43 Reasons We Totally Miss The 90s


For those of us who came of age in the 90s, the decade holds a special place in our hearts. Before streaming services, we rented movies from Blockbuster on Friday nights. We chatted with our friends on AIM until our parents kicked us off the family computer, bought physical copies of our favorite artists' cassettes and CDs, collected Beanie Babies and had to wait an entire week for the next episode of our favorite show because we didn't yet have the luxury of binge watching an entire series. Pop culture, fashion, art, music and technology were all booming during the 90s, making this decade all the more memorable.

Read on for the 43 reasons we totally miss the '90s.

The Top 40 hits of the decade are on loop here! Listen to Michael Jackson, Toni Braxton, Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez, Backstreet Boys, and more.

1. AOL Instant Messenger

Before Tweets and Facebook statuses, there was the AIM Away Message. Finding the perfect one was a sport.

2. Tamagotchis

We were all so excited to get our hands on these tiny, virtual pets...until we realized we had to feed and bathe them at random hours of the day.

3. Boy Bands

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90s boybands were the kings of outfit coordination.

4. Goosebumps

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R.L. Stine was responsible for many a sleepless night.

5. Dunkaroos

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A crowd favorite, Dunkaroos were the best surprise to find in your lunchbox. Although the cookie and frosting duo was discontinued in 2012, you can still get your fix by making thisrainbow sprinkle cake inspired by the tasty treat.

6. The Sound of Dial-Up Internet

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While we're glad that we can connect to the internet in an instant these days, the sound does hit us with a wave of nostalgia. If you want to relive the excitement of connecting to the internet in the '90s, check out this hour long loop of the dial-up sound.

7. Super Nintendo

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Super Mario World is a timeless classic.

8. The Walkman

The 'Yellow Monster' Walkman of the 1990s was actually released in 1988, but it reached its “iconic” status throughout the 90s.

9. Copying your favorite songs from the radio onto a cassette tape.

An art form that took impeccable timing.

10. Renting movies from Blockbuster on a Friday night.

"Be kind, please rewind."

11. “Talk To The Hand”

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In the 90s, this was our favorite way to tell someone, “you can talk all you want, I’m not listening” with one simple gesture.

12. LA Gear Sneakers

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The LA-based lifestyle brand’s sneakers are still popular amongst 80s and 90s fashion enthusiasts today.

13. JNCO Jeans

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Ultra wide-leg jeans were a fashion phenomenon in the 90s. In ‘98, Orange County, California schools were banning JNCO and similar styles because administrators were afraid of students tripping or hiding weapons within the wide legs.

14. Butterfly clips

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Butterfly clips were a super cute way to add flair to different hair-dos and a fun way to keep your choppy layers out of your face at school.

15. Moon Shoes

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In hindsight, probably not the safest toy for an uncoordinated kid, but the best for fulfilling our imaginary astronaut dreams.

16. Beanie Babies

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Beanie Babies took the US by storm in the 90s, along with the notion that these 'bean' filled cuties would be worth tons of cash one day.

17. Bill Nye The Science Guy

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Our favorite bowtie-wearing scientist brightened up many school days.

18. Beverly Hills 90210

Viewers were living for the drama between the West Beverly High kids week-after-week. Were you Team Brenda or Team Kelly?

19. Collecting stickers from the Spice Girls' lollipops

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We stuck them all over our dressers and school folders.

20. Disney Adventures Magazine

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And reading these from front-to-back in line at the supermarket before your parents finished paying for their groceries.

21. The Macarena

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For those who grew up in the 90s, dancing The Macarena is like riding a bike; you never really forget how to do it.

22. Budweiser’s “Wazzap” Commercials

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In 1999, Budweiser’s television spot which featured three men yelling “WAZZUP” into their phones in unison inspired many copycats, parodies and became a major pop culture catchphrase.

23. Pogs

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POGs were a game first, but when once hit their peak in the 90s, these cardboard discs became a collectors item. There were Pokemon POGs, Power Ranger POGs and hundreds of other designs.

24. Jonathan Taylor Thomas

Randy on Home Improvement, the voice of Young Simba in The Lion King (1994) and a dream husband to many 90s girls.

25. Y2K Hysteria

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As the 1990s came to a close, many predicted that moving into the millennium would send technology and civilization into complete chaos. Families went as far as setting up emergency bunkers, in the chance that the apocalypse was really near. 

26. Furby

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Furby was flying off of toy store shelves in 1998.

27. MASH

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We all tried to predict our futures with this game.

28. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire

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29. Colorful iMacs

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Remember tapping on the keys of these candy-colored Macs in school?

30. Pop Up Video

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If you liked music videos and trivia, this was the program for you.

31. Kid Cuisine

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These were so much fun to eat, unless you found kernels of corn in your (piping hot) chocolate pudding.

32. Old Nickelodeon Shows

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All That, Hey Arnold!, Rugrats, Salute Your Shorts, Kenan and Kel, Are You Afraid Of The Dark, GUTS, Clarissa Explains It All...we could go on and on. And for those wondering what the iconic green slime was made out of, Mark Summers, host of the network’s Double Dare once told Gourmet the slime was a mixture of vanilla pudding, applesauce, oatmeal, and green food coloring.

33. Michael Jordan

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It may just be the nostalgia talking, but many believe the NBA was at its prime during the 90s. The Chicago Bulls (and Tune Squad, if you remember Space Jam) player has been consistently lauded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.

34. Oregon Trail

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It was a good day when you got to play Oregon Trail in computer class.

35. The tense experience of playing Minesweeper on a PC.

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36. Sock 'Em Boppers/Socker Boppers

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"More fun than a pillow fight!"

37. Total Request Live

Each day, Carson Daly would count down the day's top music videos and fans would crowd outside the Times Square studio in hopes of catching a glimpse of their favorite pop star.

38. Interesting Snacks and Beverages

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Orbitz, Crystal Pepsi, 3-D Doritos, Jolt Cola, Hubba Bubba Bubble Jug....

39. Wendy "The Snapple Lady"

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The commercials featuring Wendy reading Snapple fan mail were partially responsible for the jump in the beverage's sales from 1991 to 1995.

40. Magic Math Machine

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If you want to brush up on your math skills, try digging this out of your basement.

41. Sock‘em Boppers

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Inflatable boxing pillows were all the rage.

42. Frosted Tips

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Will this style ever make a comeback?

43. Skip It

Fun fact: The Skip It was based on the Lemon Twist, a toy from the 1960s.


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