Top 10 Youth Subcultures


The way we dress now is an amalgamation of years of experimenting with cloth and leather. Here’s a look at those past-time youth cultures that helped inspire the styles of people today.

10. Dandys / Flappers


Way back when the US was young and looked like something from Bugsy Malone with grown-ups, Dandy men and Flapper girls prevailed. Red lipstick, hair plastered to the head with lacquer and sequined dresses were the order of the day for girls, and the men wouldn’t be seen dead in anything but a pressed tweed suit with a bowler hat. The youth of that day hung out in back-street jazz clubs drinking moonshine and playing cards. Knowwhaddamean?

9. Greasers


The Greaser look – which was an product of the British Teddy Boy culture – can be summed up by saying the title of one popular film: Grease. Tight jeans, tight t-shits and slicked back hair was the über cool look for the boys, whereas the girls’ had large but perfectly coiffured hair, ra-ra skirts and lots of girly bows. Back then, it was all about looking cool, juke boxes, milkshake bars and smooching in cars.

8. New Romantic / Glam Rock


All hail the eighties, where hair was big, bangles were bountiful and synthesizers rocked the airwaves. The Glam Rockers were all about colored leggings and leg-warmers, a la Fame, Cyndi Lauper and Paula Abdul, whereas the New Romantics preferred a darker look, complete with black denim, make-up for boys and shiny shoes, like The Artist Formerly Known as Prince.

7. Gangsta


The emergence of rap music saw throngs of young people’s jeans get baggier and baggier, and bling increased so much it’s a wonder there aren’t more neck problems. The Gangsta look is still going strong, with clothing lines such as FUBU and Rocawear feeding the need to wear all things ‘street’, and icons such as 50 Cent and Jay-Z carrying on the walk-with-a-limp, show-off-boxers, plaster-on-the-face look like it’ll never go out of fashion.

6. Rockers


In the early sixties, rockers were the rougher, dirtier version of Greasers, but the antithesis to hippies. To be part of this club, you need a mean-looking motorbike, long hair, tattoos and a curled lip. Indeed, this was the era where the Hell’s Angels were born – a subculture still going strong today, with all ages and creeds welcome.

5. Geek Chic


This style has a resurgence every few years, with the latest one still in full swing – think Travis from Gym Class Heroes, Andre 3000, Johnny Depp or Justin Timberlake. You too can achieve this interesting look, designed to make the wearer look intelligent yet interesting, by teaming thick-framed glasses (it doesn’t matter if you need them or not), drain-piped checked trousers with sneakers, and a tucked-in t-shirt.

4. Punks


Some say punk was born in a small specialist London boutique owned by the eccentric Vivienne Westwood back in the seventies. In an extreme reaction to the other popular, neatly groomed and tidy style of the time – mods – the punk look aimed to shock by combining mismatched patterns, ‘work’ boots, ripped denim and lots and lots of safety pins. Combine with a brightly-colored, starched mo-hawk and a bad attitude, and there you have one of the most infamous subcultures of all time.

3. Emo


Radical youth subcultures seem to have died out over time,  as there are so many ‘types’ of people that almost every combo has been done. Nevertheless, it would seem the emo look could be classed as the latest new look, even though it does draw comparisons from the Goth and New Romantic looks. Inspired by bands with long names such as The Day My Dog Went to Town or Fire Eat Boy Eat Lamppost, morbid youths all over the world decided to wear their hair in extreme side-partings, don neckerchiefs, black eyeliner, and jeans so tight that they can no longer feel their legs

2. Grunge


The nineties brought us nu-wave rave, complete with neon trousers and shell-suits, which people soon realized was a stupid look. However, it also brought us Kurt Cobain, and with that, a look that was adopted by millions of people for years following. Long, lank hair, knitted jumpers with holes in and scruffy jeans became the uniform of choice for grunge-lovers.

1. Hippies


One of the most iconic looks of all time would have to be that of the hippy. Immortalized by The Beatles, Twiggy, and anyone that went to Woodstock, this look was all about color, flower power, corduroys and looking laid back, man.

Honorary Mentions


Nobody really knows where Goths came from – they just happened. They’ve always been around in some shape of form and they probably always will be. Just look for the black nail polish, crucifix, bat tattoos, long dark hair and Cradle of Filth t-shirt.


Metallers are a bit smarter than grunge, and more colorful than Goths. They love to thrash out at rock concerts, only ever wear band t-shirts, have very long hair and wear a chain on their jeans. They started out in the 80s and early 90s thanks to ACDC and Metallica, and you’ll find them at the front of most mosh pits round the world, drinking – and spilling – cheap beer from a plastic cup.


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  1. The teenage demographic didn’t really exist until after the war (folks went from short trousers to working downt pit) and these subcultures are really a youth phenomenon. So I’d suggest flappers was the fashion of the day rather than a subculture.

  2. The author of this article is misinformed with no research to show her work. Methalheads, not metallers, have been around since the 70’s. And glam rock and New Romantic are 2 entirely different subcultures.

  3. Goth is stated and also wrong. The Gothic culture was brought up somewhere in the mid to late 1700’s. Goth fashion was origionally Victorian style clothing with all black (and occasionally other dark colors). The youth of today has ruined it by mixing it (also confusing it) with Emo (Even though the subculture was just recently introduced) because of MTV and other things like that thinking they are all the same. Kids and adults need to stop mixing them up and changing the style of clothing and calling it Goth. It irritates true Goths and gives people the wrong impression about the best subculture there is (in my opinion, sense I am one).

  4. DELETE THIS ARTICLE! this is terribly inaccurate. WTF MOD ISNT EVEN ON HERE, YET GREASERS, AND ROCKERS ARE??? I am reading a fairchild book right now, you should probably look into their books (Survey of Historic Costume fifth edition) and not just wing an article haha. Mod, hippies and punks basically started everything. I don’t even think greasers should be on here, because that really wasn’t relevant unless you wanted to base decades of revolutionary fashion off a popular fictional movie.. Rockers was merely a fad of a subculture, same with Teddy Boys and although mod lost it’s popularity towards the early 70’s, it deeply influenced many styles. In my opinion hipsters are like a reformed mod and that’s a huge trend right now, with just one of the many subcultures it influenced. And a lot of these comments were saying how punks influenced other dress which is completely true, and I’m glad to see punks on the list, as well as hippies. But really no mod? Come on. Beatles? Twiggy? No so much hippies as they were modernists… And I don’t understand the order. Emo is #2 when punks are #3, yet emo derived from punks?…… The captions really have no facts either, they appear to be ignorant thoughts. please delete this article asap.

  5. Goth was born from the Punk. Goth bands are not cradle, but are Bauhaus, Siouxsie, Cure, Joy Division, Alien Sex Fiend, Virgin Prunes, etc

    Ah… Mainstream ignorance…

  6. Mods were long gone by the time punks appeared in the streets of London around 1975.

    The first real youth culture in Britain were the Teds (Teddy Boys) who dressed in the most sartorial manner they could. Mostly remembered for their greased hair with a Tony at the front and D.A. at the back, long frock-coats with velvet collars and cuffs, shirts with wyatt earp ties, ornate waistcoats, tight drainpipe trousers and brothel-creeper crepe-soled suede shoes – and cut-throat razors. They sigued into bikers or Rockers (with caff racer motor bikes) and, for dancing, suits with short, bum-freezer jackets, drainpipes and very pointed winklepicker shoes.

    Their antithesis were small groups of young guys in London who wanted to live a sharp, stylish, even secret lifestyle – French art movies, Italian-style clothes, modern jazz (such as John Coltraine, Thelonius Monk etc), all night dancing and recreational drugs such as Benzydrene and Dexadrine etc. These Modernists began to grow in the London scene and adopted other obscure elements, such as black American soul / R&B artists still unknown to white audiences in the USA and Britain. These were the Mods and they began to grow in numbers about 1962. Also about then, their numbers grew by the appearance of suburban Mods who got around on imported Italian motor-scooters, such as Lambretta and Vespa.

    By 1963, the Mod scene grew even larger and had spread to the Home Counties and other big cities. When “Ready Steady Go !” appeared on British TV’s that year, its audience was mainly made up of Mods and music and presenters began to tailor the programmes for them. The Mod scene spread around Britain and by 1964 was in full swing. Mod clothes shops opened up and that was the year the much-publicised fights at seaside resorts hit the papers. The tabloid press had a lot to do with stirring up trouble between Mods and Rockers which had the effect of demonising Mods in the public eye. The “purist” Mods distanced themselves from the expanded Mod scene, calling themselves “Stylists” and bit by bit the Mod scene receded in the London area by 1966 and by 1969 in the other parts of Britain. The Mods in the London area were turning to more flamboyant wear, as characterised by the parody “Austin Powers” and by Twiggy etc and weren’t Mods anymore.

    The working-class Mods, who kept closer to their roots and were nicknamed “Hard Mods” were turning to Jamaican Ska more and more as well as soul, cutting their Mod hair short and wearing their archetypal Mod fashions such as three-button suits, Ben Sherman shirts, Fred Perry tennis shirts, straight Levis etc, as well as adopting new items such as work-boots (Doc Martens were popular), braces (suspenders) and Crombie coats (which the red outside breast pocket lining turned out to look like a kerchief) and continuing the Mod Jamaican pork-pie hat. The Skinheads had arrived and in those days, ’60’s to early 70’s, the Skinheads were not the racist neo-nazis of later times and easily integrated with Jamaicans etc.

    “Up North” as well as Skinheads arriving on the scene, younger brothers of ex-Mods were keeping the soul music tradition and Mod dress code alive though adapted a bit to the ’70’s with baggy trousers and they created a scene all their own, a direct Mod descendant – Northern Soul – and had all-nighter dance sessions. Their dancing tended to be more frenetic than their older Mod brothers had done and included all sorts of front and back-flips and fancy moves, hence the baggy trousers !

    But Skinheads and Northern Soul were a minority and by the mid-1970’s, there were teenagers and early 20’s all over the UK wanting a scene, bored and frustrated by the bloated self-importance of prog rock and the sillyness of glam rock and sleepfest of country music, the 3 day working week, strikes, racial tension, unemployment, power cuts and the s**t that was Seventies Britain. That’s where Malcolm McLaren, Vivienne Westwood and “Sex” the cutting-edge clothes shop claim to have stepped in. McLaren matched the clothes to a new, basic grating music style and an anti-hero band to play it – The Sex Pistols and voila, the UK Punk scene was born.

    By the end of the ’70’s, Punk had moved on a tad and become more flamboyant, the music had improved and spin-offs from the scene developed new (or resurrected) sounds, both new and re-born youth cultures appeared (eg – neo-nazi Skins, Mods, Teds, Rockers, Rockabilly, Rude-Boys, New Romantics etc) Unlike the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s where youth cultures/scene tended to come along one at a time, by 1980 not only could you hand-pick the scene you wanted, you could choose who could be your enemy to fight !).

    Me ? Well, my brother was a Mod in the mid 1960’s era and when he got a good job and progressed out of the Mod scene, I adopted the Mod scene in 1967 when I got old enough – 14 – and stayed with it till it died out by early 1969.

    I have always thought the Mod scene was the best of all of them and was the one which first gave teens a scene in the UK. Maybe I just biased.


    It matters not what anyone says,we Teds were and are the first subculture in Briton,we always have been and always will be,and we are still out there today,in as bigger numbers than ever before,we even have Teds in other countries,mainly throughout europe………

  8. I hate labels by this list I’m a emo greaser grunger punk
    And metaller all together correct term metal head

  9. well acording to the fire up here visual kai and otaku are not subcultures cause they have yet to be mentioned so whatever


    This is all wrong,they forgot to mention Britains own rebels the great British Teddyboys,with out the Teds there would not be any of these other groups,these other groups have a lot ot thank the Teds for…………

  11. I can’t believe I read this entire piece. This is so horribly written. I feel ashamed for the internet’s sake.


    Firstly greasers are not Rockers,Rockers are Teds riding Brit bikes,get your facts straight,as for mods being above Teddyboys,you got to be kidding,Teds have been around since the early 50`s,mods came along in the 60`s,and mods were a bunch of pussys on electric tooth brushes,and whats with the parker with a target on your backs,like we needed a target,we got you every time,,lol………….The very first so called sub culture were the great British Teddyboys,and there are Teds not onlt in England but nearly every country in the world,some people talk a lot of crap.

    Going back to the mods,back in the 70`s not even the punks and skinheads liked them,the amount of times i saw skinheads and punks laying into a bunch of mods,then they came up against the cream off the crop,the ENGLISH TEDDYBOYS.

    This entire thread is rubbish,if it wasnt for us the Teds,there would not be any other culture out there,we have supplied the rest of the world with our own rebels,thats another thing,we cant forget the Rockabillys,i think this thread was put here to start this and its worked,but how the hell they forgot us the Teds is beyound me,in the 50`s they raised hell,and us in the 70`s we raised hell,we were the first groups and we will go on forever…………TEDDYBOYS ARE FOREVER…………………

  13. Acually for the greasers one I find the best movie that can explain Greasers is The outsiders. Grease ws more lovey dovey then about the greasers while The Outsiders shows greasers I never reall thought about greasers in grease but I deffinatly did in The Outsiders, but thats just me personally

  14. So many erroneous errors and omissions.

    Here are those you missed and number 1 is unforgiveable to have omitted.

    Mods (still thriving scene and probably the most far reaching influence on other cultures)
    Skinheads (sub genres inc. Trads/Trojan, Reds,SHARPS and Boneheads/Whitepower)
    Sharpies (Austrailian sub culture similar to Skinhead)
    Scooterboys (huge sub culture from seventies till present day)
    Casuals (one of the few sub-cultures that became as clothes obsessed as Mods)

    Please note, Greasers was a nickname given to the Rockers, they are one and the same, and certainly Mod was the very antithesis of Rocker and not the Hippy, Hippies developed from the remnants of Mod/Psychedelia in the 67 -70 period, whilst at the same time some Mods who left the Stylist end of the Mod fashion behind, developed into, what for some would be the bastard offspring of Mod, the Skinhead arrived (earlier labelled by the Mod Stylists as Hard Mods), these became the scourge of many Hippies in the late sixties and early seventies.

    The above list is not complete by any means as sub-culture would include
    Nazi Punks
    Grebos (late seventies early eighties NWOBHM fans)
    Outlaw Motorcycle clubs
    New Age
    Northern Soul sub-culture
    ………………….and on and on!!

    The first list pretty much encompasses those sub-cultures of importance you failed to mention.



      Well said Paul,and there was me thinking i was dreaming,but off course we all know different.

      I think i can go one better than that Paul.

      Teds own the Planet,and we have filled it with pure 50`s Rock`n`Roll…..


    Skinheads,the the one most important subculture. The oldest enduring (since 1969),I dont think so,the first and most important subculture is and always will be the great British Teddyboy,i dont remember ever hearing about skinheads being around in the early 50`s,the Teddyboys were,and we are still around today,wen people said being a Teddyboy was a fad they were wrong,Teds will always be around,they were here in the 50`s,they were here in the 60`s and in the 70`s and the 80`s and they are still here today,dont see many skinheads,unless you look in europe,plenty of them over there.

    It was the Teds that started it then and they are still around today,it should have been us the Teds put first,and the fighting the booze and the birds,the Teds were here first,and will be around long after the rest of thesecopycats have gone

    • "Us the teds"? Who, you and you two friends, who happen to be the only teds in the entire world? Teds are dead, I personally have never seen one in my life. Skinheads exist in virtually every country where people have access to food haha. Yes, the racist battle has kept it alive and kept interest in it, but it's still here. Teds are dead!

      • Hey Joe,do you get out much,or are you in prison,that must be it,or your looking in the wrong place,there are thousands of Teds still out there,you must be hiding in the door way with your eyes shut if you cant see them,you say you have never seen one in your life?,what are you two?,as a matter of fact,im glad you mentioned the entire world,because thats where we have gone,there are now Teds in every part of the world,google it,you do know how to google dont you?,there are many sites out there and we can be found,all you have to do is type in Teddyboys,its that easy,well unless your two that is,skinheads i know are not into the racist part,and if they are,why are they not fighting the enermy,i take it your English,have you not noticed the invasion by islam,and the walkinf beanbags.

        Believe me Ted aint Dead and never will beTeds will be around long after the skinhead craze has long gone,lol,it was dying back in the 70`s,and lot of skinheads were turning up to our gigs,and growing their hair so they could look as cool as us Teds,anyone can shave their hair and call themself a skinhead,but it takes dedication and the heart to be a 42/7 Ted,we are there just open your eyes and you will see us,but dont worry,we wont hurt you,we have grown up,like i said we are Teddyboys 24/7 and we live the lifestyle of the 50`s every day,we live for our music,the only music that gave the teenagers their chance to break away from what their parents were listening to,we were Englands first Teenagers.


        Have a great weekend…………………….

        • DAVE, TEDDYBOY NO1 on

          Hello Sue,so good of you to join us,we have a non believer here,dont understand it,you have a great way with words,and i agree with you 100%,with the many thousands of photo`s today,how can anyone say we dont exist.

          Teds are forever…………….

        • hi Dave,
          this is zoya from Iran, i’m about researching subcultures which belong to Islamic country, that’s a part of my paper tho in during my roaming in the net i just saw this site and have written your reply that help me so much, via this short letter i could feel your heart and mind to adjust my mind then change it…( i’m very sorry cuz of my rudimentary English).
          Thank You

  16. Uh, you forgot the one most important subculture. The oldest enduring (since 1969), and probably most heavily followed. Yeah, skinheads. Probably also the most recognizable, although this is largely because of their alleged racism. Of course, neo-nazi skinheads do exist, but skinheads started out in 1969 with large influence from Ska and the london negro scene. Today tens of thousands exist in the world, counting the neo- nazis. On the other side are the S.H.A.R.P. (SKinheads against racial prejudice) and R.A.S.H. (Red and Anarchist Skins), which don't require any more introduction. Also the Traditional skins, which keep it real, turning a blind eye to any politics within the scene, and fully embracing the skinhead culture for what it is: Music, Fighting, Boose and chicks.

  17. This list is all about fashion i.e. how a certain group dresses. I don't think it's all about "subculture" per se.

    • Anonymous Mod on

      Yes. We are the mods, we are the mods, we are, we are, we are the mods. How was that not even up there?

  18. It's just very sloppy Top Ten with nothing correct.Not even funny!No wonder we all hate it.Teds Rule The Planet!8-Ball Paul

  19. Never seen so many knotted bollocks as this comments thread… I thought the article was quite good, as a bit of light entertainment, even if it did contain a factual error or two. Nothing blatant, certainly.

  20. This article started out well written then just fell apart towards the end. The last four or so subcultures seem to be written about in a rather unprofessional tone. It would seem that the author has a rather obvious bias towards the last four groups and the honorable mentions. With a bit more research this could be a decent article.



    OK,What i want to know is,WHAT HAPPENED TO THE GREAT ENGLISH TEDDYBOYS,or did you suddenly re-write the history book,they were around long before these other crap fads you decided to write about,they have all but gone,yet us TEDS are still going strong.

    So this is your top 10,here`s my top 10,me and nine of my mates,=10 TEDS

    You know what,if this was paper it would be in my toilet,probably the best place for it,instead of me telling you who and what the teds are,and i say are because we are still out there,google TEDDYBOYS,the amount of pages that come up will make your head spin,maybe it will clear the rubbish out of the gap between your ears.


      • SkinheadANTIFA on

        Lolno. Emos are always sad, not angry. BTW, where are the skinheads? Best style ever.

      • DAVE TEDDYBOY NO1 on

        Mad,of course i’m mad,so are a lot of Teds,you have no idea what your talking about,i think you just made it all up,i’m far too old to be a emo??what ever that is,don’t you mean emu,how about you actually do some research and get your facts straight,that way you might actually get someone who agrees with you………..

  22. This is nonsense!The top Youth Subculture in the word is the Great Brittish Teddy Boy!They make all others that followed look like a bunch of School kids that won't tidy their room up!

    And where is the Great U.S related Cult the Rockabillies???!!!

    Greasers don't cover it!!The movie Grease was full of Disco music!!

    It all started with 50's Rock'N'Roll!!Thats the bottom line folks!!

    • Whoever wrote this top 10 did not know what they were talking about…….Teddy Boys were the first Rebels of the UK and they were follwed by Rockers who rode mainly british bikes. Greasers were after the Rockers and it was them that wore longer hair scruffy greasy clothes. So before commiting to print check the facts to stop misinforming the general public. Such a lot has been missed out !!!!!!!.

  23. I know you guys are going into a massive heated debate and everything…but I just found this page on Stumble! and I went to school with the guys in the emo picture and found it a total mind melt moment…sorry, continue you debate!

  24. Ick, Cradle of Filth is NOT goth in any way. Neither are most of these stupid black-clad suburbanite kids who label themselves as goths but only listen to alternative rock and metal.

    Here's an excerpt copied from a goth forum explaining it a bit better than I can. You can read the entire text at:

    What is Goth? (Gothic FAQ)
    What is Gothic?
    Its a genre of music, a kind of dark Postpunk that developed in the late 70s and early 80s.
    Its also a subculture, a group of people united by their love for this music called Goths.

    What is Gothic music?
    As already mentioned its a kind of dark Postpunk. Which means it developed from Punk. And indeed many Goth bands do still resemble Punk a lot in sound.
    Bauhaus, The Sisters Of Mercy, Christian Death, The Cure, Siouxsie And The Banshees, Alien Sex Fiend,… are some of the prominent Goth classics. But Goth didn't die after the 80s, it just went underground. There are plenty of popular newer Goth bands to like Cinema Strange, Bloody Dead And Sexy, Elusive, Frank The Baptist, All Gone Dead, Eat Your Make-Up,… There is a much longer list of Goth bands below.

  25. Cradle Of Filth goth? Close, but not quite, they are a black metal, a heavy metal subgenre invented in Norway in the 80s hugely influenced by the 70s metal band KISS. I have to admit, the goths did fancy COF, but black metal or just plain old heavy metal, they are still metal, btw i have a COF shirt and I'm a Metalhead (correct term) or 'metaller' as you called me.

    • Black Metal’s use of corpse paint is not influenced by KISS- you’d be better off citing dead people or Venom as a possible influence. Also, for all that Norwegian Black Metal is probably the most famed offshoot of Black Metal, other early/earlier pioneers of Black Metal formed around 1984-1985 in Canada and Brazil (see Blasphemy and Sarcofago). Of course Norwegian black metal is hugely influential, but Norway certainly isn’t the sole birth place of the genre. If you’re going to act as an authority on the subject of metal, make sure you have your facts straight.

  26. mod culture blurred with hippy culture for awhile. true mods simply embraced what was "modern." mod isnt simply wallabees fishtail parkas and scooter culture… also emo is a sub genre of punk it started with punk bands like husker du and rites of spring. in the mid 80's. it stood for emotional hardcore. i love lists like this that are put together by people who have some sort of weird outside knowledge of s*** but never actually lived it. like those vhi documentaries about metal and punk…i d say almost all of this is garbage. glam was started by bands like new york dolls, roxy music, gary glitter, t rex, s*** like that…in the 70's. you are so far off on that it made me actually laugh out loud. and "metallers" seriously? i have never heard someone referred to as a "metaller." i think you could say goth came from punk but really it sort of became its own thing after darkwave etc etc…also ramones were pre sex pistols. the term punk actually came from a new york zine in he 70's documenting the new york post glam scene. malcolm mcclaren just ripped it off.

  27. Goth’s an offshoot of punk really.

    When punk first started in the 70’s it wasn’t ‘punk’ as we know it NOW. It was basically ‘hey this is new, this is different this IS NOT mainstream so join us’

    ala siouxsie and the banshees, palled around w/the sex pistols and siouxsie are regarded as one of the founding bands for the ‘goth’ genre/style etc. (so not punk in any sense of the word NOW but definently not regular mainstream music either.)

    all started because of knowing the pistols, one of the first influential punk bands of the time.

    • May I point out that emo is also an offshot of punk? I mean look at them! They are pretty just depressed versions of those blokes in the misfits! A lot of the clothing and hairstyles are very punky, caus alot of emos have the fringe but spike it up at the back and colour their hair like punks, there are also alot of emos in punk hardcore bands.

    • Have to agree that the origins of goth are in punk but the true popularization came with Neil Gaiman's comic book "Sandman." See his interpretation of Sandman's sister, Death, and while the suthor probably stole it from the street, the culture embraced the series and took off with that comic series.

  28. Oh come on.. how can it be "meant to be a fun list" where so many facts are wrong? shame on you! you shouldn't have made this list.. or at least you shouldn't have made those 2 honorary mentions … now they are full of ….

  29. I would say that the "emo" subculuture is by far the most obnoxious.

    And I don't know why all of you are getting so upset, it's meant to be a fun list, not something that should be taken so seriously!

  30. who writes this bollocks? Glam Rock is 70s, not 80s.

    At least get the fatcs straight, geez.

      • The band in the Glam/New Romantic section is The New York Dolls.

        IMHO they sounded more Chuck Berry/Punkish than Glam.

        They were from the early 70s not the 80s. Take a listen to them, they rock.

    • I was noticing that too! And to lump Glam Rock in with the New Romantics is totally wrong.

      The picture that they have up illustrates 70's glam rock – David Bowie, Marc Bolan, Gary Glitter, Queen, etc. 80's Glam in America took some of the same fashion but morphed into its own disaster. Paula Abdul?? Give me a break

  31. This article is very lacking. All your information seems to have been collected from what you assume on sight, or what you've been told from other misinformed folk. Shame, really. If the research was done, this could've been one of the best articles on here.

  32. Twiggy was a model, who sported both 'hippy' and 'mod' styles. As with all subcultures, boundaries were blurred over time and the definition of specific styles only truly came years later, when looking back.

    Apart from this discrepancy, I really can't see what else is incompetent about this list. It's a great look at sociology throughout history.

    I'm looking forward to seeing more weird and wonderful subcultures in the future!

    • A fun article, nice try. But so many problems it’ hard to know where to start. For one thing, English punks and miss both fought Teds, skinheads, and rockers in the streets. Also, grunge wasn’t really a fashion; Glam was from the 70s (I think you’re confusing it with 80s spandex and falsetto cockrock); and Prince is truly unique and has no association of the short-lived New Romantic blip circa 1980.

  33. love your site, but this article really is so hugely incompetent. you better check out wikipedia atleast. 🙂 but anyway, great site 🙂

    • What about Goth? Started in the 1980s. Assuming you think glamorous started in the 80s, I would assume you wouldn’t include actual subcultures. What is geek chic? Emo started in the 90s.