's from that year I still listen to.
 
2013-02-11 11:59:02 PM  
 
2013-02-12 12:00:43 AM  
I'll concede this one. 87' was pretty good. I was huge into Public Enemy and liked pretty much everything else on that list.
 
2013-02-12 12:06:54 AM  
'87?

Yeah, right.

That's either 4 years too early or at least a decade too late.
 
2013-02-12 12:07:33 AM  
Not bad for the year of my birth.
 
2013-02-12 12:10:39 AM  

FishyFred: Not bad for the year of my birth.


You go to hell! You got to hell and you die! heh...

/Feeling old.
 
2013-02-12 12:15:15 AM  
There's some pretty good (and nostalgic) music on that list. Wow, I can't remember the last time I listened to Public Enemy. Document is one of REM's best albums.

Frederick: The 1980's was the single worst decade for music.


I generally agree with this sentiment. But this list does have some of the better (and even some of the best) music to come from that decade. I'll be among the first to dis 80s music (and, uggghhh, fashion), but the 80s did bring us The Beastie Boys, REM, the start of a lot of good hip-hop before most of it turned to completely gangsta yo-boy crap that was all bass and treble with nothing in the middle but fark deez biatches, some really good love rock before it turned into grunge and got all depressing, and so on.

It wasn't all big hair glam rock or hard rock junk. There was some quality in the 80s and quite a bit that at least got its start in the 80s.
 
2013-02-12 12:17:41 AM  

FishyFred: Not bad for the year of my birth.


Damn, I am old.....I was standing Guard Duty in Germany when you were born.

Me and my Army buddies played this till we wore it out.

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2013-02-12 12:25:21 AM  

mamoru: the start of a lot of good hip-hop before most of it turned to completely gangsta yo-boy crap that was all bass and treble with nothing in the middle but fark deez biatches



It actually had a message. I submit this for proof:


'Cause violence is somethin' that happens in society. When people are livin' low and don't know where they can go. But peace, I think we all want peace, but it's too much to face And it's too far to reach whether I say my rhymes fast, slow Sloppy or neat, see, I wish when I'm doin' to have freedom of speech

 
2013-02-12 12:28:06 AM  
Never Gonna Give You Up negates half the list, so I cannot conclusively believe that 87 was a good year for MUSIK.
 
2013-02-12 12:29:58 AM  

cman: Never Gonna Give You Up negates half the list, so I cannot conclusively believe that 87 was a good year for MUSIK.


The Smiths and Echo & The Bunnymen were on their with their best albums. Your argument is invalid.
 
2013-02-12 12:31:58 AM  
1967 was the best year.
 
2013-02-12 12:38:02 AM  
I have ever only owned one of those records and I never play it.
 
2013-02-12 12:44:32 AM  

NewportBarGuy: It actually had a message. I submit this for proof:


Ok, that was a good track from a great soundtrack from a great movie. And, that particular track isn't what I would consider "gangsta rap", whether or not Above the Law falls into that category. Not all gangsta rap fits into the idea I was referring to. No doubt there were messages in the music, and some of the music in that genre I actually quite liked. And there was a lot of music which basically glorified violence and the "thug life" and basically treating other people like shiat for a buck, a joint, or a fark.

Now, a lot of the time, I could get past the lyrics when a group had a good DJ doing some amazing mixing. But a lot of it really turned into really repetitive, uncreative bass and treble tracks which seemed designed only for being played loudly out of cars in order to shake the windows of the neighborhood. On top of that was often thrown repetitive lyrics about biatches n' hoes, bustin' caps, etc.

Don't get me wrong, as a genre in general I love hip-hop, especially good turn-tablism, jazzy hip-hop, and a lot of what I guess would be considered "old school" hip-hop and underground hip-hop. But most of the mainstream stuff? Garbage, and it pretty much has been since the early to mid-90s (when, in my uneducated opinion and experience, it seemed to become more of a mainstream thing about bling than about the music or the message).

IMHO.
 
2013-02-12 12:49:59 AM  

mamoru: Garbage, and it pretty much has been since the early to mid-90s (when, in my uneducated opinion and experience, it seemed to become more of a mainstream thing about bling than about the music or the message).


Oh, absolutely. I was pointing out the good stuff. Public Enemy especially with Chuck D's stuff. LL Cool J was awesome because he was just about chillin'. KRS-One. It got more violent as we got more violent. I don't think people today want to comprehend the level of violence of that time. NYC had 1,000 homicides. LA was a war zone.

I don't think we truly appreciate what a f*cking sh*thole our country was just a few short years ago. We've made great strides. It is all captured right there in the music.
 
2013-02-12 12:52:02 AM  
Was that a shaggy dog rick roll?
 
2013-02-12 01:12:48 AM  
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List failed.

But of course, it's BuzzFeed
 
2013-02-12 01:16:31 AM  
12. Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, "Head to Toe"

Really, article author? It's songs like that that make me hate the late 80s and wish the Soviets had emptied their silos at everyone.
 
2013-02-12 01:25:17 AM  

NewportBarGuy: mamoru: Garbage, and it pretty much has been since the early to mid-90s (when, in my uneducated opinion and experience, it seemed to become more of a mainstream thing about bling than about the music or the message).

Oh, absolutely. I was pointing out the good stuff. Public Enemy especially with Chuck D's stuff. LL Cool J was awesome because he was just about chillin'. KRS-One. It got more violent as we got more violent. I don't think people today want to comprehend the level of violence of that time. NYC had 1,000 homicides. LA was a war zone.

I don't think we truly appreciate what a f*cking sh*thole our country was just a few short years ago. We've made great strides. It is all captured right there in the music.


Yeah the late 80's to mid 90's had a lot of problems. Detroit was horrible, between the drug wars and Devil's Night kind of shiat i'm surprised we've come so far. Also i was going to say Reign in Blood but that was released in '86...
 
2013-02-12 01:29:54 AM  
Goddammit, I just got rick-rolled!

Well, the list did have the Pixies, so it wasn't ALL suck
 
2013-02-12 01:45:46 AM  
I had to stop reading when the list got to Swing Out Sister. There's no excuse for it being on the list unless they were using a random number generator to select catalog numbers.
 
2013-02-12 01:46:06 AM  
I should've done a couple lines of coke and permed my mullet before I clicked that list of garbage.
 
2013-02-12 01:49:29 AM  

Tellingthem: Yeah the late 80's to mid 90's had a lot of problems. Detroit was horrible, between the drug wars and Devil's Night kind of shiat i'm surprised we've come so far. Also i was going to say Reign in Blood but that was released in '86...


What surprises me is how many people in the US are clinging to those years so tightly. You can't tell them that things have changed and gotten better. It doesn't matter what evidence you present, they simply want to live in a world where cities are all on a path to 'Escape From New York'.  Very weird.
 
2013-02-12 01:52:59 AM  
Also an awesome year for movies.
 
2013-02-12 01:54:03 AM  
There's a lot of really terrible music on that list. I hope nobody got paid for putting that crapfest together.
 
2013-02-12 01:54:09 AM  
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Good year to be a metal head as well.
 
2013-02-12 01:54:18 AM  
List fails without the Bangles.
 
2013-02-12 01:54:43 AM  
#43

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2013-02-12 01:56:23 AM  
1987 was the year that Richard Marx blessed us mere mortals with his self-titled debut album. It was soon followed by the Magnum Opus that was Taylor Dayne's debut, "Tell It To My Heart". Truly, mankind was not prepared for such greatness.
 
2013-02-12 01:59:32 AM  
Stop liking what I don't like.jpg
 
2013-02-12 02:03:34 AM  
I did not expect They Might Be Giants to be on this.
 
2013-02-12 02:07:33 AM  

wiseolddude: 1967 was the best year.


It's hard to argue with this list

Absolutely Free
After Bathing At Baxter's
Alice's Restaurant
Axis: Bold as Love
Big Brother & The Holding Company
Canned Heat
David Bowie
Disraeli Gears
The Doors
The Grateful Dead
Hour Glass
Lumpy Gravy
Magical Mystery Tour
Mr. Fantasy
Piper at the Gates of Dawn
Sgt. Pepper
Surrealistic Pillow
Satanic Majesties
Velvet Underground & Nico
The Who Sell Out
,,,,,
and many more!!
 
2013-02-12 02:08:55 AM  
Some of those choices are spot on, like Bad, Joshua Tree, Faith, Sign O' The Times, and Appetite.

Slippery When Wet came out in 1986, as well as "Don't Dream It's Over". True Faith actually came out in 1984 (and was later re-released as True Faith '88).Terrence Trent D' Arby's first album, Introducing The Hardline, should be on that list, not just "Wishing Well". (Plus "Sign Your Name" was the better single)
 
2013-02-12 02:09:37 AM  
1987 was amazing. Don't know what you guys are whining about.

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And probably the greatest album of all time:
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2013-02-12 02:17:31 AM  
Very, very hard to take seriously when this is missing:

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2013-02-12 02:19:18 AM  
87 was a great year. Luckily I have older brothers because I was only 4 at the time.

SPna15:
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I've seen this painting at the National Gallery of Art in DC. It had all four paintings in one small room. It was rad.
 
2013-02-12 02:20:51 AM  
Pretending like hip hop with a "message" is any better than bling bling rap because of the content of the message has got their head so far up their lily-white ass it's ridiculous. Same with "Oh you don't like rap? You should listen to MC Frontalot."

Yeah yeah. The message is really deep. But so what if the music sucks?
 
2013-02-12 02:34:45 AM  

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Good year to be a metal head as well.


Glad someone showed up with real music
 
2013-02-12 02:35:06 AM  
1. Whitney Houston, "I Wanna Dance With Somebody"

And with that I realized that I didn't need to read the rest of the list. Thanks, Buzzfeed!
 
2013-02-12 02:38:39 AM  

Beerguy: FishyFred: Not bad for the year of my birth.

Damn, I am old.....I was standing Guard Duty in Germany when you were born.


Me too. I was celebrating my 10th wedding anniversary and kid #3 turned two years old.

/kid #4 was four years away
//surprise!
 
2013-02-12 02:42:48 AM  
Yeah, we can each make a valid argument for nearly every year in music for more than a century... My favorite year in music was 1958 ("Johnny B. Good" alone outdoes everything released in all of the 1980s combined), but there were some nice years in the 1930s as well.

/lawn
//off
 
2013-02-12 02:42:54 AM  

SilentStrider: One they missed.


You so so missed the opportunity to Rick Roll which would have been so fitting since it was actually on the list.
 
2013-02-12 02:42:57 AM  
 
2013-02-12 02:44:09 AM  

Happy Hours: wiseolddude: 1967 was the best year.

It's hard to argue with this list

Absolutely Free
After Bathing At Baxter's
Alice's Restaurant
Axis: Bold as Love
Big Brother & The Holding Company
Canned Heat
David Bowie
Disraeli Gears
The Doors
The Grateful Dead
Hour Glass
Lumpy Gravy
Magical Mystery Tour
Mr. Fantasy
Piper at the Gates of Dawn
Sgt. Pepper
Surrealistic Pillow
Satanic Majesties
Velvet Underground & Nico
The Who Sell Out
,,,,,
and many more!!



The 60's are my second favorite decade for music.  I'd prefer any year from the 70's; here's 1977 for comparison (not even the best of the years).
Highlights:

Animals -Pink Floyd
Rumours -Fleetwood Mac
Foreigner -Foreigner
Let There Be Rock -AC/DC
The Clash -The Clash
Little Queen -Heart
Exodus -Bob Marley & The Wailers
Cat Scratch Fever -Ted Nugent
The Grand Illusion -Styx
A Farewell to Kings -Rush
Aja -Steely Dan
Motorhead -Motorhead
Point of No Return -Kansas
Foot Loose & Fancy Free -Rod Stewart
Rocket to Russia -Ramones
 
2013-02-12 02:47:10 AM  
After a quick glance, some albums dating from 1987 which I currently have on my Zune:

The Replacements - Pleased to Meet Me

Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Shaka Zulu

Dead Can Dance - Within the Realm of a Dying Sun

The Young Gods - eponymous

Hoodoo Gurus - Blow Your Cool

The Sisters of Mercy - Floodland

Warren Zevon - Sentimental Hygiene

Big Black - Songs About F*cking

Bring The Family - John Hiatt

Roger Waters - Radio K.A.O.S.

Sinead O'Connor - The Lion and the Cobra

Tom Waits - Frank's Wild Years
 
2013-02-12 02:49:43 AM  
20 was the first music album I ever owned.  I have no regrets.
 
2013-02-12 03:03:37 AM  

Frederick: List most under-whelming.

The 1980's was the single worst decade for music.  '87 was not special.  Appetite for Destruction, and Bad are the only LP's from that year I still listen to.


No, that would be the 90s or the 00s. In the 90s, all of the effort and life got sucked completely out of music pretty much across the board. In the 00s, nothing memorable came out of that entire decade and it has been downhill since. The latter of the 80s got progressively worse (hair bands, need I say more), but the early to mid 80s at least had diversity and musicianship (something sorely lacking in the 90s and 00s).  Like I've always said, even when it sucked in the 80s, it still was at least interesting or redeeming in some way.
 
2013-02-12 03:06:20 AM  

neilbradley: Frederick: List most under-whelming.

The 1980's was the single worst decade for music.  '87 was not special.  Appetite for Destruction, and Bad are the only LP's from that year I still listen to.

No, that would be the 90s or the 00s. In the 90s, all of the effort and life got sucked completely out of music pretty much across the board. In the 00s, nothing memorable came out of that entire decade and it has been downhill since. The latter of the 80s got progressively worse (hair bands, need I say more), but the early to mid 80s at least had diversity and musicianship (something sorely lacking in the 90s and 00s).  Like I've always said, even when it sucked in the 80s, it still was at least interesting or redeeming in some way.

 It was fun music. Even hair bands were all about fun.
 
2013-02-12 03:10:13 AM  
I love it when someone says, "This list sucks," then procedes to post their "better" list which consists entirely of one genre.  Of course you'll think a list that's cross-genre sucks if you're considering one genre superior.  Holy Value Judgement, Batman.

Not saying the list is perfect or comprehensive, but it's not meant to be Rolling Stone, either.  Just a chance to check out some songs you might have forgotten.  Lighten up, peoples.

Rant aside ... I think what's interesting about the collection posted is that it shows a time when a lot of genres were either blossoming, at their peak or having their last hurrahs.

Schlocky-but-catchy pop was just coming into its own before grunge would dismantle it for about five years.

You had some strong indie college influences, like R.E.M. and 10,000 Maniacs before they hit it big.

You still had some New Wave and European influences, too, ranging from pop to dance, which was starting to see some electronica stuff for the first time.

Hip hop was starting to take root and come out from the underground.

Hair metal was still around, but was kind of shifting towards either heavier metal, like GNR and Metallica, or pop rock along the lines of Bon Jovi or Def Leppard.

And then there was MJ, pulling influences from all over.

Listened to "Don't Dream It's Over" again just now.  Those echoes and ringing guitars ... haunting.  Then think about U2's sound.  That's a ethos you don't get today, along with some of the floating sounds of the Maniacs.  To me, that kind of sound carries weight and feeling without some of the pretense of some of the hipstery stuff today.  It still has production value and quality, but takes the modern and gives it soul.  I like that and kind of miss how that's disappeared a little.

Not an awful list, really, as long as you don't take it as a be-all and end-all.
 
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