The 90’s Are Underrated

The 90s Are Underrated

Meleah York, Staff Writer

Though most of us probably do not remember the 90s whether we lived during this era or not, we grew up heavily influenced by it. The 90s are not given enough credit for the awesome cultural advances made during that time, with one-hit wonders filling every radio station, fashion becoming more individualized, and incredible movies continuously taken for granted.

This was a time when grunge ruled music tastes and iconic television shows were created along with new technology–that’s right, the Walkman! Think of how ingenious this really is; you want to listen to music in different places, when you’re at school, at work, or going on vacation, and now you have a portable device where you can put on headphones and be immersed in scratchy cassette tapes.

And who could forget about those TV shows, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Full House, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Friends, just to name a few. And what about the music? Christina Aguilera, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, all queens that ruled the music industry. Don’t forget Biggie Smalls or Nirvana, both very different music tastes, and one-hit wonders like Natalie Imbruglia’s “Torn” or the Proclaimers’ “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”, these tunes we still know today.

But don’t be fooled when you hear about the “appalling” fashion of the 90s; back then it was the comfort that made it so fashionable. High-waisted ripped jeans and bike shorts, bandanas and combat boots, all very in-style and very comfortable.

Overall, the media and culture of the United States in the 90s was an era of breaking free of societal expectations and embracing who you were over what you wore or what music you listened to. We can learn a lot from this era, like how to see others for who they really are and how to treat people different from us. We should embrace our differences and not live with such strict boundaries of fashion or music, everyone has their own preferences. If we can learn anything from the innovation and cultural upheaval brought by the 90s, we should learn that good times of creativity come from the way that we treat others.