Twitter is feeling very nostalgic today, thanks to the #90sin5words trend that’s got users thinking back to the decade that gave us Blair, Blur and Blockbuster Video. Here’s our pick of the five word love letters.
‘The truth is out there’
X-Files’ Mulder & Scully, among the elite of 90s pop-culture figures, returned this year for a new series of the mystery drama. But they’ll always be ‘90s to us.
‘It smelled like teen spirit’
Nirvana’s influence is still being felt, 25 years on from ‘Smells like Teen Spirit’. Actually, to celebrate that recent ‘Nevermind’ anniversary, the baby on the cover recreated the shot.
‘It’s a show about… nothing’
This is a universally acknowledged fact about the legendary ‘90s sitcom Seinfeld. But that’s kind of what makes it so good.
‘Made you a mix tape’
It’s genuinely sad that this doesn’t really happen any more. You can make someone a playlist, maybe, but it’s not quite the same, is it?
‘Let’s go rent a movie’
Going to Blockbuster, choosing and renting films probably used to take less time overall than the amount we now spend scrolling through Netflix trying to find a choice that pleases everyone.
‘Posh, Baby, Scary, Ginger, Sporty’
The Spice Girls were an unstoppable ‘90s force. Seems so long ago now.
Fresh Prince Of Bel Air
On weekday evenings it used to be The Simpsons, this, then Robot Wars on BBC Two. A classic line-up of comedy, then machines doing horrible things to each other.
‘I don’t want to wait’
Dawson’s Creek was the cleaner, safer version of the ‘00s equivalent The O.C.. Unfortunately for the star, James Van Der Beek, this GIF of him crying later became synonymous with the show, and teenage heartbreak generally, but then he appeared as himself in an underrated comedy show called Don’t Trust The Bitch In Apartment 23, in which he undermined that image brilliantly.
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‘We were on a break!’
Friends and Ross Geller were a huge ‘90s fixture. And this phrase, Ross’ dubious get-out clause for sleeping with someone other than Rachel, is weirdly iconic now.
‘Tommy, Chucky, Angelica, Phil, Lil’
The freaky babies of Rugrats: as ‘90s as they come.
‘My loneliness is killing me’
And, we must confess, most of the lyrics in Britney Spears’ 1998 debut and breakout hit single ‘…Baby One More Time’ are carved in the memories of ‘90s kids.
What five words would you use to sum up your 90s experience? Let us know by tweeting @NME.