20 Pop Culture References That the Youth of Today Wouldn’t Get

20 Pop Culture References That the Youth of Today Wouldn't Get

Have old movie lovers Gone With the Wind?

November 1, 2011 • Whitney Finch, Editor  
Filed under Features, Opinions, Top Stories


How many times in a week do you say “I’m going to Google it”? What about, “There’s an app for that”? These are common references we make today that will go down as the pop culture references for our generation.

But the million-dollar question is, how many older references do you get?

Now unless you are a die-hard movie and music lover, or you just remember every line from a movie or song you hear, you might get all of these; but, most of the youth of today will not get all of the 20 quotes. Now studies show that kids and teens today don’t have a strong hold on cultural history as many before us do. With the shows and movies out today, the thought of knowing and understanding our past gets pushed to the back of our minds so we can watch celebrities of today having a party. The underlying message trying to be shoved onto kids these days is: act stupid, make a mess of your life, go out and become mindless, personality-less, fake, robots. Don’t worry about understanding your past or thinking on how to improve your life for your future; just watch the new episode of “Jersey Shore” and end up like those poor souls.

I’m not going to ask how many of these you get without “Google-ing” it, because I know that you will — even with the answers at the bottom. But I will ask how many of those movies you have seen. How many, after reading this, will you go watch? Do you even care about classics? All I know is I love all these movies and songs, they are timeless and if I have kids they will be watching them.

That’s all I’m saying.

Here they are:

1- Trap!

2- Negative, Ghostrider.

3- A little help from my friends.

4- Of all the bars in the all the city’s, she had to walk into mine.

5- Sing us a song, you’re the piano man.

6- Bueller…..Bueller!

7- That’s a big Twinkie.

8- English? Do you Speak it?

9- I’m not mean, I’ve just been in a bad mood for forty years.

10- Game over, man!

11- We haven’t had that spirit since nineteen sixty-nine.

12- Remember, remember the 5th of November.

13- My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.

14- Never cross the streams.

15- Annie are you okay? Okay, Annie.

16- I’m serious, and don’t call me Shirley.

17- Hello, Angels.

18- We’re on a mission from God.

19- Make my day!

20- Nine million terrorists in the world, and I gotta kill one with feet smaller than my sister.


For those who are still with me after those fun facts. You maybe wondering where those references are from, and I’ll tell you. Stars Wars Return Of The Jedi (1983), Top Gun (1986), The Beatles, A Little Help From My Friends (1967), Casablanca (1942), Billy Joel, Piano Man (1974), Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986), Ghostbusters (1984), Pulp Fiction (1994), Steel Magnolias (1989), Aliens (1986), The Eagles, Hotel California (1976), V for Vendetta (2006), Princess Bride (1987), Ghostbusters (1984), Michael Jackson, Smooth Criminal (1987), Airplane! (1980), Charlie’s  Angels (1976- 1981), Blues Brothers (1980), Sudden Impact (1983), Die Hard (1988). And, yes, these are in order from 1 to 20.


4 Responses to “20 Pop Culture References That the Youth of Today Wouldn’t Get”

  1. EagleMan on May 22nd, 2012 1:09 am

    Just the other day I was thinking about all the colloquialisms we have which originated from older style phones, and how kids today may understand them, but not where they come from. Here’s what I was thinking:

    – hang up the phone (ie: hang the receiver on the hook)
    – dial the phone
    – off the hook
    – got the lines (or wires) crossed (as in miscommunication)

    I know that there were a couple more, but I can’t think of them right now.


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  2. JayCee on May 22nd, 2012 1:36 am

    Other than it should be “It’s a trap!” instead of just “Trap!” you have some really good ones there.

    I wonder how many kids would think “Hello, Angels” came from the Diaz/Berrymore/Liu movies?


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  3. Charlie on May 22nd, 2012 3:34 am

    I fully get and support the message of this list, but I have a few things I’m going to play devils advocate with.

    1) pop culture lexicons change. Sayings that are in now won’t be in a few months. on the same coin, watch some movies from the 50s, then the 70s, then from the 90s. How many pop culture references did you get? you probably missed most from the 50s, probably missed most of them without even knowing it. the thing is, it’s always fluid, it’s always changing. some will never die, people still quote Shakespeare in ever day language, so much so that they don’t even know they’re quoting him.

    2) if shows like The Simpsons, Community, Futurama, and South Park keep going, as well as new ones take their place, references will never die. Those shows have always used parody, some subtle, some not so much to keep popcultureisums alive. Admit it, most everyone had seen the Simpsons before the Godfather, so the first time you saw the godfather you knew the about the horses head in the bed before it happened. You probably even went “.. oh crap, this is where they got that!”

    3) and this is me being really nitpicky… “Remember Remember the 5th of November” is NOT from the V for Vendetta movie. It’s not even from Alan Moore’s book, it’s from a famous poem about the traitor Guy Fawkes, Moore used it in his book, but that line dates back to around the 16 hundreds, not a crappy 2006 film.

    So yeah, mainly being devil’s advocate with this, as I agree with a lot of your points.

    Down with Jersey Shore.


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  4. mesertonto on May 22nd, 2012 8:40 am

    It’s amazing that the lines we may say have come from movies, music, books, or even television.


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