It’s hard to explain Vanilla Ice, Right Said Fred and Gerardo to anybody who wasn’t there, but for those who lived through the one-hit wonders, they know the 1990s were a decade of wonder. Bill Clinton was elected President of the United States while names like Boris Yeltsin, Yasir Arafat and Nelson Mandela were on the forefront of national politics discussed on the evening news by Tom Brokaw, Dan Rather and Peter Jennings. The 1990s were a time of unparalleled growth, with computer ownership in homes exploding thanks in large part to the introduction of the Internet and a young wizard named Harry causing record breaking sales in books.
Pop culture is what often defines a decade. What people were watching, listening to and experiencing is what people remember. Despite the unintentional (or was it intentional) comedy behind the likes of those musicians listed above, most people can tell you what was happening in their lives when those songs were popular. If you were too young to remember those musicians, you likely can recall flipping on the TV and seeing Rugrats, Talespin or Ren & Stimpy. Things we thought were great back then are laughable now and there are other things we took for granted at the time that we realize now will always be important to us. Our memories are tied to what was popular in any given time, and that extends beyond just TV and movies. It’s about the first time we ever saw someone, be it Beyonce or the first time we tried something new, like writing an e-mail.
It’s completely subjective what decade is the best, but for those who lived through the 90s and remember everything from the introduction of Gogurt to the retirement of Wayne Gretzky it’s hard to make an argument that the 1990s, in all of its neon splendor, was truly the greatest decade. Here are 12 reasons - the good, the bad and the ugly - why we loved the '90s.
11 The Sports
10 The Sitcoms
9 The Toys
8 The Junk Food
7 The Clear Liquids
6 Trash TV
5 The Scandals
4 The early days of the Internet
3 The Fresh Faces
2 The Movies
1 The Music changes, and so does MTV
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