Well, firstly, I get the advantage (as does anyone who wants to) of listening to ALL music that came before today as well as that music that was released today. Defining the best decade for music should take into consideration what is available to listen to.
Regarding outright talent, some of the best albums ever have been released this decade for rock. For Radiohead fans, we were treated to 4 albums plus a solo by Thom. For indie rock, no doubt for me this is the best decade yet, though of course there are gems from each decade.
If one were to argue based on all types of music I would get stuck. I'm a Baroque fan more than a Classical or Romantic fan, but there is more Classical that I like than Baroque, even though the Baroque I do like I prefer over all in the "classical" genre. For jazz I would be hard pressed to argue against the 50's, though the late 30's to early 40's would be prominent as well for me.
Electronic music would be the 90's for me when it was at its peak and rock...well sure I know plenty would say the 60's for the Beatles output, or the 70's for the true pioneers of the current trends in rock, but I could easily argue for the 90's, my "growing years" when grunge hit and bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Screaming Trees, Soundgarden, Neutral Milk Hotel and Radiohead were doing very interesting things that demolished the 15-20 years before them.
So, taking all that into consideration, I like to say this decade because I get the best from the past and the best from the present. Go over to www.SteveHoffman.tv
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