'1989' -- 11 Pop Culture Hits Born That Year, Besides Taylor Swift

Lauren Brown | Oct 28, 2014 Celebrities

Taylor Swift new album 1989

The wait is finally over! I don't know about you, but I've had "Shake It Off" stuck in my head for MONTHS now. And while I've loved the other tracks that leaked like "Out of the Woods," I'm SO psyched that Taylor Swift's new pop album 1989 has finally been released.

The title 1989 is in honor of the year that Taylor was born, and I have to say, that last year of the '80s was a pretty memorable time in pop culture for a lot of reasons. Some of our favorite TV shows, most iconic albums, and classic movies came alive in 1989. So it's only fitting that in honor of Taylor Swift's birth year and new album, we pay homage to all the other amazing, monumental, and influential things that were "born" into the world of pop culture in 1989!

Flip through to see our picks and then let us know your favorites (and if we're missing anything too!).

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  • Doogie Howser, MD


    Before he was the legend -- wait for it -- dary Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother, Neil Patrick Harris' break-out role was as the teenage doctor Doogie Howser. The hit show ran for four seasons starting in 1989 and made NPH a bit of a teen heartthrob too!

  • Saved By the Bell


    Don't freak out, but it was 25 (yes, 25) years ago that Zach, Kelly, Jesse, Slater, Lisa, and Screech came into our lives! Don't you miss spending Saturday mornings with the gang at Bayside High?

  • Baywatch


    Little red one-piece bathing suits were all the rage after this cult classic TV show debuted. It also put David Hasselhoff back on the map—and put Pamela Anderson posters on the walls of frat boys everywhere!

  • Seinfeld


    The most popular show about nothing debuted in 1989 -- making things like marble ryes and Festivus part of our pop culture memories forever!

  • The Simpsons



    Don't have a cow, man -- 25 years since they debuted and Bart, Marge, Homer, Lisa, and Maggie Simpson are still making us laugh every Sunday night on FOX!

  • Dead Poets Society


    Oh captain, my captain! This coming of age classic opened on June 9, 1989, and is more poignant than ever after the tragic death of star Robin Williams this year.

  • The Little Mermaid


    She had gadgets and gizmos a-plenty ... whozits and whatzits galore ... and we couldn't get enough of Ariel, the mermaid who was dying to shed her fins to be a part of our world!

  • Janet Jackson: Rhythm Nation


    "Miss You Much," "Escapade," "Black Cat," "Love Will Never Do Without You," and of course the title track ... it's hard to think of an album since Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation that had so many hit songs and memorable videos that hold up 25 years later!

  • Madonna: Like a Prayer


    From the shocking (that "Express Yourself" video!) to the serious ("Oh Father" still makes me cry) -- the Like A Prayer album is one of Madonna's masterpieces. It's often been imitated by other pop stars, but it's safe to say it's never been replicated!

  • The Original Nintendo Gameboy


    I don't know about you, but the second I got my hot little hands on this must-have handheld gaming device -- nothing mattered but getting to the top level of Tetris!

  • The Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas



    The Las Vegas strip as we know it today was forever changed in 1989 when The Mirage opened its doors. It cost over $360 million to construct, and its glitzy exterior and over the top interior set the standard for the massive properties we've come to expect in Vegas today!

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