From Mariah Carey‘s career and how we connect and communicate today, to the revolutions sparked by teen entrepreneur Kylie Jenner and human rights activist, Malala Yousafzai, a lot has changed in 20 years. Did you even realise that your favourite Backstreet Boys and Spice Girls albums were launched two decades ago? We’re still dancing to ‘Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)‘ like we obsessed over the choreography last year. This list will take you down (a long, long way down) memory lane…
Apple Store (online), launched 10 November 1997
1997 didn’t just mark the year Apple brought Steve Jobs back and returned to profitability, it was when the online Apple Store was launched. Though selling more hardware than the software apps we see today, the e-store received over $12 million in orders in its first month of operation according to Jobs.
Michael “Prince” Jackson Junior, born 13 February 1997
The real prince of pop, born to Michael Jackson and wife Debbie Rowe, is carrying on his father’s legacy in more ways than one. Besides doing charity work with student initiative Heal Los Angeles (which focuses on child abuse and the homeless, and is based on MJ’s Heal the World Foundation), he recently launched King’s Son Productions, a company that creates cinematic music videos and films.
She’s built a retail empire, been voted as one of the most influential teens in the world, launched a clothing line with sister Kendall, has a best-selling app on the iTunes App Store and, most recently, earned a spot on the illustrious Forbes 30 Under 30 list as an entrepreneur and founder of Kylie Cosmetics, not simply for entertainment, arts or style as a reality TV star—all before she turns 20.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, released in renamed to Sorcerer’s Stone
Considered the “Holy Grail” of the Potter series, the hardcover first edition first printings of this 1997 book can earn you thousands online.
Some of the best songs of ALL TIME
#Throwback playlist includes: Elton John’s Candle In The Wind; No Doubt’s Sunday Morning; The Verve’s Bittersweet Symphony; Spice Girls’ 2 Become 1; Az Yet’s Hard To Say I’m Sorry; R Kelly’s I Believe I Can Fly; Mariah Carey’s Butterfly; Savage Garden’s Truly Madly Deeply; Jamiroquai’s Cosmic Girl; Backstreet Boys’ As Long As You Love Me; 98 Degrees’ Invisible Man; Natalie Imbruglia’s Torn; Meredith Brooks’ Bitch; Toni Braxton’s Un-break My Heart; Hanson’s MMMBop; Ginuwine’s Pony; Aqua’s Barbie Girl; Usher’s You Make Me Wanna; Shania Twain’s From This Moment, and Blackstreet’s No Diggity.
Romy & Michelle’s High School Reunion
20 years later, we know how Romy and Michelle feel being 28 (and not as successful as we thought we would be).
Everyone’s favourite misanthropic teenager basically said what we were thinking all through high (read: secondary) school.
Chloë Grace Moretz
She’s an actress, every little girl’s favourite “Kick-Ass” heroine, and the reigning face of Coach, which is more than enough reason to be part of this list.
Spice World, released October 1997
With the release of chart-topping song ‘Spice Up Your Life‘, and Spiceworld — both the global best-selling album and the box office-breaking movie — the girls reached the height of their career this year.
My Best Friend’s Wedding, released 20 June 1997
So it had a not-so happy ending, but this romantic comedy literally served multiple life lessons to many young girls: Never to fall in love with your best friend; how to own your wild curls; how to work a lavender off-the-shoulder mermaid gown; and to find your very own “George” who you can always depend on. Plus, everyone breaking out into song (‘Say A Little Prayer‘) was the best movie scene of the entire year.
This Pakistani activist and youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate just turned 20, but the impact she’s made on human rights and female education (which has sparked an international movement) is the work of decades. We should all strive to be more like Malala.
The World’s First Smartphone
10 years before the first iPhone, there was Ericsson’s GS88 handset, complete with a touch screen, stylus and full calling, email and web browsing capabilities.
By Dana Koh