They weren't all winners--Cyndi Lauper, ugh; Milli Vanilli, double ugh. But there were an awful lot of really good times then as this 4.5 minute nicely done video makes clear.
The Bangles, December 31, 1986.
The first question interests me. One of the answers given is, for the best music from that time, something I've suspected: "The reason it sounds so goods that it was organic - meaning from the heart - and it displayed genuine emotion with a high level of musicianship. It was very authentic."
And for nostalgia's sake, here's American Bandstand, 11/11/67. (Featuring an atrocious lip sync by Van Morrison.)
One of the answers--the lead answer as I write this--is about Peter Green. I hadn't heard of before, but now I know a bit of his story.
A golden oldie from the Chambers Brothers. Once upon a time I saw them live.
Interesting answers on Quora. Of the answers proffered, I'd go with either Dylan or the Stones.
100 songs from back when the music was better than it is today.
("O.K., Boomer." "Damn right.")
Way to go, Sir Paul!
On Letterman's show, Natalie Merchant.