I loved the 90s.
As a teenager in the 80s, I saw the world experience an incredible decade that included the assassination of John Lennon, “We Are The World” and Chernobyl. As the 90s loomed, I could barely contain my excitement for what the new decade would hold.
The 90s would not disappoint as America would boom with incredible economic growth coupled with historic low unemployment rates, hip-hop would achieve mass-market breakthrough and dominance while we suffered the loss of both Tupac and Biggie.
Grunge and flannel dethroned 80s hair metal and invaded MTV as bands like Nirvana, Alice~N~Chains, Sound Garden and a slew of others rocketed out of the Seattle music scene and onto main stream America. Of course, there was Milli Vanilli…but let’s not dwell.
Speaking of Seattle, coffee made its way into the American lexicon like never before thanks to the Starbucks invasion out of Seattle. Starting with about 100 locations to start the 90s, Starbucks would end the decade with 2000. Starbucks now has over 13,000 locations across the U.S. making quick, easy access to overpriced, ‘can I really call this cream-filled, chocolate mocha thing‘ coffee a reality for all.
90’s network television would change forever with shows like ‘Friends‘, ‘Seinfeld‘, ‘The Simpsons‘ and ‘NYPD Blue‘ while cable networks would push the envelope with offerings like HBO’s mega-hit ‘The Sopranos‘.
The 90s box office brought us ‘Titanic‘ success, Pixar and the emergence of the blockbuster indie films like ‘Pulp Fiction‘.
Global events of the 90s, like the end of the Cold War and the fall of the USSR would affect millions while Nelson Mandela, the L.A. riots and O.J. Simpson would continue to challenge us on the issue of race both at home and around the world.
The 90s left an indelible mark on the world that, for better or worse, will continue to resonate for decades to come.
Here is a list of some of the 90s moments that probably rocked your world.
Comment below and share your memories of the 90s or remind me about the ones I missed!