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This is What the World Was Like in 1997

It was so different…


Ahhhh, 2017. It’s fair to say that 2017 has been a *little* bit rubbish. Yep, if we could, we would rip this year out of the book, tear it to shreds, scrumple all of the pieces up into tiny balls, stomp on them with our giant Timberland boots, and then throw them into the fire until they become stardust. So yeah, we’ve kind of hated it. Wanna know why? Well here are just a few examples: the ‘How Bow Dah?’ girl (*shivers*), Justin Bieber’s Despacito (we still don’t have a clue what he’s harping on about), the ‘new’ Taylor Swift (look what you made her do, guys!), people staring at the eclipse without their shades (we’re talking about you, Mr. President) and that’s just the start. Because of the sheer stupidity of this year, we often find ourselves looking back into the past and getting our nostalgia fix.

One of our favorite years to look back on is 1997. When you think of 1997, you probably think of a couple of years ago. Yuh-huh, you remember 1997 like it was yesterday – because it was, like, three years ago, right? Well…not quite. Soz to make you feel old, guys, but 1997 was TWENTY BLOOMIN’ YEARS AGO. As if we didn’t feel old enough already, this crazy fact has made us think of 1997 in a new light. In this weird and crazy world we live in, Kylie Jenner has never known life without Harry Potter (which is basically our dream), Leo and Kate have grown twenty years older after their rough time on RMS Titanic, and the world has given birth to some of the greatest movies and songs of all time. Man, it’s been wild.

But what was it really like in 1997? Well, hold onto your hats, ladies and gentlebeans, because we’re going to take you on a whirlwind adventure of what the world was like in 1997. [DISCLAIMER: YOU MAY FEEL OVERWHELMING FEELINGS OF NOSTALGIA, SO GET YOUR TAMAGOTCHIS READY]

Titanic was released

Yes, this movie really was released twenty years ago. Yes, you really are that old. We still love this movie, and even though we know what’s going to happen… we still cry. When Titanic was first released, it proved hugely popular and was the first movie to gross over $1billion. As if this wasn’t enough, it won 11 Oscar Awards. (Even though DiCaprio didn’t win his much deserved Oscar until 2016. He was cheated).

We were all obsessed with Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Buffy the Vampire Slayer has everything that you could possibly want from a TV show – it had Sarah Michelle Gellar, vampires, vampire slayers, werewolves, demons, and all things dark. But we absolutely loved it, and we just couldn’t deal with the Buffy/Angel/Spike love triangle. We were always rooting for Spike…

Oh, and King of the Hill

We just couldn’t get enough of this show. The first episode aired on January 12, 1997, ran until 2010, and centered around the Hill family. Most of the time, we didn’t quite get what the show was trying to get at, but it was so addictive. Plus, it was a cartoon. Anything in cartoon form, we just had to watch.

‘Barbie Girl’ was released

‘Barbie Girl’ was the kind of song that we all love to hate. We groan every time we hear it, yet we still know all of the words. The song was first released by the (rather odd) Danish-Norwegian dance-pop group, called Aqua and was their third single. Don’t ask us to tell you their other songs though. They were truly a one-hit wonder.

Ellen DeGeneres came out

Ellen DeGeneres started her career in comedy in the early ‘80s, but it wasn’t until 1997 that Ellen came out to the world. She has since written a book about her experiences, called ‘Love’ and stated that her confession really affected her career, and left her ‘mired in depression.’ Now she’s one of the most popular comedians and talk-show hosts out there, and we absolutely love her.

Princess Diana died

R.I.P Lady Di. Princess Diana was the first wife of Prince Charles, and the mother of Prince Harry and Prince William. Tragically, she died in a car crash on August 31, 1997. The crash happened in Paris, and her death has been under scrutiny ever since it happened. But we like to remember the Princess of Wales in a positive light and remember her for her loving demeanor and her charity work.

And Candle in the Wind was rewritten in tribute

After her death, Elton John rewrote his earlier single, ‘Candle in the Wind’ as a tribute to the Princess and his dear friend. It soon went on to become the second best-selling single in history, and all of the proceeds from the single went towards the Princess Diana’s charities. (We’re trying not to think about it as it makes us cry).

The Backstreet Boys released their first single

Backstreet were there, alright. In 1997, the band released their first US single, ‘Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)’ and soon became one of the most popular bands of the ‘90s and early ‘00s. Everyone had a favorite Backstreet Boy. Ours was Nick Carter… of course.

We all tried to sneakily watch South Park

When South Park was first released in 1997, it received so much critical attention that we couldn’t help but try to watch it. But of course, our parents didn’t want us to, so we just tried to watch it at a friends’ house instead. And it was so worth it.

George Clooney was the best looking man alive

If you’ve ever wanted to know who was crowned (although not literally. Do they get crowns for this kind of thing?) the most attractive man alive… George Clooney is your guy. At the time, Clooney was starring in ER (everyone loves Doctors) and People’s readers voted him as their most handsome man of the year. A well-deserved winner, we think.

The Notorious B.I.G was murdered

Was it really that long ago? The Notorious B.I.G is still known today as one of the most powerful and influential rappers of all time, and his death caused a stir among the musical community. B.I.G was murdered by a drive-by shooter, and they still haven’t found the killer to this day…

Kimmel on Win Ben Stein’s Money

Awww, we miss Jimmy Kimmel on Win Ben Stein’s Money. Of course, we loved Ben Stein, but Jimmy Kimmel just made it SO MUCH BETTER. (As if that was even possible). When Kimmel left in 2000, we just couldn’t get over it. We don’t we’re even quite over it now. Absolutely distraught.

LeAnn Rimes was the youngest person to win a Grammy

So how old do you reckon she was? Eighteen? Twenty? Nope, she was fourteen years old! At fourteen years old we could barely get ourselves to school, let alone win a Grammy award. She won the title of Best New Artist and Best Female Country Vocal Performance. No biggie.

Tyra Banks was on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover

And it was a big deal. She was the first ever black model to appear on the hugely popular, Sports Illustrated cover. The previous year she had also been on the cover, but with another model. In 1997, she was all by herself, and she was rocking it. Go, Tyra!

The Spice Girls were HUUUUUUGE

If you didn’t have a poster of Spice Girls on your wall in 1997 – were you even living? The British girl band released their first single, ‘Wannabe’ in 1996 and took over the pop world during the 1997. Their first album dominated the charts and is still the best-selling female album in history. We really, really, really wanna zig-a-zig-ah…

Pitt and Paltrow called it off

Yep. The day the earth stood still. In 1997, the hot couple of the ‘90s called off their engagement. Brad Pitt and Gwyneth Paltrow had been together for two and a half years before they ended things. But we guess all good things must come to an end. And it did lead to Brangelina – oh wait…

Aaliyah dominated Tommy Hilfiger

Remember Aaliyah? In 1997, the singer and rapper was all over Hilfiger’s ads, as she was part of their All America Tour. And look how beautiful she looked. We still can’t get over her death in 2001, when she was killed in a plane crash.

We loved Mulder and Scully

We totally shipped these two. Of course, it was the ‘90s, so we were completely obsessed with the X-Files. Who wasn’t? And these two characters and their actors were the best. The had so much chemistry, but it never quite happened… until it did. You know what we mean. We can’t wait for season 11 of the X Files to come out, which will explore the significance of that union…

We couldn’t get enough of Johnny Bravo

There was nothing better than sitting in your PJs on the sofa, on a Saturday morning, watching Cartoon Network. We just couldn’t get enough of cartoons, and Johnny Bravo was one of our faves. He was so self-righteous and completely loved himself… but we couldn’t help but love him too.

Steve Jobs returned

Yay! We all know Steve Jobs as the co-founder of Apple, but he was actually forced out of the company in 1985, after a huge power-struggle among the top dogs. Although he helped create Pixar during this time, we weren’t happy with his move. But FINALLY, he returned to Apple as their CEO in 1997 after a long twelve years.

We had way too many virtual pets to look after

If you didn’t have a real pet, virtual pets were the next best thing – and they really came into their own in 1997. Whether you had a Tamagotchi, Gigapet or Nano Pet, there was nothing more important than feeding your virtual pet. You may have got Carpal Tunnel from pressing the tiny buttons all the time, but your pets needed you, and the last thing you wanted was for them to go to virtual pet heaven.

Madonna won a Golden Globe

Yep, because having one amazing talent just isn’t enough. Come on, Madonna, leave a little talent for the little guys. The pop superstar won a Golden Globe Award in 1997 for her role in Evita and was awarded the Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical. Well, we have to give her credit. She was pretty good.

We all had a crush on Hanson

Okay, so Hanson were also a one-hit wonder band – but this band was adorable. The Hanson brothers released their single, ‘MMMBOP’ in 1997, and we’re not quite sure how a song with so few words became so popular, but it was so catchy, so we’ll let them off. But the brothers, with their long blond hair and edgy looks, were the ultimate teenage girl crushes.

We couldn’t get enough of Sabrina, The Teenage Witch

Sabrina, The Teenage Witch, was our go-to TV program. There was magic, there was a world-dominating pet cat, there were some classic ’90s outfits, and there was greatness. We just couldn’t get enough, and all we wanted throughout the ‘90s was to be just like Sabrina. But we never seemed to sprout any magical properties. Shame.

Robyn made her debut

Robyn seems to have a thing with coming into the limelight, disappearing for ten years, and then coming back with another banger. But she was truly in the limelight during 1997, and the Swedish icon released her songs, ‘Show Me Love’ and ‘Do You Know (What It Takes.)’ She must be due a new song soon, right?

The magic was released

The first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was first released in 1997 – and it was literally where the magic happened. Considering J.K Rowling was rejected by numerous publishers, she’s done alright. We guess. Just kidding, we love you J.K, you legend.

J-Lo starred in Selena

Remember when Jennifer Lopez wasn’t one of the best actresses and singers of all time? No, neither do we. But it wasn’t that long ago that she made her first debut on Selena, which changed her life forever. In this movie, she played the Tejano singer, Selena Quintanilla-Perez.

Teletubbies first came onto our screens

If you were a kid in 1997 – you absolutely loved Teletubbies. If you were a parent in 1997 – you absolutely hated Teletubbies. Personally, they kinda freaked me out a little bit, because I didn’t get why they had Television screens in their bellies, but I got the appeal. But after 1997, there was no going back, and Teletubbies has been on our screens ever since.

These bangers topped the chart

1997 was one of the best years for music. There was nothing better than turning on your radio and recording your favorites on your tape recorder. At the top of the charts, this year was the likes of Blackstreet’s ‘No Diggity,’ Third Eye Blind’s ‘Semi-Charmed Life’ and Erykah Badu’s ‘On & On’ – try not to sing them too loud.

Radiohead released ‘OK Computer.’

If you were a fan of Radiohead – or just a fan of music in general – you’d remember 1997 as the year when the band released their album, ‘OK Computer.’ And this was kind of a big deal. This album is widely known as being one of the best, most popular and most influential albums of all time.

The final season of Seinfeld

*Sob* This was one of the saddest events to come out of 1997. Technically, the last series actually ended in 1998, but some of the last (and greatest) episodes of the last season were aired in 1997. We were so happy, yet so sad at the same time. It was just a whirlwind of emotions that we just couldn’t control.

Ivanka on Seventeen

If you don’t remember, before Ivanka Trump became Assistant to the President, she was a normal kid (who just happened to have a millionaire father). But Ivanka also tried her hand at modeling, and at the age of 15-years-old, Trump found herself on the cover of Seventeen Magazine.

Cow and Chicken was life

Another cartoon we just absolutely loved was Cow and Chicken – and we couldn’t think of any better best friends than a cow or a chicken, and loved to watch their adventures. We loved the show, but we couldn’t stand the pesky Red Guy.

Star Wars special editions were released

Whether you agree with them or not, 1997 was the year that George Lucas decided to released the Star Wars special editions to commemorate the 20th anniversary of New Hope. But the Return of the Jedi gave us a little glimpse into the future, so we can’t complain too much.

Jurassic Park 2 entered our lives

When the first Jurassic Park movie came out in 1993, we didn’t think anything could beat it – let alone another Jurassic Park story. Yet, The Lost World came out and completely blew our minds. How could Steven Spielberg get things SO RIGHT? We owe so much to you, Steve.