Staff picks: Favorite decade

Here at The Bark staff, we’re pretty young. Our lives have only covered parts of three different decades, so we have a limited experience with the minglings of pop culture, technology, and history in various eras. Even so, we can fantasize about living in other time periods, be they in the recent past or distant future. Here’s where our staff would choose to time travel to if given the chance.

My favorite decade would have to be the 1960s. Music is one of my favorite things in the world, and this decade was huge for music. With the British Invasion (The Beatles will forever be one of the greatest bands of all time), Woodstock, and the birth of folk rock, these 10 years were some of the most noteworthy in music history. Aside from music, hippies, feminists, civil rights movements and technology all grew and transformed in the 60s. Even if you don’t think it was the coolest decade, you can’t deny it was one of the most revolutionary. [Caroline Rogers]

One of my favorite people of all time is Audrey Hepburn, and for that reason, my favorite decade is the 1950s. The 50s were a simpler time when women’s fashion displayed a sense of femininity and grace that is epitomized by Audrey. The people of the 50s also possessed more traditional morals, which is something I value. To top it all off, the 50s were a time of musical development as rock n’ roll began to make its way into the mainstream thanks to the popularity of radio and television. Since I can’t live in the 50s, I like to pretend by wearing my Hepburn-inspired sunglasses and listening to Nat “King” Cole, The Platters, and Buddy Holly on my record player. [Mackenzie Lee]

Apparently, I belong in the 60s. I mean, I would have loved to see Woodstock, but I’m not really feeling the whole lack of equality and Vietnam War thing. It’d be cool to see Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech live and in person, and the music was awesome. I don’t know. I think I’m pretty much happy where I am. [Cameron Scott]

If I were to pick a favorite decade, I would have to go with the Roaring Twenties. Mostly, I find this era of economic and materialistic extravagance fascinating but also my admiration comes from a simple desire to put on a bedazzled flapper dress and attend a party worth of Gatsby himself.  Of course, I say this from the position of someone living in a decade with more modern medicines, more technological advances, and more equal rights, but overall, this decade was undeniably one of the most innovative in United States History. [Tori Lafon]

Without a doubt, if I could travel to another decade, it would be the 1920s. The fashion from this decade is mesmerizing, and I would have a closet full of the sophisticated yet fun party dresses. The prosperous economy brought about high spirits and parties with the best jazz music. Women also began to play a more prominent role in society as they had just gained suffrage. I would be dancing alongside Gatsby every night. [Annie Smith]

“Come Fly With Me” back to the time of the 50s and 60s when my boy Frank Sinatra was popular, or “I’ll Never Smile Again.” “I Won’t Dance” to any music from this decade, but “That’s Life.” Don’t say “Something Stupid,” like this wouldn’t be the best time to live. I mean it was such a great time it rained “Pennies From Heaven!” All of the “Guys and Dolls” had impeccable “Style.” Hopefully, “I’ll be Seeing You” all there. [Zoey Line]

According to Buzzfeed’s quiz “What era should you live in?”, I should have been ruling the Incan Empire with Emperor Kuzco, but honestly I would love to live in the early 1900s so I could witness the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series. [Litza Craig]

If I could live in any decade, I would chose the 7770s because I like the number 7. If I could chose a specific year I would chose 7777 because, well, you know. [Graham Benefiel]

The obvious answer to this question is the 1810s. It’s a classy time; I’m a classy female, and Jane Austen was tearing up those bestselling book charts, so I would too. [Kelsey Kinzer]

I would, of course, go back to the 1910s. Wouldn’t it be nice to live in a world where Jack Dawson was still alive and Downton Abbey wasn’t just a TV show? The fashion, the innovations, and the subtle romantic antics of the day would make any girl’s Heart Go On. [Hannah McElroy]