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  1. Josef Rei
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    I like how this list was written, but I find it too American. Just my opinion.

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    1. 5minutes
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      Agreed

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      1. KingV369
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        double agree

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        1. Zdiddy
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          BOO-EFFIN-HOO, thats cause the rest of the world outside America hardly counts!! The rest of the world is just America’s jealous ugly friends that talk [email protected]%t when it’s backs turned but smile to it’s face…. Im sick of it.

  2. MIkeHedd
    MIkeHedd at |

    Pretty sure that London in the 60’s trumps San Francisco as a “Cultural Centre”…

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    1. elcucuyfeo
      elcucuyfeo at |

      I agree with you completely, 1960’s London was the birth of the Swinging Sixties.

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  3. elcucuyfeo
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    This is a great list! It’s a shame we have to wait 90 years for the Culture centers of the 21st century to be released.

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  4. lakeview
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    1920’s would be Paris, hands down. The music, dance, film, and fashion.
    40’s Los Angeles. Movies, disney, aeronautics, and fashion.
    50’s NYC on a whole not just Brooklyn. Music, TV, art(all the euro artists who left went to NYC), TV, and books.
    60’s Split between London and San Fran. For all the same reasons but ill give it to london based soley on the film industry.
    70’s Los Angeles. Films (Star Wars, Jaws, etc) fashion, music, and of course TV.
    80’s LA, London, Tokyo, and NYC are much more than Miami. Just asking what was your drug of choice in the 80’s, just asking.
    Cant argue with the rest, but man you blew it on the ones Ive mentioned and Im sure others will come up with more than me.

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  5. Mark
    Mark at |

    60’s London all the way.

    This is quite a western list. Tokyo could’ve had a shout at either the 80’s or the 90′ s for its cultural effect on Asia

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    1. 5minutes
      5minutes at |

      Tokyo’s affect on the 90’s culture is going to be limited greatly by the Lost Generation – the economic crisis that sank Japan’s economy in the early-to-mid 90’s.

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  6. Hellion
    Hellion at |

    Sorry but I don’t associate any city outside of the United States or the UK with any era during the 20th Century. How would Tokyo represent the 90’s when everyone there was wearing the clothes that Americans wore in the 80’s? Paris? For having such a rich cultural reputation Paris really hasn’t changed all that much in the past 100 years (Parisians are still stuck up, condesending and smelly).
    Only England and the United States had any cultural relevance in the 20th century. I don’t see anyone wearing moose hats from Russia.

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    1. ParusMajor
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      I’ve got a raccoon hat from Uzbekistan. Apropos of nothing, just mentioned it.

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    2. bill 123
      bill 123 at |

      surely berlin gets a mention for 30s or 40s or possibly moscow as though they arent to be admired, facism and communism were definitley two of the biggest cultural influences of the century

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  7. ParusMajor
    ParusMajor at |

    Good list, but what about Memphis, Tennessee in the 1950’s, the home of Sun Record Company? http://www.sunrecords.com/

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    1. Jim Ciscell
      Jim Ciscell at |

      By way of admission, I grew up in Memphis Tennessee and thought it would be kind of a ‘homer’ pick.

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      1. ParusMajor
        ParusMajor at |

        Well, I didn’t know where you’re from, so I wouldn’t have even noticed a “homer pick” by you. But hey… Elvis, Jerry Lee, Orbison, Charlie Feathers, Warren Smith, Carl Perkins, and you grew up in that city? Damn I’m jealous! 🙂

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        1. ParusMajor
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  8. marc
    marc at |

    since when did a top 10 website become obligated to write about anything outside the USA? I don’t go on the websites of any other country and whine that they don’t write about the USA enough.

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    1. Martin Fiero
      Martin Fiero at |

      too true, i guess the center of the cyber-verse is in the U.S. also.

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  9. DrSnide`
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    Agree that London does not get the nod for the 60’s. The Beatles and Rolling Stones along should be enough to get the spot.

    I understand the idea t of New Orleans but 1920’s has to be Paris. Center of literature and art for the world and still influential in music (including jazz even if not as much as New Orleans). But the Big Easy never was the center of art and literature as Paris was that decade.

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  10. MIkeHedd
    MIkeHedd at |

    Any list is going to have some bias, especially when dealing with something as diverse as culture.My personal bias would say that as I am from London I would say that Seattle in the 90’s was of interest in the (mainstream) UK for all of about 10 minutes.

    Then we all went back to listening to our Happy Mondays, Stone Roses and Oasis albums, popping E’s and getting slight miffed at watching players like Ryan Giggs, Eric Cantona and David Beckham win the league for United again.

    The common theme between all of them – Manchester, England

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    1. ParusMajor
      ParusMajor at |

      OK… you don’t like The Cure or The Smiths, then? Or The Pogues? Thin Lizzy? Black Sabbath? Depeche Mode?

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      1. MikeHedd
        MikeHedd at |

        Well done on naming some bands who’s biggest successes were in the 80’s (apart from Sabbath who just generally rock in which ever decade they like) and only one of whom are from Manchester -The Smiths (two of the bands you named aren’t even from the same country; but I’ll leave it up to you to work out which!)

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  11. JNavarijo
    JNavarijo at |

    LA for the 90’s! Rap, Gangs, Minorities coming to prominence. Riots. Hollywood. World Cup Final.

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  12. Orrin
    Orrin at |

    Jim this is a great article! I studied geography so I’ll share this among some of my geographer friends

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    1. ParusMajor
      ParusMajor at |

      Well, I studied pornography and… oh, wait. What did I just say? Damn… 🙁

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  13. John
    John at |

    2000s- Either New York (cause of the bravery and patriotism shown after 9/11) or Boston (Red Sox finally won the World Series and the Patriots and Celtics also won titles that decade)

    2010s- Most likely as of now Rio De Janeiro (Hosts the World Cup next year and then the Summer Olympics 2 years after that).

    Also the 1980s should have been LA. Hosted the Summer Olympics in , Raiders, Lakers, and Dodgers all won titles in that decade as well!

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