2015 sure has been a year to remember, and one that will end with a bang as the Star Wars saga continues with "Star Wars: The Force Awakens". We can't even comprehend this franchise was born almost 40 years ago, like what the what?
Which got us to thinking, what other pop culture milestones did the year 2015 mark? Read 'em and weep (possibly at how old some of these will make you feel)...
"The Sound of Music" Hit its Golden Anniversary
It doesn’t look a day over 30, but The Sound of Music celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2015. It’s the film that continues to stand the test of time and provides some of the best songs to belt out when summiting a mountaintop (Admit it – you can’t help but sing “The hills are aliveeeee with the sound of music). Whether you wanted to make fashionable outfits out of old curtains, sing about your favorite things in the pouring rain, or learn your Do-Re-Mi, The Sound of Music never fails to disappoint. But please, watch the original film and not the horrible made-for-live-TV remake. We beg you.
"Back to the Future" Celebrated 30 Years
Although our dreams of hoverboards and rehydration machines never came to fruition in 2015, the cult movie classic celebrated its 30th anniversary in a big way – launching a new documentary called “Back in Time” on Netflix, whilst the sequel “Back to the Future II” caught up with the actual date that Marty, Doc, and Jennifer travel to the future: October 21, 2015. Now a movie entirely about the future is now set entirely in the past. Minds. Blown.
Disney/Pixar's "Toy Story" Celebrated its 20th Year
What’s that sound? That’s the collective “thud” of jaws dropping on the floor as people realize the Disney/Pixar classic about toys coming to life (and bringing us the beloved Woody and Buzz Lightyear) celebrates 20 years since its debut in 1995. The film, which has already spawned two highly successful sequels, is pending a fourth instalment. To that we say, to infinity and beyond!
Disneyland Celebrated its 60th Diamond Anniversary
Shine bright like a diamond… that’s what Disneyland did when it got blinged out for its 60th Anniversary, which the Happiest Place on Earth dubbed as their “Diamond Celebration.” If you like shiny things, you’ll flock to the amusement park to experience diamond-studded everything. A bonus if you’re a Star Wars Fan – in anticipation for the new Star Wars land expansion at The Disneyland Resort, all things Star Wars have taken over Tomorrowland.
Don't Speak: No Doubt's "Tragic Kingdom" Album Turned 20
Don’t speak – I know just what you are thinking. Take a look at Gwen Stefani’s flawless facade and come to realize that not only did she turn 46 this year, but her band No Doubt’s arguably most-beloved album “Tragic Kingdom” hit the big 2-0. Before her stint as a judge on “The Voice,” and way before she built her Love. Angel. Music. Baby (LAMB) empire, it was No Doubt that dominated the charts with their fierce blonde beauty frontwoman singing favorite tunes like “Don’t Speak”, “Spiderwebs” and “Sunday Morning.”
The 10th Anniversary of YouTube
These days, you can’t turn around without seeing YouTube influence somewhere – whether it’s the Smosh movie on Netflix, Michelle Phan on a Dr. Pepper ad, or a favorite online singer like Chester See on the Broadway stage in New York City. 2015 saw the video powerhouse owned by Google celebrate 10 years of providing a platform for content creators to share their passion, whether it be comedy, pranks, music, fashion, or beauty. Can you believe that 60 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every single minute? INSANE.
Hey You Guys! "The Goonies" Hit 30 Years of Treasure Hunting
This isn’t a booty.. I mean booby trap – the cult classic pirate treasure hunt with a team of ragtag kids lead by Sean Astin (Rudy, The Lord of the Rings) celebrated 30 years of “Hey you guys” and The Truffle Shuffle. The film also put the city of Astoria, Oregon, on the map and inspired The Atari’s most-successful album to date, “So Long Astoria.” Goonies, This is Definitely Your Time.
J.Lo's Infamous Grammy Dress Turned 15
Even though 15 years have gone by, people still can’t get over Jennifer Lopez’s barely-there-showing-off-the-derriere green Versace gown that stunned the nation at the 2000 Grammys. While many other artists have hit the red carpet with revealing outfits (cue Beyonce and Rihanna), Jennifer Lopez still reigns supreme at making jaws drop and hearts stop when she hit the stage alongside actor David Duchovny to present an award. And the freakiest part? She could wear that dress today and still look just as good.
As If! Clueless Turned 20 (and never looked better)
Never mind that Paul Rudd seems to have stopped aging after this flick, the cult classic “Clueless” with Alicia Silverstone as the titular main character had us wanting revolving closets, knee-high socks, and a vernacular that included “As If!” Don’t cry when you discover this film is ticking off its 20th anniversary.
20 Years Ago, Dave Grohl Became a Frontman
We know him now as the badass frontman and lead guitarist of “Foo Fighters” but Dave Grohl began his music career as the amazing drummer of the iconic, though gone-too-soon grunge band Nirvana. With more than 20 years under his music career, Dave Grohl continues to churn out amazing albums, produce documentaries dedicated to the art of music, and can say he has been in two of the world’s most successful bands. ‘Sup to you too Dave.