London Then and Now

The last time the MTV EMA was in London was way back in 1996. What’s changed and what’s stayed the same over the last 21 years?

September 25, 2017

Then: Oasis, Alanis Morissette, George Michael, Spice Girls, The Fugees had some of the most popular albums out in 1996.

Now: Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber, Daddy Yankee and Zara Larsson dominate the air waves.

Fashion and Style Trends

Then: Everyone was wearing chunky boots, ringer tees, track pants, gelled spikey hair, neon wind breakers, bucket hats, flannel, tongue piercings and enormous pants.

Now: Everyone's wearing crop tops, cut-out dresses, skinny jeans, hoodies, baseball caps, ripped denim, mom jeans, septum piercings, white sneakers, colorful hair and round glasses.


Then: Kids were obsessed with collecting Beanie Babies.

Now: It's all about Fidget Spinners.


Then: The cringe-worthy movie about drug addicts, 'Trainspotting,' hit theatres in 1996 and became massively popular.

Now: Audiences are getting reacquainted with the old Trainspotting crew following the release of the sequel, 'Trainspotting T2.'

TV Shows

Then: Episodes of 'Friends' weren't reruns and 'The Real World' was one of few reality TV shows.

Now: People can't stop talking about 'Game of Thrones' and reality-TV-lovers get their dose of real-life drama from 'Geordie Shore.'