I think the thing I miss the most about the late 1990s and early 2000s is the music that was on the radio.
When I spin the dial these days…well, let’s just say that I have no idea what or who I’m listening to.
But 20-25 years ago was great…for me, at least.
Check out what AskReddit users had to say about what reminds them of those glory days.
“Setting up a get-together and people just remember when to show up.
Actually, get-togethers worked better then. People couldn’t text and cancel with nearly the convenience they do now.
Plus, we were bored with no internet, so we had motivation to get together.”
Especially cool, futuristic flip phones, like in The Matrix.”
“P2P file sharing programs like Napster, BearShare, Kazaa, Limewire, etc.
You could never trust song labels, every single parody song was suddenly Weird Al and it would suck when you thought you found a new or obscure song by a band you loved and it was actually a song you already knew by them or sometimes a song by a different band all together.
That movie that you wanted to download, which was always in several huge parts that would take hours to days to download, ends up being porn you didn’t want. That porn that your really wanted, ends up being a beheading video.
It was so chaotic and random and full of viruses that would f**k your computer too. Those were crazy days and you never really knew what to expect, was like the wild west.”
“Aggressive layering of clothes in women’s fashion.
T-shirts under sundresses, multiple shirts of different lengths, extra points for a long sleeved shirt with a long tank top on top with a short tshirt over that.”
“The Backstreet Boys.
Specifically their ultra-futuristic album Millennium. The pics of them in the jacket were wearing white-on-white outfits in chome backgrounds.
It was released on CD and cassette.”
“Very low rise jeans and thongs. Pagers.
Watching The Sopranos on Sundays. Warehouse raves in Brooklyn.
Traveling two hours into an outer borough to see what was good where your friend lived.”
“New Years Eve, 1999
Also freaking out that computers couldn’t handle dates and whatnot for the new millennium.”
“Recording your favourite songs from the radio and trying to cut the recording at exactly the right moment.”
“Frosted tips and really big chains to hold your wallet.
It’s time to bring that s**t back.”
“Gilmore Girls. Jelly sandals. Lindsay Lohan.
Wearing your hair in a low bun/ponytail with those two loose, thin strands in the front.”
“East Coast Swing dancing.
It had a revival about 1999.”
“Wandering through the airport with no ticket or intention of flying anywhere. I did that when I was in my teens with my friends, the airport was a place to hang out.
Or, sitting at the gate waiting for flights to come in and watching all the passengers coming directly off the flights waiting to see your loved one versus waiting for them at baggage claim.
All that ended on 9/11, when I was 17.”
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