When I was nine-years-old, my mother ordered me a subscription to Tiger Beat magazine. It was then that I fell in love for the first time. On the cover staring back at me were three blonde brothers with hair longer than mine and eyes that seemed to possess the power of hypnosis, keeping me in what can only be described as some type of euphoric, timewarped gaze. Hanson, the only boy band of the 90s that mattered, had stolen my heart. Specifically Zac Hanson, the youngest of the singing trio, had stolen my heart.
As a nine-year-old, I imagine I chose Zac because he was the one closest to my age, so obviously I had the greatest chance of marrying him… obviously. Well, I didn’t marry Zac Hanson (although I’m pretty sure he’s happily married with a few kids by now), but my story is not unique.
Each generation seems to have their own iconic figures that become embedded into our culture as first crushes, teenage heartthrobs, and nostalgic symbolism. Did yours make our list?
The 50s & 60s Heartbreakers
As the original hipster, James Dean was the definition of existential disillusionment. Popular throughout the 40s and 50s, Dean made a career as an actor, and rose to international fame with the release of ‘Rebel Without a Cause’.
One of the most legendary ladies of the century, Raquel is the original pin-up girl, as well as an entire generation’s first crush, ever. Her flawless beauty and genuine talent launched her to international superstardom.
Best known for his role as Sandy Ricks in Flipper, Luke was known as the ‘all-American male teenager’. Hunky Halpin reached the peak of his crush-worthiness in the 60s, but will live on in the hearts of many for eternity.