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25 Of The Best Things About The '90s

The '90s were all that and a bag of chips, so throw on some flannel, pour a Cosmo, and take a stroll down a Grunge-filled memory lane.

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2. A Game of Thrones

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"A Games of Thrones," the first title in George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" saga, was published, leading years later to a blockbuster HBO series and a skins-clad Emilia Clarke.

10. AOL

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We mock it now, but back then it was the portal to the brave new world of the internet, and was the first service to provide unlimited usage for a flat monthly fee. Even if it took us an hour to log on.

14. First-Person Shooters

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Doom, Quake, Dark Forces, and other first-person shooter games revolutionized gaming, pioneering 3-D graphics and multiplayer gaming, as well as making some of us violently motion sick.

15. Grunge & Post Grunge

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Arising from the Seattle alt rock scene, Grunge and Post Grunge didn't just give us great music, but a culture. The music lives on, and is still largely fantastic. Except for Nickelback. And Creed.

21. Lilith Fair

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The original Lilith Fair, brainchild of singer Sarah McLachlan, was so pumped full of GRRL Power it was almost radioactive. It was also genius, putting singers as diverse as Liz Phair, the Dixie Chicks, and Queen Latifah on the same stage.

22. Olympics

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Starting in 1994 at Lillehammer, we no longer had to wait four years for a fortnight-long gorging of curling and modern pentathlon, just two, as the Winter and Summer Olympics began an alternating schedule.

23. Australian Comedies

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"Muriel's Wedding" launched the careers of Toni Collete and Rachel Griffiths, and was just one of a bunch of great Aussie comedies that decade, including "Cosi," "Strictly Ballroom," "The Castle," and "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert."

24. Dissolution of the Soviet Union

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This officially occurred December 26, 1991, and we were all excited to be a part of this historical event, even while we were secretly annoyed at having our football games interrupted.

25. Harry Potter

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The journey to Hogwart's began in 1997, with the publication of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" (published as "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" in the UK). "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" and "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" rounded out the decade.

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