When We Were Young: The Best Pop Culture Of The 80s & 90s

when-you-were-young-3.jpgWe’ve now aired multiple episodes of the When We Were Young podcast, which means it’s officially time to start uselessly ranking things.

That’s right — because I am a millennial (barely), I am obsessed with ranking things that are not terribly similar in any way, and chances are, you are obsessed with it, too. (Thanks, Buzzfeed!) So I am keeping a running tally of which of the movies, TV shows, albums, and other pop culture artifacts from the 80s and 90s hold up best.

Is it completely arbitrary to compare, say, Steven Spielberg’s E.T. to the 90s catalogue of Britney Spears to the entire run of The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air? Of course it is! That’s what makes it such a meaningless waste of time!

twister-helen-hunt-sadnessAN ARBITRARY RANKING OF 80s & 90s POP CULTURE:

(Based on my own internal algorithm that combines lasting influence on pop culture, how original and ahead-of-their time they were, and consistency of quality throughout the 80s and 90s and how they’ve aged upon a recent viewing.)

1. Nirvana’s Nevermind & In Utero

2. Buffy The Vampire Slayer

3. The Alien quartet

4. Seinfeld

5. Scream, Scream 2, Scream 3

6. Romy And Michele’s High School Reunion

7. Muriel’s Wedding & My Best Friend’s Wedding

8. Twister

9. Trainspotting

10. Election

11. The Brady Bunch Movie & A Very Brady Sequel

12. Don Bluth movies

13. Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill

14. The Blair Witch Project

15. Molly Ringwald / John Hughes movies

16. Now That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 1

17. The Dark Crystal & Labyrinth

18. Disney pop singles

19. Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

20. Clerks, Chasing Amy, Dogma

21. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask, Dumb And Dumber

That’s my ranking. How would you rank them? Pick your favorite in the poll below:


My rankings list will be updated accordingly following each episode of the podcast. The poll will also be refreshed with new options as we cover them. You can vote once a week, so if your answers changes when we introduce a new topic, that’s fine!

Listen to the podcast here.



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