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10 Popular Things in 1987 … that You Still Love Today!

If you were to compile a list of all the most popular things in 1987, chances are you’d start crying about how lame your life is now, by comparison. And then, well, you’d go on the hunt for Doc Brown’s DeLorian to whisk you back to that golden year. And if you don’t believe me, well, just remember I warned you as your tears build while reading through my list of popular things in 1987.

Slap Bracelets

They were all the rage, even if they left indents on your wrist and could only be worn one way because that was “cool”. It’s too bad people outgrew these things so quickly; otherwise you would have been able to slap yourself in the face for not buying any when they went extinct.

Care Bears

You couldn’t go anywhere without seeing someone with a Care Bear shirt on (or as we called them back then, Rainbow Brite). And it was always an excuse for kids to take an order of fries off their meal at McDonalds just so they could get this sweet little bear like how adults use coupons now in the 2020s.

Three Men and a Baby

This movie was an instant classic. Sure, people would make fun of you for liking it in the 1990s and 2000s when they had “better” movies to watch on DVD like Titanic that came out a decade later, but Three Men and a Baby will always be a favorite.

Disneyland Paris

This was a huge deal. The first Disney Park to open up in Europe and soon the only one that would have rides like no other, with Efteling (or Euro Disney) close by for people who just wanted something tame.

The Simpsons

The Simpsons debuted in 1987 and it only became more popular over the years. There have been some bumps in the road, like Flanderization or when they killed off Maude (a fan favorite), but we’ll always love these yellow-tinted characters with big heads who can hit you with a Homer!


Jim Davis created Garfield in 1978 and he’s still just as popular as ever, even though there are plenty of other comic strips that came out after him to take his place on TV screens each morning.

Apple II computer

This is probably one of the most valuable pieces of technology from 1987 because this was before PCs were all the rage and Microsoft had taken over everything by now. Sure, Apple made better computers later down their timeline, but we’ll always remember the Apple II for its sleek silver design and how it was one of the first computers to popularize home computing.

Blockbuster Video store

Before Netflix, before DVDs came out, this is where you rented your movies from. It wasn’t just a brick-and-mortar location either because you could also use their mail service that would send them right to your house so all you had to do was wait by the mailbox!


This game (or app) has been around since 1987 and it’s still as popular now as it used to be with people drawing pictures on cards in order to guess what they are while others try not too look at them! There were even times when parents played this with their children because it was a family-friendly game.

Pop Rocks

This is another popular thing in 1987 that you still can’t resist! It’s hard to believe this candy has been around since the 70s but these popping little bubbles of sweetness are definitely not going anywhere anytime soon.

Nerf Blaster Gun

We remember how every kid wanted one of these toy guns and everyone had at least two or three different colors, from neon to rainbow shades. Some would even hide them under their mattress so they could surprise whoever came into their room first after waking up by shooting them with water when they walked in without warning! These were also great for playing army as well as cops and robbers games outside on summer days too.

Michael Jackson

Jackson released Bad in 1987 and it’s still one of his best-selling albums to date, with more than 27 million copies sold worldwide.

Nike Air Max

This shoe style launched back in 1987 and has gone on to become one of Nike`s most iconic designs ever since! They were designed by Tinker Hatfield who had previously worked at rival company Reebok but became frustrated with their lack of innovation when compared to Nike. These sneakers are very expensive now so we’re not surprised they’ve been outshined by newer styles that have come along

Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)

When you think about things from 1987, one of the first things that comes to mind is probably Nintendo! This system introduced so many popular games such as Super Mario Bros., Duck Hunt etc. In fact, people even say these were some of the best video games ever made because they’re still being played now 30+ years later!

Channel Tunnel — The Chunnel!

The Channel Tunnel is a train tunnel that connects France to England. Work began on the Chunnel in 1987, and it first opened in 1994 and it’s nearly 50 kilometers long!

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