I am one of those twenty-somethings who often wonders what it would had been like to be a teenager in the 90’s. What the heck is a pager? How did people survive without GPS Navigation? Music was actually on cassette tapes – I know, so weird. There are things that I do remember that I miss dearly, such as choker necklaces, platform shoes, tacky body glitter and N’sync. Now, I admit, I am too young to remember anything from before the year of 1995 but what I do remember, consists of the following people, places and things that made the 90’s oh so totally awesome!
A – ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark?’
“Are You Afraid of the Dark” was a hit television show that dominated late night TV, particularly my all-time favorite channel ever as a kid – Nickelodeon! The show aired from 1990 to 2000, featuring a group of kids sitting around a campfire, telling each other scary stories. (Photo Credit: Strange Kids Club)
B – Beanie Babies
Oh My. My grandma collected these like it was nobody’s business! Starting in 1993, the world went completely nuts for these miniture stuffed toys. (Photo Credit: Money Inc.)
C – Cory and Topanga
Boy Meets World – one of those 90’s shows that always had our attention. Everyone wanted a relationship like Cory and Topanga had. The show lasted from 1993-2000, giving us 7 seasons to binge on and witness true relationship goals. (Photo Credit: And Pop).
D – D.A.R.E.
Who could ever forget D.A.R.E!? Although the substance abuse prevention program was founded in 1983, it was still a huge part of every 90’s kid’s lives. I remember police officers coming in to our classroom in elementary school to educate us about resisting peer-pressure when it comes to drug use. The coolest part about D.A.R.E though, was the gear – and by gear, I mean the vintage t-shirts and school supplies. Oh, and yes, this dorky fanny pack did exist. (Photo Credit: Things from The 90s)
E – Easy Bake Oven
F – Floppy Disks
So, I have never used a floppy disk, but I do remember seeing them around in the 90’s! (Photo Credit: Children of the 90’s)
G – Glitter
I don’t mean just any glitter. I am talking about roll-on glitter and big flaky glitter that was embedded into literally everything. Who can forget the ‘Art Stuff‘ line!?
H – Hanson
One word: MmmBop. (Photo Credit: What Culture)
I – Ice Ice Baby
Even though this Vanilla Ice song was released in 1990 and honestly is not very good, it still managed to be in all of our heads and actually still is. “Dun dun dun dun-dun-dun-dun” (Photo Credit: NME)
J – JNCO Jeans
Oh the horror! I admit that these things were (and are) absolutely atrocious! But even if you love to hate them, the 90’s wouldn’t have been complete without them. (Photo Credit: The Weekender)
K – Keychains
Keychains, keychains and more keychains! The more keychains you had on your backpack, the cooler you were. Remember Tamagotchi keychains? (Photo Credit: Hear Good News)
L – Lisa Frank
My all-time favorite brand as a kid was Lisa Frank. School supplies of all kinds were plastered with adorable, bright and colorful prints. We were all obsessed and still are! (GIF Credit: Elite Daily)
M – Melissa Joan Hart
Remember ‘Clarissa Explains it All”? Well, if you don’t then you definitely remember “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” (Photo Credit: Playbuzz)
N – Nickelodeon
The greatest cartoons and TV Shows in the 90’s were definitely on Nickelodeon. Nothing was better than relaxing after school to watch what the Rugrats were up, how Helga’s crush on ‘football head’ was going and the hilarious adventures of Kenan and Kel.
O – Olsen Twins
In the 90’s, the Olsen twins were the coolest duo on the planet, at least to me. From “To Grandmother’s House We Go” to the hit TV show “Two of a Kind”, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were pop culture phenomenons. Remember these videos? (Photo Credit: Wet Paint)
P – Pop Music
Q – Quizzes
Remember teen magazines and the ridiculous quizzes? They were a lot cheesier in the 90’s but we took them so seriously! But boy were they were fun! (Photo Credit: Titan Magazines)
Okay, so this is pretty much my favorite show EVER but when I was younger I didn’t appreciate it. Now that I am an adult, I consider this another gem of the 90’s! If you haven’t seen it, you definitely need to because this show is hilarious, witty and a true classic. (Photo Credit: Yes! Movies)
S – Socker Boppers
All you need to do in order to go back to the good old times of 1997, is to watch the Socker Boppers commercial which features the epic theme song that features the products slogan: “More Fun than…a pillow fight!” (Photo Credit: Tell Wut)
T – TRL
Total Request Live was the best entertainment show to watch, well, at least back when MTV was awesome.
U – Uncle Jesse
‘Full House’ came to an end much too soon, mainly because no one could get enough of Uncle Jesse’s hair. Need a Jesse GIF to remind you? You got it, dude!
V – VHS
Ah, VHS tapes. Those large rectangular annoyances that come in a bulky plastic cover, that would you blow into when they wouldn’t work. Thank goodness for DVDs, right!? Even though we appreciate that VHS tapes are now ancient history, go ahead and admit it – you secretly miss your VHS Disney collection,
W – Windows 98′
I am getting bored just looking at this screenshot. Back when computers were simply internet explorer, minesweeper, solitaire, and a recycle bin. (Photo Credit: Win World)
X – Xena
Xena the warrior princess – every guys dream in 1995.
Y – You’ve Got Mail!
The well-known “You’ve Got Mail” trademark that represented AOL was pretty much the most exciting sound on the planet. The voice of the slogan was actually from a man named Elwood Edwards. If you remember logging into this view, you definitely remember. (Photo Credit: Daily Mail)
Z – Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century
Zetus Lapetus! Wasn’t this show the best thing ever!? The awesome clothing, cool hair styles, and of course, Protozoa! Hmm, I spy with my little eye…Kirsten Storms and Raven-Symoné! (Photo Credit: Culturalist)
So, this list contains just some of the best memories from the 90’s, so feel free to contribute to the nostalgia below, by sharing your favorite things from the 90’s!