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

Happiest Days

By Edward H. Donnelly

I said to the little children,
"You are living your happiest days,"
And their bright eyes opened wider In innocent amaze.
For their happiness was so perfect,
They did not know it then;
"Oh, no," they said, "there'll be happier days
When we are women and men."

I said to the youth and maiden,
"You are living your happiest days,"
And into their sparkling eyes there crept
A dreamy, far-off gaze;
And their hands sought one another,
And their cheeks flushed rosy red;
" Oh, no," they said, " there'll be happier days
For us when we are wed."

I said to the man and woman,
"You are living your happiest days,"
As they laughingly watched together
Their baby's cunning ways.
"These days are days of labor.
They can hardly be our best;
There'll be happier days when the children are grown,
And we have earned our rest."

I said to the aged couple,
"You are living your happiest days,"
Your children do you honor,
You have won success and praise.
" With a peaceful look they answered,
"God is good to us, that's true: But we think there are happier days for us
In the life we're going to."

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.