Top 10 Decades in US History

The Top Ten
1 1770s

We literally fought and won our freedom from Great Britain, who was the most powerful country in the world at the time. Talk about an underdog.

2 1940s

We peaked then coasted after this decade. Goodwill peace and prosperity that followed all owe it to this decade. Like a garden being prepared, the seeds were planted in the ash of WW2.

War is never good. WWII was an evil time, but much good came out of it. Hitler and the Axis Powers were defeated, Jews were rescued from concentration camps, and countries like Poland were saved from Germany's control.

The Americans of that time are called the Greatest Generation because they risked their lives to literally save the world, whether it was at Normandy's beaches or in the Philippines.

3 1920s

The Roaring Twenties, with speakeasies, Al Capone, and great jazz. It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.

4 1950s

Jukeboxes and leather jackets and oil guzzlers. Oh, and Elvis Presley, of course. It was a time when parents weren't very involved. Also, it was briefly the time of the Korean War.

5 1980s

The Second Cold War. Pop music from Michael Jackson and Madonna. And don't forget about Pacman. That little yellow chomper became an icon for the decade.

Mr. T had an educational video called Be Somebody or Be Somebody's Fool. Return Of The Jedi hit movie theaters in 1983.

A decade of enlightenment and equality that current history is trying to erase.

6 1960s

The moon landing, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Kennedy's assassination. Also, hippies and Woodstock and psychedelic music and drugs galore. But we went to the moon in a rocket.

7 2010s

The 2010s, especially the early to mid-2010s, had great value for our dollar. Things were not so expensive. At this time, most people were newbies to Facebook and big social media platform changes.

More people were opening up to transgender and LGBTQ rights in the later 2010s. The early 2010s were not too bad, with fewer people on phones.

2011 statistics indicate that 83% of people had smartphones. Before the 2010 era, there was a small percentage of people who had phones. I remember those slide keyboard phones. Times were alright, but progressively in the later years, we started to see more conflicts, school shootings, etc.

8 2000s

The early 2000s era was great! The GameCube era and game development were growing. MTV2 specials like Bam Margera or the funny movie Jackass. Such a great era of skateboarding.

Then, people became really big posers. MySpace was so awesome back then. Social media nonsense got bad, but not as bad as today's. Cool custom ways to make your profile cool! Have your top 10 friends. Things were a lot cheaper. Men were still men, not crybabies.

The 2000s were the era of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Great Recession, and the election of Barack Obama (the first African-American president). This was also an increasing era of globalization and information due to the internet. This was an era in which U.S. culture and global culture changed forever.

9 1970s

This was a great decade for change. We saw the popularization of beautiful genres of music, such as Progressive Rock (Pink Floyd, Yes), Hard Rock and Early Metal (Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath), Funk (Parliament, Zapp & Roger, Funkadelic), Punk Rock (Ramones, Sex Pistols), Disco, and Reggae (Bob Marley).

We saw the rise of the Environmental Movements, the LGBTQ Rights Movement, Second-Wave Feminism, and Youth Rebellion, which were all signs that people wanted a better society in the U.S. to live in.

Vietnam and hard rock legends like Aerosmith, Eagles, Black Sabbath, and AC/DC. It was also the New Hollywood era, out of which came Indiana Jones, The Godfather, E.T., A Clockwork Orange, The Exorcist, and Star Wars.

10 1990s
The Contenders
11 1840s

The time of the gold rush and the movement to the West Coast. (I just included this one for the fun of it.)

12 1860s

Although during this period the Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves and we reunified the North and South, this was one of, if not the bloodiest decades in U.S. history. The amount of casualties and bloodshed in the Civil War was horrifying.

President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, and racial discrimination immediately followed the Civil War during the Reconstruction period.

13 1900s
14 1890s
15 1930s
16 1880s
17 1800s
18 1790s
19 1870s
20 1820s
21 2020s
22 1910s
23 1760s
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