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Music Hits by Decade - Greatest Hits and Compilation CDs

October 20th, 2011 Books/Audio/Video

Big Hair and Pop Music

The 1980s were not kind to many bands, resulting in many 1980s "one hit wonders," which now live, courtesy of elevator music. This was the era of pop music and hair rock, and although the music was relatively catchy there are many folks who welcomed the musical changes which came about in subsequent years.

Whether you love Wham, ZZ Top, Ratt, John Cougar Mellencamp, or any of the other musical acts of the 80s, you can rest assure that you can still find CDs featuring these artists in just about any music store. If you are a die-hard fan of 80s rock then you may want to invest in one of the extensive CD collections offered by VH1, Time Life, or any of the other many companies that release CDs specific to certain decades. If you enjoy this kind of music then just imagine how nice it would be to have a set of CDs that have all your favorite songs on them. There is no more waiting for the 80s radio station to play the songs you love when you own all the songs on a music CD.

Disco Duck

The 1970s set the stage for disco and the future sounds of techno music and house music. Disco wasn't the only genre of music during the 70s, but it had a huge influence on culture and continues to be played in dance clubs all over the world. Other musical categories worthy of mention from the 70s include Rock and Roll, which is now referred to as Classic Rock, and punk rock. When you are shopping for music from the 1970s you will encounter these genres and more.

If you simply want a disco CD that contains familiar music and some of the 70s greatest hits then you can probably peruse the bargain bin at your local music store to find what you are looking for. If you are simply looking for a CD that features popular music through the decades then you can find collections that consist of several CDs, each specific to a certain decade. These collections are great for music lovers who want to Doo-Wop one day and then dance the Funky Chicken the next.

From Grunge to Dance

The 90s had big changes with regards to the music scene. The decade started out with rock music at the forefront, which was quickly replaced by the Seattle grunge sound while other genres like hip hop music really started to make a dent in popular culture. The music of the 1990s was quite varied, and if you are among the people who still hum along to the 90s greatest hits then you are a member of a large group. After all, with 90s "one hit wonders" songs such as "I'm Too Sexy" and "Macarena," it's hard to not know at least some of the music from this decade.

You can find CDs which feature music from every genre of music from this decade: 90s love songs, 90s metal songs, 90s country songs, and just about any other type of musical grouping you can think of. When shopping for a CD of 90s songs be sure that the recordings are all by the original artists otherwise you may wind up with a CD of the songs you know and love, but not by the musicians you are familiar with. You can find 90s compilation CDs that come with keepsake books detailing the history of the decade, and if you are a true fan of 90s culture then you will really enjoy this 1990s music package.

Have it All: Compilation CDs

It doesn't matter what type of music you like; you can find compilation CDs that encompass all your favorite music either by genre, decade, or even the gender of the musicians. CDs with the greatest rock hits of certain decades are available in abundance, as are CDs featuring jazz music, Latin music, country music, dance music, and any other music through the years that appeals to you. The best way to find the perfect CDs for you is to start perusing a music store or bookstore that carries CDs. You can shop by music artists, genre, or era.

Sometimes the best way to find the music you like is to look for CDs specific to a certain decade. For example, if you have always had a fondness for the music of the eighties then you may want to check out one of the many compilation CDs featuring the greatest music hits from that decade. It's likely that you will recognize most – if not all – of the songs featured on the CD, and it will save you time and money from searching for each individual artist's CDs. Of course, if you have a couple of specific bands that you adore then it makes sense to purchase their CDs, but if you instead simply enjoy a certain decade of music then look for a CD specific to that time.

Hitsville, U.S.A

The music of the 1960s was incredibly diverse. On one radio station Motown was king, while on another station The Beatles dominated the airwaves, while at the same time songs from The Beach Boys played on another station. Songs from the 1960s were obviously not all about flower power and free love, but instead were diversified and sometimes ground-breaking. Although there are plenty of 1960s greatest hits that most people are familiar with, there are plenty of other songs from the 60s that were incredibly influential to future music sounds but did not necessarily cause a huge stir back when they were first released.

If you are a fan of 60s music and are shopping around for some music CDs then you are in for a treat; you can find many different genres of 60s music at any local music store. Do you like music from the infamous British invasion? Do you prefer the melodic sounds of folk music? Are you a fan of Rock and Roll? Whatever musical genre you prefer from the 60s, there is probably a music CD available with the songs you are looking for.

Oldies, and Goodies

Music through the years may change, but some music stays popular forever. There are some songs, such as certain songs from 50s music, which get toes tapping no matter who the audience. If you're looking for a collection of the 50s greatest hits then you should have no problem finding a music CD full of songs you recognize and love.

The 1950s was an era of great strides in music, which consists of more than the popular Doo-Wop category that the 50s are so famous for. For example, when some people think of the 50s they are reminded of great jazz or country music, because both genres were alive and well during this decade. If you are looking for a music CD that contains 50s music other than Rock and Roll then you will want to look carefully at the label before making your purchase. A 50s music CD will be more likely to have catchy dance music on it instead of influential jazz, country, or any other specific music category you may be looking for. On the other hand, if you are looking for a music CD which music from the 50s that was high on the music charts then you shouldn't have any problem finding an appropriate CD.