4 Reasons The Early 2000s Are Underrated

4 Reasons The Early 2000s Are Underrated

Pop punk, shoes with wheels, inflatable furniture! What a time to be alive.


The 2000s were one iconic trend after another. They seem so close yet so far away, and kids today should envy the nostalgia and pop culture they're missing out on. Read on to indulge in the nostalgia that has been making a comeback (thankfully only some of it).

1. The fashion trends

Abercrombie and Fitch polos were THE "in thing", neckties were used as belts with shiny pants, jeans were too low, and camo was plastered on ev-er-y-thing. You had a burning desire to bedazzle all your accessories if they weren't already. Juicy Couture tracksuit pockets held frosted lip glosses and tinted shades, pant legs stuffed into ugg boots. You envied anyone with a Von Dutch trucker cap or a Tiffany bracelet. Scrunched-up popcorn tops that fit in your hand were all the rage, paired with Ed Hardy sunglasses.
You would have given anything for a chance to raid Rihanna or Christina Aguilera's closet. Can't forget the eyeliner. So. Much. Eyeliner (for all your Myspace posts of course). The rise of pop culture created many fashion subcultures like never before, dominated by socialites like Paris Hilton and bands from Destiny's Child to Paramore. Thankfully only some of these trends have made a comeback, and we haven't seen low-rise jeans for a decade.

2. The technology

Do you ever have flashbacks of the Windows XP sound just before logging in to play Neopets or to download the new Fall Out Boy album from LimeWire? But definitely not without that atrocious roaring static noise emitted during the process of logging on to the internet.

You saved up your money to buy more Webkinz. Maybe you remember calling your friends with your blinged out pink Razr flip phone or Blackberry to plan a trip to go shop at American Eagle of Pac Sun. The excitement of being on your crush's Myspace top 8 list. If you weren't as lucky, you carried around a bunch of CDs and a clunky CD player. The anticipation of waiting for your vacation photos to be developed from your disposable camera. It was a time of technological experimentation, which you were happy to be a part of.

3. The music

"Can I make it any more obvious" that the pop-punk anthems of Avril, Good Charlotte, My Chemical Romance, Green Day, and Fall Out Boy were inescapable, along with energetic pop music also dominating the charts? The Black Eyed Peas, Gwen Stefani, Britney Spears, and Maroon 5 invaded the radio and pop scene. Silky voices of Usher, Rihanna, and Beyonce revolutionized the R&B scene, later to be altered with the introduction of autotune. Coldplay, The Fray, The Plain White T's, and James Blunt all gave a warm fuzzy feeling to the alternative music world.

Everyone and their brother started doing the 1,2 Step in 2004 and was cranking that Soulja Boy by 2007. You knew how to do the Cupid Shuffle or Cha Cha Slide in your sleep. These dance trends were spread through social media websites and through the emergence of YouTube, which allowed music and people to be connected like never before.

4. The TV and movies

There was something so exciting about strolling down the colorful aisles of Blockbuster, or hearing "Yep, That's Me" from the "That's So Raven" theme playing from the TV in the living room. MTV gave us the gem and time capsule of "My Super Sweet 16", making American teens envious everywhere with the lavish parties. You wanted to be best friends with Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie on "The Simple Life".

"High School Musical" was the inspiration for birthday parties and sleepovers. "Drake and Josh" provided endless jokes and references. Girls wished they had the exciting pop star double life of "Hannah Montana". Kids woke up extra early to watch their favorite cartoons on the Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, or Cartoon Network. Any girl wouldn't be able to deny her love for "Mean Girls" or "Legally Blonde" or reality shows. TV and movies, or just any pop culture, in general, make the early 2000s pretty dang memorable and nostalgic, and you can't help but get a theme song or two stuck in your head.

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17 Ideas To Do On Your 22nd Birthday

When you're feeling 22, but need ideas of what to do.

"It seems like one of those nights. This place is too crowded, too many cool kids uh uh, uh uh. It seems like one of those nights. We ditch the whole scene and end up dreaming instead of sleeping...Yeah. We're happy free confused and lonely in the best way. It's miserable and magical oh yeah. Tonight's the night when we forget about the heartbreaks, it's time uh oh

o you don't know what to do for your 22nd birthday? You think, hey, I just turned 21 last year and got shwasted because I could finally 'legally' drink alcohol. So 22, isn't that big so what do I do to celebrate my 22nd birthday? Well for one, every birthday should be important to you because it's your day, a day that's all about you and it's the day that you were given life. You should celebrate every year because it's another year that you have lived, right? Why can't your 22nd be a bang, why couldn't your 22nd be bigger and better than maybe your 21st, 18th, or 16th? Here are some ideas that you could do on your 22nd if you're having a brain fart.

1. Get your friends together and go to a nice dinner

Food can never go wrong on your birthday.

2. Go to the movies

Go see the latest movie out, grab some popcorn and soda and have a friend tag along.

3. Dave and Busters

Arcade games for adults?! Enough said.

4. Go on a weekend trip somewhere

You have been dying to go somewhere for awhile, why can't your birthday be the perfect time to go on a getaway?

5. Take the day off from work/school

It's your BIRTHday, no need to work or go to school, it's your day to celebrate you and you don't need to work your butt off on that day.

6. Happy Hour with friends/family

Appetizers and beers, what else could you want?

7. Go to a brewery

Grab some brews with a couple of friends, be social on your day!

8. Bar/club scene

If you are into going down to the strip to go to a club or a bar to get wild, just do it on your birthday!

9. Have a beach party (if your birthday is in the summer)

Waves, sand, beach games, sounds like a blast to me!

10. Go go-karting

Who says you can't be a kid?

11. Trampoline park

Trampolines everywhere, dodgeball and basketball, why not do it on your birthday?

12. Winery

13. Go hiking

Why not see beautiful scenery on your special day?

14. Go to breakfast or brunch

If you love breakfast and lunch,combine them and grab a mimosa or a bloody mary while you're at it.

15. Do a spa day

Need relaxation and a little getaway, a spa day is perfect.

16. Get a hotel

Hotel on the beach? Where everything is in sight, why not?

17. Break out into your song of the day,

"I don't know about you but I'm feeling 22. Everything will be alright if you keep me next to you. You don't know about me, but I bet you want to. Everything will be alright if we just keep dancing like we're 22 uh uh ah ah ah 22 uh uh uh" by the one and only TayTay Swift

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15 Toys That Made My Early 2000s Childhood

You know you loved them.


Growing up in a time with limited access to technology, us 90s and early 2000s kids had to entertain ourselves. Let's take a break from early adulthood stress and remember the nostalgic times of our childhood.

1. Furby

I remember when I got my first Furby for Christmas. My cousins and I were pumped!!! Within a week mine could sing Twinkle Twinkle Little star and play Red Light Green Light.

2. Sky Dancers

My youngest aunt introduced this magnificent toy to me. You could catch my cousin and I whirling her up into the air and watch her dance across the sky for hours.

3. Lincoln Logs

My brother and I got this toy for Christmas one year and spent the entire morning playing with it. These little logs were so much fun to play with!

4. Barbie's Dream House

This was my favorite thing in the world! My cousin and I would sit downstairs for hours playing barbies. This Dream Home has an elevator and everything I could dream of.

5. Mr. Potato Head

Classic! If Andy had it, we wanted to have it.

6. Bop it

The catchy tune and competitive spirit of this toy made it the best. We played this in a circle, passing it to the next person, hoping they didn't mess up.

7. Pokemon

My cousins, brother, and I played the cards, the gameboy game, and watched the show like true fans. I even had a binder with card holders to protect my gems. You could always catch me trading cards during recess.

8. Tamagotchi

These virtual children that could eat, go to the bathroom, and play were one of the most wanted toys of childhood. Don't worry, mine was always attached to my hip.

9. Pogo Sticks

Pink Pogo Stick  by nag #12, via Flickr | PINK! | Pogo stick, Pink, Back in the day

We all loved when pogo sticks made a comeback! I tried and tried, but I can admit now, I could never actually do it.

10. Gameboy

My favorite games were (obviously) Pokemon and Harvest Moon. A guilty pleasure of mine to this day is still Harvest Moon. For those of you who understand my love for this game--they have an app now.

11. Barbie Head

I couldn't find the OG picture, but everyone loved this barbie you could style. I gave mine to my cousin so he could practice braiding hair. She disappeared (after the move). The search still continues.

12. House

Were you the mom, dad, or baby? I was the mom, of course, but secretly always wanted to be the baby. Don't worry, house also included adventures in the woods, making mud pies, and starting fake fires.

13. Easy Bake Oven

Grandma always understood my love for this toy. Every kid should experience the magic of the Easy Bake Oven.

14. Baby Dolls

My baby could eat, go to the bathroom, and cry. How much better can it get? I loved this thing so much. My mom always tells stories of me carrying her everywhere I went.

15. The OG Poly Pocket

I loved to play with my polly pockets. Pretty sure mine disappeared (thanks mom) because they had lead in the paint.

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