Americans Think The 1970s & 1980s Were The Best Generations For Music

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There’s no doubt people have different tastes when it comes to music, and most will tend to think their generation had it the best. But a new poll has now revealed most people’s feelings on the generation that had the best music.

A new YouGov poll of more than 17,000 Americans finds:

  • Most people believe the 1970s and the 1980s were the best decades for music.
  • Overall, 22% of people chose the 1980s as the best decade for music, while 21% chose the 1970s.
  • As for the remaining decades:
    • 14% chose the 1960s
    • 14% prefer the 1990s
    • 6% love the 2000s
    • 6% like the 1950s or earlier
    • Only 3% think the 2010s are the best

Of course, musical preference does depend on age.

  • Millennials are most likely to say the 1990s had the best music (23%), while Gen X prefer the 1980s (38%).
  • Baby Boomers are more likely to say the 1970s was the best decade for music (38%), while the Silent Generation prefer music made in the 1950s (39%).

And the type of music people listen to also plays a role in their favorite musical decade.

  • Rock fans are most likely to say the 1980s and 1970s were the best decades for music (26%), while pop fans chose the 1980s (26%) and R&B fans prefer the 1970s (22%) and the 1980s (21%).
  • Meanwhile hip-hop fans are the ones most likely to say the 1990s are the best (26%), while country fans prefer the 1980s (23%).
  • Interestingly, regardless of the musical genre people enjoy, no more than 6% felt the 2010s were the best decade for music, while no more than 3% felt the 2020s are the best.

Source: YouGov