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30 Things We Miss About the Early 2000s


Nothing was better than roaming Blockbuster to find the perfect movie. I miss the smell of the store and chatting with the employees about what movie was coming out soon and how great it’d be.

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Justin Timberlake's Curls

I still don’t understand why he looks back on this hair era with embarrassment. He rocked it.

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Low Gas Prices

Gas was almost always under $2 per gallon. You could fill up nearly any tank on $20. Now $20 isn’t a full tank for most vehicles.

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When it was still worth watching and full of the original Real Worlds and tons of Carson Daly.

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Oh sweet, sweet innocence. I’ll always miss my blissful ignorance about life.

Queen-of-Pop Britney

I have never wanted to be like a celebrity as much as I did when Britney was a rhinestone-bikini-clad role model.

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Early Social Media

Myspace. Xanga. All the messengers. Such fun, safe places for impressionable teenagers to spend time.

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Unbreakable Phones

Remember when you dropped your phone and didn’t immediately panic? Me, too. Nokia brick phones were basically unbreakable.

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Sex and the City

Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda taught me what it was like to live in New York city – even if it was a little ridiculous at times. Where are the girls?!

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AOL Messenger

I spent hours chatting with my friends at school, but I couldn’t wait to get home to talk to them on AIM. #RIPAIM.

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All the Lils

Lil Kim. Lil Romeo. Lil Bow Wow. Easily the pinnacle of pop music. Oh how we miss you all.

Lizzie McGuire

Lizzie is the definition of courage and bravery. She mixed prints, wore crazy colors, and her hair was always on fleek.

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The Weakest Link

You had to think fast or you’d be cut. I can still hear the host saying “You are the Weakest Link. Goodbye.”

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All Denim Outfits

So easy to put together. So comfy. JT and Brit were the ultimate fashion inspo, and clearly even Ryan and Blake are envious of the style.

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Early Nickelodeon

Early Nick defined childhood for so many kids across the United States. From Angry Beavers to All That and The Amanda Show – it was all fantastic.

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Boy Bands

Boy bands can’t stick around nowadays, and they don’t have the same flair N’Sync and Backstreet Boys had.

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Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston

Why couldn’t they stay together forever? They were #goals when the hashtag was called “pound.” Long live Braniston!

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Delia Fashion Catalogue

Even if you didn’t order anything from the Delia catalogue, it was basically a wishlist of everything you wanted.

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Xtina's First Album

Pure gold. Is any song as classic as “Genie in a Bottle?”

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Not Being Recorded

The 2000s were the days when you could do something stupid, and you didn’t end up on YouTube. There was no such thing as a “viral video.”

Being Phone-less

I remember a day when everyone didn’t stare down at the phones all the time. Friends talked to each other and people didn’t panic when they didn’t have the cell with them.

Mix CDs

Giving your friend (or crush) a mix CD was the ultimate message. You filled it with songs you thought they’d like that expressed the perfect message.

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Original Movie Ideas

Tired of remakes and sequels? Same. The 2000s were the golden age of film that gave us great ideas like American Psycho, Mean Girls, Memento, Donnie Darko, Shaun of the Dead, and Almost Famous.

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Juicy Couture

Juicy was absolutely everywhere. You couldn’t walk down the street without seeing someone wearing a velour tracksuit.

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LAN Parties

Before Wi-Fi was such a huge thing, friends had to get tighter for LAN Parties. Everyone brought their console or PC and hooked it up to play together.

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Y2K Panic

The world was just fine, but that didn’t stop the massive panic. Who said computers weren’t capable of making it through 2000?

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Mall Culture

Even if we didn’t buy anything, it was fun hanging out with your friends at the mall. Now, no one goes to the mall, and they’re starting to close down.

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Aaliyah was already a star, but she could have been so much more. She was a great actress and singer, and we’ll always remember her.

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Teen Movies

The 2000s brought us some of the best teen movies that have ever graced the screen. Mean Girls, The Princess Dairies, Bring It On, Freaky Friday, and 13 Going on 30 were some of the best teen films ever.

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Hanging Up Dramatically

Does anyone else miss slamming the phone down when they were angry? Pressing the end call button doesn’t have the same cathartic effect.

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