Which decade did it best? The 60s, 70s or 80s?

Think the decade you grew up in is undeniably, indisputably, undoubtably The Best?

I do.

I’m stuck in the 80s. Honestly, did it ever get better than John Farnham belting out You’re the Voice at World Expo 88 with the world’s finest mullet? (Okay, maybe it did. But still).

Different decades nailed certain styles. They also got things very, VERY wrong.

Exhibit A:

decades of differences
Things don't always change for the best. (Image via iStock)

We've put together some visual cues to help decided which decade nailed what, so you can work out once and for all who did it better: you or your mum?

(I've put my choices below - but I'd love to hear why you think I'm right or wrong.)

Hair Styles

Hairstyles through the decades. (Images via Pinterest)

Okay, clearly the 1960s win. Farrah Fawcett's locks also deserve special mention.

And suddenly, I'm ashamed of the 80s all over again. 


Fashion through the decades (Image via Pinterest)

Double denim and rhinestones were always going to struggle in fashion history, weren't they? The 1960s were recovering from a hippie revolution and the 1970s were finding freedom and go-go boots.

The 1970s win this round.


Classic Holden's from each decade. The EK, The Sandman and the Commodore. (Images via Pinterest)

Cars changed markedly with each decade. Was one decade better than the other, or was it simply the evolution of technology and engineering? I don't really care.

The '60s produced some lovely looking lines and for my money, win this round.


Although the movies pictured below didn't make it into the top 5 of their decade (in gross earnings) they in my opinion, should have.

The top 5 movies from each decade, according to IMBD, are:


1. To Kill a Mockingbird

2. Psycho

3. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

4. 2001: A Space Odyssey


5. Breakfast at Tiffany's


1. Mad Max

2. The Godfather

3. Star Wars

4. Jaws

5. Apocalypse Now


1. Mad Max 2

2. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

3. Poltergeist

4. Big Trouble in Little China

5. The Goonies.

The Sound of Music (No. 6 from the '60s, Grease (No 7. from the '70s) and The Breakfast Club (No. 6 from the 80s) (Images via Pinterest)

It really is hard to go past the '80s for me. I mean, The Goonies, 16 Candles, Ferris Bueller's Day Off!

I say the '80s for the win this category.

Teen Idols

L-R - Paul McCartney, Leif Garrett and Rob Lowe. (Images via Pinterest)

Where to start? Who did it best? I think we can safely say we got it right in every decade although Rob Lowe does seem to have discovered eternal youth and even at 51, he still looks pretty darn hot.

I however, cannot go past a Beatle and have to say that the '60s are the clear winners for the teen idol.

House Interiors

Image via Pinterest.

I think we can all agree the only winners here are the wallpaper manufacturers. Pushed to choose however, I'd say (and only because of their sweet furniture), the '60s are the winners for home interior.

Toys and Hobbies.

Each decade had a toy or hobby we simply couldn't live without:



2.Ken Doll

3.Slip n Slide

4.Barrel of Monkeys

5. Barbie Dreamhouse


1. Baby Alive

2. Shrinky Dinks

3. Magna Doodle

4. Barbie Styling Head


1. Cabbage Patch Dolls

2. Care Bears

3. Rubik's Cube

4. Pound Puppies

5. Slap Bands

Toys and Hobbies through the decades (Images via Pinterest)

Which decade did it best? Tough question - they all seemed pretty ace at the time. And they all seem pretty simple compared the 'toys' children play with today.

TV Shows

As time went on, we were lucky to have more and more choice. TV wasn't even available in the average family home until the '70s and the programs available in Australia were limited. The Brady Bunch had an epic run and I still, right through the '80s I could still came home each day and watch it after school.

It's iconic and therefore wins the '70s the crown for the best TV decade.

I Dream of Jeannie, The Brady Bunch and Alf. All great shows. (Images via Pinterest)

So there you have it, when summarised, can you definitively say one decade ended up being better to live through than another? Or, are they all unique and impossible to decide upon? Love to hear your thoughts below:

If you liked this, you might also like to take a trip down memory lane here:

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