Were The ’90s The Best Music Decade Ever?
Andrew Parker - March 20, 2018

In the Morning of Life

by Thomas Moore

In the morning of life, when its cares are unknown,
And its pleasures in all their new lustre begin,
When we live in a bright-beaming world of our own,
And the light that surrounds us is all from within;
Oh 'tis not, believe me, in that happy time
We can love, as in hours of less transport we may; —
Of our smiles, of our hopes, 'tis the gay sunny prime,
But affection is truest when these fade away.

When we see the first glory of youth pass us by,
Like a leaf on the stream that will never return,
When our cup, which had sparkled with pleasure so high,
First tastes of the other, the dark-flowing urn;
Then, then in the time when affection holds sway
With a depth and a tenderness joy never knew;
Love, nursed among pleasures, is faithless as they,
But the love born of Sorrow, like Sorrow, is true.

In climes full of sunshine, though splendid the flowers,
Their sighs have no freshness, their odour no worth;
\‘Tis the cloud and the mist of our own Isle of showers
That call the rich spirit of fragrancy forth.
So it is not \‘mid splendour, prosperity, mirth,
That the depth of Love's generous spirit appears;
To the sunshine of smiles it may first owe its birth,
But the soul of its sweetness is drawn out by tears.

It’s unarguable that the ’90s was an epic decade for music. From it’s disorganized start in the ’50s, to its romantic childhood in the ’60s, it’s overloaded fall in the ’70s and it’s surprising recovery towards the end, then it’s doubtful wobble in the ’80s, pop music in the ’90s was old enough and had gone through enough experience to do it’s job in the best possible way, knowing what to do, and what not to do.
 
There is no other decade that is comparable in terms of diversity and variety. The ’90s simply cannot be defined by one single thing. There was so much going on at the time. Rock and pop took over planet earth like never before. Guitar music was enjoyed too with grunge.
 
Seriously, who doesn’t absolutely adore Take That and the Spice Girls? Or Madonna’s ‘Vogue’ that started out the decade and ended with Britney’s ‘Baby One More Time’.  Once dance music made it’s way into mainstream club culture, the charts become more colorful, funkier and made us dance harder than ever before.
 
There was so much brilliance in the work of the ’90s. REM’s massive period, Throwing Muses, ‘OK Computer’, the first Garbage album, Michael Jackson’s ‘Black Or White’, the C96 revival, Green Day’s ‘Dookie’, Pixies, ‘All That She Wants’ by Ace Of Base, Prince’s Batman soundtrack, ‘Groove Is In The Heart’ by Deee-Lite, ‘Unbelievable’ by EMF, Guns N’Roses, and so, so, so much more.
 
And just as the decade had rock and pop and their finest, it also provided a high standard for the best things, such as the internet, amusing videos and social networks, which have significantly changed the music world we know today.
 
Not only in terms of how file sharing has torn apart the music industry,  and leaving artists hungry, but also now we all have an incredibly mount of access to music.  Some argue that this takes away the unique magic of the music, but there are of course still many benefits.  But basically, moral of the story, the ’90s were amazing and we must revive them.