THIS Is What Teen Magazines Looked Like 15 Years Ago

Teen magazines always seemed so full of potential. For less than $5, you could select a glossy cover that promised you an afternoon of entertainment. They gifted you with all the free Titanic and Hanson posters your bedroom walls could handle, promised to help navigate your first kiss, and gave you the confidence to wear a frosty eyeshadow, even if the other kids on the bus made fun of you. And it seemed de rigueur for every celebrity interview to ask about embarrassing moments and anxieties to help tween readers feel less alone in growing up.

Scrolling through these relics is sure to make you feel nostalgic for the days of touching up your makeup in your locker mirror. But they'll also make you feel glad you'll never have to page through a college application ever again. Click through to relive how you spent every Saturday afternoon 15 years ago, and may the days of Sabrina the Teenage Witch and the Hanson brothers continue to bring us joy.
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The teen mag for adolescents having a seriously bad year — jealous, on the outs with their friends, and apparently needing to figure out how to deadlift using their ponytail.
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Who wouldn't want a pull-out poster featuring such a smiley, noodle-haired Justin Timberlake?
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Higher education was simply smokin' in 1993.
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Liv Tyler tips her hat to '90s music and must-see TV.
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Two years before she starred in the classic Wish Upon a Star and 11 years before Grey's Anatomy premiered, Katherine Heigl was apparently the face of "schoolgirl cool."
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High school halls throughout the country were full of blonde hair and blue eyes in '98.
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Nothing was quite as exciting as getting a bonus gift in-between the pages of your new issue.
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Seventeen promised to give readers every possible interpretation of stargazing.
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This issue would have been hitting newsstands just as Alicia "video goddess" was becoming known as valley girl Cher.
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Everything you could possibly need to prepare for a new school year for $2.99.
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Back when the WB was the channel for all your teen-angst needs.
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Do you need the guyspeak code to decipher what Hanson said in this interview?
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What exactly are Ben Affleck stickers and can Cosmogirl! bring them back with a special "sad Ben" sheet?
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Cosmogirl! had your back when you were looking to cover your binder in only the finest of early 2000s musicians.
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Blake Lively rocked the giant chandelier earrings you bought in bulk from Claire's.
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Teen People was totally winning the numbers game. It had enough ways to meet cute guys to keep you covered from freshman year through graduation.
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Drew Barrymore went for the medieval look on this back-to-school cover.
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Heather Locklear has a very alliterative life.
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Obviously, YM lost 41 of the 50 secrets to guy mysteries sometime in the late '90s.
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Chad Michael Murray dabbles in polyamory.
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Are you a stress mess? Are you a stress mess because your male classmates contain 50 mysteries?
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Eminem, Harry Potter, and Gregory Smith would make some really great crossover fan fiction.
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Calling it — "screenagers" might have been the worst portmanteau of the '90s.
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Why would you need friends or the love of a significant other when you have 4,085 free things?
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A Valentine's Day cover for whatever stage of a teenage relationship you found yourself in.
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The stars of Angel show off the hippest Zenon looks.
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Monica and Britney look perplexed — maybe by Nick Carter's super-villain stare?
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Remember when Hilary Duff dated this Good Charlotte frontman?
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Jennifer Love Hewitt came to her interview prepared.
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This issue made you work for your free stuff.