Things We Miss From The 90s

Aug 15, 2021James Montalvo

Are you ready for a sudden burst of nostalgia? This time, we take a trip down memory land and show you things from the '90s that you have probably already forgotten about. Below is a list of all the obsessions, fashion trends, and everyday things that were normal in the '90s but will give you the giggles today. Enjoy!

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AMERICAN GLADIATORS

There's no way that your Saturday nights with the family weren't spent watching American Gladiators duke it out with the feature contenders of each episode. You definitely wanted to be one of them when you grew up. Which was your favorite event? Was it the joust or the Powerball? Our money is on The Gauntlet. 

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DOC MARTENS

Doc Martens were the epitome of '90s cool kid fashion. These heavy, chunky boots came in all colors and patterns. From pairing them with ripped jeans to making them go with oversized shorts or denim mini skirts, these boots were the talk to the town. Bonus points for pairing them with plaid tights like the most famous sisters of the '90s, Tia and Tamera. Did you have your own pair?

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GETTING YOUR FIRST PAIR SNEAKERS

In 1985, Michael Jordan released the Air Joran 1s. Some argue that this was a pivotal time in sneaker culture, creating mass hysteria for the hobby. By the time the '90s rolled in, Jordan was releasing his fifth signature shoe, and the Air Max 90s -- plus its successors, would start coming out. Which pair was your first? 

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TELLING FORTUNES WITH PAPER

Can you remember how kids used to entertain themselves before the internet? We do! One of the things we remember fondly are kids telling each other's fortune with paper. It's either your local fortune-teller wanna be would make her own fortune-telling origami tool, or they'd make you play MASH. Remember that? 

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COMPUTERS THAT WERE BOXY AND WEIGHED A TON

Remember the early days of the personal computer? Monitors were huge and took up a lot of space. There was no such thing as a flat-screen, thin-bezzled monitor. They were also very delicate and would bug down quite often. One more thing about early computers, do you remember the sound a computer would make when Windows '95 would startup?

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SUPERMARKET SWEEP

From 1990 to 1995, television viewers were treated to scenes of people running around supermarkets trying to grab as much stuff as they could.  The show was called Supermarket Sweep it was a lot of fun to watch. It was either you were routing for the contestants or screaming at your tv trying to tell them what stuff to grab!

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TROLL DOLLS

While Troll Dolls have been around since just after World War II, the doll's popularity came and went multiple times. By the time the 1990s started, the popular dolls were on the rise yet again. A woman even told Newsweek back in 1992 that "Trolls are like potato chips. "Nobody is satisfied with just one."

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TAMAGOTCHI

Remember obsessing over keeping your digital pet alive? The Tamagotchi was created by Bandai in 1997, and it quickly became one of the biggest toy fads of the late 1990s. They would eat, sleep, poop and if not taken care of, die - all in the palm of your hand. Be honest with us, how many did you own, and did they survive? 

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NICKELODEON & SLIME 

The '90s kids will remember growing up watching Nickelodeon all afternoon. One of the most memorable parts of  Nickelodeon was all the slime that came with its shows. Remember that? The wet, green slimy gallons that get poured onto everyone. Cast members, guests, and even the crew. No one was safe, and everyone who watched wanted to be in it.

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ALL THAT 

Speaking of Nickelodeon of its most popular tv shows was All That. The show gave today's celebrities like Gabriel Iglesias, Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchel, and Amanda Bynes their start. Boy, wasn't it a fun show! Who would've thought that a bunch of kids could carry themselves just like the pros?

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SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH 

On the topic of tv shows, younger audiences will definitely remember wishing they were a witch! Thanks to Melissa Joan Hart, who was the star of "Sabrina the Teenage Witch," witches and magic never seemed so normal. It had a witch with magic but also had to deal with normal teenage problems. She also had a talking cat, who could resits?

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A NEW GAMING REVOLUTION

In September of 1995, the video game world was revolutionized by one specific console, The Sony Playstation. Today's older video game enthusiasts will definitely remember the sheer excitement of the console's release. Games like Resident Evil, Final Fantasy VII, Tekken, and Metal Gear would forever shape how video games would be in the future.

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BLOWING ON CDS

Speaking of these new video games, they were made using compact discs, a format that was favored over previous game formats that came in cartridges. A habit that never changed though, was blowing the games whenever they stopped working properly. Blowing doesn't help when it comes to CDs if you didn't know that.

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TAPING OVER VHS TAPES

The primary media format during the '90s was the VHS tape. If you were lucky your mom or dad loved taking home videos of the family, creating fun memories. You'd be terribly unlucky if you or your sibling accidentally taped over these priceless memories in an attempt to record your favorite cartoon episode. You know you're guilty!

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BLOCKBUSTER

With VHS tapes in mid, there was really just one place you could go to for all the latest movies. That's right folks, we're talking about Blockbuster. Sadly, this company no longer exists but you remember renting your favorite films right? Don't forget the overdue fees and the fees they charge you for not rewinding the tapes. Good times.

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SPICE GIRLS

The '90s music scene was pretty much pop. No group loomed as large as the legendary Spice Girls. These gorgeous and talented ladies from England captivated global audiences with their style and music. Women all over the world were pining over the decision of which Spice Girl they were most like. Were you Posh, Sporty, Scary, Baby, or Ginger?

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DESTINY'S CHILD

Over the tail end of the decade, a new girl group started dominating the sound waves. As we know, one of them would turn into Queen B herself, Beyonce Knowles. But in 1999, Destiny's Child was taking over the music charts with number-one singles like  "Bills, Bills, Bills" and "Say My Name".

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BACKSTREET BOYS

There's no doubt that the Backstreet Boys were the biggest boy band on the planet during their prime. Stadiums filled with fans screaming at the top of their lungs and fainting at the very sight of them would be their trademark. You'd be lying if you never sang along to "I Want it That Way" or "Quit Playing Games with My Heart."

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NSYNC

After the Backstreet Boys, came NSYNC. This new, younger and livelier boy band took the pop scene by storm in 1997. With songs like Tearin' Up My Heart, Thinking of You, Here We Go, and Music of My Heart, Justin and the boys stole every young girl's heart with their sly dance moves and soulful lyrics. Speaking of Justin... here's a little more.

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BRITNEY SPEARS AND JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE

Remember when teen pop sensations, Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears were an item? While they met during their Micky Mouse Club days, they started daring a couple of years into their respective musical careers. They dated for four years and gave the world so many candid red carpet moments. They were adorable, but the 90s was a different time. Oh well.

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SCREAMING RUN FORREST RUN!

In 1994, moviegoers were treated to Tom Hanks playing a man with a seemingly low IQ, end up fighting in Vietnam, playing Ping Pong with communists, and starting a shrimping corporation. We're talking about Forrest Gump. While the film has a lot of memorable moments, you'd be lying if you didn't scream "Run Forrest, Run!" every time you saw someone sprinting back then!

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THAT WEIRD SOUND THE INTERNET MAKES

It was in the mid-90s when the internet started becoming commercialized. We're pretty sure that only a few people remember how slow and how weird the internet used to be. Remember the unusual sounds it would make when you first got connected? How about the fact that the internet would go out every time someone picked up the phone.

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WATCHING TITANIC FOR THE FIRST TIME

We're you one of the lucky folks who were old enough to watch Titanic when it hit theaters back in 1997? Just imagine being on your seat in the cinema while things were getting steamy between Jack and Rose. Or that emotional final moments between the two doomed lovers. Were you one of those who realized Jack could fit on that piece of wood?

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CANDY NECKLACES

Think about it. Candy you can wear around your neck! How in the world could this idea not to be a hit, right? Well, it really was! Candies really got inventive during the 90s, it was all about new ways of experiencing and consuming them. Apparently, wearables were the way to go. 

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BEANIE BABIES

There was a time when people believed that Beanie Babies were going to be a collector's item. Similar to priceless porcelain dolls of decades past, thousands of people all over the world could help themself by collecting their own set of plush, stuffed animals. While there are some that cost top dollar today, most of them were aren't worth that much. 

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THE NINTENDO GAMEBOY

The late 80s gave us the dawn of the modern video game. By the time the '90s came rolling in, video games began to take a more personal shape. It was no more evident with the release of Nintendo's Gameboy. Every little boy and girl wanted one, adults even wanted one. It only got bigger when the Gameboy Color arrived.

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GETTING 'THE RACHEL'

It's hard to argue that any sitcom was as popular as FRIENDS. The quirky gang yuppies in New York were as big as it could get. None were as influential as Jennifer Aniston as Rachel. She inspired fashion trends so often that women all over the world started getting their hair done the same way. It was called 'The Rachel' and you knew at least one person who tried it out.

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SWAPPING FRIENDSHIP BRACELETS

If the 2000s gave us the baller wrist band craze, then the '90s were all about friendship bracelets. Remember those? We bet that you would spend at least a couple of hours deciding on what colors to pick and making bracelets for your best friends. The more bracelets you had, the popular you were, right?

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DANCING THE MACARENA

There are a few songs that transcend the music industry and become a worldwide craze. The macarena was truly an unusual and entertaining phenomenon that took the world by storm. The song played at parties, on the radio, and even at clubs. Be honest, you know how to dance the macarena too, don't you?

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DRESSING LIKE ALICIA SILVERSTONE IN CLUELESS

Few films ever get the opportunity to influence pop culture as a whole, but "Clueless" which starred Alicia Silverston as a self-absorbed rich valley girl did pretty well in the '90s. Her stylish, designer outfits and cute ensembles have been replicated over and over again, even today.

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THE SLIP N' SLIDE

During the heat of the summer, there's one thing that could make you the coolest kid in the neighborhood. That was owning a slip n' slide. Remember heading to whoever had one's house for a day of fun? It's amazing how much fun kids used to have with just a piece of rubber/plastic and some water.

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CELLPHONES THAT WERE BULKY AND HEAVY

Most kids today probably won't even recognize the big and bulky mobile phones we had in the 90s. From having the 0-9 keypads, having a flip or pull-down mechanism to having its very own antenna, cell phones were so different back then. The most '90s of them all were probably the Nokia 6110, Motorola StarTAC, Nokia 8110, and the Siemens S10.

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WEARING A PLASTIC RAINCOAT

The world of fashion has really come a long way since the 90s. Fashion and function are no longer two separate things. Let's take raincoats for example. Today, we have fashionable, water-resistant, or repellant textiles that keep us dry. Back in the 90s, you'd have to make do with a plastic raincoat that either came in bright basic colors or was transparent. 

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LISA FRANK NOTEBOOKS

They were colorful, they were glittery, and they came with stickers! Every girl couldn't wait to get their hands on the newest Lisa Frank notebooks so they could show them off to their friends and compare or trade all that glittery goodness. So many colors, so many shiny little things. Let's not forget the adorable unicorn, pegasus, or dolphins on the cover!

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CAPTAIN PLANET

Nothing says the 90s like the international crime-fighting team of the Planeteers, led by none other than the environmentally friendly superhero, Captain Planet! Some can even argue that everything they know about environmentally responsible behavior as a young child came from this cartoon! Don't forget those power rings!

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HAVING A CRUSH ON AT LEAST ONE OF THEM

Mario Lopez, Lark Voorhies, Tiffani Thiessen, Dustin Diamond, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, and Elizabeth Berkley. Do any of those names ring a bell? Chances are, you probably had a crush on at least one of these beautiful then-young actors from the hit teenage sitcom, "Saved by the Bell." It was A.C. and Kelly, wasn't it?

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THE WALKMAN

Remember when mp3s were a thing? Well, before that and before smartphones changed the way we listen to music, there was this thing called The Walkman. It's was a portable cassette or cd player that you would hook your headphones to. If you had this when you were a teenager in the 90s, you were definitely one of the cool kids. 

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THE COMING OF WEEZER

In 1994, a certain blue album was released. It was Weezer's debut album and safe to say, grunge and alternative rockers all over the US, and most of the world resonated with it, rushing stores for a copy. It introduced us to songs like "Buddy Holly," "Surf Wax America," and "Say it isn't So." You were lip-syncing to this, weren't you?

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FROSTED TIPS

Okay, if girls had 'the Rachel' hair trend going on, wannabe cool guys also had their own thing. It was frosted tips on their short, spiky hair. The who's who of young 90s Hollywood was definitely at the front of this train, with the likes of Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath, and N'Sync's Justin Timberlake sporting the due. 

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LAUGHING YOUR BUT OFF TO AUSTIN POWERS

Say it with us, "Oh behave, Baby!" The 90s was so different that films like Austin Powers were considered a comedic gold mine! Let's be real though, Mike Meyers' crazy characters and over-the-top gags that parodied spy movies like James Bond could not be funnier. Although it could have done with a little more 'pc' for today's standards, it's always nice to rewatch Austin and the gang.

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IMAGINING WHAT YOU WOULD DO IF YOU WERE HOME ALONE 

In 1990, a certain film about a boy being left home alone for Christmas took over the box office. Ever since its release, the movie has been a Christmas season must-watch. Every little kid who grew up watching Kevin McCalister outsmart a couple of crooks in the winter definitely imagined what they would do in his shoes.

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AQUA'S BARBIE

You can deny it all you want but we know that you've either sang along or danced to Aqua's immensely popular pop hit, Barbie Girl. It was catchy, it was annoying, it was funny as heck. The Barbie and Ken parody song played on radio stations and clubs all over the world in the 90s. "Life in plastic, it's fantastic!"

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FAWNING OVER LIV TYLER

Before she made it big playing the breathtaking elven princess, Arwen in "The Lord of the Rings," Liv Tyler was breaking necks and stealing hearts as a young Hollywood heartthrob. She first became every young man's dream girl with a breakout role in "Empire Records", then came more serious films like "Stealing Beauty," and of course, "Armageddon." 

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THINKING THE WORLD WOULD END IN 2000

Speaking of Armageddon, remember when people believed that the world was gonna end in the year 2000? Y2K caused massive hysteria around the world. It seemed like a ton of folks decided to become doomsday preppers on New Year's Eve, instead of watching the ball drop at New York's Times Square. Oh, how foolish they must've felt. 

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Which of these things from the '90s do you miss the most? Which of these do you still have a piece of today? Let us know in the comment section! If you had a fun time reading this article, you might wanna check your Amomedia. We've got more stories like this that are sure to give you a good time!

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