Nostalgia Central is your one-stop reference guide through five decades of music, television, pop culture, movies, and social history.

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The Fifties
In the beginning was the word – and the word was “A-wop-bop-a-loo-mop a-lop-bam-boom!” Rock & Roll was greeted with fear and trepidation – except by the kids

The Sixties
The Beat Boom, Cliff and the Shads, Merseybeat, the birth of Radio One, the British Invasion, a little bit of Motown and some flower power. Like, psychedelic, maaan!

The Seventies
Glitter, Glam, Disco and Punk – From The Bay City Rollers to The Sex Pistols via Deep Purple, Abba and The Village People

The Eighties
Let there be Synths! Casio-riddled pop songs, drum machines, digital technology; ‘Haircut’ bands, New Wave, New Romantic, expensive videos and the birth of MTV

The Nineties
Madchester, Grunge, Indie, Rave, House, Boy Bands, Techno, Lo-Fi, Heavy Metal and the BritPop movement that spawned a thousand “next big things”

Artists A to K
An alphabetical listing A to K (by first name) of artists and groups from 1950 to 1999

Artists L to Z
An alphabetical listing L to Z (by first name) of artists and groups from 1950 to 1999

Artists 0 to 9
An alphabetical listing 0 to 9 (by first name) of artists and groups from 1950 to 1999

Music Genres
Bubblegum, Disco, Doo-Wop, Europop, Girl Groups, Glam, Goth, Grunge, Krautrock, Power Pop, Prog, Punk, Ska and many more

One-Hit Wonders
What strange alchemy transmutes one record into pure gold while so many others flop? A selection of One Hit Wonders from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s

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The Fifties
A comprehensive listing of television shows originally broadcast in the 1950s, including classic shows from the UK, USA, and Australia

The Sixties
A comprehensive listing of television shows originally broadcast in the 1960s, including classic shows from the UK, USA, and Australia

The Seventies
A comprehensive listing of television shows originally broadcast in the 1970s, including classic shows from the UK, USA, and Australia

The Eighties
A comprehensive listing of television shows originally broadcast in the 1980s, including classic shows from the UK, USA, and Australia

The Nineties
A comprehensive listing of television shows originally broadcast in the 1990s, including classic shows from the UK, USA, and Australia

Kids Television
Before the Teenage Mutant Ninja Tortoises or Mighty Morphin Flower Arrangers roamed the Earth, children’s television was truly a thing of beauty, simplicity, and fun

Comedy
From the ABC Comedy Hour to Yus My Dear

Drama
The television drama series can be traced back to crime shows (notably Dragnet) and kids westerns (The Lone Ranger) on television in the early 1950s

Variety
Even the most happening of pop groups used to troop on to Crackerjack before heading off to do Sunday Night At The London Palladium or The Morecambe and Wise Show

News and Sport
ITN created the first half-hour evening news bulletin, News at Ten, in 1967 while the BBC’s seasonal weekly football magazine Match of the Day was first broadcast in 1964

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Fads
Call them fads, crazes, phases or trends, we present some of the best – from the Abominable Snowman and 8-Tracks to Yo-Yo’s and Yuppies

Toys and Games
From Action Man and Arcade Games via Matchbox Cars and Stylophone to Zig Zag Zoom and the Zillion Bubble Blower

Fashion
From Afros and aftershave through bobbysox and bellbottoms to Unisex and winklepickers

Decor
From Bean Bags and Black Lights, via Lava Lamps and Macramé, to Waterbeds and Wallpaper

Food and Drink
From Angel Delight to Vimto, via Cresta, Slimcea, Space Dust and Tang. All brought to you from the People’s Republic of Vesta . . .

Events
Key and important events from the worlds of sport, politics, music, medicine, crime, natural disaster and human conflict: From the Cold War to the Y2K bug and all points in-between

People
Famous and infamous: film stars, designers, criminals, and artists: from Alan Freed to the Zodiac Killer

Technology
From the ATM to the Walkman via a world of Cafe Bars, Compact Discs, Hovercrafts, Microwave Ovens,  Space Shuttles and Test Tube Babies

Transport
From the Africar to the Zeta via the Mini, Escort, Capri, Jag, Mustang, MGB, Muscle Cars, Bond Bug and Trabant

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The Fifties
“I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender” – Hollywood fought against the new medium of television with bigger stars and bigger budgets – all in glorious Cinemascope

The Sixties
“You were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!” – The golden days of British film, Pinewood Studios, Carry On films and dodgy horror movies

The Seventies
“Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water!” – The decade of Disaster Movies, sharks, boxers, gangsters, battles in space, and a 12-year old girl possessed by the Devil

The Eighties
“Hasta La Vista Baby!” – Fantasy warriors, serial killers in hockey masks, incompetent cops and Teen high school movies where the soundtrack was often better than the film

The Nineties
“You know what they call a Quarter Pounder with Cheese in Paris?” – Gangsters, cannibals, Scotsmen painted blue, prison dramas and Buzz Lightyear

Movies A to K
An alphabetical listing (A to K) of films from 1950 to 1999 which are particularly representative of the era without necessarily being critically acclaimed

Movies L to Z
An alphabetical listing (L to Z) of films from 1950 to 1999 which are particularly representative of the era without necessarily being critically acclaimed

Movies 0 to 9
An alphabetical listing (0 to 9) of films from 1950 to 1999 which are particularly representative of the era without necessarily being critically acclaimed

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The 1950s
WWII was over and the drudgery of everyday life gave way to a new world of mod cons in the home

Decade overview | 1950s Music | 1950s Television | 1950s Movies
1950 | 1951 | 1952 | 1953 | 1954 | 1955 | 1956 | 1957 | 1958 | 1959

The 1960s
Known retrospectively as The “Swinging” Sixties, a sunny optimism permeated everything and the possibilities seemed endless

Decade overview | 1960s Music | 1960s Television | 1960s Movies
1960 | 1961 | 1962 | 1963 | 1964 | 1965 | 1966 | 1967 | 1968 | 1969

The 1970s
This wonderful synthetic decade brought us Glam Rock, Pet Rocks and Punk Rock. Far out, Man!

Decade overview | 1970s Music | 1970s Television | 1970s Movies
1970 | 1971 | 1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975 | 1976 | 1977 | 1978 | 1979

The 1980s
The “me” decade not only gave us Thatcher, Reagan, and Wall Street – it also gave us the Rubiks Cube, Space Invaders, Dallas and Duran Duran

Decade overview | 1980s Music | 1980s Television | 1980s Movies
1980 | 1981 | 1982 | 1983 | 1984 | 1985 | 1986 | 1987 | 1988 | 1989

The 1990s
The dawn of the Internet, cloned sheep, BritPop, The Spice Girls, The Macarena and war in the Gulf. Nelson Mandela was freed in South Africa and Princess Diana died in Paris

Decade overview | 1990s Music | 1990s Television | 1990s Movies
1990 | 1991 | 1992 | 1993 | 1994 | 1995 | 1996 | 1997 | 1998 | 1999

 

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