I’ll be the first to admit it, I’m a total music snob. I believe the greatest music we will ever hear has already been created, and that the 60’s and 70’s were truly the “golden age” of music. I believe most of what is played on pop radio these days is mediocre at best. I refuse to listen to anything by T Swift, and the Queen Bee isn’t Beyoncé (it’s Stevie Nicks, #sorrynotsorry). This is why I consider myself an old soul – and I truly believe I should have lived during the 1960’s/70’s, so I could be there to experience the greatest artists of all time, and the culture that inspired them. I was raised on this music, and some of my favorite memories are of riding in the car with my dad, listening to Q95 (Indy’s Classic Rock station), and discussing who we believe was the greatest singer/songwriter of all time (for me it’s Bob Dylan, for my dad, it’s Brian Wilson). Don’t get me wrong, I listen to all kinds of music, but my favorite has to be from these two decades (along with EDM, but I’ll save that for another playlist).
This “golden age” of music was able to thrive, only because this was before the music industry became commercialized. Musicians were able to think freely, and focus only on what inspired them – not on how much money a song could make. I call this period the time of innocence for music, before the record companies got a hold of the industry and crushed the creativity behind the artists. If you want a visual of what this innocence looked like, just watch the documentary “Woodstock,” which contains nearly 4 hours of footage from the music festival that started it all – it’s raw and inspired, just like the music that came with it. This creativity still exists in artists today, it’s just harder to come by, and most of the truly talented artists are not the ones topping the charts.
Never again will we experience the poetry of music that was brought to us by Bob Dylan and Simon & Garfunkel. There will never be another song that captivated and influenced an entire generation like “Stairway to Heaven,” or “Hotel California” did. And we will never be lucky enough to witness another guitarist perform like Jimi Hendrix, or see another talent so far ahead of his time as John Lennon. The good news though, is that this music will live on forever, and it will continue to inspire new generations to come.
I’ve put together some of my favorite songs from these two decades, and even if you’re not into this genre, I encourage you to take a listen and really focus on the lyrics. There’s an entire history behind these songs, one which inspired and shaped multiple generations. If you want my full playlist of all music 60’s and 70’s, you can follow along on my Spotify page – the playlist is titled “Woodstock.” Be far warned though – there’s over 26 hours worth of music on there, but let me know if there’s anything I left off. I’m always looking for current artists whose music is inspired by the 60’s and 70’s – so if you know of any, send them my way.
Shop below for one of my favorite looks inspired by this generation of music, and sound off below on what you guys think of my Best of the 60’s & 70’s playlist. What would you guys add to this list?
Photos by Laura Von Photography