When We Were Young: The Best Pop Culture Of The 80s & 90s

when-you-were-young-3.jpgWe’ve now aired multiple episodes of the When We Were Young podcast, which means it’s officially time to start uselessly ranking things.

That’s right — because I am a millennial (barely), I am obsessed with ranking things that are not terribly similar in any way, and chances are, you are obsessed with it, too. (Thanks, Buzzfeed!) So I am keeping a running tally of which of the movies, TV shows, albums, and other pop culture artifacts from the 80s and 90s hold up best.

Is it completely arbitrary to compare, say, Steven Spielberg’s E.T. to the 90s catalogue of Britney Spears to the entire run of The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air? Of course it is! That’s what makes it such a meaningless waste of time!

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The Five Best Fucking Songs Right Now* (Volume 4)

* based on absolutely no criteria whatsoever

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It’s almost summer again (here in Los Angeles, anyway — the rest of you may have another month or two before it’s good and sunny out). And that means it’s time to listen to some good fucking songs. Because the best fucking songs sound the very best when it’s nice out, and you’re laying by the pool or at the beach or driving around in a convertible.

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Rearranging ‘Artpop’: An Edit Of Lady Gaga’s Latest

lady-gaga-applause-video-makeupOh, Lady Gaga. How far we’ve come in such a relatively short time.

It was only six years ago that the name “Lady Gaga” would have sounded like nonsense, which is exactly what I thought of it when I first heard of the lady. I didn’t flip for “Just Dance” the way everybody else did and was rather annoyed when this seemingly vapid prostitute made her meteoric rise to fame (self-consciously foretold in her very first album title) based on nothing but paparazzi, money (honey), and boys, boys, boys. She was hailed as the greatest thing to hit pop music since you-know-who, and in my eyes, we already had a perfectly good Material Girl.

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Zoinks!: Those Meddling Kids In One Direction As The ‘Scooby Doo’ Gang

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Zoinks! You’d think One Direction would be too busy performing these days to also solve mysteries, but seeing as they’re about to be riding around in a Scooby Van, they better make time for a little sleuthing, too.

The lads are apparently big fans of Scooby Doo and have acquired an old-school Volkswagon van that they intend to fashion as their own Mystery Machine. This sweet new ride is currently being revamped with modern conveniences before it’ll be used as 1D’s official tour vehicle here in the U.S. So if you happen to see a Mystery Machine rolling down the highway, it could be a world-famous boy band inside! (However, it could also just be some freaky-deaky Scooby-Doo fans, in which case you should keep your distance.)

We’re hoping 1D doesn’t let the Scooby vibe end there. We think they could probably do some good detective work while they’re at it, which got us thinking about which member of the Scooby Gang each One Direction member would be…

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