I was born in the late 80’s, but I’m a straight up 90’s kid. My earliest memories are when I was 3 years old (which I turned in late 1991), so I have plenty of memories from this truly awesome decade. If I had to pick one decade that is my absolutely favorite, it is most definitely the 90’s. Here is a list of some of my favorite things about the 90’s.
There were so many fun things to do in the 90’s that didn’t revolve around the internet. Playing my Super Nintendo and going to the skating rink were among my favorite things to do. My mom got rid of my nintendo years back without my permission, which I’m still mad about. Also, skating rinks aren’t as popular as they used to be. I feel like if I showed up to one, it would just be full of kids.
Okay, I absolutely hated school. However, when I look back on it, elementary school really wasn’t that bad. If I had known how awful middle school (especially) and high school would be, I would have embraced it more. I loved playing Oregon Trail in the computer lab. We also had those cool plastic square lunch boxes. I remember I had a Barbie one. I used to have Lunchables packed all the time, and I loved those. I also loved how colorful the school supplies were back then. I remember I had this awesome neon Jansport backpack that I loved. Also, who can forget the multitude of Lisa Frank school supplies? It was one of the things that made going back to school exciting. I had some Lisa Frank mini erasers I apparently loved so much that in 1st grade I got one of them stuck up my nose. The school sent me home and my grandma pulled it out with a pair of tweezers. haha
Food & Drinks
As mentioned previously, Lunchables were one of my favorite things to eat in the 90’s. (I still buy some from time to time). There were other great things as well, such as SqueezIt, the fandom Fantasy Ball lollipops from Chupa Chups (I had the Spice Girls and Buffy ones), Ecto Cooler, McDonald’s Happy Meals with toys ( I had a whole chest full of those toys at one point. I wish I had kept them), Cookie Crisp, Shark Bites, Warheads, Dunkaroos, Surge, and Capri Sun. Some of this stuff is still around, but it just doesn’t seem the same as it did back then.
There are so many amazing movies from the 90’s, I can’t possibly name them all. I actually grew up being a huge horror fan, even from a super young age. I watched other things too though. Some favorites that come to mind are Hocus Pocus, the Child’s Play movies, Edward Scissorhands, Species, Twister, and Scream. I’ve included even more favorites below because the 90’s was the perfect decade for movies.
Almost all of my favorite TV shows came from the 90’s. Although I didn’t start watching Beverly Hills, 90210 until the early 2000’s, it’s very much 90’s. It’s so fun to re-watch that show and check out the hair, makeup, and fashion styles of the 90’s. My favorite show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, also premiered in the 90’s, and I’ve watched it since that first episode aired. I used to watch Nickelodeon a lot too, and I always had to be home every Saturday night for SNICK. I especially loved Rugrats, All That, and Are You Afraid of the Dark.
There are so many songs from the 90’s that I absolutely love. There is no way I could possibly name them all. I’ll list some of my favorites though.
- C&C Music Factory – “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)”
- Quad City DJ’s – “C’mon N’ Ride It (The Train)”
- Los Del Rio – “Macarena”
- 69 Boyz – “Tootsee Roll”
- Tag Team – “Whoomp! (There It Is)”
- Run DMC – “It’s Tricky”
- House of Pain – “Jump Around”
- Kris Kross – “Jump”
- Collective Soul – “Shine”
- Soul Asylum – “String of Pearls”
- Marilyn Manson – “The Beautiful People”
Plus, who can forget the huge phenomenon that was the Spice Girls and Hanson, and Backstreet Boys and N’SYNC. We also witnessed the start of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera’s careers.
I didn’t have internet in the 90’s, so I would spend a lot of time reading. I had a huge collection of Goosebumps books (which my mom also got rid of behind my back and I’m still mad about). I also used to read Babysitter’s Club and Amelia’s Notebooks.
Oh man, what a time to be alive. Being able to be a kid in the 90’s was certainly the best thing ever. I absolutely loved Troll Dolls for some reason and wanted to collect them.They had been around for some time, but they were a staple in my childhood. I remember I even troll doll earrings. I also collected pogs, and I know I still have mine stored away somewhere. I will still never forget the Christmas I opened one of my presents to find a pair of Moon Shoes. I was so excited. They were kind of like little trampolines attached to your feet, only not as fun. Also, I don’t think anybody can forget the Furby craze. Those things were just crazy. I had a black and white one. Tamagotchi’s/Giga Pets were all the rage in the 90’s too. Unfortunately, I never really got to experience that for more than a week. I got one for Christmas and as soon as I went back to school, I took it with me. Somebody stole it out of my desk that day. That was my favorite Christmas present that year, and nobody bought me another one after that. I still get mad and upset thinking about that.
The 90’s, like any decade, came with it’s share of both good and bad fashion. I’m actually a bit obsessed with 90’s style clothing, and I try to incorporate it into my look sometimes. I hated white tee’s under dresses for the longest time, but I’m actually starting to appreciate it more now. I always thought jelly shoes were awesome, and I had several pairs. I don’t really see them ever making a comeback though.
I still wonder why crimped hair ever died out. I used to crimp my hair all the time in the 90’s, and I honestly always loved how it looked. Scrunchies were pretty awesome too. Also, who can forget the butterfly clips? They were everywhere! My favorite hair accessory was probably headbands. I used to rock them almost every day.
I don’t care what anyone says, I live for the blue eyeshadow and frosted lips of the 90’s. Another fad was brown lipstick, which thankfully has made a comeback because I always thought it looked best on me.
Naturally, I couldn’t include everything in this post or it would go on forever. What are some of your favorite things about the 90’s?