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Biggest Pop Culture Moments Of The 1990s

Biggest Pop Culture Moments Of The 1990s

From Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake’s matching denim-on-denim second (#NeverForget), to “Friends,” “Clueless,” and the start of the magical “Harry Potter” collection, the ’90s was a decade rife with unforgettable moments in popular culture.

For those who’re an older millennial, you’ll recall most of those — and even in case you’re not, some have made an excellent comeback in recent times (hey, I’m taking a look at you, Lisa Frank and Nickelodeon). Hold studying for a number of the most memorable popular culture moments from the 1990s.

The Y2K Bug

The late ’90s, particularly — and clearly the final yr of the last decade — was a time primed for an intense and nationwide bout of Y2K hysteria. The “Y2K bug,” also called the Millennium bug or just Y2K, was a category of pc bugs associated to the storage of calendar knowledge for dates starting within the yr 2000.

So in fact, society was beneath the apocalyptic assumption that this is able to trigger computer systems to spontaneously combust and self-destruct, and the world would finish. Don’t ask me, it was the ’90s — and I personally keep in mind the paranoia. “Millennium madness” was v v actual, though Gen-Z and a few youthful millennials won’t ever know simply how dangerous it acquired!


The Tamagotchi Craze

When you didn’t by accident kill your poor, undeserving, completely malnourished Tamagotchi pet each week, who even have been you?


Beanie Infants

Truthfully, on reflection, I actually want I wouldn’t have ripped the tags off of each single considered one of my Beanie Infants rising up. I’d undoubtedly be sitting on a small eBay fortune by now.

beanie babies photoFlickr | Dominique Godbout

Woman Bands

Okay, so Spice Women was — and nonetheless is — one in every of my all-time favourite woman bands, a minimum of with regards to pop music. However Aqua was up there too for a scorching minute. And who might overlook the success of Future’s Baby that got here earlier than Beyonce’s solo profession? Definitely not I.

destinys child photoGetty Pictures | Kevin Winter

Boy Bands

We will’t have a dialog about woman bands with out speaking about boy bands, too, now can we? And there’s little question about it, this cultural and musical development was a worldwide one. It’s one which had vital ramifications for pre-teen and teenage women all over the place. Extra particularly, for the partitions of their luridly painted rooms, on which they hung poster after poster of the members of NSYNC and Backstreet Boys. Ahem. Not that I ever did that…

nsync photoGetty Pictures | Jamie McCarthy

‘Friends’ Begins

Arguably, this was the start of the now-formulaic sitcom revolving round a gaggle of, you guessed it, pals, dwelling, courting, and simply all-around present in an unrealistically engaging style inside an enormous metropolis. Oh, yeah, and frequenting a singular cafe in all of NYC, referred to as — what else? — Central Perk.

However when “Friends” first aired in September ’94, how was anybody to know simply how wildly profitable it will turn into — and stay, if the continued frequency of reruns can inform us something over 20 years later? *cue theme track*

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‘Ugh! As If!’

The place would we be with out “Clueless,” I ask you? Properly, for one factor, we’d be lacking out on the current resurgence of yellow matching plaid units, for Halloween and in any other case. And that may be a rattling travesty.

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With its current revival of basic cartoon packages like “Rugrats,” “Rocko’s Modern Life,” “Hey! Arnold,” and extra on streaming service often known as Nicksplat, let’s simply say our favourite youngsters’ exhibits from the ’90s are again. And it’s giving us all types of emotions, TBH.

nickelodeon photoGetty Pictures | Frank Micelotta

Bratz Dolls And Furbies

Though the ’90s model of Bratz dolls strengthened the normalization of a sure physique sort (re: bobble head and tiny physique — massively unrealistic for many younger women, and unhealthy-looking in addition to), I’d be mendacity if I stated I didn’t a lot want them to Furbies. Ugh. Nonetheless makes me shudder to think about their creepy eyes, to not point out the proclivity for coming alive in the dark and babbling randomly from the closet the place I’d buried mine way back.

bratz dolls photoFlickr | *Saffy*

Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears

Go on, identify a extra iconic ’90s celeb couple second than Brit and JT serving matching Canadian tuxedoes on the purple carpet. We’ll wait.

justin timberlake britney spears photoGetty Pictures | Kevin Winter

Invoice Clinton’s Affair

Anybody else keep in mind youngsters dressing up in costume as Invoice Clinton and Monica Lewinsky for Halloween that fateful yr of our Lord and Presidential Affairs and Impeachments, 1998? No? Simply my neighborhood?

Bill Clinton photoGetty Photographs | Leigh Vogel

‘Titanic,’ Celine Dion and ‘My Heart Will Go On’

Let’s not overlook: “Jack, I’m flying!” “Draw me like one of your French girls” (which has, naturally, turn into one of many biggest memes of all time), and “Iceberg! Iceberg ahead!” I imply, should you ask us, the whole thing of the epic three-hour-long “Titanic” movie can primarily be summed up in these three quotes — and, in fact, the long-lasting Celine Dion banger, “My Heart Will Go On.” *sobs quietly into pillow*

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‘Run, Forrest, Run!’

This epic romp of a movie takes us by means of historic occasions just like the free love motion and hippie period, Vietnam Conflict, Watergate, and extra — all skilled by way of the eyes of what was fairly probably Tom Hanks’ biggest position ever, the inimitable Forrest Gump.

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‘Sex And The City’

“Sex and the City” might have turned out be pretty problematic in line with at present’s requirements, however that doesn’t change its standing as iconic. With the present’s first episode airing in ’98 (who might overlook Carrie’s voluminous pink tutu and the advert of her on the bus?), the present spanned 6 seasons, and led to 2004.

The late ’90s undoubtedly wouldn’t have been the identical with out it. In any case, are you able to think about not collectively binge-watching the adventures of Samantha, Carrie, Miranda, and Charlotte, even nonetheless with at the moment’s re-runs? I feel not.


The Wizarding World Of ‘Harry Potter’

June 26, 1997: Welcome to the Wizarding World of “Harry Potter.” Because the late ’90s noticed impoverished author J.Okay. Rowling’s magical napkin-scribbled goals realized, by a best-selling ebook collection and never one, however two blockbuster film franchises, our love for the boy wizard with electrical inexperienced eyes and a lightning bolt scar has by no means wavered.

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Tremendous Nintendo

“It’s a-me, Mario!” In case you didn’t simply hear this in Mario’s weirdly excessive voice and Italian accent in your head simply now, you’re mendacity. Tremendous Mario Bros. continues to be the online game available on the market, and I’ve held to that stance since 1997. Don’t @ me.

super nintendo photoGetty Photographs | Dave Kotinsky

East Coast Vs. West Coast

The vicious hip-hop rivalry fostered by East Coast versus West Coast rap (most notably, The Infamous Biggie versus Tupac), was some of the well-known of all time — and it was one which got here with a tragic, if not unsurprising conclusion. Each have been killed in drive-by shootings; Tupac in September 1996 and Biggie rather less than a yr later, in March 1997.

tupac biggie photoFlickr | @MSG

The O.J. Simpson Trial

Referred to as “the most publicized criminal trial in history” by USA At present, the O.J. Simpson trial was a type of homicide instances so heinous most individuals might do nothing however watch with bated breath. Oh, and that well-known Bronco chase didn’t assist both — nor the truth that as a former NFL participant, broadcaster, and actor, O.J. was a star. Whether or not or not you’ll be able to recall that point, everyone knows what occurred subsequent: O.J. Simpson was acquitted.

oj simpson photoGetty Pictures | Pool

Princess Diana’s Dying

Though it’s now been over 20 years since her tragic dying, Princess Diana won’t ever be forgotten. Although she died younger, and mysteriously, in a tragic automotive wreck in Paris, she remained — and nonetheless stays — an icon of her time, and of ours.

princess diana photoGetty Photographs | Pascal Rondeau

‘Thelma & Louise’

1991’s “Thelma & Louise” was a uniquely and satisfyingly feminist story of two ladies on a dramatic roadtrip-gone-awry — and one of many first of its sort, a minimum of in American cinema. Proof that ladies could be one another’s ride-or-dies, to today? Completely.

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Lindsay Lohan In ‘The Parent Trap’

Lengthy earlier than Imply Women, there was The Mother or father Lure. And should you weren’t obsessive about Annie and Hallie, the “twins” — each performed by Lindsay Lohan, in fact — who first waged warfare towards one another at summer time camp, then joined forces in a secret scheme to deliver their mother and father and households again collectively, you then really weren’t dwelling.

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Brandi Chastain’s Badassery

Okay, for those who didn’t see or hear about Brandi Chastain’s penalty kick that modified US ladies’s soccer eternally — and her subsequent disrobing on the soccer area — then the place even have been you in the course of the 1999 Ladies’s World Cup?

brandi chastain photoGetty Pictures | Jed Jacobsohn

‘Space Jam’

Are you able to think about a movie like “Space Jam” being made — and launched to field workplace success — at any time that wasn’t 1996? No, I can’t, both, however I’m so glad it was, as a result of the ’90s simply wouldn’t have been the identical with out Michael Jordan enjoying basketball with the Looney Tunes characters. Oh, and “I Believe I Can Fly.” Clearly.

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‘Now That’s What I Name Music!’

Are you able to even name your self a ’90s child in case you weren’t obsessive about the Now That’s What I Name Music! discography — each single version? Whereas the collection was first launched in ’98 (and nothing will ever reside as much as the primary 15), you’d in all probability be stunned, as I used to be, to find that they’re nonetheless pumping albums out even right now. In line with their web site, there are a minimum of 100 (!) “Now!” albums.



This toy was completely simplistic, however nonetheless addictive. ’90s youngsters (like yours really) distinctly keep in mind the yo-yo obsession — and seeing them everywhere in the playground in numerous states of trickery and suspension. I imply, even Bart Simpson had one.

yoyo photoFlickr | le-topographe

Lisa Frank

For those who’re driving the pastel rainbow unicorn development at present, likelihood is you have been obsessive about Lisa Frank as a child. Her colourful and psychedelic designs have been effusive with bright-eyed tigers, monkeys, dolphins, and all types of different animals (sure, together with unicorns). They usually nonetheless are, even to this present day. All hail the second coming of Lisa Frank.

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‘The Macarena’

By the top of its run, “The Macarena,” a ’95 Spanish pop-dance hit and popular culture phenomenon, neared Y2K hysteria in its potential for apocalyptic catastrophe — a minimum of as soon as your drunk aged kinfolk began dancing.



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