1995 Was The Best Year...Ever!
What a year 1994 was, could '94 have been the best ever? We're here to talk about 1995, which we think could have been the best year ever! What happened in '95? We're going all vintage again, which is where the design inspiration from some of our 80s and 90s retro tees comes from.
It was a pretty good year for pop culture, film, music, football and more. Let's take a look back and you can decide yourself whether or not 95 was in fact the best year in the world ever!
In 95 we had some great films, and it was the birth of a certain animated franchise which would be the first of it's kind. We saw some films which have still lived on in the memory, from comedy to action.
Here's our run down of some films which made an impact.
The film which really went to infinity and beyond. Pixar's computer animated film was a big hit, and went on to get a few sequels. The story of buzz lightyear, woody and Andy is much loved still today by adults and kids alike.
What a film Jumanji was! The original in 1995 which starred Robin Williams was all about the board game which came to life.
An indie classic which was a winner with fans, brought to you by Richard Linklater and starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. It surrounds two young twenty-somethings which spend a day and evening in Vienna.
The story of the rich girl who spends days at the mall when she's not at school, it's Clueless. It's all about Cher and Dion, who take new school mate Tye under their wing.
There were so many epic films from 1995, here's a small list of the others which were great.
- Apollo 13
- The Usual Suspects
- Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls
- Billy Madison
- Bad Boys
Music in 95 was so much fun, and was the start of what would become a great few years for Brit Pop, Euro Pop and the pop music scene. We had the best from The Outhere Bros, Rednex, Colio and even Robson And Jerome.
Here's some of the stand out number one singles of 1995 in the UK.
- Rednex - Cotton Eye Joe
- Celine Dion - Think Twice
- Outhere Bros - Don't Stop (Wiggle Wiggle)
- Outhere Bros - Boom Boom Boom
- Take That - Back For Good
- Shaggy - Boombastic
- Simply Red - Fairground
- Coolio F/ LV - Gangster's Paradise
- Blur - Country House
- Oasis - Some Might Say
- Livin' Joy - Dreamer
TV in the UK in 1995 was very much about the good old same shows we were watching for the early 90's. There were a couple of shows which started in 95 which will go down in history of being some of the best.
They Think It's All Over
What happens when you get a fairly boring ex-footballer, a really boring cricket guy, a couple of comedians and a host? One of the funniest and possibly greatest panel gameshows ever!
Question Of Sport was the serious sports quiz, and They Think It's All Over was everything which that wasn't, and a whole lot more.
It was always worth waiting for, getting ready to sit back and watch Gary Lineker, David Gower, Rory McGrath, Lee Hurst compete against each other with a celebrity guest, with Nick Hancock presenting.
It was the birth to a TV legend, no, not Tim Lovejoy, although he is a pretty big legend. Soccer AM began in 1995 with Helen Chamberlain and Lovejoy a year later. It brought us 4 hours of football based programming and comedy on a Saturday morning. We'll never forget the great features which were topless weather, the Soccerette, Save Chip, Tubes and more.
Football in 95 will be remembered fondly, especially if you're a fan of Blackburn Rovers. It was a year of imports, with players like Denim Bergkamp moving from Serie A to the Premier League.
We also have to have a special mention to Eric Cantona, who's memorable kung fu kick to a fan cost him his place in the Man Utd team after he was banned.
As mentioned, it was Blackburn who would go on to win the 1995 Premier League, beating Man U to the title on an unforgettable last day of the season. They lost to Liverpool at Anfield, but King Kenny didn't need to worry, as Man U couldn't beat West Ham.
It would be double disappointment for the team from Manchester, as they lost the FA Cup final to Everton, 1-0.
The League Cup was won by Liverpool, with Steve McManaman scoring both goals.
The Champions League was won by Ajax, with a Patrick Kluivert winning goal as they defeated AC Milan 1-0.
The UEFA Cup was won by Parma who beat Juventus 2-1 on aggregate, with ex-Juve star Dino Baggio scoring all the goals for Parma.
The Cup Winners Cup was won by Zaragoza who beat Arsenal 2-1 after extra time, we'll never forget that Nayim goal, and neither will David Seaman.
Computer & Video Games
1995 was an absolute huge year for computer and video games, in fact it could be one of the biggest ever. We saw the debut of so many consoles, some would do well, and others would fail, and there were plenty of games to love and hate too.
Probably the first Windows to start it all. Sure, there were previous versions, but we think Windows '95 was the one which the mainstream really started at. Computers like Amiga and Atari were slowly going out, and the PC era was beginning.
It was where it all began. The year 1995 could be remembered for when gaming changed forever. It's not about little kids playing cartoon-ish games, this is about serious gaming for grown ups. The Playstation from Sony was born.
There always needs to be a rivalry in computers, Sega's offering was the Sega Saturn. It made it's way into Europe and the UK a year after Japan, and was a good machine, but did not do as well as Sony's Playstation. It will be remembered from it's classics and arcade ports, and is fondly looked backed upon as a good gaming console.
Fighting games evolved once again, and it was Tekken which we all remember and love. From the arcades to your home, it was an epic game for the original Playstation, we all needed one fighting game, and this was it.
Command and Conquer
A game which was the start of a series and defined RTS games, command and conquer is something which we'll not forget. We hadn't played a game this good since Cannon Fodder.
Those were our favourite things in computers and gaming in 1995. We think you'll agree, it was a big year, and one we won't forget.
How did you like 1995? Was it better than 94? Do you think that it was the best year ever?