VH1’s I Love the 2000s premiered last night, making it perfectly acceptable to hum Brian McKnight or “I’m Blue” on your way to work this morning. Fourteen years can feel like a lifetime, so it’s understandable if you have a selective memory when it comes to pop culture from the year 2000. Between drastic weight loss from a Subway sandwich-a-day diet to tension-filled quests to trade the right Pokémon cards, it was a weird time.
A lot of us look back on the early 2000s with fond memories, but we may all be forgetting about the fact that we elected George W. Bush not once, but twice! How did this happen?
Once upon a time, Ashton Kutcher tricked celebrities on television and helped make trucker hats a national epidemic. From his shaggy hair to his dopey grin, Kutcher was very much considered a Hollywood prankster — who just so happened to win the affection of a woman 15 years his senior.
A real Renaissance woman, Serena Williams was one of the most sought-after athletes during the early 2000s. Serena could serve a tennis ball at your head at over 100 miles per hour! Yet she wasn’t against showing us her sexy side, and we weren’t complaining!
Her body was arguably more memorable than her grunts on the court. Serena even rocked a black cat suit! The women wanted to be her and the men wanted to be with her.
Let’s take a trip back in time to 2000, when Savage Garden‘s “I Knew I Loved You” was in heavy rotation on the radio and people were cruising around on Razor scooters. It was a time when digital music was all the rage and people were scouring the Earth for their next potential hookup — only not on OkCupid, but in bars via speed dating. Phew! Thank goodness for the internet because back-to-back small talk seems really stressful.