The 90’s was undoubtedly the best (you can’t convince me otherwise). The 90’s was when music was music, when fashion was cool, when kids actually got to play (kids today don’t play anymore). It was full of its ups and downs but it was still the best of the best. If you are a 90s kid, then you probably remember a few fads that were so cool when they first came out, but which aren’t in use anymore and which kids of today will never know. If you’re a 90s kid, and you have kids, you can show them some of them listed in this article. If not just, then just scroll down and reminisce.
This amazing portable music device helped you carry great tunes with you, before the mp3s and the phones that played music. It went out of vogue when compact discs came into the picture (at which it was then replaced with the Disc-man).
The REAL Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon Shows
Yes, I said that. Once upon a time, Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon had great animated shows like The Flintstones, The Addams Family, Ruggrats, Johnny Bravo, Dexter’s Lab, Hey Arnold, CatDog, Cow and Chicken, Pinky and the Brain, The Wild Thornberrys, I Am Weasel, Mike Lu and OG, The Jetsons, The Angry Beavers, The grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, Danger Mouse, The Cramp Twins, The Life and Times of Juniper Lee, Looney Tunes, Popeye, Scooby-Doo,The Kids Next Door, Taz-Mania, Samurai Jack, etc. The list is endless. Honestly, I look at these channels now and weep. The Kids today will never know.
The VCR/VHS Player
This baby right here was the bombdiggity back in the day. The only source of home entertainment back in the day. It was such a joy to record your favorite sitcoms and watch them over and over again on these. Unfortunately, Netflix happily has that covered.
Chupa Chups and Hubba Bubba
Can we please pay our respects to these pioneers of lollipops and bubble gum tapes respectively. I think they can both still be occasionally found in stores like Walmart and even online on amazon. Every kid was eating these back in the day. It didn’t matter if you liked them or not, you just had to eat them to be cool.
Digital Cameras and Camcorders
If you didn’t have a digital camera, you weren’t loved! Every family had a camcorder and almost every individual had a digital camera. The cameras and camcorders were for photos and videos respectfully, before the advent of camera phones. It was easy to document family memories with these. The downside was that we were mostly forced to watch them on most family get togethers and holidays.
Before social media, there were these things called slumbooks, which were a combination of a questionnaire and a scrapbook. Usually, people make them, have questions written out on them which their friends will answer on pages allocated to them. Photos of said friends and other random photos will then be attached to it in a scrapbook manner. It was really entertaining back in the day to read peoples profiles on slumbooks. Only cool people get to fill in slumbooks of the popular kids in school. So it was really a big deal to get asked to fill one.
These bad boys were the ancestors of yesterday’s “hard disks” and today’s “cloud”. In the days of large system units and monitors, floppy disks were the way to store your data. Everything from homework to photos.
Look, if you are a 90’s kid, and you never owned a game boy, then you need to have your 90’s Kid Membership card revoked. Yep. You read that right. How is it possible that you passed through childhood without owning this portable video game device? Not even when Nintendo revamped them? Wow.
Flip Phones and Slide Phones
First off, if your first, second or third cell phones as a 90’s kid wasn’t a flip or a slide phone, you weren’t cool. Just hang up and don’t call anyone in public please. Secondly, if as a girl, it isn’t bedazzled, are you really a girl? In the 90’s, girls bedazzled everything!
I had to make this a category of its own. It was mostly a girl-thing, but we really did put rhinestones, glitter and sparkles on everything we could lay hands on. We also had the fad of studded denims, studded belts, studded shoes, etc. Thenbtgere was the graffiti art on everything denim and wearable; and on skateboards and roller skates. My gosh! My mother could definitely not wait for this phase to be over for my sisters and I. Let us not forget notebook and locker stickers!
Great Teen Books
This is the one I’m most nostalgic about. Books like The Babysitter’s Club, Sweet Valley High and Sweet Valley Junior High, MaryKate and Ashley, Goosebumps, Malcom in the Middle, Archie Comics, etc are a few of which kids today would never know. A lot of them are still out there in stores (I still buy my Archie Comics yo!) but most kids today would never get the hype.
If you never played games with walkie talkies, you never enjoyed life. Those bad boys amplified games like Cops and Robbers, Capture the Flag, etc. Walkie Talkies are hand-held, portable two-way radio tranceivers. They make communications with team members during a game easier and more fun and adrenaline packed.
How else will your friends know which member of the Backstreet Boys or Spice Girls you were crushing on?! You gotta fill your entire bedroom wall (and school locker) with his/her photos! The less space you have on your wall, the more your love for them!
Boy Bands and Girl Bands
Speaking of bands, those also seemed to fade off after the 90’s. There were a lot of them back then. From Backstreet Boys, to Boys to Men, to Westlife, to Spice Girls, to PussyCat Dolls, to NYSNC, to Destiny’s Child,etc. Most of these started to break up after the 90’s. One Direction is sadly the only one kids today would ever know.
The type of nostalgia writing this article has stirred up in me has me all teary-eyed. If I could do it all over again, I would in a heartbeat.
Dear 90’s kid, we had a great childhood. Don’t let the stress of adulting ever make you forget that.