Are you ready to feel old? Cult movies like Titanic and the Harry Potter book series are only two things from the long list of phenomena that are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year.
As the list of great things that were released into this world is loooooonnnnggg, we’ve collected the best examples here just to make you nostalgic AF.
Click through these 14 examples. We promise you’ll be shook!
On December 19 1997 the Best Picture Oscar winning movie about the sinking of the Titanic hit the cinemas and left us thinking that surely there was enough space for poor Jack on that piece of wood. BFF’s Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet starred as gorgeous lovers on board the predestined cruise liner and we really hope they celebrate the movie’s 20th anniversary together.
On 26 June 2017 the Harry Potter book series turns 20. This. Is. Incredible. Just think about it – it means that people born after that date never lived in a world without our beloved, magical Harry Potter universe. Thanks to J.K. Rowling!
3Buffy the Vampire Slayer
On March 10, 1997, Sarah Michelle Gellar killed her first vampire, when season one of the seven-season run began on the WB.
2017 marks two decades since Pokémon: Indigo League premiered in Japanese TV. Wow, the ’90s were so long ago!
5Natalie Imbruglia’s “Torn”
In 1997 and 1998 the Australian singer Natalie Imbruglia could literally be heard everywhere, thanks to her hit song ‘Torn’. It was the first single from her debut album Left of the Middle, released in November 1997, which also became a worldwide success.
The animated comedy premiered on Comedy Central on August 13, 1997. It has won 5 Emmys over its 20 year run. Congrats to South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone!
Starring Jane Krakowski, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Gil Bellows and later Lucy Liu and Portia de Rossi, this popular legal 90’s series premiered on Fox in September 1997 and made the courtroom sexy.
8Songs like ‘Don’t Speak’ and ‘Barbie Girl’
1997 definitely was a year for lasting pop songs: The Scandinavian pop group Aqua released their hit ‘Barbie Girl’, that is played at every Trashpop Party today. And don’t forget about ‘Don’t Speak’ by Gwen Stefani’s band No Doubt!
9Men in Black
Protecting humanity from aliens and fighting evil extraterrestrial creatures was made to look really good when Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones starred in the first part of this science-fiction comedy in July 1997.
Other memorable movies celebrating their 20th anniversary this year are Good Will Hunting, My Best Friend’s Wedding, Air Bud, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion.
10Backstreet Boys’ debut album
The boyband released their U.S. debut album in August 1997 and made girl’s hearts melt all over the world.
1198 Degrees’ debut album
And another boy-group released their debut album 20 years ago: Nick and his brother Drew Lachey, Jeff Timmons and Justin Jeffre joined the boy band scene in July 1997.
The Spice Girls, made up of Victoria Beckham, Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm and Geri Halliwell, created a musical comedy in which they play themselves. It hit U.K. theatres in December 1997 and went worldwide shortly after that.
The Hanson brothers Isaac, Taylor and Zac released their album featuring the famous pop song ‘MMMBop’ in May 1997 and entered the music scene. The song became a true cult hit.