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

good enough tech, simpler life, lower living cost, good enough medical, more actual living communication. less materialistic populous. more natural women, good hygiene, a sustainable world population, better food (no widespread GMOs') good music (something for everyone), more privacy (today there is none with gadget and web intrusion), less restrictive laws (every year we add more; - most are stupid), less taxes, could drink beer when you were 18 and drive car legally at 14 in some states. even get a pilots license at 14.

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.

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.

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

1990s

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.

I disagree about the 1990's because AIDS was a panic, the real satanic panic. People often look for a heavy metal band to become the antichrist. The 7 deadly sins of sex lurked trough Acid House (music genre) mostly. "Deadly" a key word, not of healthy of avoiding sickness (666). Anton Lavey dodged AIDS (the sickness). 1970's is AIDS-free, 1980's, you could gamble and take the risky chance.

Phobic of blood spills, when watching a film about a doctor doing a operation on a person with AIDS, having a somewhat funny feeling between my thighs. Couldn't eat Italian food, it was like Cannibalism, blood and guts...

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.

This is my era! I am so proud to have been a kid born and raised in the 90s, and I love all the parts of the 90s that today’s kids will never understand. I love VHS tapes, records, cassette tapes and CDs, and have a vast collection of all four. I’m always trying to find working Walkmans and VCRs so that I never lose the thrill of my childhood. Nowadays, all this technological advancement has caused kids and teens to grow complacent, and not appreciate what steps were taken to help create what they hold in their hands. Don’t get me wrong, I love my iPod shuffle, but nothing beats a good cassette tape or cd!

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

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!

I remember my childhood here is my timeline: 2000 I was born 2001 tragic event I couldn’t remember 2002 my daddy got diagnosed with lupus 2003 preschool/early childhood education I also in 2002 got diagnosed with autism 2004 I had stitches on my chin because u feel face on a scissors ✂️ preschool/pre-K temporary closed due to the safety of the children 2005 I went to kindergarten and lost my first tooth and got bitten by a tick,2006 I had my first real temper tantrum got banned 2007 same thing I went to Disney in 2005 2008 tantrum again 2010 severe tantrum came at dad with a knife 🔪 went to a psychiatric hospital 2011 got back from Rogers memorial hospital and pranked my sister with a sock in a perfume bottle I also got pin worms 2012 I slapped a teacher in the face 2013 I kicked an aide’s shin police had to be firm with me and I got transferred to fvs but why was the cop stern? In 2014 I made a gun gesture luckily it was just a stern warning from policeman in 2015 I posted ...more

Underrated because of 9/11 tragedy sadly.
But 2010s are like 1960s with war threats through the whole decade its been threats of a WWIII.
2000s
Snowflake just meant snow, the lack of in some places.
No words like Digital Zombies...
"Apps...apps..apps..."
After being told and convinced that the world won't end, I just looked forward to the 2000s, even had a toy that went um something like "Happy 2000" and I think it burst out laughing.

I always wanted to be a 2000’s kid. Even though I was a 2010’s kid. I would see all the typical stereotyped things for it, including the flip phones, the music was great (I think so), the clothes were... cool I guess. Today, the music is crap, the clothes are... interesting, and people spend too much time on their phones! Did I mention fortnite? As a collage student, I wish I was in high school sometime in the 2k!

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

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.

The best decade by far. Tech wasn’t great but it was good enough that life was still easier than previous decades but nowhere near overboard. You still could feel like you could accomplish things on your own and not rely on a computer to do it for you. They had easily the greatest music and cars and you could still trust the large majority of your community. Things where still made here in the USA and people who put in an honest days work made an honest days pay.Yes Vietnam was ongoing in the early 70’s but outside that it was an era of peace and just the right balance of conservatism and progressiveness. Woman still had mostly traditional roles but it was no longer out of the norm for them to have careers. African Americans where finally beginning to be viewed as equals by the standards of law and society. The older men where hardened from ww2 and Korea and still could teach their sons to be tough and caring men who provided for their family. The lifestyle was one of freedom and ...more

Led Zeppelin ruled the world unchallenged, Queen, Elton and Pink Floyd in their prime, and all the Beatles and Bob Marley were still alive. Plus amazing iconic films such as the Godfather (best film ever), Star Wars, Apocalypse Now, Jaws, Taxi Driver and the Godfather Part II. Plus gay rights become more popular, the Vietnam War ended, plus the Watergate Scandal was unveiled.

2010s

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! "

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!

The 2010s for me weren’t actually that bad. I actually miss them. Would be happy to go back and live there. Much better than the 2020s with COVID or the 1940s with WW2.

The 80s weren't as good as people say it is was, most of the songs sound the same, there was an AIDS and HIV outbreak, technology wasn't as advanced and people were addicted to T.V. just as they are addicted to smartphones now but smartphones are more useful that T.V.'s. Cars from the day they were invented to the 2000s were unsafe tin cans say what you want but the main purpose of a car is to take you to your destination safely and this is coming from a car guy. Medicine in the 2010s is the best it has been and people are living longer and healthier lives. People hate music from this decade just for the fact it is from this decade and they unfairly judge it, as a person that didn't grow up in the 80s I think 80s music is overrated and has its ups and downs just like music now. All in all in my opinion the 2010s is probably the best decade in human history and the 2020s can be even better, lets just hope our world leaders don't mess it up

1960s

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

Oh my, the 60’s. I love everything about it! It all looks so cool (as in retro), just hanging out w/ your friends outside, that kinda stuff. Phones weren’t a thing, so everything was just fine!

My first decade with memories and it was by far the best, people were still in communities, sharing and helping one another. Politicians were older and wiser, we may of been poorer but life had a cadence to it.
Music was natural and real made by musicians with proper talent. loved every minute of it

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

Rupert Bear was on the best seller's list. Hollywood had greats. People had home grown vegetables and local beaches were empty

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Best decade for partying, classiness, disease, speakeasies, rich people, gun violence, and abuse overuse of alcohol! What a fun decade it was!

1900s

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

The very beginning, hardly anything to pass time on.

Pretty cool decade, lots of change

Ted Roosevelt is all I can say.

1940s

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.

Yeah, probably not the best time period to live in if you were German, Jewish, Russian, British, Polish or Chinese...

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

The Contenders

1930s

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.

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

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.

Ww1 wasn't so bad if you were American

Worst or second worst?

It wasnt on here so

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

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

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

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