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Do you remember the 2000s? We do, and we can safely say that they were truly different times. From the early days of cell phones, social media, and celebrity pairings, looking back a couple of decades feel entire like looking at a foreign universe. Don't believe us? Here are a few photos that will prove our point!
It's difficult to imagine the mug of the amazing Daniel Craig as the face of the acclaimed action movie franchise, but before there was Skyfall and the upcoming No Time to Die, there was Pierce Brosnan and his version of 007. He was less ruthless and rugged, the action setpieces were also a little campy, but oh well. Ready for more?
You just hear Justin Timberlake singing the lines "It's gonna be me!" from that photo. Yes, my dears, there was a time that this Grammy-winning singer and producer was part of the boy band. Not just any boy band though, he was part of NSYNC. They are arguably the second most popular and most successful boybands ever, but no one can beat the Backstreet Boys, no one.
Moving on to some teen drama! Nothing early 2000s high school drama more like One Tree Hill. The show about two brothers at odds in a small town struck every teen's hearts. Part of that success was because of the on and off-screen romance between two of its stars, Chad Michael Murray and Sophia Bush, I wonder what they're up to now.
With talent competitions like The Voice, Got Talent, and the X-Factor flooding our television screens one could forget that American Idol is where it all started. The show's first-ever American Idol winner was Kelly Clarkson. Do you remember this? Well, we do. Compared to her fellow contest winners, Clarkson has been able to continue having a banging career in music, don't you think so?
Remember when CDs were everything? You every bit of digital information was coursed through these flat, round things that you would stick inside of a disk drive on your computer. It would play games, run programs, and store your data. You'd buy albums and movies. They were everything.
Because CDs were everything, movies had to be in them. Because of that VCD and DVD players were invented. But things didn't stop there. We just had to have the need to be able to watch our favorite movies and tv shows where ever we went. Ehem, Netflix. Thus everyone just had to have a portable DVD player. Be honest, did you have one too?
Moreover, you'd be the coolest kid in town if you had your very own cd player for your music. Remember when Walkman finally adopted the format? I can remember drooling over the newest models of the walkman. Customizing your own music was also starting to be a thing. Remember burning songs, not your CDs?
All that CD craze went over pretty quickly though. Especially when these bad boys started becoming the next best thing! MP3 players were smaller, compact, and could house up to 512 MBs worth of music! Remember when 512MB was a huge amount of data already? These days 16 GB is basic. Just wow.
Okay, let's get into tv shows. Which ones were your favorite? Well, I'm pretty sure you remember the family drama, 7th Heaven. By the time the 2000s came rolling in, 7th Heaven was already a television juggernaut. Who didn't have a crush on the Camden kids played by Jessica Biel, Beverly Mitchell, and Barry Watson?
If 007 was the quintessential male action icon back then, the female version would have been Angelina Jolie's Lara Croft. Alicia Vikander may be doing a great job as the new Tomb Raider, but it was Jolie - and her curves - that brought this beloved video game character to life. It also helped prove that video game-based movies could be lucrative.
You know Jessica Alba right? Of course, you do! She's only one of the biggest movie stars in the world. The question really is, do you remember how she got her big break? Well, it was on James Cameron's short-lived television debut, Dark Angel. It was Alba's breakout role and it turned her into the star she is today.
One of the biggest young stars in the late 90s and early 2000s was Melissa Joan Hart. She became famous for playing Sabrina, in Sabrina the Teenage Witch television show that ran from 1996 to 2003. Here we have a photo that's just a blast from the past, Melissa playing a game on the Nintendo Dreamcast.
Since we're talking about 'it girls' of years past, let's talk about the woman who modernized the larger-than-life, meme-able image, Paris Hilton. The Hilton Hotel heiress is the ultimate early 2000s it girl. She and her former girl pal Nicole made waves with their reality show, 'The Simple Life.' They really made the phrase 'that's hot' a thing.
Remember when MTV gave Ashton Kutcher his own prank show? He'd go all over Hollywood pranking the biggest named celebrities, putting them in harrowing situations only to surprise them before things really get messy. Well, the 2000s are really where the then-young actor made a name for himself.
Speaking of MTV, remember TRL? No? Well, let us remind you. TRL or Total Request Live was MTV's version of a young, hip, and current talk show catering to younger audiences. They would have daily guests consisting of the world's top musical acts and celebrities. This show is why Carson Daly is so popular.
Before we had Game of Thrones or whatever other HBO television show you're going crazy over these days, we had The Sopranos. The show about an Italian-American Mafia family was television gold. It brought drama, action, and controversy to your home screens like no other show before it.
Alright, let's talk about technology. The 2000s introduced to the world the race to be the top cell phone brand in the world. Back then, the market was dominated by Nokia. They made the coolest, most advanced, and stylish phones out there. Unfortunately, the company from Finland wasn't able to keep with all those darn smartphones.
But going back to Nokia. Since everyone got their phones, people did their best to make their cellphones unique from everyone else! That meant custom cellphone cases for everyone! It got to a point where the designs on cell phone cases were pretty much anything you can think of. Just look at the photo for crying out loud!
While Nokia was the undisputed king of cell phones back then, the dark horse was definitely Motorola. When they came out with their Razr phones people went nuts. They just had to have the sleek and sexy looking flip phones that came in various colors. Not only that, some folks just had to bejewel their phones. You're guilty of this, aren't you?
Okay, here's a trend that probably annoyed you during the 2000s. Kids around malls, schools, or just anywhere for that matter were obsessed with Heelys. These shoes or shoe attachments that had wheels on them let kids skate around like maniacs. If you were part of that fun then congratulations, but if you were as fed up with it as some of us then yay!
The 2000s were littered with all too many fashion crimes to list down. From bejeweled clothing to hip-hugging pants, there's really a laundry list of things we can talk about that can be called questionable choices. One fad in particular that had a lot of girls running to the nearest mall was the introduction of Uggs.
On to the guys. Now, when it comes to fashion, guys get a little slacker than women. For the most part, if you're wearing a nice t-shirt and not trying too hard to impress anyone with your bottoms, you're fine. What we can't forgive guys for is sporting frosted tips on their hair. Mark Magrath, you are guilty of this!
Another fad that ruled the world for quite some time was baller bracelets. Remember the yellow 'Livestrong' bracelets? Everyone just had to have them. When those weren't enough people went around making their own ones. You could see people baller bracelets for every charity, sports team, and brand they could get their hands on. The more you wore, the edgier you got.
Coming in at the tail-end of the singing group's fad were the Pussy Cat Dolls. They had hits such as Buttons, Don't Cha, When I Grow Up, and Stickwitu. However, only one of the group members really stuck out. It was their lead singer, Nicole Sherzinger. These days she's an actress and television personality too. What are the other dolls up to?
Looking back, one of the most throwback songs from the 2000s is probably Dilemma by Nelly ft. Kelly Rowland. It's a great song and definitely worth listening to once in a while. However, it makes this list because of a particular scene in the music video. That's Kelly Rowland 'texting' Nelly with her phone. The video clearly shows that she's using excel. No wonder she didn't get a reply.
The 2000s are definitely where the memes started to become a thing. One of the earliest internet obsessions we could think about was the crazy frog craze. Crazy Frog, originally The Annoying Thing, is a Swedish CGI-animated character and musician created in 2003 by actor and playwright Erik Wernquist. It sparked an obsession with a certain song that has over 2.3 billion views on Youtube.
Along with the 2000s came Apple's game-changer. Since it came out, the world of digital media has never been the same. Take a look at your smartphone, or iPhone if you have one. Now, look back at the photo. The race for creating the best version of the phone you have now started with that.
There was a time when the two women in that photo ruled the music industry. The tabloids wanted you to think that there was a rivalry going on, but was there? Regardless of that Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears were two of the 2000s biggest pop stars. Which team were you on back then?
Finally, we look back at a couple of fashion and pop-culture icons of today's modern world. In the 2000s, when their big sister Kim was still making a name for herself as one of Paris Hilton's girl possie friends, these two were mere babies. Then came Keeping up with the Kardashians. Now, Kylie is the world's youngest billionaire and Kendall is the highest-paid model in the world. Oh my, how time has passed.
Which of these entries gave you the biggest wave of nostalgia? Do you have anymore 2000s throwbacks that you think are worth mentioning? Let us know in the comment section and make sure to checkout Amoemdia for more great content like this!