Music during 70s – 90s: How it changed my life forever

A cassette with its reels out

I can rightly say that I am proud to have been born in the 80’s when life was so much better. Parents in those times felt secure (with the development of the economy just beginning, which meant multiple opportunities for jobs), children were more outdoorsy (cycling, playing games outside and coming in with bleeding knees and hurt pride) and the music was at its prime.

Yes indeed. Rock, Pop, Blues, Reggie, Country, Folk and good old Bollywood music was enthusiastically played in almost all the households. Everybody listened to everything and genuinely appreciated good music. I was heavily influenced by the likes of Phil Collins, Michael Jackson, Lata Mangeshkar and a lot of classic rock, country songs.  Now, when I am in my 30’s, I keep going back to those old songs again and again. It’s like it’s itched in my system, like a default chip which can never be taken out.

I share with you all few of my good old favorites from those times and hope that you will, when time permits, take a listen and enjoy your free time.

Pearl Jam:

Frontman Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam

Every song of Pearl Jam’s has shaped my life and how I feel about music. Songs like “Daughter”, “Better Man”, “Black”, “Alive”, “Even Flow”, “Yellow Ledbetter”, “Wild Horses”. Listen to Eddie’s powerful vocals, the music notes and you got your best jam ever. Their songs have so much depth, vigor, honesty, and appeal that I cannot put them into words somehow. Just listen to this band and you may never go back to any other bands ever, I swear!

Michael Jackson:

The King of Pop at a concert

The king of pop totally ruled the 80’s and a decade after that. Listen to “Billy Jane”, “Smooth Criminal”, “Beat It”, “Thriller”, “Man in the Mirror”, “The Way You Make Me Feel”, “Liberian Girl”, and “Bad”. Quite literally, all his songs give you an intense pleasure just by listening to them. And if you are a dancer too, his songs are the best to move to.

Phil Collins:

“Another Day in Paradise”, this song was my first ever English song favorite. In my 3rd standard and inclining towards any music with a tempo, my uncle played this on one fine Sunday morning and I was set for life! Even at a tender age, I was drawn to this number as it addresses the consequences of ignoring the needy and homeless. It’s a rare Phil Collins hit with a socially conscious message. Absolutely beautiful song you have there. Listen to his other hits like “Against All Odds”, “One More Night”, “A Groovy Kind of Love”, “You Can’t Hurry Love”.

Divas from that Era:

Pic: Alanis, The Bangles, and Sade

The rock revolution was on the rise from the 60’s and during my early years, there were a number of ladies who greatly influenced me. Be it Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock and Roll”, Janis Joplin’s “Piece of my Heart”, “Mercedes Benz”, Stevie Nick’s “Dreams”, Melissa Etheridge’s “Come to my Window”, Berlin’s “Take my Breath Away”, Tracy Chapman’s “Fast car”, “Give Me One Reason”, along with her other singles “Talkin’ ’bout a Revolution”, “Baby Can I Hold You”, Alanis Morissette’s every song, Sheryl Crow’s all songs again, Shania Twain’s all songs, Sinéad O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares to You”, Tracy Bonham’s “Mother Mother”, Linda Maria Ronstadt’s Blue Bayou (my favourite presently). I do also love Madonna’s early songs when she was just making it big in the music industry like, “Material Girl, “Papa Don’t Preach”, “Like a Virgin”. Listen to good old pop songs of Celine Dion’s, Whitney Houston’s. And top it up with songs from Dolly Parton, Allison Krauss, Etta James (60’s hits), Dream a Little Dream of Me by Doris Day. Add Jewel’s “Foolish Games”, “Who Will Save your Soul”, “You Were Meant for Me” and Mariah Carey’s “Without You”, “All I Want for Christmas Is You”, “Hero”, One Sweet Day”, Sade’s “Smooth Operator”, Bangles’ “Manic Monday”, “Eternal Flame” and Walk like an Egyptian”

Guns n Roses:

Every other girl during the GNR era had posters of this band on their walls. Sweet Child o’ Mine“, “Welcome to the Jungle”, “Patience”, “November Rain”, “Paradise City”. Our geometry boxes had GNR inked on the top and insides and of course, we had fake GNR tattoos on our arms. Those were quite something.


A Guns N Roses Poster
With a looker front man Kurt Cobain, Nirvana was a huge band in my early days. Listen to their songs, “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, “Come as You Are”, “Lake of Fire”, “The man Who Sold the World”, You Know You’re Right.

Another band that every rock fan associated with. Listen to “Nothing Else Matters”, “Enter Sandman”, “The Unforgiven”, “Sad But True”, “Whiskey in the Jar”, “Seek and Destroy”, I Disappear”, “Mama said” and many other songs from this super talented band.

Other Bands/Artists:

Led Zeppelin,  Megadeth, Queen, ACDC, Alice in Chains, Hole, Foo Fighters, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Aerosmith, Mr. Big, Bon Jovi, Kiss, Scorpions, Nazareth, Poison, Carpenters, Joni Mitchell, Amy Winehouse, ABBA, Dusty Springfield.

In Picture: A Fender Guitar. Middle: Bob Dylan and Joan Baez and Bottom Pic: Lata Mangeshkar

And not to forget the Indian Nightingale Lata Mangeshkar; one of the best-known and most respected playback singers in India. I simply adore all her songs and listen to them time and again. Her songs are a favorite of my parents and hence I inherited their love of her songs.

Hope you enjoyed this piece on classic songs and artists/bands. I will come back with an equally interesting piece of writing soon.

Signing off with love.




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