updated 06/17/2014 AT 5:00 PM ET
•originally published 06/20/2014 AT 3:00 PM ET
Close your eyes and imagine a simpler time: 20 years ago, when there were only 60 channels on cable TV and no such thing as an iPhone, or an iPad, or an iAnything. It’s the summer of 1994, emojis are an unknown entity, and Butterfinger BBs are plentiful. Sheryl Crow is spinning on your walkman, and life is good.
Progress is important. Over the past 20 years, countless inventions and ideas have come to fruition and gone on to change our daily lives for the better. But there’s also nothing wrong with indulging in a little nostalgia. Especially if the memory lane you’re casually strolling down leads to the ’90s.
Don’t start buggin’ now! Take a break from the bustling world of 2014, and see what everyone was obsessing over 20 years ago.
WARNING: This post may make you feel old!
1. The Lion King hit theaters June 15 and went on to rule the box office, earning $768,625,889 worldwide, more than any other film in ‘94.
2. Forrest Gump, released July 6, came in second, teaching viewers the importance of fast feet and shrimp preparation.
3. Running several spots behind Forrest in the 1994 box office race – at a pace roughly over 50 mph – was Speed, which steered onto screens June 10.
4. On July 29, The Mask, starring Jim Carrey at the peak of his funny faces prestige, dropped in to keep the summer "smokin’" … and green.
5. Here are the three hits that were battling it out to be your 1994 Song of the Summer:
"I Swear" by All 4 One
"Stay (I Missed You)" by Lisa Loeb
"Don’t Turn Around" by Ace of Base
6. But wait, there’s more! On Aug. 30, English rock group Oasis released their debut album Definitely Maybe.
"Cotton Eye Joe" by Rednex
"Tootsee Roll" by 69 Boyz
9. Girls everywhere released a collective audible gasp on August 25, when Jordan Catalano (Jared Leto) graced their screens for the first time in the premiere episode of My So-Called Life.
10. New Yorkers stayed glued to their TV sets as both the Knicks and the Rangers played hard to win their respective championships. Only the Rangers proved to be victorious, ending a 54-year Stanley Cup drought.
12. 20 years ago, the United States was hosting the FIFA World Cup, bringing the unifying power of soccer to arenas in nine different states. This year’s World Cup host country, Brazil, left the ‘94 competition with the crown.
13. What were you rocking in the summer of 1994? Probably a clashing mix of disheveled flannels, crushed velvet, loud colors and one-strap overalls.
15. 1994 was the year the Internet proved it was too legit to quit, with Aerosmith becoming the first major band to premiere a song on the World Wide Web in June. Plus, Amazon.com launched a month later.