Friends, The Simpsons and Crystal Maze are the best things about the 90s, according to a study

By Richard Jenkins
Friday, 3rd September 2021, 12:41 pm
Updated Monday, 6th September 2021, 8:46 am

Research of 2,000 adults found six in 10 feel nostalgic about the decade, and the results show television is the aspect people miss most.

Other shows considered iconic for the era include The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Ab Fab.

Music was also a great influence for three in 10 adults, with the Spice Girls, Take That, Oasis and Westlife among those artists most fondly remembered.

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Others loved the fashion trends of the decade, including double denim, low rise jeans and choker necklaces.

While playing Snake on the phone, Tamagotchis and Power Rangers also take people back more than 30 years.

A spokesperson for Myprotein, which commissioned the research in conjunction with its 90s themed event ‘Impact Week’, said: "There has been a resurgence of 90s trends recently, to both the delight and dismay of people that grew up in that decade.

“It was a period of outrageous fashion and fun sports like skateboarding or rollerblading that has served as inspiration for the younger generation over the past year.

“And with the recent comebacks of famous musicians and actors from the decade, this nostalgic trend looks to continue for some time.”

Those yearning for the decade think the best things included CD Walkman's, VHS tapes and video rental shops.

Other blasts from the past include Nokia 3210s, Game Boys and MSN instant messenger.

While Polly Pocket and POGS are toys people associate with the 90s.

Gen Z are also embracing the nineties

Of respondents that were born in the last twenty years, 42 per cent had explored the 90s through social media, while 38 per cent learnt through films, television and music.

Generation Z have embraced classic 90s trends, with 34 per cent agreeing that it was a fun decade for fashion and culture, while 32 per cent think the resurgence of 90s TV shows and films has helped fuel the obsession with it.

And 14 per cent of those living in that time still enjoy wearing their old clothes, while a further quarter reckon baggy clothing is making a significant comeback.

Although one in 10 think low rise jeans should stay in the 90s forever and 12 per cent think tracksuits need to be sent back to the past.

Just under two fifths of those polled via OnePoll see the 90s as vintage, with around 37 per cent agreeing it was the best decade they have lived through.

The pile of VHS video cassettes used to make a 12ft replica of the Titanic. See SWNS story SWTAPE: Teacher Chris Evans, who runs a charity for people with learning disabilities, decided to turn the group's unwanted tapes into an art installation. So a group of five students set about dismantling the hundreds of tapes - which each contain 36 separate parts when stripped apart. They then made the ship's body from cassettes and cases, the funnels from spools and the reams of tape inside was used for the sea.

A sense of nostalgia

The feeling of nostalgia comes about when memories of happier times and childhoods are brought out, with just over two in five finding it comforting to reminisce about the past.

The spokesperson for Myprotein added: “Thinking about the past is a fun way to bond with peers and find motivation to try something different.

“And as we can see, the continued obsession with the 90s is not set to die down anytime soon, which is why we decided to add a nostalgic touch to Impact Week.”



1.            Friends

2.            The Simpsons

3.            Crystal Maze

4.            Spice Girls

5.            VHS tapes

6.            Titanic

7.            Take That

8.            Video rental shops

9.            CD Walkman's

10.          Nokia 3210s

11.          Harry Potter fever

12.          The Fresh Prince of Bel Air

13.          Playing snake on your phone

14.          Buffy the Vampire Slayer

15.          Ab Fab

16.          Art Attack

17.          Sabrina the Teenage Witch

18.          Westlife

19.          Britney Spears

20.          Sex and the City

21.          Boyzone

22.          Saved by the Bell

23.          Britpop

24.          Baywatch

25.          Game Boys

26.          AOL/MSN Instant Messenger

27.          Byker Grove

28.          Backstreet Boys

29.          Live and Kicking

30.          SMTV Live

31.          Tamagotchis

32.          The Macarena

33.          B*Witched

34.          Destiny’s Child

35.          Keenan and Kel

36.          Beanie Babies

37.          Romeo & Juliet

38.          10 Things I Hate About You

39.          Polly Pocket

40.          Round the Twist

41.          Dawson’s Creek

42.          Clueless

43.          Space Jam

44.          New Kids on the Block

45.          Groovy Chick

46.          Power Rangers

47.          Pogs

48.          N*Sync

49.          Sweet Valley High

50.          Sister Sister