• The 60s Rock and the Rest Rolls

    by  • March 9, 2010 • Community Sherpa, Freelance Writing Samples, Writing

    guitarSo the argument has flared up again around my house. What decade in the hundred years or so has given us the best music? My father claims the 40s. My mother claims the 50s. My wife thinks its the 70s, god bless her.

    But me? I’m going to have to vote for the 1960s and here’s why.

    BeatlesdylanIn no decade, before or since, as music changes as much as it did in the 60s. The Beatles and the Rolling Stones veered away from Institutionalized Pop and Blues respectively into new realms. Bob Dylan ruled and then went Electric. The Supremes, Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin. The Beach Boys, the Four Tops, the Byrds, Smokey Robinson, The Zombies, Peter Paul and Mary, the Who, the Tempations, Buffalo Springfield, Jimi Hendrix, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jefferson Airplane, The Band, and early Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd.

    Here are the five songs I think prove my point about the 1960s.

    • 45rpmRevolution #1 by the Beatles
    • Street Fightin’ Man by the Rolling Stones
    • White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane
    • For What It’s Worth by Buffalo Springfield
    • California Dreaming by the Mamas & the Papas

    Disagree? Leave a comment and tell me what songs represent your favorite decade, and why. Vote in the poll on the right. Let’s get this party started!


    Michael has been writing professionally for print, television and the internet for thirty years. As a Senior Producer at CNN International, he examined the future of technology with dozens of brilliant scientists, philosophers and entrepreneurs on the acclaimed series Future Summit. Before that, in the CNN International newsroom, he helped lead the production of award winning coverage of news like the 9/11 attacks, the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and the devastating 2004 tsunami in Asia. As a director, he has created a dozen short films in the last seven years. He lives with his wife, dog, four cats and two horses in the suburbs of Atlanta.