Best Decades Since 1900 to Live In

What time did you live in want to live in or sounds the best.

The Top Ten

1980s

The era of sitcoms, Bill Cosby before he got exposed, etc.
Hardly anyone used their phones and the Information Superhighway was exceeding in development.

I wish I was born in this era! My ears could be saved from Katy Perry and Shawn Mendes, while I could go hang out with friends and ditch my DANG PHONE. I wish nobody had phones and we were focused on having a good time! Get outside, do stuff, and not care about what anybody else thinks. Please, please... "rewind time" is needed for me.

What do you mean the fashion was good, from what I've seen the fashion was awful. And the hair and makeup for women was absolutely clown-like. I like the modern application of 80's styles more than how they were actually used in the time period. As for individualism? What about homophobia? Dislike for everything considered nerdy? From what I've read the 80's had no more individualism than later generations. People who strayed from the norm were seen as outsiders just as much as they are today, more so it seems. However, since I didn't actually live through the 80's I can't for sure say what it was truly like, but I'm sure it wasn't all sunshine and rainbows like the kids in these comments seem to think.

This is THE BEST I wish I was born here too Best movies music and all

1990s

I was born in 1992 so I consider my childhood to have been from approximately 1995-2005. I've only had one childhood so it's hard to compare, but I think there are some good reasons why this was a great, maybe the best, time to grow up. A few that came to mind:

1. Pokemon. It was everywhere. Cereal boxes, T.V., and of course gameboy. Every kid was into it. This was the golden age of Pokemon and as far as I can tell, no other pop culture phenomenon has ever captured the kid imagination like Pokemon did. It was magical.

2. Enough technology but not too much. I think today most people have unhealthy technology addictions (especially cell phone and video games). I have to battle it myself, and force myself not to look at my phone too much, etc. In the 90s and early 2000s, we had phones and video games, but it was hard to get addicted to them. They just weren't as bottomlessly deep as they are now. Phones made phone calls and video games were fun until you beat the last ...more

The decade began with a recession, and ended with the biggest surplus in American history. Personal incomes doubled over the course of the decade, and the DOW topped 10,000 for the first time in recorded history. Apartheid finally ended in South Africa, and Nelson Mandela was set free and made leader of his country. Germany unified, and the Soviet Union finally broke apart. Hell, even Ireland finally agreed to stop bombing the hell out of itself.

If I had one decade to go to before I was born I would choose this, and not because it's the most recent... The Simpsons was still good and pumping out fresh new ideas and the Internet still had a lot of unique ideas instead of every new site being a ripoff.

I am literally crying right now, I was born In 2006 and 90s had such great stuff for kids! I wished I was born in the late 80s so I could experience the 90s!

2000s

I was born in 1998 & grew up in the 2000s it was such a simpler time to grow up than now

I don't remember this decade that much but I know it was awesome.

I'm proud to be a 2000s kid, we had tech and life balanced, it was awesome!

Decent time. Partly that I grew up then, but also that technology was embraced without taking over like today. Music was still music, and before the financial collapse people were more optimistic and wealthier, despite any setbacks. Of course the world wasn't fully at peace, but has it been or will it ever be? But generally this decade and the 90's were generally void of the mass of hate, worry, and constant terror threat that plagues us today. Not to mention it was political correct enough to stop discrimination seen in the 80's and previous decades, without the over enforced PC standards that make comedy and general conversation rather stale today!

1970s

Although we didn't have the advanced technology things seemed pure. When I say pure I mean someone had to literally get up and do something to get something done, similar to the previous decades. No Facebook, no call waiting, no internet. News papers and evening news is where we got our info. Potato Chip bags were full with potato chips and not just air in the bag. Transportation wasn't as complex, train, bus or car. And as much as I hate to admit it...the T.V. shut down after a certain hour there was no information overload like it is today. Also there was less childhood obesity because we had to be active, unicycle, bikes, skate boards, Roller Skating. The down side for us was the Vietnam War, the Iranian Hostage situation, the Blackout and the Son of Sam that fateful summer in '77. In the 60's the country was in turmoil with race riots and as previously mentioned war. The best music was spawned in the 70's...musicians actually played instruments we used record players and not ...more

The era of Disco and Star Wars... this is the last "Post-war decade" as the 1980s exited the norms of the post-war era.

Decade of disco,sitcoms,Nixon and more- All that and The Brady Brunch reruns

Ah, the 70's, what a great decade it was, what a great decade to be alive and be young. The music was by far the best, there were so many great rock bands and solo artists active and the King Elvis was alive until 1977. It was a kinder more simple way of life then, there weren't all the fringe factions staging protests and forcing themselves into our collective conscience. We were by todays standards innocent and life was good and America was a great place live and grow. We held the promise of tomorrow in our hands and the prospect of endless days full of fun, love, romance, and adventure and everything just seemed right with the world. I miss the 70's and would give anything if I could return to those days of warm sun filled days and the sweet Summer nights of my youth, to me those truly were the good old days. Now gone forever and only the misty memories of that halcyon era remain, forever etched in my memories, I shall never forget them.

2010s

Terrible music, but we have YouTube to find better stuff

This decade was not that bad! I mean, I don't remember that much of the 2000's. I was born in early 2009. Except I know I a lot of 2000's stuff because of hand me downs. Who else here remember fidget spinners! You gotta know those! And Club Penguin! My username was Penti1!

You have to shove all your 80s and 90s nostalgic crap in their face
What so no one can enjoy nostalgia?
Not every person shoves it in the faces of 21st century kids, and I doubt many do that's just a stereotype because you are fed up with the nostalgia on the internet. (the slang "nostalgia crap") I was surprised to see everyone's love of the decades, I was just trying to find childhood stuff "Oh I remember that! "

I loved the 2010s, except for 2012! Every year in the 2010s were amazing years except for 2012.

1960s

The 60's music was by far the best, but otherwise that time was not that great.

I would rather be a baby boomer than be in the most stereotyped, hated generation when I grew up.

In 60's you had Stanley kubrick and Alfred hitchcok making films.
Pele playing. Along with him Eusebio,Lev Yashin,Di stefano,Garrincha etc playing football.
You had Bobby Fischer Playing Chess .
You had the magic of Elvis Presley
The magic of Beattles.

You had like most of the best players of football playing and best filmaker making films and the best era of Music

I am frankly disappointed with the rankings. The 80's? Are you joking?! I have one word- basic. 60's is fire. You disrespected the Beatles so I'm not letting it be. We had a few probs but they rolled on out.

1950s

1956-1965. Although not a "decade", it is a ten year span than created a lot of good stuff. Morals were still high, economy boost of post-WWII, cars were getting faster and sleeker before the crazy fins of the late 60s. Civil rights and equality were gaining a lot of ground (a long way to go to be sure, but it was finally acknowledged and something was being done about it). A fist fight usually solved a dispute without someone pulling a knife or gun, and without going to jail. Music and entertainment exploded. Technology made life better but didn't rule our lives (you could get away from the job without being tethered with a pager or cell phone). Education boomed, but a student still had to do actual research. A lot of norms were questioned with honest intent to enhance society, rather than just to stick it to the man. I think this was the best time period since the 1900s.

This was a time where seeing movies more than once was common... not via home video, but due to re-releases.

From one point of view, the '50s was economically and socially one of the best decades of the past century. From another point of view, the '50s were full of nothing but death and destruction, despair and anguish. As a white man, the '50s may have been the best decade to grow up in. As a black man, the '50s easily ranks at the bottom of the list.

To live in the United States, the 1950's was an amazing decade! WWII was over and US citizens benefited greatly from this victory. The dollar stretched far & wide, the cars looked tough and were super affordable. In the 50's, the Electric Guitar (invented in the 30's) had evolved music into modern day rock n roll: 1) Elvis Presley 2) Little Richard 3) Chuck Berry 4) Jerry Lee Lewis 5) Fats Domino 6) Buddy Holly 7) Chubby Checker 8) Bobby Darin 9) Richie Valens; all of these artists paved the way/influenced The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Hendrix, etc. Drive in Burger joints, (like modern day Sonic) where all your friends would meet on a Saturday night with their radical cars and have clean fun. In the winter, the lakes were frozen enough to skate on, in the summer, beach houses were affordable enough to purchase (if that's your thing). Innocence still remained for most and family life was story like.
I'm sorry I missed it.

1920s

The decade when Mickey Mouse was introduced to the public eye... this was the first decade not to be boring.

Personally everyone says it was worse back than but lets be honest with society today this country has lost the foundation and truth it was found on and I am majorly disappointed about it. I say that any decade before 2010 is a good decade.

The Roaring 20s! Men were men and women were women. It would be nice if the world got back to wearing suits and ties and skirts and heels. Romance and chivalry weren't dead.

1920s! The time when everybody wore suits and dresses, people had so much class. They were very polite. Like bro. I'd give second to the 70s and third to the 90s. Then the fifties.

1900s

Ted Roosevelt is all I can say.

The very beginning, hardly anything to pass time on.

Pretty cool decade, lots of change

1900 - 1913 to me kinda look like the Late 1800s much like how 2000 - Early 2007 kinda look like the Late 1900s. For the start of an up and down century until the 40s, The 1900s actually looked like a pretty okay start for the century ( outside of McKinleys assistantion in 1901 of course ). Far from the best but this decade looked better than the horror that was the 1930s or WWI throughout the 1910s ( 1910-1913 and 1919 looked okay though ).

Gathering around the fire for stories, eating chickens from the garden, losing our teeth by the age of 40, Bad breath, body odour, was an awesome decade - Benjy

1940s

Wartime decade in the history. Compares to the worst decade of 2010s or so and 2020

WW2, rationing, etc. The only fun thing was seeing what Bugs Bunny's next adventure would be.

Even during the horror of war, this decade was calmer; slower-paced. The people stuck together; helped each other. The music reflected life during this era: softer; gentler; selfless people. I was born at the start of the Punk age when everything changed. I'd gladly be elderly in this age if it meant I could have experienced life during the 40s, 50s and 60s. I've always felt a little out of place; wishing I could crawl back to a time I have never and will never experience.

Why would anyone call this a good decade to live in? It had WWII, 11 million innocent people were killed by the holocaust, and Russia had Josef Stalin who killed around 14,5 million people.

The Contenders

1930s

Great Depression Time so I think it's good it's not up top...

Watch O' Brother Where Art Thou? And you'll understand what I mean.

(Well, maybe not for the African American population. )

Well yeah,30s was a hard time for Afro-Americans living because of flood of racism and possibly Hitler teaching of racial superiority.

At least alcohol wasn't illegal anymore

Good decade. The time of Hollywood’s golden age

1910s

I'd probably say the 1930s is the worst but this is the 2nd. Kinda a scary time as WWI was one of the deadliest wars in history. 1910-1913 looked okay as well as 1919 but 1914-1918 must've been horrid at the time.

Worst or second worst?

It wasnt on here so

Ww1 wasn't so bad if you were American

2020s

My first decade of total adulthood, during 2010's I was 9-18. I'm very hopeful for the future spawning ahead of me, but I'm scared. Hypocrisy is bigger than ever. We like to think that we live in advanced civilisation and that we are cleverer than previous generations... but it;s a lie. Society became oversensitive and very hateful. Everybody thinks that they are experts and judge each other publically on the internet, crossing the line all the time. Comparing to all the previous decades from 1960's this was probably the worst beginning- burning Amazonia and Australia, Covid-19 pandemic, American-Iran quarrel, "Black lives matter" protests... I don't know what to say, I was born in 2000 and...I just wanna go back to 2000. It was only 20 years ago and I didn't really live in these times but I could without hesitation jump blindly to time machine and tell that it was more normal and better time to live. Times we live in are better than everything that was before 1960's, but 2010's and ...more

Well... hopefully it will get better... Otherwise it will definitely remain at or near the bottom.

Hopefully, this decade will be better than 2010s. If not, then I’ll be so disappointed because the previous decade lost our humanity

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