A hippy lifestyle is certainly not for everyone. This is also the case with the hippy music. But perhaps some of that has to do with people not really understanding it. If you are only familiar with the recent trends in music, such as top 40 lists, then it makes sense. Except there is so much more do discover when looking at the tunes that came out of the 1960s. In fact, so much of it is more sophisticated than you might think.
Hippy music of the 1960s was and will remain the best for several generations to come. The reasons for this are not farfetched. The hippy movement was in its full strength in the 60s, and the psychedelic music associated with it was at its peak at that time too. The bands of the time were putting a lot more than their individual lives on the line to express their feelings through this progressive music. There was nothing like that prior to the period, and we haven’t witnessed anything like that after the golden era.
Prominent Protesters Worldwide
While there weren’t many who were arrested or prosecuted purely for playing in a rock band, protesters were often targeted and a prominent part of the worldwide counterculture. In many places around the world, the lyrics and lifestyles of hippy musicians were considered too threatening by governments. The general population, however, accepted most of these musicians a part of some sort of revolution, so they used it as a rallying cry.
Is it even necessary to add that some of the greatest music of all time is 1960s hippy music? While most of the classics were punctuated by the issues of the time they were made, they remain relevant until this moment and will continue to make an impact on the future. Unlike some contemporary musicians, these ageless tunes remind us of our past experiences and will continue to inspire us into the future.
Do you need more proof to believe that the 1960s hippy music is the best? Here are some songs to listen to and decide for yourself:
- Blowin in the Wind – Bob Dylan.
- Turn! Turn! Turn! – The Byrds.
- The Sounds of Silence – Simon and Garfunkel.
- For What It’s Worth 1967 – Buffalo Springfield.
- California Dreamin – The Mamas and the Papas.
The songs above are just the first few that come to mind. There are several other wonderful songs from the time, and it is unfair to not give the bands and songs of the period the respect they deserve.