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Can you believe the McDonalds McMuffin is 50 years old?

Well, believe it! 2022 will be the year that marks 50 years since all sorts of things turned 50.

As ever at Springchicken we have done the hard yards, so you don't have to. We have gone through the history books and compiled the ultimate list of everything that is 50 years old in 2022.

So, kick back with a nice glass of Paul Masson's Californian Carafe and a bowl of Ringos and let us transport you right back to 1972.

Music turning 50

There's nothing more telling than the music that was around when you were born. By the looks of it, 1972 was a very good year with albums released that still make the top 50 Albums Lists of All Time.

So, we can agree it is a great vintage. 

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars - David Bowie.

Bowie's fifth album showcased Bowie's creativity producing one of the seminal albums of the 1970s. In retrospect Ziggy stardust is without doubt one of the best glam rock albums of the era. Challenging many at the time to recalibrate thy way they listened to music.

What a shame we never got to see the musical Bowie had in mind. Luckily the farewell concert at the Hammersmith Odeon on 3rd July 1973 was documented by D A Pennebaker and is one of the best rock docs on film. 

How will you be celebrating Ziggy Stardust’s 50th birthday?  

Never a Dull Moment - Rod Stewart.

By all accounts just being around Rod Stewart in the early 1970s there was never a dull moment!

Rod's fourth studio album featured the beautiful 'You Wear It Well' alongside Rod's versions of Dylan, Hendrix and Sam Cooke classics.

A truly timeless classic.

Harvest - Neil Young.

A country-rock masterpiece from Neil Young. Regularly featuring in Best Albums of All-time Lists. The album featured the ageless single Heart of Gold.

As fresh now as it was 50 years ago.

Exile on Main St. - Rolling Stones.

The 10th studio album from the giants of Rock, The Rolling Stones. Arguably the most complete album they ever produced. reordered whilst seeking a tax refuge in the South of France.

Mick Jagger describes it as a reflection of a time and a place when the Rolling Stones were; "runaway outlaws using the blues as their weapon against the world. Feeling of joyful isolation, grinning in the face of a scary and unknown future".

American Pie - Don McLean.

The second folk-rock studio album from singer-songwriter Don McLean. Dedicated to the untimely demise of his hero, Buddy Holly and the slowly dwindling optimism of the 1960s.

The album stands as a true testament to the '60s and to great songwriting.

Eagles - Eagles.

The debut album from the biggest soft rock band of the 1970s and '80s. The album constantly features in Rolling Stones Top 500 albums of all time, in 2020 hitting the 207th spot! Is it any wonder when the album opens with the the majestic Take It Easy.

What a debut album.

Roxy Music - Roxy Music.

Bryan Ferry and Brian Eno's first album was inspired by their cinematic heroes. This sometimes bizarre and polished album still manages to challenge to this very day.

An authentic work of art.

The Slider - T. Rex.

Marc Bolan's gang of minstrels offering a brilliant glam folk offering with 1972's Slider. Featuring two of their biggest hits, Metal Guru and Telegram Sam.

This album was to establish T-Rex in the pantheon of Pop greats.

Talking Book - Stevie Wonder.

The fifteenth studio album from the great man. Wonder's Talking Book helped to establish his civil rights and political ambitions with classics like, You Are the Sunshine of My Life, Tuesday Heart Break and Superstition still featuring in top 50 lists 50 years on!

Fog On The Tyne - Lindisfarne.

The first album release from the seminal Lindisfarne. The album was said to encapsulate the essence of Newcastle and its people. The album was to furnish Lindisfarne with their signature tune and was to be the 8th best selling album of the year.

A real Springchicken favourite!

Transformer - Lou Reed.

Lou Reed's second solo album for RCA was produced by David Bowie and Mick Ronson. Transformer has stood the test of time with classics such as Vicious, Satellite of Love and Walk on the Wild Side taking their rightful place in history 50 years later.

Toys Turning 50


The 50th anniversary of this video game is well worth celebrating. The world's very first home video-game console was invented by Alan Alcorn in the late 1960s. Half a century later, Pong is still celebrated as one of the most influential inventions of all time and a turning point in the gaming industry.


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Boggle was invented by Alan Turoff in 1972. It is a word game where players shake up the letter dice inside a cube covered with letters and then race to find words on their individual trays.

Some 50 years later Boggle is still going strong and inspiring new word games like Wordle to continue the tradition!


Skateboards exploded onto the British scene 50 years ago this year. The skateboard was invented by Californian surfers who sliced their surfboards in half and adapted them to the new pastime of skateboarding.

Although popular in the US during the 1950s and 1960s it took a while for the simple design to make its way across the pond. By Christmas 1972 it was the had to have present for most children in the UK.

Its popularity has continued to attract children and teenagers alike over the past 50 years.

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50 years old this year, over 150 million copies of Uno have been sold worldwide. The game was invented in 1972 by Merle Robbins and is based on Crazy Eights.

It has remained hugely popular over the past 50 years and has achieved cult status all over the world.

Books turning 50

Watership Down - Richard Adams.

Celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year, Watership Down is a children's novel about a band of rabbits searching for a new home. The book has been critically acclaimed since its release and is credited with paving the way for children's novels as we know them today.

The book deals with some of the big issues of humankind such as freedom, loyalty, autonomy. An authentic modern-day children's classic.

 Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator - Roald Dahl.

The second instalment in the Charlie Bucket series was released. The 50th anniversary of Roald Dahl's most iconic book will be celebrated all over the world this year.

Winning over children and adults alike with its' quirky humour and comical undertones, Charlie and The Great Glass Elevator has been hailed as a timeless masterpiece.

Is it time for this classic to be made into a film? what a way to celebrate the Golden anniversary!

All Creatures Great and Small - James Herriot.

An unbelievable 60 million copies have been sold of James Herriot's most famous book. All Creatures Great and Small is dedicated to the memory of Herriot's father, it covers his experiences as a newly qualified vet in rural Yorkshire in the 1930s. 

The legacy of All Creatures Great And Small can been witnessed in its enduring quality and ability to entertain 50 years on.

Hunter S. Thompson - Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. 

 Hunter S. Thompson's most infamous book remains a cult classic. This savage journey into the heart of the American dream seems just as relevant today as it did 50 years ago.

Hunter S. Thompson at his gonzo finest in this rip-roaring trip into the dark soul of America.

What better way to celebrate your milestone birthday than hitching a ride with Hunter S. Thompson?

The Odessa File - Frederick Forsyth

50 years old this year, The Odessa File is a political conspiracy thriller about a young German reporter's search for a former SS commandant.

In the 50 years since it was released, it has been translated into 30 languages and has sold over 20 million copies worldwide.

The Stepford Wives - Ira Levin.

Unlike the Stepford Wives, this book is 50 years older in 2022. The Stepford Wives is a satirical horror novel about 50s housewives who were turned into subservient, robotic housewives.

The book has been adapted as a number of Hollywood movies and remains as popular as ever. The film even spawned its own shorthand reference in the English language, 'a Stepford Wife' refers to a compliant and subservient person.

Films Turning 50

The Godfather, Part I. 

Based on Mario Puzo's Godfather, co-written directed by Francis Ford Coppola is one of the most iconic films in Hollywood history. It was nominated for 11 Oscars winning 3 and remains one of the most influential films of all time.

American film critic, Pauline Kael commented "If ever there was a great example of how the best popular movies come out of a merger of commerce and art, “The Godfather” is it."

The Poseidon Adventure. 

50 years old in 2022, The Poseidon Adventure is an all-star disaster film about the sinking of a luxury liner in the Mediterranean. It was nominated for 4 Academy Awards and won 2 for John Williams' Best Song and Best Sound.

With a cast including Joan Crawford, Gene Hackman and Shelley Winters and earning over $125million upon release it is still one of Hollywood's most successful disaster films.


Cabaret is about a young American's adventures in pre-war Berlin, with the sexual and political climates of the city influencing their life in the heady days of the Weimar Republic. Adapted from Christopher Isherwood's fine novel, The Berlin Stories.

The film won 8 Oscars including Best Director for Bob Fosse and Best Actress for Liza Minelli.

Lady Sings The Blues. 

50 years old in 2022, was the first film to star Diana Ross. The story is loosely based on singer Billie Holiday's autobiography of the same name. Nominated for 5 Academy Awards and winning Diana Ross a 'Most Promising Newcomer' Golden Globe Award.

The movie received mixed reviews but Diana Ross' performance was widely accepted as the best thing in the film.

And Now for Something Completely Different.

Monty Python never gets old, this irreverent British comedy featuring sketches, short films and animations from Monty Python's Flying Circus. The film is memorable for its appearance of the Dead Parrot Sketch which has been voted as one of Britain's favourite comic moments.

This was the first of five full-length Monty Python films.

Last Tango in Paris.

Still as controversial now as it was 50 years ago, Last Tango in Paris is Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci's contentious drama about sexual relations. It starred Maria Schneider Marlon Brando and Marlon Brando who was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar at the 46th Academy Awards.

the film is still as challenging and controversial today as it was 50 years ago. 

Carry On Matron.

Carry On Matron is the 23rd in the iconic British comedy series. This edition to the 31 film franchise featured many of the Carry-On ensembles and was Terry Scott's final outing with the troupe.


50 years ago in 2022, Deliverance is an American crime drama film based on the novel of the same name by James Dickey.

This survival thriller still manages to shock and enthral 5 decades later. Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ronny Cox and Ned Beatty deliver some top-class performances in this atmospheric modern-day horror.

50 year old television

Are You Being Served?

This British sitcom for the BBC was hugely successful in the '70s running for 10 seasons. The show was set in a fictional London, Grace Brothers department store and features a cast of eccentric characters selling a range of items from china to clothing.


This WWII series is a captivating British television series that aired from 1972 to 1974, co-produced by the BBC and Universal Studios.

The series depicts the exploits of Allied prisoners of war during World War II, who were housed by the Germans in a supposedly escape-proof castle situated 50 miles from Dresden.

The popularity of Colditz has won the show almost cult status 50 years on by WWII enthusiasts.


Created by Kevin Laffan, Emmerdale Farm was first broadcast on 16 October 1972. Produced by ITV Yorkshire, it is the longest-running soap opera produced by ITV.

Emmerdale has been described as Britain's most admired and watched soap from the 1980s to the early 2000s.

Some 50 years on, awards are still being won by cast members for their stellar performances.


This British children's fantasy television series. Originally broadcast on BBC One as part of the hugely successful Watch With Mother programme.

Fingerbobs featured the adventures of Fingermouse, Gulliver, Scampi and Flash as narrated by Rick Jones.

Just the very theme music will transport you right back to 1972 and Watch With Mother. 

Record Breakers.

Initially presented by the hugely talented Roy Castle, record Breakers was a British children's television series hosted by Roy Castle. It ran from 15th December 1972 to 21st December 2001 and is one of the longest-running programmes on British TV.

Originally a spin-off from the other abiding BBC children's programme Blue Peter.

The Adventures of Black Beauty.

One of Britain's favourite family dramas is still just as loved by the British public. The Adventures of Black Beauty was a children's drama series produced by LWT for ITV and broadcast between 1972 and 1974.

The hugely popular signature tune 'Galloping Home' won the Ivor Novello Award for Best Theme Tune in 1972.


For many Clapperboard was their introduction to the magical world of Cinema. The show was a staple of British children's TV in the 70s, hosted by Chris Kelly. The host would give interesting facts and information about cinema. Clapperboard had 254 episodes before ending its run in 1982.

Kelly went on to be a successful TV Producer and novelist.

50 year old celebrities

Idris Elba.

Elba has become one of the hottest actors in Hollywood over the past decade. The Hackney-born actor shot to stardom with his critically acclaimed performance in The Wire as Russell 'Stringer' Bell.

He now appears in blockbuster movies as well as leading performances on stage and TV in both the UK and the US.

Geri Halliwell.

As one-fifth of the Spice Girls, Halliwell's Ginger Spice Girl launched the band to stardom. Well known for her powerful vocals and energetic dancing.

The group sold 100 million records worldwide and Geri continues to pursue a successful solo career and a thriving Children's author.

Liam Gallagher.

Joint frontman of the band Oasis. Liam Gallagher will, at last, reach the ripe old age of 50 in 2022. Perhaps the wisdom of age will provide the Manchester-born vocalist with the impetus to conquer his demons and continue making great music.

Don't worry Liam, you're not cracking up you're Just Getting Older

Miranda Hart.

The comedy actress and writer has achieved so much in her 50 years. Receiving Bafta awards for both writing and performing, Hart's big hit show 'Miranda' was a breath of fresh air on TV in 2009 rightly seeing her nominated for BAFTA awards.

Who knew she was 50!

Jude Law.

The internationally acclaimed actor of stage and screen turns 50 this year. It seems that not much left for him to do given how busy he has been over the past few decades.

Law's BAFTA award-wining performance in The Talented Mr Ripley alongside his critically acclaimed performance in Cold Mountain stand as just two of the highlights in his career.

We can't wait to see what Mr Law does next!

James Cracknell.

The double Olympic gold-winning athlete turns 50 this year. Since retiring from rowing Cracknell has been an enormously successful campaigner for Sport Relief and Macmillan Cancer Support as well as becoming a flourishing TV personality.

Tim Peake.

The British astronaut turned 50 this year. During his time at the International Space Station, Peake became the first man to run a marathon from space, participating in the 2016 London Marathon from a treadmill on the ISS.

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson.

The superstar actor and wrestler turns 50 this year. Johnson has become the highest-paid actor in Hollywood and an increasingly successful producer, writer and director working on both TV and Film.

As well as starring in hit movies such as Moana, Rampage, The Fate of the Furious he also produced and acted in the 2021 sitcom Young Rock.


Slim Shady is 50 years old. Marshall Bruce Mathers III was born in St. Joseph, Missouri and has been a successful rapper since 1997 with a list of awards including Grammys and MTV Music Awards longer than your arm!

Mathers is often cited as one of the greatest rappers of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine's readers poll.

50-year-old game changers

Digital Watch

In 1972, the watch company Hamilton created the world's first commercial electronic digital watch. It retailed for the pricey sum of $2,100, which amounts to over $12,000 today. 

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However, by the end of the 1970s, digital watches would regularly retail for under £10 apiece.

McDonald's McMuffin 

The McDonald's McMuffin hit the streets. From that day on the McMuffin has delivered more people from horrible hangovers than Paracetamol.

Long may it continue, in moderation of course.

Honda Civic 

The Honda Civic first went on sale 50 years ago. Since then it has sold over 18 million units making it one of the most popular cars in its class.

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The Civic has the reputation for reliability which has helped it become the 6th best selling car in the world.

Renault 5 

The original 'hot hatch', 50 years ago the Renault 5 was unveiled.

It has been hailed as one of the most influential cars in history by many car enthusiast magazines because it started a movement across Europe which made hatchbacks dominant over saloon cars.

The Renault 5 ticked all the boxes, it was affordable to buy and to run, it was a reasonable family car and with a week here and there a rally legend.

What more could you ask for?

Triumph Dolomite 

The unassuming Triumph Dolomite was born 50 years ago this year. It took the car world by storm. This production line Triumph was to show that performance could be combined with practicality.

The Triumph Dolomite Sprint could hit a top speed of 120mph and 0-60mph in a little under 9 seconds. Still impressive 50 years on!

Built to Last

As we researched the items to go into our lists we were shocked at how well they still stood the test of time.

Most contemporary artists would still be hard pushed to provide an album as creative as Ziggy Stardust.

How many times have you watched the Godfather over the years and enjoyed it as much as the first time? These are all tests of how important 1972 was to us culturally.

The only difficult notion we had to come to terms with was that they were indeed half a century old! Que Sera, here's to another half a century!

What is your lasting memory of 1972?

Image Credits

Header Image - Pixabay

Boggle Image - Pixabay

Skateboard Image - Photo by Aldara Gutiérrez on Unsplash  

Digital Watch Image - Photo by Olia Nayda on Unsplash  


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