What are your favorite artists per decade? I made a top 3 per decade and made sure to not include any artist twice, even if their work spans many decades. In that case I simply picked the decade that contains my favorite work by them. I expect this to change significantly over time (as happens with everyone's opinion), but also because my main knowledge on music is from the 90s until now and the 60s/early 70s. I have a major gap in music knowledge concerning the 80s and late 70s, which I'm trying to fill in (which is also how I first heard about Talking Heads), but it'll still take many years before I've listened to most of the stuff I want to listen to.
60s: 1. The Beatles 2. The Velvet Underground 3. The Beach Boys
70s: 1. Pink Floyd 2. David Bowie 3. Nick Drake (or Led Zeppelin or The Rolling Stones, really close race here for #3)
80s (easily the decade where I still have my biggest music blind spots): 1. Talking Heads 2. Kate Bush 3. The Smiths
90s: 1. Björk 2. A Tribe Called Quest 3. Fishmans
00s: 1. Radiohead 2. Arcade Fire 3. The White Stripes
10s: 1. Janelle Monáe 2. Kanye West 3. Joanna Newsom (also really wanted to put Kendrick or Tame Impala in the top 3, but I eventually went with Joanna)
10s: 1. Taylor Swift 2. Ulcerate 3. Alcest HM: Janelle Monae
Everything I've seen needs rearranging And for anyone who thinks it's strange Then you should be the first to want to make this change And for everyone who thinks that life is just a game Do you like the part you're playing? -- Love (Arthur Lee) - "You Set the Scene"