20 things turning 20 in 2019!

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It’s hard to believe that 2019 is only a little over a month away! It feels like just yesterday we were all making new years resolutions that we weren’t going to keep. (Unless you did keep your new years resolutions and then – seriously – good job!)

But as 2019 draws near we wanted to take a look at what was going on in the pop culture and media world 20 years ago in 1999. What songs were at the top of the charts? What movies were people talking about? Was there any crazy technology introduced that we wouldn’t even blink twice at now? Most definitely.

Were there things created in 1999 that are still considered pop culture staples now? You betcha.

So as 2019 approaches let’s take a look at 20 things turning 20 in the new year!
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  1. …baby one more time  by Britney Spears – Released January 12, 1999
    Album cover: ...baby one more time by Britney Spears
    Oh baby baby, how was I supposed to know?     ….. That this song would still be a bop in 2019.
  2. Blackberry –  Released January 19, 1999
    An image of the first blackberry
    Call me beep me if you wanna reach me.
  3. Super Smash Bros – January 21, 1999
    Image of the original Super Smash bros.
    Donkeyyyy Kong! (right?)
  4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – Published February 1, 1999
    The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky book cover
    Now a brilliant movie staring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and Ezra Miller.
  5. No Scrubs – TLC – February 2, 1999
    TLC No Scrubs cover
    I truly hope this song never ever ever dies.
  6. 10 Things I Hate About You – Released March 31, 1999
    10 things I hate about you movie poster
    “I know you can be overwhelmed, and you can be underwhelmed, but can you ever just be whelmed?”
  7. TiVo – Released March 31, 1999
    Original TiVo logoShout out to every dad who was blown away by this invention because they could record golf and football.
  8. Go-gurt – 1999
    yoplait go-gurt package 1999
    Literally have go-gurt in the fridge as we speak. Thank you, Yoplait.
  9. I Want It That Way (Millennium) – Backstreet Boys – Released April 12, 1999
    Backstreet Boys Millennium album cover - 1999
    Am I…. your fire?? Your one… desire??
    (But seriously go back and check out the special effects in that music video. You’re welcome.)
  10. Spongebob Squarepants – First aired May 1, 1999
    spongebob squarepants characters
    I just…. have nothing to say.
    …..except…. is mayonnaise an instrument?
  11. All Star – Released May 4, 1999
    smash mouth all star album cover
    Shrek is shook.
  12. Notting Hill – Released May 13, 1999
    Notting Hill movie poster
    “I’m also just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.”oooophhhhhhh
  13. Tarzan – Released June 18, 1999
    Tarzan movie poster
    And while we’re on the topic – thank you to Phil Collins for one of the best (if not the best) disney soundtracks of all time.
  14. American Pie – July 9, 1999
    American Pie movie poster
    Honestly never seen it but it’s a cult classic so I’m sure someone somewhere has.
  15. Lou Bega’s Mambo No. 5 – July 19, 1999
    Lou Bega's Mambo No. 5 album cover
    Angela, Pamela, Sandra and Rita approve this message.
  16. The Sixth Sense – Released August 6, 1999
    the little boy from the sixth sense
    I’m not gonna say it. We all know what’s up anyway.
  17. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire – First aired August 16, 1999
    Regis Philbin on the set of Who Wants to be a Millionaire
    Final answer?
    Final answer.
  18. Law and Order: SVU – September 20, 1999
    Law & Order SVU poster
    Thank you to SVU marathons for almost 20 years of full Saturdays and Sundays down the drain.
  19. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater – September 30, 1999
    Tony Hawk's Pro Skater game cover
    Follow Tony Hawk on twitter for accounts of when people sort of think that he kinda looks like that skater guy Tony Hawk.
  20. The Bad Beginning (the first in the Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket) – published September 30, 1999
    The Bad Beginning book cover. - The first in the series of unfortunate events by Lemony Snicket
    The beginning of an era. And also an 18 book commitment, omg.


Is there something you love that didn’t make the list? Are you just as shocked that Bikini Bottom is almost 2 decades old? Let us know below!

A twenty-something.



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