When Did the '90s End?

Within the realm of pop culture, and music in particular, decades never begin or end strictly according to the calendar. The ethos of a certain era takes a bit to manifest itself. Which is why there are those who deem the end of "the '60s" around or after 1972; some don't think "the '80s" kicked into gear until 1984.

We were thinking about this while listening to our recent "Song of the Day": Creeper Lagoon's "Wrecking Ball" which we consider to be a quintessential--and excellent--'90s pop/rock song. Except that it's actually from 2001.

So, when did the '90s end?

If you're a fan of college/grunge/alternative rock, probably 1996. For followers of boy bands/Britney/Christina, etc "the '90s" probably haven't ended. Fans of commercial metal--hair farmers and otherwise--would like to forget the whole thing.

What do you think?


G.R. said...

I'd go as far as '98 myself. For me, it ended after the last decent Afghan Whigs album(1966, ironically).

Kiko Jones said...

Ah, '66: Revolver, Pet Sounds, The Monkees, yours truly...quite a few classics. heh, heh

Kiko Jones said...

Actually, it was 1965 and it's the Afghan's last record.