Best Decades Since 1900 to Live In

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

The Top Ten

1 1980s

I was born in the '70s and I have to say I love the 80's. to this day still some of the best movies and music ever across all genre's. It was a simpler time and kids could still play outside until dark. Strangers helped make sure kids were safe instead of... well... what we have to deal with today. Mixed tapes! I loved listening to the American top 40 and recording all my favorite songs. and finally, video games, Nintendo released and the gaming world was changed forever... still some of the best games ever made. Pop culture was booming, great clothes and maybe not know for the cars they did have some that looked really cool.

I was born in 1972 and growing up in the 80s in my opinion was the best! We lived next to a drive inn movie theater and to this day are some of my best memories. I'm glad I grew up in a generation without Facebook and cell phones. You could always find people out and about enjoying life. People were so connected back then. And I miss the ghetto blasters and break dancing in the streets! Great decade!

Greatest decade in history for movies, I was born at the beginning of the decade and enjoyed all the pop culture as a child. I personally love 80s music as well, it's not for anyone but the synthesizer was running and rock ballads were on point. Political correctness hadn't reared its ugly head yet. I would say the 90s being a teenager were a close second. I think the awesome end to 20th century culture died on 9-11. Plus in my opinion the music after about 2005 is garbage. Hate me!

The 80's were the absolute best! People were starting to break down social walls and acceptance yet in its infancy was on the rise. Punk rock, rap and hip hop, pop were all at their height of popularity. I was born in the 1960's and for many other reasons the 80's are by far the best time this country has ever had. It was not perfect but we were all working together to improve the country. I don't even recognize this country at the moment. It is looking more like the 1940's and 50's and everyone should take notice or you may regret it!

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2 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

Nothing wrong with the 1990s now sing this if you remember it...
Wacky! Fun! Crazy! Its Outrageous! Fun House a whole lot of fun, prize to be won. It's the real crazy show where anything goes. Fun House, it's a quiz, it's a race, a real wacky place. Use your body and your brain if you wanna play the game!

Was a Ace time to be around. Wish I could go back to relive then.

Ace Decade, and lots going on then. Was so Fast Changing it was Unreal...Miss then a lot.

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3 2000s

Was born in '05. Don't remember much as I was 5 at the turn of the decade!

I was born in 2003, but I remember late 2000s and it really was a great time to be alive. I remember I made my club penguin account in 2009. This was a great decade.

I was born 2001 and have to say I had a really good childhood

2000s ROCK! Everything was still like 1990s behalf in 2000s. It will always still be remembered as one of the era in the history.

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4 1970s

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.

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 best music ever

I agree. Music was the best and we had good family values.
Economy was terrible but I was a kid.

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5 2010s

Stock market at an all time high, low crime, no Cold War, lowest rates of world hunger, most equal society, low unemployment, best medicine, best internet, best technology in general, fewest authoritarian dictatorships, and more

movies and music aren't the only reason a decade is good

Why do people only care about music? Living in the 2010s does not mean you have to listen to mainstream 2010s music, and it does not mean you have to listen to 2010s music at all. Of course you can't listen to 2040s songs, but nothing stops you from older. There are seperate lists about best decades for music. This isn't one.

Is what music is in a certain decade really more important than other life circumstances? - Alkadikce

The 2010's have all the tech, plus spotify so you can listen to all music, plus gaming to a whole new level,

Um, no you might want to take this from the list

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6 1960s

Love this year

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.

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

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

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7 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.

It’s the first suburbs and America finally was at its best.

Very nice, and amazing decide. The only problem is racism, but that's it.

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.

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8 1920s

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 best decade after 1900. So much jazz and class! - TopTenTed

Sorry but to any Americans on here wasn't this the decade when alcohol was banned?

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.

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9 1900s

Ted Roosevelt is all I can say.

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

10 1940s

no please

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. - Britgirl

Three words Hi, tl, er

If you were black back then you got discriminated a lot from cartoons to war bonds (I guess How the hell do I know) Anyway it was bad

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The Contenders

11 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. ) - higgsboson2142

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

12 1910s

It wasnt on here so - Opinionatedarsehole

Worst or second worst?

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.

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