The 60’s and 70’s were a momentous time for the human race. After emerging from a World War that had engulfed all of Europe and most of the planet, mankind finally paid attention to the need for peace and harmony in the world.
This wave of fight for World peace and the chance for humanity to finally take a breather from World Wars gave birth to some of the most amazing music by some of the most inspired and talented musicians this world has ever seen.
1. Eric Clapton:
The 60s and 70s can never be completely understood without the God of guitar. Talents which were only surpassed by the mystical Hendrix, Clapton truly revolutionized Blues and Rock in a way that truly got to the heart of his listeners.
He successfully able to translate those emotions to some amazing songs that will stand the test of time, mainly Wonderful Tonight, Tears in Heaven, Old Love, and Layla
Layla was his song which was inspired by his love for Pattie Boyd and our very own local legends, Laila-Majnu! His guitar, along with his voice is truly enough to send anyone into a trance.
Who isn’t aware of the legendary voice of Freddie Mercury? Regarded as the most magnificent voice in Rock history, Freddie Mercury revolutionized music like no one else, and laid foundations to pop music of the 80s as well.
With a vocal range that was second to none, he brought the world to its knees with songs that will echo for an eternity, namely Bohemian Rhapsody, Killer Queen, We Will Rock You, and We Are The Champions.
These are the type of songs that will truly make you wonder where has this quality music gone?
3. The Beatles
How can the 60’s be complete without the Beatles? A name that at least everyone in this world who has some interest in music is at least aware of.
This band dominated the music industry like no other band ever has or probably will. Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison were the 4 members of this legendary band that changed music and British popular culture for an eternity.
As ludicrous as it may sound, the Beatles truly never made a bad song. I have listened to all of their albums and trust me, I am not over selling them.
The Beatles throw your back to the 60s and make you contemplate about life, love and humanity like no other band.
However, if you want to become a fan of Beatle mania, then there are a few songs that could get you started, namely While my Guitar Gently Weeps, Hey Jude ,Yesterday, Something, Across the Universe, Let it be, It’s only Love, and many more. This list can be endless for a band like the Beatles.
This one time, they had a connected flight for which they made a stop at Quaid-e-Azam International Airport in Karachi. On that day, people literally tore down the walls of the airport just to catch a glimpse of the mighty Beatles.
If this is a mere glimpse of the love for the Beatles in a country like Pakistan, you can on only imagine how the rest of the world loved them. Amazing that a group that couldn’t read music, ruled the world unlike any other.
The best thing about music from the Golden era was that it wasn’t auto-tuned, made by fancy machines or by editing that completely destroys the virtue of talent in music.
This music was created solely by talent, creativity, and hard work that are not found in as much abundance as they used to be. People who love music from this era will understand what I said.