8 Things we miss about the ’90s

The Backstreet Boys and Avril Lavigne recently performed at the Starlight Theatre in Kansas City, and with them came a hurricane of memories from pre-Y2K. The ’90s may have come and gone, but in the hearts of many, that glorious decade will always be the “bomb diggity.” And since our nostalgia is currently at an all-time high, we’re going to take a little stroll down memory lane. Here’s what we miss the most about the 90s:




These little devices were likely your first taste of responsibility as a child. We learned everything we needed to know about parenting from taking care of these digital pets. Like, don’t accidentally leave them in the car overnight or they might not work in the morning.




If you had one of these, people knew you were muy importante. Like a doctor or a lawyer or a teenager late for curfew.


Jelly Shoes

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Or “jellies” if you’re anyone who’s anyone.


Starter Jackets


Nothing says, “I can survive an arctic blast while supporting my team” like this trendy number. How many of you still have access to yours? Just us? Mkay.


Zack Morris and the phone he’s holding.

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Guys wanted to be him, and ladies wanted to be with him. He helped many an angsty teen get through their awkward years. Kelly Kapowksi helped, too.



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At what point will the origins of the term “rewind” be completely detached from its meaning? Kids these days (can’t believe we just said that) will never understand the frustration of renting a movie, popping it in and having it start right as Rose is saying, “I’ll never let go, Jack!”


Butterfly clips


Although they were the easiest thing to break, they were truly fashion-forward. Well, for women, anyway. Never really caught on with dudes…


Boy Bands


There are some things you hope never go out of style. Unfortunately for the universe, the boy band trend eventually went “Bye, bye, bye.” Let’s please have a moment of silence for 98 Degrees.


Reliving the 90s, 101:

Step 1 – Frost those tips, like, stat.

Step 2 – Put on your fliest wind-breaker gear.

Step 3 – Log onto AOL, making sure no one else is on the phone. (Curse you, dial up!)

Step 4 – Deck out in choker necklaces and slap bracelets. (Why were jewelery names so aggressive?)

Step 5 – Add “Spice” to your nickname (i.e. Baby Spice, Scary Spice, Ginger Spice, etc.)

– or –

If you hate everything and want to make sure everyone knows it, dig out a pair of Doc Martens, your oldest and rattiest jeans, an oversized flannel, and fire up Candlebox on your Walkman.


How do you relive the ’90s? Tell us in the comments!


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  1. I wish that song from the Titanic would have gone down with the ship.

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    • mazuma

      Celine Dion could have stayed in Canada and the world would have been a better place. The same thing holds true for Justin Bieber.

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  2. I was hoping Monica Lewinski would have stayed in whatever country she went to making her little handbags back in the 90’s, but I’m afraid she’s back! . Seinfeld has to be the best thing EVER from the 90’s! “How could someone not like Jerry?”

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    • mazuma

      I just Googled those handbags and really wish I hadn’t. That was way too many Monica memories for a Tuesday afternoon (or ever, really).

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