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

Have old movie lovers Gone With the Wind?

Whitney Finch, Editor


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.

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