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What is YOUR favorite decade?
I realized this weekend that by far, my favorite decade is the 90s. Not just for the music, but the music was amazing. The 90s started with what I consider the 80s trickledown sound of artists like MC Hammer, Milli Vanilli, and Vanilla Ice; the mid-90s moved into grunge bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Collective Soul; and then cheesy, manufactured pop artists like Britney and N*SYNC closed out the decade.
A radio station here in Houston played all 90s for this past weekend and I found myself singing along to every single song, even the ones that weren’t appropriate in front of my kids (like “Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover” and “The Humpty Dance). The music of the 90s brings back SO vividly those moments. Not the memories, but the MOMENTS. It’s like being there again.
I hadn’t quite realized why I loved that time so much, but thinking about the decade, I realized it was probably because that 10 year period saw me from sixth grade all the way through college graduation. I remember wearing a bathing suit under my cap and gown at our outdoor graduation in 90+ degree heat, playing Tetris on a Nintendo Gameboy. HOW 90s IS THAT FOR A COLLEGE GRADUATION??
I remember seeing the decade out with my brother, waiting to see if the world ended at the stroke of midnight (because of COURSE it would end in my time zone, right?) and watching, for the first time, a movie I thought looked good but had never heard of at Blockbuster. It was called “Office Space.”
We laughed so hard that when my friends Owen and Randy came over just as it had finished, we started it over and watched it AGAIN, so they could see it for the first time. I know how to ring in a new year, new decade, new century. (And don’t try to tell me that 2001 is when the new century starts because that’s not how it works in my head, okay? Okay.)
Music at that time was so important to me. Another reason that those songs really evoke moments and bring my history back into life. I listened to music from the moment I got up until the moment I went to bed, often falling asleep with the radio playing. I called radio stations and requested music. I got my first CD player in ’89 from my Dad and I didn’t know what it was. I still bought tapes instead because they were cheaper.
Now I’m thinking music and memory and about Blind Melon’s “No Rain.” Other moments I forgot to mention: Empire Records, Fiona Apple & Jewel, crop tops (I wore them. Ugh.), My So-Called Life, Beverly Hills 90210, my first pair of Birkenstocks AND Doc Martens, and so many more.
Do you have a favorite decade? What do YOU think about the 90s?
Here are some great 90s links!