The 100 greatest things of the last 30 years

The 100 greatest things of the last 30 years

Online shopping, WiFi, Google, digital cameras, text messaging, emailing and flat screen TV’s top the 100 best things to have come from the past three decades. The smoking ban, Harry Potter, Margaret Thatcher, William and Kate’s wedding and Take That also made the list.

The research was conducted by the UK’s first budget hotel brand, Travelodge, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, surveyed 2,000 British adults to seek their views on the greatest things of the past 30 years.

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee is considered among the greatest things

But while technology dominates the top 100 listing of ‘30 years of Greatness’, in an era where Britons were hit by the credit crunch and a recession, budget airlines and hotels and low-cost supermarkets also featured highly.

Sporting greatest

The triumphant 2012 Olympics was considered to be the biggest sporting event of the last three decades, followed by Andy Murray’s 2013 Wimbledon win, England’s 5-1 football win over Germany in 2001 and Euro 96.

A few sportspeople even got standalone mentions within the top 100 list which included David Beckham, Usain Bolt, Roger Federer and Alan Shearer.

Other popular things from the past 30 years which have become firm favourites for women include: GHD straighteners, skinny jeans, the Wonderbra and Spandex.

Memorable TV shows include The Simpsons, Friends, EastEnders, Big Brother, The X Factor and Sex and the City.

Technology's greatest

Unsurprisingly, the internet has influenced many of the things that we consider to be great from the past three decades, such as fibre optic broadband, online check-in, Spotify and Netflix.

The top 100 listing also features several websites which have become essential to modern-day life including: You Tube, price comparison sites, eBay and Wikipedia.

Social media is also a popular choice with Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram getting separate mentions.

Apple is also a recurring brand with several items in the list, including the iPad, iPhone, iPod and iTunes.

Digital TV, DVD, Sky+ and several games consoles such as the Playstation, X-Box, Nintendo Wii, Game Boy and the classic Sega Megadrive also make the list.

History's greatest

Whilst technology is a major feature of the past 30 years, the research also revealed that historical events like the Berlin Wall coming down and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee are also considered to be among the greatest things.

The top 100 greatest things of the past 30 years

  1. World Wide Web
  2. Smartphones
  3. Online banking
  4. Online shopping
  5. WiFi
  6. Google
  7. Digital cameras
  8. Text messaging
  9. Email at fingertips
  10. Flat screen televisions
  11. Berlin Wall coming down
  12. Super Mario Brothers
  13. GHD Straighteners
  14. Satellite navigation
  15. Fibre optic broadband
  16. Digital TV
  17. DVD
  18. The Smoking ban
  19. YouTube
  20. 2012 Olympics
  21. Tablet computer
  22. Price comparison websites
  23. iPad
  24. Sky+
  25. Budget supermarkets
  26. eBay
  27. Andy Murray winning Wimbledon
  28. Wikipedia
  29. Online check-in
  30. Budget airlines
  31. E-Book readers
  32. Facebook
  33. iPhone
  34. Microsoft Office
  35. Budget hotels
  36. Skinny jeans
  37. Networked computers
  38. Sunday opening hours
  39. Harry Potter
  40. Social Media
  41. England beating Germany 5-1
  42. Live Aid
  43. iPod
  44. Wonderbra
  45. Power showers
  46. HTML
  47. Queen’s Diamond Jubilee
  48. Mobile apps
  49. Bluetooth
  50. Mass-produced mobile phones
  51. MP3
  52. Spandex
  53. Eurostar
  54. Margaret Thatcher
  55. The Premier League
  56. William & Kate’s wedding
  57. The National Lottery
  58. Sony Playstation
  59. Barack Obama
  60. Rollaboard suitcase
  61. David Beckham
  62. Hybrid cars
  63. The Simpsons
  64. Friends (TV show)
  65. Michael Jackson
  66. iTunes
  67. X-Box
  68. Spray tanning
  69. Usain Bolt
  70. Nintendo Wii
  71. Twitter
  72. Take That
  73. Roger Federer
  74. Spotify
  75. Euro 96
  76. Netflix
  77. EastEnders
  78. Italia 90
  79. Macbook
  80. George Foreman grill
  81. The Rachel cut
  82. Nintendo Game Boy
  83. Oasis
  84. Online dating
  85. Jose Mourinho
  86. Sega Megadrive
  87. X Factor
  88. Big Brother
  89. Nintendo NES
  90. Sex and the City
  91. Instagram
  92. Alan Shearer
  93. Gazza
  94. Botox
  95. David Cameron
  96. Tony Blair
  97. Blogging
  98. Nutribullet
  99. Red Bull
  100. The Selfie