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The 1990s was a decade of experimentation of society and culture. From cartoons to fashion to music, some of the most iconic styles and songs came from the last decade of the millennium.

While I was born at the end of the decade, its culture heavily influences my life, as it does most teenagers. There is so much to take in from the 90s, from tamagotchi to scrunchies to easy bake ovens, but these are my top three personal favorites: Doc Martens: Effortlessly cool, Doc Martens became the “it” shoe of the 90s. Grunge was a key trend in fashion. Plaid shirts and Docs made the tough -girl look.

“Rugrats”: cartoons were huge then, mainly because the cartoons of that decade are debatably the best. “Ren and Stimpy” “Hey, Arnold,” and “Dexter’s Laboratory” are examples of simple, yet clever shows that make you want to pull out the VCR.

Any song on the Top 100s chart of the decade: “Creep” by Radiohead, “Wannabe” by Spice Girls, “Tearin’ Up My Heart” by NSYNC, and “Wonderwall” by Oasis are a few noteworthy tracks.

Personally, I think the 90s are underappreciated.

People don’t realize how much culture, technology and societal development came from those ten years. The Internet progressively developed and new ideas came into society—ideas that pushed the boundaries of “normal” and gave people an opportunity to use their voice.

If you take nothing away from the 90s, just remember, at one point or another you were dancing to Marky Mark and The Funky Bunch’s “Good Vibrations.”

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