Worst Years In History

The Top Ten

1 2016 2016 (MMXVI) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2016th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 16th year of the 3rd millennium, the 16th year of the 21st century, and the 7th year of the 2010s decade.

Why isn't this below 2014? You people are idiots because you are voting for 2012-2015 for fashion and movies and games and celebrities! This year combined all of the bad things of 2013 and COMBINES it with mass shootings and attacks, like in Paris and Orlando. Dozens of innocent civilians killed. And yet you think 2014 is even worse because of media rather than world wars. Grow up, people!

In 2016, my father died, Donald Trump (which many people call a modern-day Hitler) got elected as president, the Zika Virus spread like wildfire and causing severe birth defects and even deaths in infants, so many celebrities died (David Bowie, Prince, Christina Grimmie, Muhammad Ali, Gene Wilder, Patty Duke, Alan Rickman, etc.), an alligator killed an innocent 2-year-old, anti-Trump protests damaged other people's property and even killed innocent people who could have been Clinton supporters themselves, someone shot and killed 49 people at a night club in Orlando, a truck plowed into a party in Nice, France, and killed 84 people (a lot of them children), 32 people died in an airport in Brussels, Belgium, DisneyAnime1234 died, and too many innocent police officers got killed in the line of duty. I'd rather live in 2009 than 2016, and that is saying something because 2009 sucked. That is how I feel about 2016. - anonygirl

Whilst I don't think this has been the worst year "ever", it has definitely been the worst in the last 15 years. In 2001, the only bad thing that occured was 9/11. 2009, there was the Swine Flu and a lot of celebrities died. 2014, there was Ebola and a few major stars died then. But this year, this year has just been awful all round. Not only has there been an even bigger list of celebrities dying, but Trump was elected, the Zika virus, the incidents at Dreamworld and Disneyland. Can anyone think of one GOOD worldwide thing about this year? I can't. Why did this year have to have so many bad things happening? I want this year to end as soon as possible so we don't have to think about it anymore. 2009 was pretty awful but then it got much better in 2010. So I hope next year will pick things back up again.

I lost interest in to logos

It absolutely sucked

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2 1939

1939 was when the WORST WAR EVER broke out, but you people are voting for some years as the worst years ever because the video games or music sucked? Grow up!

So 2016 was the world year ever because celebrities died and democracy took course? nonsense... 1939 signified the beginning of a brutal war that took millions of lives and led course to even more divisions, deaths and tortures in the long term aka a divided Berlin. If you can even compare 2016 to a year that spawned the genocide and mass murdering of millions of innocent men, women and children, you really need to grow up and maybe pick up a book rather than forming your opinion on the basis of a buzzfeed article

I do not understand why people think 2013 and 2014 are the worst years in history because music, movies, and video games sucked when there were years with World Wars that killed millions of people. In reality, 1939 and 1941 were the worst years in history because they involved the deaths of millions of people killed from violence, wars, and camps. I do not remember hearing about millions of people killed in World Wars or concentration camps in 2013 or 2014.

And also, I like songs like Happy, Blurred Lines, and Counting Stars. Years like 2013 or 2014 may have sucked pop culture wise (although I have found some songs from those years to be good), but 1939 and 1941 were indeed the worst with many innocent lives taken away from wars. - anonygirl

Much worse than 2012.

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3 1350

This year saw the height of the Black Plague which killed 50 million people and killed 60% of Europe. Just because you don't remember it doesn't mean it didn't happen you idiots.

None of us remember it why is it on this list anyway

This is Satan's birthday since he is 666 years old

THIS should be #1. 2016 isn’t even that bad. - Aha223

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4 2014

JEEZ! You are voting for '13 and '14 because of MUSIC and CELEBRITIES and FASHION, when there were years that there were WORLD WARS! Millions of people killed. Yet, you decide that one celebrity is more important than the millions killed in the two world wars. Jeez, grow up!

For me I hated my life in 2014 thanks to retarded bullies. I had to fake sick so that I didn't have to go to school. I got into a lot of fights too. - AlphaQ

This year was the worst of my personal life. Early on I had a depression for three weeks because I felt like none of my friends liked me anymore. Even after I recovered it felt like my friendships had fizzled out, and I was often being left out. It was miserable. Also, I was still in secondary school and I got underwhelming grades, mainly C's, D's and E's. The only above C I got was an A in Maths.

Things did get better towards the end when I actually managed to get into college, and a fresh start helped me feel less lonely, but the year was just not good overall. 2013 wasn't much better either, but the depression I went through in 2014 makes it the worst year of my life. The best year would be 2012.

Same here and I understand why you hated life that year. So did I and things only started getting better for me at the end. So don't worry you're not the only one. - AlphaQ

My grandfather and great grandmother both passed away on this year. My grades reached an all-time low. I had a fever lasting two whole weeks. Music reached an all-time low, with songs such as "Anaconda" and "All About That Bass". - ethanmeinster

2014 was very, very, very, very, very, very bad! Though 2017 sucked more...

Strangely enough, I am getting to a point now where 2017 reminds me a lot of 2014, because they were both terrible.

A lot of celebrities died and dropped like flies in 2014 as well. I have been hospallized in 2014 as well.

2014 was hell for sure :'(

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5 2001

9/11, dale Earnhardt past away, my cousin got electrocuted, and my father amputated his hand at work. Just a real bad year

First it was Aaliyah's death, then 9/11. Aaliyah, we want you back! :( - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ

Outside of 9/11 and the War on Terror, 2001 wasn't that bad of year anyway. The beginning of the 6th generation of video games like the GameCube, PlayStation 2 and the XBox was huge and films were also starting to get some footing back after a few years of mishaps. Not to mention the sudden rise of popularity and interest in Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. - CrimsonShark

'Ned Culture' was on the Rise that Year, in Scotland.

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6 1941

Now, if someone says Germany and 1941 in the same sentence, it's almost always gonna be about WW2. - booklover1

Is this a horrible joke? World War ll is number 6 due to terrible pop music and celebrities? God, people have no idea how fortunate mordern day people are! I don't care if kids nowadays are reckoned as immature and selfish, I'm not in a camp! Vote this up, because 2014 doesn't cut it as the worst year in history! - Flowersocks2137

if dinosaures wouldn't be extinct we would probably woulnt be dominant today!

World War II, Holocaust, enough said. - chessman6500

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7 2015

Both personal and political, 2015 takes everything that was good about the years prior and craps all over it. My family has fallen into shambles since early in the year, and the stress was only exacerbated by all the political tension, mass shootings, and racial/gender divide that has been happening in the months after that, not to mention people being overly offended even in the wake of NON-issues. There is no real way at this point that 2016 can just be a reset button because the damage that's been done will be hard to undo. Most of the damage that 2015 has done will take a long time to be remedied.

As much as I feel bad for your troubles, these are the top 10 worst years in HISTORY. Personal reasons should not have a single thing to do with this. - FunkyMcRadical

The worst year of history put this to #1 My grandma died my uncle died and other of my family died a lot of bullies on the internet annoying bronies and anime fans everywhere my mom is depressed my two brothers are retarded my computer sucks more racist people and rude people this is the worst year I ever saw please 2016 don't let me down get better and my friend betrayed me too! I suffer from this hellhole!

2015. It sucks. I hate hate HATE that stupid waste of space. I don't even consider it a year. It was abysmally atrocious. It deserved that because it was the worst year in the world, my personal life, and EVERYTHING. I only liked 1 game that came out that year, I was repeatedly insulted on one of my previous forums (I admit some parts were my fault, but...), I got repeatedly insulted in real life, a classmate bullied me for doing a good thing(telling him not to torture a new student), a lot of insulting and offensive comments were being posted online, and so many other stuff that were so bad I try to forget about them. 2015 is the worst! There was nothing good that happened during it, nothing interesting or exciting, NOTHING! Just bad things and NO good things to make up for it. All I can hope for now is that there will never be a 2nd 2015, and that more people can see how bad this awful year is. Also, did I mention 2015 is overrated? - PageEmperor

This was the second best year for me. 2015 was the year Halsey released Badlands, and it is an amazing album. - lovefrombadlands

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8 1914

Should be #1. This year has NOTHING on last year and the year before that. Just because they were bad for pop culture and education (and they were VERY bad for those) doesn't mean it was necessarily a bad year. That misses the purpose of the entire list. 1914 on the other hand... well, it started World War 1.

You know, that one war that laid the path for the rest of the 20th century and beyond, the war that was the result of the less violent napoleonic ones, the thing that spawned nothing good out of humanity except for the league. You know, that year. When the actual war started, 1 million people died in one month. ONE MONTH! for a war in Europe. One of the most violent wars in history, the one that made the Nazis famous, the one that still has terrible implications today! This is truly one of the worst years in history, or even ever.

tldr: pretty big deal, but not because of good stuff, but because of tragedies. and bloodshed.

It's basically the cause of everything bad in the 20th century. Sure we don't know what technology would be like without the cold war, but it would have stopped the holocaust and Russian Revolution.

Right, because the beginning of a world war is way better than crappy music. Any pretentious and spoiled idiots voting for 2013 and 2014 ought to be ashamed of themselves. - DCfnaf

THIS WAS BAD. But you guys vote because of music, celebrities, video games, etc. You need some medical attention people! - TeamRocket747

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9 2013

2013 and 2014. Where do I begin?

Well lets start off with T.V. shows. First off, there are no longer any classical shows, now most of them (except SpongeBob and The Simpsons) are completely pointless. They don't even have meaning, humor, or intelligence, just a piece of crap. Shows were still going downhill by 95%, especially cartoons, and I'm thinking people just don't have any more good ideas for shows, because they are basically taken up by older shows.

Next, games. Thousands of games were ripoffs, there were games that were getting discontinued even though they were POPULAR. And there were online games that were taken out that were FUN. I can't believe someone would do that, or people that are just being idiots because they have nothing to do. Games that seem fun were not even fun or working at all. Lots of games were getting crashed, and the developers won't even fix it, they would just be lazy and ignorant.

Speaking of laziness and ignorance, lets talk about ...more - TopTenJackson

2013: Why This Year Sucks

It is not a surprise to see that The Sony PlayStation Defined the 5th Gen of Games. But how Bout The Ps2? It's Story is Even BIGGER. It was The Best invention That The World ever got.

But then, 2012 was the fate of the Ps2 in JPN. And then, Guess What Happened?

It got Discontinued in 2013 Worldwide. That made it kinda sad. The Ps2 Is the Gaming Triton. However I thought it could get better. But guess WHAT?

It Didn't get better. I saw annoying songs, Repeating Their Stupid Chorus On 96.1 and 99.7, And Then I wanted to find a pillow and slap myself 100 Times With it. Sure, There Were Good things on the radio like Counting Stars And Sail, But otherwise I was in radio hell 100.7.

And Then Guess What...
THEY SHUT DOWN TOONTOWN ONLINE! The best MMORPG Of All Time, Got Recently Shuttered By Disney. Disney, If you Guys Don't Start Acting Like the old Disney, Then I Will Scream Bloody Murder!

And Then It Got Worse YET ...more

Not to mention that it was the year in which Frozen was released. - ExxonWireless

What can I say about this year?! There's absolutely nothing positive for me to say about this year! This was the absolute worst year in music. It really was. It was a time where music just didn't seem to matter anymore. Rap started getting worse and worse, rock almost seemed to disappear completely, country was barely recognizable, Miley Cyrus made a come back (an even worse come back), Justin Bieber was at his worst again, there's absolutely nothing redeemable about this year! Nothing!

I think this should be at least #2 or #3

All because of Frozen, more like Pisszen

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10 1929

Unless you guys know what it's like to live on the streets with your family and all your friends, flat broke, cold, starving, suffering from anemia, pneumonia, and a whole assortment of other ailments, and with absolutely NO chance of seeing a paycheck for at least another few years, you have no right to say that ANY year in modern history is worse than 1929. It's called the "Great Depression" for a reason. Enough said.

The Great Depression started in the USA and it was one of the biggest economic disasters in history. Read The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, or watch the movie with Henry Fonda. - Metal_Treasure

This should be the worst year because the stock market crashed, everyone was going into poverty, this was the start of the Great Depression, everyone lost hope, and the American dream was dying.

Understand the point being made, but 1932 was the worst year of the depression.

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The Contenders

11 1945

Still the worst because people had to recover from the ending of the war and the damage left behind. Plus the Cold War started afterwards, the Holocaust prisoners contracted horrible diseases before liberation, and everything was in ruin. So while the war ended, the world was in huge disarray. - chessman6500

Well, it's when world war 2 still had a lot of people dead but it ended that year so.. Eh - FerrariDude64

It was actually good. WWII Ended. Japan Surrendered To the United States after getting bombed. - NegrosSuck

The end of WW2 but the start of the Cold war

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12 2009

The years I that I hated the most (other than earlier years with wars like 1939 and 1941) were 2001, 2009, 2012 (only for my personal life), and 2016. I was only 10 at the time, but I still remember it like it happened yesterday. That year sucked because of the swine flu epidemic, Justin Bieber's music was at his worst, lots of beloved celebrities died (in 2016 as well), terrible economy, I moved that year and had to say goodbye to my friends and family, Oscar Grant getting killed by police, I was frequently sent to the principal's office for no reason, Nickelodeon got rid of its orange slime, analog T.V. was no longer available to use (which is especially bad for low income families who could not afford to pay cable bills), Noggin went away, I was bullied, SpongeBob was at his worst, and many other reasons. - anonygirl

This is the year EVERYTHING went to hell. The credit crunch, stock market crash, the recession, more and more celebrities dying, the swine flu scare, the Daily Mail on the rise with it's "health" addicts, the music industry destroyed - nowadays they only care about looks and money, not heart and soul! Hollywood falling on it's knees just EVERYTHING about this year,was CRAP! Today we are still suffering from what happened in 2009! If I had a time machine, I would erase everything about 2009-2016 and go back to the 80s and 90s, even the early 00s, because the only really bad thing I remember about 2001 was 9/11. 2009-now can go buried in a gavr and never seen again!

In 2016 even more celebrities died and 2017 wasn't much better and 2018 -- well, it's only January 7 and I already heard of 2 high-profile deaths. I'm from the future. Don't tell anyone. - allamassal

2009 was awful. For me, it was the worst year of my life. I was in the hospital for nearly a month, I got sick a lot, it was cloudy and gloomy just about every day, and songs got stuck in my head for hours and hours every single day, I had literally no friends, my teachers sucked, my Phillies lost the world series, and so much more! I was only 7 years old, but it was definitely the most depressing time of my life. I WAS SO HAPPY WHEN 2010 CAME! - Aha223

2006, 2007, and 2008 were better years than 2009

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13 2012

I lost my 3 years old son

My favorite years were (2007-2012) except 2009. So, I will say "2013" was when I noticed things were starting to suck. 2013 and 2014 were crap, and 2015 has nothing super exciting going on and I do think 2016 was terrible because of losing interest to logos, celebrities dying and Trump being president, and 2017 is currently my worst year. But this year seems to be a little better, but 2020 will be great though!

In 2012, my personal life sucked. It was dangerously hot that year, I got put into a frustrating class (and no one bothered to help me), one of my teachers thought that I had tons of missing assignments even though I turned them in, when a couple of students misbehaved in my class I got blamed, I got sent to detention even though I never had before, I had a sinus infection that I never had before, a man shot over 20 children younger than 8 at Sandy Hook Elementary School for no reason, and many others. - anonygirl

My Opinions About Those 12 Years:

2006: Amazing!
2007: Awesome!
2008: Uh... ok! I guess so...
2009: Sucks!
2010: Pretty bad, but it improved later on
2011: Good.
2012: Average.
2013: Bad.
2014: Really bad!
2015: Horrible! - Things got 10 times worse!
2016: Really horrible! - Things got 20 times worse!
2017: WORST YEAR EVER!
2018: I don't know so far

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14 1933

The Holocaust began. It was a horrible time to be Jewish.

I hate 1933 its when the Nazis got their power

The Nazis rose to power and started attacking Austrians. The holocaust began it was horrible all the memoirs about it.

Number 1 now bro

15 2017

Now let's get this out of the way. There is NO WAY that the 2010's are worse than years during WWII and the Black Plague. That said, I can't deny 2017 is no better than 2016. There continues to be celebrity deaths, political tensions are as heated and controversial as ever, protests continue to retain a violent streak, the hurricane season this year had probably some of the worst hurricanes like Harvey, Irma, and Jose since Katrina to the point that Irma was confirmed to have actually been more powerful than Katrina, burglars around Florida looted many victims' belongings during the aftermath of Irma, and as of now, the 2017 Las Vegas Strip shooting is now officially the deadliest mass shooting carried out by a single gunman in U.S. history since the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting. I probably missed a lot more disastrous events, but this is just a few events that show how much of how 2017 is already a bad year. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

I think why some consider modern years like 2017 and 2016 even close to being as bad as the 40s is not because of movies and pop culture, but because we've come to the depressing realization that we are in THE FUTURE. Which means deforestation and cutting down every tree, global warming making the world hotter by the minute, frightening technology like the htc vive, the broken down economy and terrorists who are worse than ever spreading there victims to big cities like London, you can't go anywhere like a concert or a theme park without having to go through metal detectors and heavy surveillance, that's not how it used to be. We're in the future and that means we are closer to the world pretty much collapsing over itself.

The year JUST STARTED! Wait until halfway in to decide if it's a bad year! - DCfnaf

Would you mind commenting in July if you think 2017 was a bad year or not? - anonygirl

My Opinions About Those 12 Years:

2006: Amazing!
2007: Awesome!
2008: Uh... ok... I guess so...
2009: Sucks
2010: Pretty bad, but it improved later on
2011: Good
2012: Average.
2013: Bad!
2014: Really bad!
2015: Things got 10 times worse!
2016: Things got 20 times worse!
2017: WORST YEAR EVER!
2018: I don't know so far...

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16 1861

The American Civil War Begun. - Check

17 2008

The financial crisis. The writer's strike. The release of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Need I say more?

Pretty mediocre year, but it is not as bad as 2009. I was 9 years old in 2008. - anonygirl

This is the year drake and josh ended.

My Opinions For Those 12 Years:

2006: Amazing!
2007: Awesome!
2008: It was a mediocre year, but it wasn't as bad as 2009, 2009 was terrible though.
2009: Sucked!
2010: Pretty bad, but it improved later on
2011: Good.
2012: Average.
2013: Bad
2014: Really bad!
2015: Things got 10 times worse!
2016: Things got 20 times worse!
2017: WORST YEAR EVER!
2018: I don't know so far

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18 1241

It was so depressing... No one even cares about this year. Not even in your history textbook...

The year the Mongols invaded Europe.

19 1990

1990 told me One Direction had a bad smell. 1990 also said Lulu you the garbage. 1900 was a year in life where like dinosaurs flew to Paris and the Eiffel Tower grew legs and walked across the ocean to Antarctica and polar bears used Kelso's Choice wheel and people found out 1+1 was 11

Why it's on the list it's a great year

I was not alive. I was celebrating my -15th birthday - lovefrombadlands

I still was not born yet,

20 1962

Adventureland opened that year

This year was really bad

The world almost blew up.

He died in 63

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