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

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 late 90's and it kills me to not have lived through the 80's. As a metal fan, I'll admit to not only singing along to guys like Iron Maiden & Dio but to rock bands like Trixter & Firehouse, rap groups like Beastie Boys & Run DMC, and even pop icons like WHAM! & MJ. Y'all had amazing cartoons like He-man, Transformers, Voltron, Ninja Turtles, etc. Movies like Evil Dead, Spaceballs, A Nightmare On Elm St, Ferris Bueller, Sixteen Candles, Dirty Dancing, Back To The Future, Ghostbusters, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Police Academy, Predator, Alien, just to name a few, have all come from this amazing decade. Heck, y'all even had Michael Keaton as Batman! Just when you thought it couldn't get better, it does. Friends were family unlike in today's generation. If you fought, 99.9% used hands, not a firearm or a knife. Most people also seem to dread the look of 80's fashion but have any of you took a look at today's? Short-shorts or not, at least they fit!

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I missed this decade because I was born in the early 90s. Whilst I am glad I experienced the 90s, I was still young. I grew up in the 2000s, and whilst I admit the 2000s were better than now, the 80s seemed such a fun and prosperous time. One of the best things about the 80s and early 90s is that there was no internet and no chat rooms. People socialised outside. They went to parties and evening dances. We just don't have that entertainment now. Most people would rather be on the internet than having fun elsewhere.

80s is the best decade

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2 1990s

Just a great decade overall. It was probably the most peaceful of any decade in the last 100 years. Everyone had money and everyone was (relatively! ) happy. We had mobile phones and the Internet but they hadn't taken over our lives yet and we got great movies and T.V. shows. Global relations were much better than how they are in 2017. The 80's were good too but there was more war and poverty in that decade. Also 90's culture was the best in my opinion: beavis and butthead, the Simpsons when it was good, fight club, the matrix was what we were watching while the bands were fantastic, nirvama, chilli peppers, u2, stone roses, Fatboy slim. The 90's was the - kids would wake up and eat sugary ass cereal for breakfast, chill in school which was better than it is now due to there not being social media, then go smoke with their friends at 420, enough said.

90s or 00s.

Being a teenager today sucks, and I blame social media and smartphones.

The economy was booming, Clinton kept us out of wars, the budget was balanced, the rock and roll was second to none. Life was good. In my opinion, the 90's died on september 11th, the age of fear and the endless unwinnable war on terror started.

Arguably the best decade for teens. I remember the sunny days and the clear skies, and the walks up to mac's for slushy. Kids on the skateboards and no cellphones. Such an awesome decade.

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3 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!

Even though all the flaws, 2000-Early 2007 is a lot like an extended 20th century. Still a nice decade growing up if you were a kid.

The 2000s were great, kids had great childhoods and they had good music and cartoons.

I had half of my childhood - it was awesome

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4 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.

Plenty of work living was cheap massive wage increases and no political correctness. And still plenty of cool 50s and 60s cars to drive, and no one whinging that its not fair and believing you are owed something. People got off their backsides

This was the final decade when people were really nice and barely cared at all about looks. In my opinion at least, ever since the 80s people cared WAY too much about what people thought of them. Everyone that I know who grew up in the 70s is really nice. But I guess the 2010s are kinda good too. After all, that’s when I grew up

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5 2010s

Terrible music, but we have YouTube to find better stuff

Kids don't act like kids anymore instead they act like they're a bunch of adults with boyfriends and iPhone 6s, the 2010s sucks

A couple of weeks ago I saw 10 year olds kissing in a park, I'm sorry I know the 2000s get a lot of hate, but at least I don't remember seeing kids of that age making out back then. - RogerWatersfan1999

People hate it now but in 20 years time this decade will be on top of the list and this generation will be whining about the 2030s and how the 2010s had better music

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

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6 1960s

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

I wanted to be a teen them - Cartermd

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

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.

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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.

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.

The 1950s was a great decade for people with all the Broadway musicals like, Anything Goes, Guys and Dolls, White Christmas, etc. Books, like Lord of the Flies, etc. Futuristic concepts such as Space Travel, new technology and new fashion. For people that grew up in this era, they loved it.

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

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8 1920s

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! - campbelln20

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

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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

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

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.

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

Three words Hi, tl, er

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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

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?

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