Best Use of a Flesh-Colored Body Stocking
Britney Spears memorably shed her good-girl image along with everything but the sequins during her MTV Movie Awards performance of ”Oops!…I Did It Again.”
Budweiser’s series of ”Whassup?” commercials first launched in December of ’99, but was endlessly parodied in pop culture (and the word implanted in the mouths of all humans) until 2002.
Goodbye, VHS; hello, DVD players. Meanwhile, digital music was exploding thanks to online music file-sharing services like Napster.
Most Controversial State: Florida
Featuring the year’s most unlikely villain, the hanging chad! The Bush vs. Gore election controversy kept the nation almost as glued to their TVs in November and December as they had been during the Elián González custody battle between Florida and Cuba earlier in the year.
Notable School Supplies
Gelly Roll pens, introduced by Sakura in January 2000, were more than just writing utensils. They were kind of a way of life.
Weird Fad for Semi-Active People
Scooters (collapsible skateboard/bicycle/in-line skate hybrids for urban commuters) were all the rage this year. Of course, the best thing about scooters is that they evolved into Segways, and Segways ultimately evolved into Arrested Development‘s G.O.B. Bluth.
Worst food fad
Teal? For real? Heinz’ EZ Squirt line of colored ketchups was widely available by late 2000.
Annoying Song on Every Radio Station
Vitamin C’s ”Graduation (Friends Forever)” was EVERYWHERE, complete with audio clips of high schoolers sobbing about how much they were going to miss their friends. Surprise for grads: They probably won’t be your friends forever. Even bigger surprise from Wikipedia: ”This song is considered the biggest hit of Vitamin C.”
Reality TV High
Survivor debuted May 31 on CBS. For 20 seasons, it’s kept us entertained via the power of heroes, villains, and EW.com blogger extraordinaire Jeff Probst. Meanwhile, the U.S. and U.K. versions of Big Brother debuted this year. The Head of Household and/or the Tribe has spoken. Let the food competitions begin!
Reality TV Low
Rick Rockwell asked Darva Conger (which sounds like the species name of a deep-sea bottom-dwelling bacterium) to marry him in Fox’s single two-hour broadcast Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire? Turned out that silhouetted dude was neither a multimillionaire nor a person whose name was really Rick Rockwell. Oh, well! Twenty-two million people watched.
Battle of the Boy Bands
*NSYNC’s No Strings Attached was 2000’s top-selling album, but with Black & Blue, the Backstreet Boys became the first artists ever to have back-to-back CDs with first-week sales of over a million. Looks like ”Everybody” (yeah) ”Just Got Paid”! (Terrible joke. Terrible. It Makes Me Ill.)
How Not to Break Up With Your Bandmates
As you know, in Destiny’s Child, one day you’re in and the next day…you’re out. LaTavia Robertson and LaToya Luckett learned that two new members would be joining Beyoncé Knowles and Kelly Rowland — thus replacing them — after the video for ”Say My Name” surfaced in February 2000. Meanwhile, 1999’s The Writing’s on the Wall, featuring Robertson and Luckett, was one of the top-selling albums of 2000.
Gotta Own 'Em All
Videogames, trading cards, TV shows, movies, manga, etc. If you weren’t into Pokemon, you were an irrelevant tween. And if you weren’t a tween, you might have only a vague idea of what Pokemon even means and some mild difficulty writing a simple EW.com caption about it.
Notable TV Premiere
Gilmore Girls, one of EW’s New TV Classics, debuted on The WB Oct. 5. In the spirit of Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel’s rapid-fire pop culture references, here are some of the other series that started in 2000: Malcolm in the Middle, Dora the Explorer, Girlfriends, MTV’s Fear, Dark Angel, CSI, The District, Ed, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Boston Public, Queer as Folk, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and the second revival of Supermarket Sweep on PAX. Now breathe.
Notable TV Finale
So long, West Bev. Donna and David 4 eva. The final episode of Beverly Hills, 90210 saw all of the original cast return except Douglas Emerson and Shannen Doherty. What is your damage, Heather?
Later On, He Would Meet a Wacky Vegetarian Named Gwyneth
Coldplay released Parachutes, and ”Yellow” became the U.K. band’s first American hit. Long before it became uncool to enjoy Coldplay, I remember lying in bed wondering if the stars really did shine for me. Damn you, Chris Martin and your unparalleled falsetto!
Unsolved Mystery of the Year
Baha Men’s ”Who Let the Dogs Out?” peaked at #40 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, but the song’s titular question was so profound that the single boasted staying power in professional sports arenas for years to come.
Most Effective Use of One's Real Name in an Album Title
Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP — a much more personal effort than 1999’s The Slim Shady LP — sold 1.79 million copies in the U.S. in its first week, making it the fastest-selling solo album ever.
Faith Hill’s ”Breathe,” most likely. I didn’t have a prom this year, so I’m not sure if the juniors and seniors mimicked Faith’s seductive desert dance from the video in the middle of their respective gyms, Holiday Inn banquet halls, or locations that were even nicer.
”Kryptonite” by Three Doors Down and ”Superman (It’s Not Easy)” by Five for Fighting. The latter was much more terrible due to general sound and how much the guy really, really hated being Superman. I still can’t believe these lyrics were real: ”I’m only a man/In a funny red sheet/And it’s not easy, hmmm, hmmm, hmmm…/It’s not easy to be me.” Other 2000 bands with numbers in their names: Sixpence None the Richer, Blink-182, U2, Matchbox Twenty, M2M, B4-4, Sum 41, 98 Degrees, and 2ge+her (which should really have its own slide in this gallery because U + Me = Us).
Hey Now, You're An All-Star
If they weren’t already enormous box office draws, 2000’s Gladiator and The Perfect Storm sealed the deal for Russell Crowe and George Clooney. Paging Dr. Ross…
Smart Horror Movie
Meanwhile, Robert Zemeckis’ What Lies Beneath, a supernatural thriller rife with Hitchcockian motifs, marked one of the last times Michelle Pfeiffer was a viable box office draw.
Mel Gibson's Reason To Not Be Angry
All three of the actor’s 2000 films — What Women Want (pictured), The Patriot, and Chicken Run — grossed over $100 million. A moment of silence, please.
New Movie Franchises
The Wayans Brothers’ Scary Movie would spawn three sequels, Charlie’s Angels just one. At the time, many might have expected the opposite. Big Momma’s House and Bring It On would also see sequel action. It’s 2010, so I can safely confirm that ”it’s already been buh-rought-en.”
Summer Popcorn Movies
2000 had a jam-packed summer box office with Mission: Impossible II and X-Men (pictured), Nutty Professor II, Gone in 60 Seconds, Space Cowboys, Hollow Man, and Shaft, along with the aforementioned Big Momma’s House, Bring It On, Pokemon 2000, Scary Movie, What Lies Beneath, Chicken Run, Gladiator, and The Perfect Storm.
Box Office Flop
Battlefield Earth. Buzzkill! Sorry.
Summer Olympics City
Sydney, Australia, offered viewers worldwide a perfect opportunity to enjoy national treasure Kylie Minogue’s live performance of ABBA’s ”Dancing Queen” at the closing ceremonies. This is EW; did you actually think we’d highlight a real sport?
Book Everyone Was Reading
Until less than two weeks before its release, the fourth Harry Potter book’s working title was Harry Potter and the Doomspell Tournament. J.K. Rowling told EW, ”I preferred ‘Goblet of Fire’ because it’s got that ‘cup of destiny’ feel about it, which is the theme of the book.”
What Tyra Banks Was Up To
Moving on from a steady career of bar-top dancing in Coyote Ugly, a ridiculous ”film” that everyone still watches whenever it comes on E! (Tyra would have checked in with 2000 Tyra, so I thought we should too.)
Obviously Needs to be Included in a Gallery About The Year 2000
I know you were all waiting for a slide about October 2000’s Dr. T. and the Women, but instead it’s Conan O’Brien and Andy Richter’s memorable recurring sketch ”The Year 2000” on Late Night with Conan O’Brien (R.I.P./congrats on those Emmy noms).