One of the best — or most cringe-worthy, depending on how you look at it — parts of going for the holidays is returning to your old bedroom and taking in all the teenage dreams you plastered over the walls. Hi, New Kids on the Block. Been a while, Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Tiffani Amber Thiessen. Where art thou, Devon Sawa?
Since you don’t have much else to do today besides wrap presents, drink eggnog, and try not to visibly roll your eyes when Uncle Red State weighs in on immigration reform, why not use your holiday time to remember the heartthrobs who made the ’90s such a dream? Many of them are still bona fide hotties. Some of them, not so much. Either way, they all deserved pin-up status back in the day. Show some respect — and try not to drool.
The queen of the ’90s and the face that launched Johnny Depp into the tattoo parlor.
The only reason to move into Melrose Place. Seriously, that place was a death trap.
With all due respect to the Spice Girls, our ’90s girl band love peaked with this quartet. Jamie Foxx wasn’t so bad himself in his In Living Color days.
We’ve never looked at cherry stems the same since this Twin Peaks temptress fogged up our TV screens.
The reason we still watch Romeo + Juliet every weekend.
Otherwise known as the beautiful man from Boyz n the Hood.
Remember when Mimi was a curly-maned goddess with a closet full of LBDs and Sexy Santa outfits?
Hoo-ha! The ultimate All-American, boy next door crush. Pity none of the boys next door actually looked like this.
Once upon a time, Kilmer was everyone’s dream future husband.
Before there was Veronica Corningstone, there was Kelly Bundy.
Freddie Prinze, Jr.
The boyfriend you never had but always wanted.
Other people had a huge crush on Link from Encino Man, right? Right? Help us out here.
Di was a total Betty before Fox News got hold of her.
You laugh now, but Alec and his bros were hot commodities in the ’90s. Now, being a “total Baldwin” is reserved for Hailey and Ireland.
The original Ginger Spice (and former wife of Jim Carrey).
Raise your hand if you had the Cry Baby poster shellacked to your wall.
Even Brad Pitt couldn’t resist this kooky-cool ’90s babe.
Dear Bridget. We miss you. Come back.
Baby-faced and utterly dreamy in his Boyhood.
Snipes totally had a moment pre-prison. White Men Can’t Jump, Passenger 57, and New Jack City? Oh yes.
Alas, There’s Something About Mary put a kibosh on our raging Dillon crush.
Mrs. Dunphee was a certified cutie in Happy Gilmore. That girl always goes for dopey guys, huh?
Confession: We really wanted him to win that vote in Election.
A bit regrettable, but totally justified at the time.
The ultimate creepy-cool, weirdly witchy crush. Watch The Craft if you don’t believe us.
Before we realized Pretty Woman was so, so sleazy.
Or, why Career Opportunities is a completely underrated film classic.
The only Lois Lane you’ll ever need.
Those eyebrows. That voice. We were putty in his hands.
Point Break and Tank Girl 4-EVA.
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