Teen celebrities over the decades

What’s that old saying: The more things change, the more they stay the same? What a frightening thought. After consulting our decade-by-decade teen conversion chart, we think you’ll agree.


Heartthrob Boy Band
[’70S] Bay City Rollers
[’80S] Duran Duran
[’90S] Backstreet Boys

Long-Haired Chanteuse
[’70S] Melanie
[’80S] Tiffany
[’90S] Alanis Morissette

Poster Girl
[’70S] Farrah Fawcett
[’80S] Heather Thomas
[’90S] Pamela Anderson Lee

Poster Boy
[’70S] Leif Garrett
[’80S] John Stamos
[’90S] Joey Lawrence

Hunky Brothers
[’70S] The Cassidys (Shaun & David)
[’80S] The Astins (Sean & Mackenzie)
[’90S] Hanson

Cult Slasher Movie
[’70S] Halloween
[’80S] A Nightmare on Elm Street
[’90S] Scream

TV Launching Pad
[’70S] Welcome Back, Kotter (John Travolta)
[’80S] 21 Jump Street (Johnny Depp)
[’90S] Growing Pains (Leonardo DiCaprio)

Brooding Stud
[’70S] Willie Aames (Eight Is Enough)
[’80S] River Phoenix
[’90S] Jared Leto

Bad Girl
[’70S] Suzi Quatro (Happy Days‘ Leather Tuscadero)
[’80S] Madonna
[’90S] Courtney Love
Miss Popularity
[’70S] Maureen McCormick (Marcia! Marcia! Marcia!)
[’80S] Molly Ringwald
[’90S] Alicia Silverstone

Almost Painfully Cool
[’70S] Clarence Williams III (The Mod Squad)
[’80S] Judd Nelson (only in The Breakfast Club)
[’90S] Fiona Apple

Stoner Dudes
[’70S] Timothy Van Patten (The White Shadow‘s Salami)
[’80S] Sean ”Spicoli” Penn (Fast Times at Ridgemont High)
[’90S] Rory Cochrane (Dazed and Confused)

Wisecrackin’ Sidekick
[’70S] Ralph Malph (Happy Days)
[’80S] Jon ”Duckie” Cryer (Pretty In Pink)
[’90S] Nicholas Brendon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

Clique Flick
[’70S] Grease
[’80S] The Breakfast Club
[’90S] Clueless

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