No decade has ever been more insprirational, aspirational, transcendant, & effervescent than the 60's. It was a time when art and commerce came together to produce truly long lasting works and great music.

The 60's were a transcendant decade. It was the first decade to feature a manned trip to the moon, when cinema was at its most creative, and activism stood for something pure. The 60's brought with it a lot of change, both good and bad, with lasting effects that linger into today's culture.

The 1960's saw an influx of various musical styles each with its own impact on society and music. While the 50's primarily saw rock 'n roll s the dominant music genre, the 60's saw jazz, pop, folk music gather loyal listeners as well. The popularity of these genres did not negate rock 'n roll. The genre had developed almost two different forms, navigating between hard rebellious rock such as Creedence Clearwater Revival, and soft rock, the pop music of the time.

Folk music also saw a resurgence at the time thanks to artists such as Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, & Peter, Paul and Mary. The folk music produced by these and other artists in similar vein were simple arrangements on acoustic instruments but were filled with political commentary. The music addressed the civil rights issues of the time including The Vietnam War. This helped artists gain a following with younger listeners who believed in causes they were singing about. Later in the decade, folk-rock emerged as a sub-genre. This genre fused the political commentary of folk-rock but added the element of electric instruments. Bob Dylan as well and Simon & Garfunkel were the torch bearers for this genre.

The landscape of Rock 'n Roll as we know it today was forever changed by the four lads from Liverpool, The Beatles. Single-handedly this group exploded onto the scene and changed music forever. Creating lush sonic soundscapes and innovative production techniques, this band inspired the next several decades of rock music and music production. While the Beatles dominance began in the 60's, the British invasion was well underway. Groups like The Animals, The Rolling Stones, and The Who all had hits in the USA because of the popularity of The Beatles.

As with the 60;s, drug culture became prominent. The music being made at the time began to reflect on the flower child era. Albums such as Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beach Boys groundbreaking Pet Sounds, and even The Rolling Stones got in on the scene with Their Satanic Majesty's. In California, the drug scene influenced the music to become even harder, and trippier. Artists like The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix helped give birth to psychedelic rock. To celebrate the emerging music of the time, a festival was put together known as Woodstock. The 60's were a transcendant decade, with each sub-genre a reflection of the cultural and historical events surrounding it.
If the 60's were a decade of the culture influencing the music, then the 70's was a decade of the music influencing the culture. While the style and tone of the 60's as more political and drug influenced, the 70's style was more varied and reflected the carefree nature of the times. Various genres including hard rock, soft rock, disco, and punk took the scene by storm and never let go. While not every genre was popular, there was more variety to choose from and more hits to be had amongst artists.

Hard rock began in the late 60's with groups such as The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Deep Purple, and Led Zeppelin. Though true hard rock, heavy metal, as it is now called was born in the factories of Birmingham, England. Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Tommy Iommi, Geezer Butler & Bill Ward developed the blueprint for what would be heavy metal when their debut self-titled record was released in February 1970. This record along with Paranoid from the same year influenced the next generation of hard rock artists including The Scorpions, Judas Priest, KISS, and Alice Cooper. Rock also became softer in the 1970's as well with help from Fleetwood Mac, The Carpenters, ABBA, Barry Manilow, and Eagles. While this type of music was typically made fun of by younger audiences, it was played heavily on radio stations ensuring the artists longevity over the decades.

Society in the 1970's was carefree and almost dull. This was something that did not sit well for some. By the late 70's, a louder, faster, and politically charged genre of rock music emerged. This was punk rock. In the United Kingdom, The Sex Pistols and The Clash paved the way for American artists like The Ramones. Other bands that had something to say culturally included The Talking Heads, The Pretenders, & The Cars, though their music wasn't nearly as fast.

As for disco, the genre inspired 70's culture through the night club scene. While the genre had its fans and bands, namely a resurgent Bee Gees, it also had its detractors. Many who grew up in the lats 70's detested disco, even to the point of burning the records.

The 70's was a time when art influenced the culture. It was a time of producing hits that still exist today due to their play on ordinary and online radio. The 70's were a musically diverse decade with sub-genres that continue to influence those recording today!
During the 60's, the music was inspired by the culture. In the 70's, the culture inspired the music. In the 1980's, it worked both ways. The bands and music helped influence the fashion of the time with the help of a little-known channel called MTV. Movies influenced artists to create their best known songs and artists created their best known movies as a vehicle for their music. Production techniques created in the 60's by The Beatles were employed to make some truly amazing and unique sounding records of the time. This is the 1980's.

In August 1981, an astronaut touched down on the moon and planted a flag for MTV. The iconic intro would become synonymous with the channel itself. The channel made it possible for artists to sell a hit song by its video alone. This proved to be true as Madonna, Michael Jackson, and Duran Duran belted out hit after hit in the 80's. It helped bring the emerging genre of rap to mainstream audiences through programs inspired by the artists.

For the emergence of rap music, it had largely been underground until the mid-80's with help from artists such as Run DMC and Tone-Loc. Other artists to emerge in this genre at the time included Salt-n-Pepa, Queen Latifah, and The Beastie Boys. Despite reaching mainstream audiences through MTV, the genre still had its share of controversies. The lyrical content of the songs generated a response that did not sit well with older listeners of the music.

Another way art and culture met in the 80's was when the PMRC convened to discuss the lyrical content of records of all genres. The group composed a list, dubbed The Filthy Fifteen, due to obscene and sexual lyrics. The goal was to ban this genre of music from being created. However, Twisted Sister front-man Dee Snyder proved in court the necessity for records of this genre. The result of the trial changed the culture of music forever when a parental guidance sticker was placed on records with obscene and filthy lyrics (known as Explicit on streaming services today).

Even movies recognized the importance of music and used songs in ways never done before. Movies like Risky Business, Say Anything and The Breakfast Club used needle drops to their advantage to attract a younger audience to the film, and to promote the artists music. The results showed in record sales of the individual artists and accompanying soundtrack albums. Artists wised up to this concept and made movies centered around their music. Prince with his smash hit Purple Rain acted as an extended music video for the record, albeit one with a larger more cinematic narrative.

As for the fashion, fans wanted to look like the rock and pop stars of the time. In Fast Times At Ridgemont High it was noted that three people emulated Pat Benatar's signature look. Long hair for men was in fashion due to the rise of hair bands at the time.

The 80's were truly a time for when culture and art coexisted with each other, making for a unique decade whose trends, fashion and music could never be repeated.