15 Struggles You Won’t Understand If You Weren’t A Teen In The Late 90s

The late 90s were one of the weirdest times for trying to be a pop-culture-savvy teen. Grunge was over, Y2K loomed over everything, and all of our media, from the music to the movies to the TV, was just friggin WEIRD. Of course this all bled into making us one of the weirdest bunch of teenagers ever, with weird struggles like the 15 you’ll find here.

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Having to fight for tape space with your siblings for your favorite shows.

15 Struggles You Won't Understand If You Weren't A Teen In The Late 90s
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Fighting over who got to be Oddjob in Goldeneye 007 multiplayer (the correct answer was “nobody”).

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Running out to buy the latest soundtrack album (to a movie you never actually watched).

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The sheer shame of showing up to school wearing both backpack straps.

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Making sure your boxers weren’t dumb-looking (because your pants sagged enough to show ’em).

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Burning the roof of your mouth with these bastards after school.

15 Struggles You Won't Understand If You Weren't A Teen In The Late 90s
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The heart attack you got from these speakers being turned up WAY too loud.

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Not enough of a nostalgia trip? Wait’ll you see the rest…

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Having your parents walk in at the exact wrong moment while you were watching Wild Things.

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The anti-skip feature being a complete lie.

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Every single dance/graduation/memorial/whatever featuring this friggin song.

Needing the stiffest of hair gel for those spikes.

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Trying to pull off No Doubt’s looks and failing miserably.

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Sponge painting your entire room, only to get sick of it like a month later.

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How badly you needed to get new photos of you and your friends done at the mall booth every few weeks.

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And of course, hearing someone else quote Austin Powers for the millionth bloody time.

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What defined your teenage years in the 90s?

Emma C
Freelance Writer