This is too big a question to answer in a brief forum. Music was fun and uplifting with a rhythm. Of course, as a kid up through a young man (1960-79), the music defined the moment in a way that I doubt that it ever could again. Everything is so cynical today.
Remember 'The Happening" by the Supremes- 1967
For What it's Worth, Buffalo Springfield 1967, just a couple that come to mind out of hundreds