So heres six reasons the 1990s was the best decade ever.
1. The movies Home Alone, Forrest Gump, Pulp Fiction, Lion King, Toy Story, Titanic and The Matrix. The list really could go on. Suffice it to say that even Disney hit it out of the park during the 90s. List your favorite movies and I can guarantee at least one of them was made during the 90s.
2. The books Harry Potter, Goosebumps, Game of Thrones and Jurassic Park. This was a great era for book worms, from childhood classics like the Goosebumps series to books that later became some of our favorite movies and hit TV shows. I read voraciously as a kid (my mom once grounded me from reading because I was neglecting my chores as I tore through five Nancy Drew novels a day) but I still didnt realize until I was much older just how many great books came out of that decade.
3. The music Everything. Sure, Britney was a scandal, over-singing was par for the course and boy bands didnt exactly produce quality more than quantity. But even the worst of the 90s has some charm. And of course, if you go off the beaten path and think back to 90s alternative (or head over to Spotify to refresh your memory), youll find some of the best music your ears have ever heard. I love 90s music and the Backstreet Boys hold a special place in my heart and on my playlist right next to Hootie and the Blowfish.
4. The fads Slap bracelets, Beanie Babies, Lisa Frank everything, pogs, Tamagatchi and stick-on earrings. Basically everything awesome. Today, our fads take the form of Internet memes, Justin Bieber hair and viral videos, but in the 90s, it was all about how many slap bracelets you owned, how long you kept your Tamagatchi alive or whether your Beanie Babies tags remain uncrinkled. Really, the 90s was THE decade for fads and trends. They were social currency, how you related to your peers and above all else, they were fun.
5. The toys Bop-it, moon shoes, Furby and Game Boy. Before computers, tablets and smartphones, toys like these were technological marvels. I mean, seriously, Furbies spoke their own language and would learn English the more you played with them. How cool is that? And Bop-its provided endless entertainment with your friends during recess and after school. Im not one to decry modern technology as some sort of demon, but our toys in the 90s were super cool for their time and part of me is sad my kids will miss out on the wonder and awe of a weird hamster-owl creature that was programmed to react to human interaction.
6. The end of the world Y2K: Worldwide computer failures that would send the world into an apocalyptic tailspin. The problem that centered around the mass fear of the year 2000 was pretty simple. During an era when computer technology was becoming usable, portable and personal, many system programmers set aside only two digits to denote the year (98 instead of 1998) so when 00 rolled around, the programming math got screwy, which had the potential to completely malfunction a computer. Although experts at the time said programs could be fixed in time for the turn of the century, that didnt stop the hysteria and fear-mongering. I actually knew a family who stocked up on canned goods and bottled water just in case. Of course, Jan. 1, 2000, came and went without the world crashing down around us and left many feeling a bit silly. But Y2K is burned into our memories (or blocked out forever). Have an idea for a listicle? Get in touch. Moroney may be contacted at email@example.com or at (208) 848-2232.