Tue 10 Oct 2017, 12:00
Before the Kardashians ruled reality TV, and we shared how we were feeling, and what we were doing with strangers on the Internet, there was the 90s. An eventful decade that changed the world, as we know it today.
From the collapse of political systems and the dawn of democracy, to the start of our obsession with celebrity culture (remember OJ Simpson and his white Bronco chase on a Los Angeles highway?), How The 90s Changed The World, will delve into this decade on the HISTORY channel on Sunday, 15 October at 19:20.
Just hearing the word nineties, made us feel a bit nostalgic. So we want to invite you to join us, as we go on a trip down memory lane and remember some of our favourite moments from the 90s.
The Rachel Haircut
Watching six twentysomething friends live their best lives in New York City had us all glued to the TV screens, week after week. From the A-list stars, to the fashion and the one question that we still don’t have answered (were Rachel and Ross on a break?), Friends was one of the best TV shows of the 1990s. And one of the best things the show gave us, was undoubtedly The Rachel Haircut. Woman after woman visiting the hair salon, would ask for this cut, that Rachel Aniston made famous.
In 1997, Titanic became the most expensive movie ever made! The movie gave us the love anthem of the decade, Celine Dion’s My Heart Will Go On. But we’re sorry, we will never get over the deceit from Kate Winslet’s character, Rose. There was definitely place for Jack on that door.
Manchester United treble glory
In 1999, the Red Devils did the unthinkable. They won the FA Cup, the Premier League and the Uefa Champions League under the leadership of Sir Alex Ferguson. Right now, both Manchester clubs are top of the Premier League table after seven matches (United is in second place, only because of goal difference). United is also off to a kicking start in their return to Champions League. Is it possible that history could repeat itself in the 2017/2018 football season?
Los Del Río is a one-hit wonder, but they gave us the Macarena, a song and dance that more than 20 years later, we’re still dancing to at weddings. The Macarena swept the world, as we all sang along to They all want me, They can't have me, So they all come and dance beside me, Move with me, Chant with me. And we’d like to believe it’s because of the worldwide success of the Macarena, that other artists came along and gave us hits like Cha Cha Slide, The Ketchup Song and Gangnam Style.
In 1997, the first book in the Harry Potter series was published with JK Rowling becoming a household name. Not only was this series the most successful book series in the world, but it made reading fun again. Tweens dressed up like Harry, Ron and Hermione whenever a new book was released, and it became a worldwide phenomenon, when the books turned into movies, bringing this make-belief world to life.
Boy bands …
During the 1990s, as a teenage girl, deciding which boy band you were a fan of was one of the most important decisions to make – we were spoilt for choice! Boyz II Men, Backstreet Boys, Westlife, NSYNC, Color Me Badd and All 4 One. Each group had that one song that made us weak at the knees.
… and girl bands
And just because we enjoyed the musical hits and dance moves from the guys, does not mean we weren’t being supportive of the women, who delivered one female anthem, after the other. We had TLC, En Vogue, the Spice Girls and Destiny's Child. And then we’re not even talking about the great classics female artists like Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Toni Braxton, Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Leann Rimes, Janet Jackson, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, gave us, and that we played on repeat.
The 1990s was probably one of the most important times of Hip Hop music. We saw the height of the East Coast versus West Coast beef, with the untimely demise of 2Pac and Notorious B.I.G. Their influence on music has no limits, and it’s because of them, that today, we get to enjoy artists releasing incredible music, like Eminem, 50 Cent, Kendrick Lamar and J.Cole.
46 in 1
One of the best games we played, was on our TVs. Do you remember playing on a TV game, and feeling you hit the jackpot, because you had 46 games to choose from? Playing games from Contra, Battle City, Super Mario Brothers to Circus brought us so much happiness. Even when you’ve been playing for hours and have to remove the cartridge cos it’s warming up, that five-minute break meant hours more of good entertainment and possibly new high scores to set.
Today we have bae and slay, but during the 90s, our language was heavily influenced by the music we listened to and what we watched on TV. Hanging out with friends, all and a bag of chips, was one of the coolest phrases. Some of our other favourites was cool beans, da bomb, and the teen classic Clueless which gave us whatever and as if!