: What was the Best Decade?



Ralph
11-01-05, 10:43 PM
I was watching the Alfred Hitchcock movie, North by Northwest with Cary Grant the other night, and was thinking about how cool everything was in the 1950s. Definitely a high point for style and design, amongst other things. Nice Caddies, clothes, music, etc.

Then I saw another good movie, Far From Heaven, with Julianne Moore and Dennis Quaid, which was set in 1957. And it reminded me that the Fifties were not all peaches and cream, and that there was a dark side. Intolerance, the mass conformity, expectations being forced on women limiting their lives, the fears of the Cold War and so on.

Anyway, it made me consider how people think back about decades and either remember only the good, or only the bad.

So here's an interesting sociology question: What was the best decade of the 20th century? And what do you think were the good things and bad things about that decade?

My vote would go for the 1970s. In Canada the economy was going fine, everyone seemed to have a job, there was cheap gas here (mostly, we weren't hit so much by the Oil Crisis), cool music, Pong & Atari, bell bottoms for guys, hip-huggers for chicks, muscle cars were plentiful and relatively cheap, awesome movies like Jaws, Star Wars, Dirty Harry, relaxed social attitudes, and no home computers to cause obesity, carpal tunnel, and neurosis.

On the dark side, muscle cars died out with the emissions, crime hit an all-time high (1973 was the worst), pollution was rampant, and inflation started going up at the end of the decade (peaking in 1982) raising the cost of living.

DopeStar 156
11-01-05, 10:45 PM
I voted 80's. I'm a child of the 80's and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Adam
11-01-05, 10:46 PM
hmmm born in the 80s, grew up in the 90s, became and adult in the... new millenium :suspense: ... so my vote would be the 80s/90s cause i was born and was a kid in both... adulthood sucks, well for the most part, there are a few perks :sneaky: .

danbuc
11-01-05, 10:48 PM
I voted for the 1960's. Great cars, great music, and landing on the moon.

Ralph
11-01-05, 10:49 PM
Why the 1980s or 1990s? Anything specific?

slk230mb
11-01-05, 10:50 PM
1980s - I was born.

Ralph
11-01-05, 10:59 PM
1980s - I was born.

Yeah, but that was the decade that gave us The Culture Club, Cyndi Lauper, and AIDS! :hide: (And those godawful puffy hairstyles).

Stoneage_Caddy
11-01-05, 11:03 PM
really it was 1947-1957 on how i look at things ...there was alot of prosperty then , people werent as "dirty" ...patriotisim was something you did on your own insated of a way to make yourself look good ...

i feel like thats were i belong ...this stuff nowadays ...yuck ....

SpeedyArizona
11-01-05, 11:08 PM
Interesting poll, I think many of the decades were great, but I didn't give to live in 2/3 of them. My top 3:

1) 1940's, the GREATEST generation of men and women. My parents were just shy of this decade, but my grandparents have many stories of WWII (Grandfather was a WWII Veteran).

2) 1960's, the decade of cars and Vietnam. Very interesting decade to study in History (I thoroughly enjoyed this one).

3) 1950's, the decade my parents were born. I don't know why exactly, but this is one of my favorites.

Rolex
11-01-05, 11:12 PM
I voted for the 90s. I came into manhood in the 90s. The 90s brought about many advances in medical technology (viagra ;)). It has to be at the top of the list!

90Brougham350
11-01-05, 11:12 PM
1980's. I'm a Reagan baby! SOME of the best music, some kick-ass cars (though nothing compared to the 60's, that's for sure), and just an all-around fun decade. I love the 80's!

ben72227
11-01-05, 11:13 PM
The 90s - The Cold War Ended, The decade was generally prosperous, there were no major wars (except for Bosnia, which was more of a "conflict", and the Gulf War, which doesn't count:devil:, since it only lasted for a month...)

The economy was good, the country was just good. Of course, there were moments that were bad (like Oklahoma City bombings and Waco) but overall, everything was fine. Music was (IMHO) great in the 90s. Whether you liked alternative, grunge, gangsta rap - whatever...

The 90s also brought us the Northstar, and the STS, which was the beginning of Cadillac's transformation into a modern luxury car company:cool:

Boston.CTS,06
11-01-05, 11:15 PM
I would have to say late 70's early 80's was the best time for me , teenager going into manhood ,learning life ,my first car was a 74 Buick Riviera 1st year for the straight rear window ,,omg what a car , first real love of my life ,omg what a ride ,,opps sorry ! I was into back the Disco ,,the cloths it was a time for me when I needed to grow up but refused and learned the hard way ,, would I change things Nah ,,,well maybe a few but a lot of good friend and good times , Paris Island was my home for abit and then life really started , enough said

Ralph
11-01-05, 11:19 PM
I would have to say late 70's early 80's was the best time for me , teenager going into manhood ,learning life ,my first car was a 74 Buick Riviera 1st year for the straight rear window ,,omg what a car , first real love of my life ,omg what a ride

Beauteeeful car! Did you have the 455?

Jesda
11-01-05, 11:25 PM
90s. Enjoying the fruits of the Reagan era and cars that were overengineered in a good way. The only bad part about the 90s was the TV show "Friends"

Caddy Man
11-02-05, 12:13 AM
i grew up in the late 80s/early 90s, but the 50s-60s always seemed like such a wholesome time. Things just seemed so simple back then compared to now. Kids were allowed to be kids, kids went outside to play baseball instead of in fron t of the xbox, things werent too advanced, things werent so raunchy and sexual like today, tv didnt saturate life, there was no internet. Just seems as we get more advanced, and get more technology, thigns are just getting more complicated in life. Kids at younger and younger ages are expected to do so much more these days. Whenever I watch WOnder Years or Sandlot, I always wonder how it would have been to grow up back then, just seems so nice in its simplicity compared to now.

Night Wolf
11-02-05, 12:13 AM
here is a questions...

we have the deaceds....

what to we call 2000-2009?

what about 2010-1019? the teens?

I always wondered what we will call the time period we are in right now?

I voted the 50's.... everything was well, cars were amazing, lotsa new things etc...

but really if I could go back, it would be the 90's... many reasons.

Caddy Man
11-02-05, 12:15 AM
here is a questions...
we have the deaceds....
what to we call 2000-2009?
what about 2010-1019? the teens?
I always wondered what we will call the time period we are in right now?
I voted the 50's.... everything was well, cars were amazing, lotsa new things etc...
but really if I could go back, it would be the 90's... many reasons.
ive heard of the 00's refered to as the ''oughts'' , so liek ''eighties, nineties and the oughts''

DopeStar 156
11-02-05, 12:20 AM
Why the 1980s or 1990s? Anything specific?
Mostly pop cultrure. Music, movies, TV, clothes, styles, everything the 80's touched I loved. When I was a year old I used to rock out to The Bangals and still have that very same CD in my Fleetwood now. The exact same one I jammed to when I was 1. Jamming being a baby and grabbing the wrought iron rails in our house and bouncing up and down in my little black PJ's (Yes black even then too.) Ironically enough I was watching old videos of me as a baby and our old neighbor across the street had a, you guessed it a red 80's Fleetwood Brougham almost identical to mine. Weird part was in the video I pointed to it, turned around to look at my mom, and said "Red car!" in my little baby voice. Fate sure is a funny thing huh?

Also if I could repeat any year it'd be 1996 or 1997 specifically because all the bands I listen to were really big back then. Manson, Nine Inch Nails, Korn, etc.

Krashed989
11-02-05, 12:53 AM
I voted 90s because I was alive and young throughout that whole decade. :D

Ralph
11-02-05, 03:33 AM
i grew up in the late 80s/early 90s, but the 50s-60s always seemed like such a wholesome time. Things just seemed so simple back then compared to now. Kids were allowed to be kids, kids went outside to play baseball instead of in fron t of the xbox, things werent too advanced, things werent so raunchy and sexual like today, tv didnt saturate life, there was no internet. Just seems as we get more advanced, and get more technology, thigns are just getting more complicated in life. Kids at younger and younger ages are expected to do so much more these days. Whenever I watch WOnder Years or Sandlot, I always wonder how it would have been to grow up back then, just seems so nice in its simplicity compared to now.

One thing to remember I guess is that they did have things like Playboy in the 1950's and I think that's when it got started?

I think kids even learned Latin in the 1950's in school didn't they? So maybe kids are expected to know less nowadays, but for sure they have to know computers to cope it would seem.....

Dude, you've been away from the forum too long!

Boston.CTS,06
11-02-05, 05:33 AM
TBH I think the 455 was the only engine avail , I wish I had it still be worth a pretty penny

davesdeville
11-02-05, 06:12 AM
I'd have to say the 20s or the 70s. The 20s had prohibition, which sucked, but not a whole lot of people gave a damn. Money was everywhere and everyone had at least a bit. If the 20s were a party the 30s were the hangover so I'd vote the 30s the worst decade.

The 70s were cool.

The 80s... well I usually say I was the only good thing to come out of the 80s. Most music sucked, the styles sucked, Reagan sucked although he made people believe he didn't, but most of all the cars REALLY SUCKED.

Playdrv4me
11-02-05, 06:35 AM
Like VH1 says...

"I love the 80's"!

I was born in that decade so I didnt get to take in all it had to offer because I grew up in the 90's but its still an amazing decade to look back on. Many people call the 80's the "dead" decade but I think it was quite the opposite. It gave us the reagan era, Cable News and Music Television, MIAMI VICE *THE QUINTESSENTIAL 80'S SHOW!*, substantial advances in technology, coming of age for alot of people and the beginning of more acceptable freedoms in many areas. The eighties was the decade when everyone just threw up their hands and said "Screw it, lets just have fun". The eighties did bring alot of heartbreak what with AIDS and some of the disasters of that decade, but they shouldnt outweigh all the good... Even some of Queen's best stuff was in the 80's. Kind of a double edged sword with that one.

Boombotz
11-02-05, 07:16 AM
i grew up in the late 80s/early 90s, but the 50s-60s always seemed like such a wholesome time. Things just seemed so simple back then compared to now. Kids were allowed to be kids, kids went outside to play baseball instead of in fron t of the xbox, things werent too advanced, things werent so raunchy and sexual like today, tv didnt saturate life, there was no internet. Just seems as we get more advanced, and get more technology, thigns are just getting more complicated in life. Kids at younger and younger ages are expected to do so much more these days. Whenever I watch WOnder Years or Sandlot, I always wonder how it would have been to grow up back then, just seems so nice in its simplicity compared to now.

I also voted the 60s. You said it so well, so I will just say I agree!

Randy_W
11-02-05, 07:23 AM
What this poll will tell you is everyone's favorite decade, not the best. I'm not sure how the 'best' would be deterimned anyway.:)

RobertCTS
11-02-05, 07:37 AM
I'd have to pick the 1960s. The Cars were ground shakers, The music was at it's Rock & Roll penacle. Downside was the Vietnam War.

mccombie_5
11-02-05, 10:40 AM
I picked the 70s, simply because it holds the best memories for me. I was growing up, I was 13 in 1970, and i got my first car in 1975, my first serious girlfriend my first ;) and alot of other good stuff.

However, I find, apart from some music from most decades that i like, the best music is being produced now!

Kev
11-02-05, 11:21 AM
What was the best decade? In terms of what? There are so many good and bad things in each decade in North America in the last century. Of course most of us will pick the decade of our childhood or adolescence whichever holds the most fond memories for us.

I think there was a certain public gentility or class that was prevalent in the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. Most gentlemen wore a suit, tie and a hat unless they had a ‘blue color’ job. Ladies wore hats and gloves, there were some very attractive dress styles in those decades. They were ultra conservative by today’s standards (do we still have standards today?) but could be very flattering and alluring. There was a great deal of romance.

People in general were more respectful and formal. You heard ‘Sir’ and ‘Ma’am’, ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ were still in our vocabulary. There was a greater level of quality and value in the products produced and sold here. Personal pride and craftsmanship were still familiar terms, in fact, they were expected as the norm.

In terms of music, I like what I grew up with in the 60’s and 70’s. There were so many styles developed back then. A lot of the popular music of the day was creative and innovative, musically distinct and complicated. I love the rhythm of R&B and Funk, Chicago and the Doobie Brothers had some fat sounds! A lot of musical 'Texture'. The Beatles and the Beach Boys came out with musical pieces that may become classics for centuries to come.

Just my two bits worth!

EcSTSatic
11-02-05, 11:34 AM
Well said Kev! "Best" is a vague concept. Best in terms of what?

From one who has seen a few decades.

tstach
11-02-05, 11:58 AM
The 80's ruled for me!

JimHare
11-02-05, 04:16 PM
For MOST people throughout the world, the current decade is the best, until the next one. Despite the sensationalist media and the ever-growing cries of doom and gloom, across the planet there is more wealth, more health, less hunger, better medical care, a better standard of living and longer lives. The "good old days" were not, for the most part. We tend to believe in a rosy-hued image of how things were in the past, colored by barely factual mass media and an inability to recognize the overall improvement that happens somewhat gradually.
For example, people always complain about the traffic in Manhatten. But a hundred years ago, there were something around 150,000 HORSES on the island, and the streets were sometimes ankle deep in manure. Don't even ask what it was like after it rained. Most water was unhealthy to bathe in, much less drink. There was a HUGE immigrant underclass. Corruption, gang warfare, and disease were all much more common, and much more deadly than today, even with all the news that sounds so bad.
30 or so years ago, that nitwit Paul Ehrlich predicted that India would be swept by famine after famine, millions would die, and that the west should just ignore the little brown buggers and let them die off.
Since 1991, India has been a NET EXPORTER of food.
20 years ago, Communism held sway over a huge proportion of the world's population.
30 years ago, we were warned that the world's oil supply would run out by the end of the 20th Century.
40 years ago, 1000 boys a MONTH were being killed in VietNam.
50 years ago, a misbeguided alcoholic US Senator ruined the lives and careers of dozens, if not hundreds of innocent people, and no one had the courage to stand up to him.
60 years ago, the world was still reeling from the horrors of War.
70 years ago, most of the world was in the grips of the greatest financial depression ever known.
80 years ago, blacks were still being lynched in the American south.
90 years ago, the world was immersed in a horrible war that brought mechanized death to an entire generation.
Up until very recently, most of the world led short, brutish, horrible lives. Many still do. But fewer and fewer every year, even though the population continues to grow.
THIS decade is the best, and the next one will be even better.

addison_ii
11-02-05, 04:32 PM
If I have to pick one it would be the 80's, just because of my being elementary school age, and my good experiences. Other than that the 50's would have been my choice. everything was much more simple then. If I could repeat a year having the knowledge I have know it would be 1996 and 1999. My life would be much different now.

Elvis
11-02-05, 04:42 PM
Let's see...

1930's we had a depression
1940's we had a world war
1960's we had race riots and Vietnam
1970's we had Nixon and Carter

It's too soon to judge the 80's or the 90's. I didn't particularly enjoy the 80's. The last part of the 90's was okay I guess. The 00's is really beginning to suck.

I voted for the 1950's, particularly the early 50's because that's when America really picked up steam industrially. The economy was booming and so were babies.

Ralph
11-02-05, 10:05 PM
What was the best decade? In terms of what? There are so many good and bad things in each decade in North America in the last century.

In terms of ANYTHING you want, and I think you gave a very good explaination and justified it.

So many times I've heard people here say they wish it was the 1950's all over again, but they forget about the negatives mentioned also....the good must go with the bad I suppose...

I hear my parents say that the 1960's were better than the 1950's because everyone (unless you were on a farm) had indoor plumbing in the 1960's and '70's, LOL.

Ralph
11-02-05, 10:08 PM
What this poll will tell you is everyone's favorite decade, not the best. I'm not sure how the 'best' would be deterimned anyway.:)

True, but hopefuly they will try to stick to the question at hand.....interesting responses so far and thanks everybody..

I guess everyone will have their own "best."

Kdirk
11-03-05, 11:01 AM
Well, it sure is a subjective question.

While there were some good things to come out of each decade, I'm sure I'm going to piss off the eternal optimists here by publicly stating that they all sucked.

Add to that that each decade gets worse than the last in terms of the overall state of the world, and whatever good that comes out of a particular period of time is more than offset by the way things get more screwed up as we stand around and watch like helpless idiots.

To borrow a few lines from a song by Don Henley:

"Welcome, Welcome to the USA. We're partying fools in the autumn of our heyday. Welcome to the land of flame and fizz, where you will learn that packaging is all that heaven is. And while we're running out of everything, we can't afford to quit. Nah, before this binge is over we've gotta squeeze out one more hit, we're workin it."

Now, I don't generally share Don Henley's view and positions, but he seems to have summed up my perception of things with this verse.

KDirk

Xrayqueen
11-03-05, 11:43 AM
I loved the late 70's and early 80's after those decades everything took a turn for worse. Yes we have new technology. It seems to be more a burden then a help. At work when the computer is slow your work is at a stand still. At home you have to worry about your information being stolen. I remeber the disco/hippie days with great fondness. I used to hitchhike from L.A. to Oregon or anywhere for that matter without a care in the world. People were freindly it wasn't a me me society. I really feel we have went through an evoloutionary period. Everything has change. You can't let your children go out to play alone,you have to lock up everything. In the old days you knew all your neighbors and they watched over your chidren,house etc. Everyday in the news it's always bad. We're in a war that I think may be the end of life as we know it due to the terrorist having taking control of our country. No they are not bombing on USA soil, but all our civil liberties are slowly being eroded in the name of Homeland Security. I'm just glad that I got to live during happier times and I'm sad that my children will never know the freedoms I had. But anyhow that's my 5 cents :)
Peace Xrayqueen :(

Caddy Man
11-04-05, 01:42 PM
One thing to remember I guess is that they did have things like Playboy in the 1950's and I think that's when it got started?
I think kids even learned Latin in the 1950's in school didn't they? So maybe kids are expected to know less nowadays, but for sure they have to know computers to cope it would seem.....
Dude, you've been away from the forum too long!
yea man, its been a while!! How you been?? I'm glad to be back.

lawfive
11-04-05, 02:25 PM
Oh, man. This thread makes me feel old for some reason.

Lessee... I try to live in the now as much as possible: I can't seem to change anything when I live in the past, and I don't have enough imagination to live in the future. Right now life is good for me, so I'll vote for this decade, 'the aughts' (oh God, one day I'll be talking like my grandfather: "Yep kiddies, nuthin shook us quite as hard as them terrorist airplane attacks back in Aught-One!")

From a nostalgia perspective, I have to dig the late 60's through mid 70's. Rocking music and rocking cars, plus I managed to catch the tail end of the free love movement. And God bless my nude sunbathing neighbors Bev Matsumoto (late '60s) and the Olsen sisters (early '70s) wherever you are!

-- Jerry

(BTW: whomever said that we weren't as 'dirty' or 'sexual' in the 50's was a bit off base. We were all that; we were just more repressed about it. Go back to movies made in the 20's and early 30's, or read some prose from the 1800's, or from the Bible, and you'll see that it is as it ever was.)

Caddy Man
11-04-05, 02:35 PM
(BTW: whomever said that we weren't as 'dirty' or 'sexual' in the 50's was a bit off base. We were all that; we were just more repressed about it. Go back to movies made in the 20's and early 30's, or read some prose from the 1800's, or from the Bible, and you'll see that it is as it ever was.)
That was me :crying: I think i worded that wrong acutally, i realize many things in the past have been sexual, but I meant as in less sexual as in being more repressed. I guess I should have said that. Like the music today is way more sexual than music of the 50s, specifically rap and r&b. I noticed the other night, after 12 AM on basic cable, they show slight nudity now, and they are allowed to say profanity on television. Who knows what will be acceptable by societies standards 20 years from now.

lawfive
11-04-05, 03:16 PM
That was me :crying: I think i worded that wrong acutally, i realize many things in the past have been sexual, but I meant as in less sexual as in being more repressed. I guess I should have said that. Like the music today is way more sexual than music of the 50s, specifically rap and r&b. I noticed the other night, after 12 AM on basic cable, they show slight nudity now, and they are allowed to say profanity on television. Who knows what will be acceptable by societies standards 20 years from now.

For a time machine preview, go to Sweden. I flipped on the hotel TV to see what all the Lutherans were watching, and it was... hardcore porn on broadcast TV! :eek:

Ralph
11-04-05, 10:03 PM
Oh, man. This thread makes me feel old for some reason.

Lessee... I try to live in the now as much as possible: I can't seem to change anything when I live in the past, and I don't have enough imagination to live in the future. Right now life is good for me, so I'll vote for this decade, 'the aughts' (oh God, one day I'll be talking like my grandfather: "Yep kiddies, nuthin shook us quite as hard as them terrorist airplane attacks back in Aught-One!")

From a nostalgia perspective, I have to dig the late 60's through mid 70's. Rocking music and rocking cars, plus I managed to catch the tail end of the free love movement. And God bless my nude sunbathing neighbors Bev Matsumoto (late '60s) and the Olsen sisters (early '70s) wherever you are!

-- Jerry

(BTW: whomever said that we weren't as 'dirty' or 'sexual' in the 50's was a bit off base. We were all that; we were just more repressed about it. Go back to movies made in the 20's and early 30's, or read some prose from the 1800's, or from the Bible, and you'll see that it is as it ever was.)


Yeah, bro! How I miss the '70s ... gotta keep on truckin'.

ben72227
11-04-05, 10:39 PM
Everything has change. You can't let your children go out to play alone,you have to lock up everything. In the old days you knew all your neighbors and they watched over your chidren,house etc.

Well, you DO live in California:sneaky:. Quite possible the most superficial state in the union, the state that everyone else wishes would just break off and become its own island.

As for the quote, the South is, for the most part, still like that. We don't worry about things like pedofiles, because the pedofiles know that we're all gun-toting rednecks and everybody knows everybody and if we see somebody strange, well, lets just say we won't be seeing them for too much longer...:sneaky:

Ralph
11-04-05, 10:46 PM
As for the quote, the South is, for the most part, still like that. We don't worry about things like pedofiles, because the pedofiles know that we're all gun-toting rednecks and everybody knows everybody and if we see somebody strange, well, lets just say we won't be seeing them for too much longer...:sneaky:

Well, you know what a virgin is south of Dixie! (Any girl who can run faster than her brother!) :duck:

I'm jus' kiddin' with y'all.:alchi:

Kev
11-04-05, 10:47 PM
Well, you DO live in California:sneaky:. Quite possible the most superficial state in the union, the state that everyone else wishes would just break off and become its own island.

As for the quote, the South is, for the most part, still like that. We don't worry about things like pedofiles, because the pedofiles know that we're all gun-toting rednecks and everybody knows everybody and if we see somebody strange, well, lets just say we won't be seeing them for too much longer...:sneaky:Bill Clinton

ben72227
11-04-05, 10:56 PM
Well, you know what a virgin is south of Dixie! (Any girl who can run faster than her brother!) :duck:

I'm jus' kiddin' with y'all.:alchi:

Hey Ralph, don't get us confused with West Virginia - the state where everythings relative or as we say, the state with no lifeguard for the gene pool:histeric:

And Kev, Bill Clinton is just anothe reason why we're great. Who ever thought some redneck from Hope, Arkansas would wind up being (arguably) the greatest administrative president of the last 40 years. :thumbsup: I don't like the man one bit cause he's a criminal, but damn he ran the country quite well with the exception of a few hiccups (but nothing nearly as bad as GWB)