The 2024 Overrated List


This week, a single page from GQ’s September 1995 print issue made the rounds, first on Reddit, then X, and finally, the tabloids. It was the 1995 Overrated List, comprising 81 people, places, and things the staff deemed “utterly unworthy of the praise and respect they’d received.”

Many of the 28-year-old entries are highly era-specific (designer Buddhism; Fiestaware; Hootie & the Blowfish); others are mind-numbingly daft (if you’ve ever flipped through a men’s magazine from before, say, 2017, you know what we mean—one cringeworthy example is “Any British woman described as a beauty”). But a good handful of the items on the list (righteousness about Ticketmaster; upscale taquerias; hosting of the Olympic Games; telling it like it is) are still goofily resonant on this side of the millennium. “There’s still a lot of mediocrity and outright crap out there that’s getting a free ride. But not here,” the team at GQ wrote then. Ain’t that the freaking truth.

Because we are still, three decades later, trading in the marketplace of ideas, we now present an off-the-cuff collection of trends, concepts, and minutiae the GQ editorial team is griping over in 2024. May it age as badly as the list by our 1990s predecessors.

In no particular order:

Dating-app doomerism

Popping Zyns

Yearning

“The most important election of our lifetimes”

Kratom

Red meat

Flying to Europe for a concert

Pop-ups

Natural wine

Not wearing a tie

Dupes

Telling it like it is

Playing devil’s advocate

Grinding

Complaining about burnout

Gorp footwear

Extending your lifespan

Smash burgers

Magazine stories about ethical nonmonogamy

Watching everything with subtitles

Funky ceramics

Doing hard drugs at weddings

Being bicoastal

Tiny tattoos

Reexamining the past

Self-diagnosing

Subway tile backsplashes

Up-and-coming mid-size cities

Pop Stoicism

Getting mad about Dimes Square

Reality TV

Prestige TV

Dressing in –cores

Documentaries

Working from home

Anti-nepotism

Nepotism

Fashion mullets

Restaurant reservations

Vaping

Multistep skin-care routines

TikTok

Grandstanding against TikTok

Hard-launching your relationship online

Threesomes

Cannes standing ovations

Veneers

Cold plunges

Raw milk

The AI apocalypse

Finding the perfect white T-shirt

Vaccine skepticism

Decluttering

Modern farmhouse style

Ultra-slim wallets

Opening-weekend box office numbers

EGOTs

Extra-dirty martinis

Espresso martinis

Running a half marathon

Corner threes

Trying the cool new-school (or bad old-school) restaurant

Binge-watching

Aughts nostalgia

Gut renovations

Light bites

High-crown trucker hats

Poppers

Boxers

Briefs

Boxer briefs

Limited-edition vinyl

Blaming the algorithm

Roasts

The body keeping the score

“Stuns in new photo”

1995



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