50 Things We’ll Be Nostalgic About From The 2000s

When I was in high school, 80s fashions and 80s parties were a cool thing. In recent years, it’s been all about the 90s. But that hard-to-label decade from the turn of the millennium, at the height of teen pop/boy band mania, to 10 years later, when TRL was off the air and the hipster craze had come and, depending on who you talk to, went, and we had a black president, were some interesting cultural times. What will we remember from that time period? I checked out this Reddit thread to see what people are reminiscing about from that age of internet, *NSync, and flip phones.

1. parasuta

Internet instant messengers for chatting to friends after school

2. SirSvieldevitchen

Flip Phones.

3. CansOfKrylon

Printing out directions from Map Quest.

4. Ocean_Hair


The beginning of the internet viral video, or more specifically, “Numa Numa”.

5. orionsystems

DVD renting stores?

6. smaclver


7. catch22milo


8. keffle

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater

Tony hawk pro skater

9. Chonzerfool

Guitar Hero and Rock Band.

10. agiolzet

Neopets! Which we all know was a secret scientific experiment to breed a generation of children who could teach themselves HTML, in order to create a race of Americans who speak computer languages.

11. cameltoast

Xanga… man, I posted some embarrassing things on there.

12. katm3s

Hey Ya, Mean Girls, Livejournal.

13. tritter211

Harry Potter books

14. Mc10v1n

Playstation 2.

15. Sharkyg

Pirates of the Caribbean
Pirates of the Caribbean

SpongeBob, Pirates of the Caribbean, Halo.

16. Poopiscomingoutnow

5% unemployment rates

17. Dasbaus

Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) I hated playing this game as I cannot dance or jump on squares so quickly but damn was it fun to watch and bet on when drinking.

18. jakes1mon

Mp3 players, Blackberries, flip phones, MySpace

19. Chop_Artista

Grand Theft Auto
Grand Theft Auto

GTA III and Vice City.

20. girlsloveattention

myspace. man, I’m getting nostalgic just thinking about it.

21. Elfinsocks

Cartoon network <3

22. spashedpotato

the early seasons of the office

23. slimkeyboard

The Strokes
The Strokes

The Strokes, White Stripes, Interpol. Low cost airlines. The Lord Of The Rings. (pre smart) Mobile phones. Blogs

24. youregunnagetitbobby

Get Low by Lil Jon. That song always reminds me of high school. It still makes me want to dance. I was at a bar last year and they played it and people went nuts.

25. GirlandtheRobot

World Of Warcraft

26. jessek

“I’m Rick James, bitch!”

27. Nooker


Sega dreamcast.

28. Mhaelful

Halo 2 Multiplayer. The hours! THE HOURS!

29. Katiepotatoes

Pop-Punk bands. Blink-182, Jimmy Eat World, Green Day, All American Rejects, etc…

30. GaRRbagio

Chappelle Show

31. MerryWalrus

Pokemon. Most young adults can still recite the majority of the original 151

32. radnutz


33. sir_dancealot

Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Matt Damon, DiCaprio in their prime.

34. butwhenidoiwin

Homestar Runner
Homestar Runner

Obviously homestar runner

35. ShamelessBeachBoner

Frosted tips. 1st gen iPods. Possibly Nu Metal.

36. hairypsalms

How has nobody mentioned Counter-Strike yet?

37. themetajon

Super! Smaaaaaaaaaash! Brrrrothers!

38. notonetojudge


39. greenroom628


When Lindsay Lohan used to be hot.

40. Halkadash

The OC on Fox (before it got shit)

41. Eddiemag247

Chappelle’s Show.

42. marmijar_soft

2 girls 1 cup

43. sgtwonka

Livestrong Bracelets, headbands, popped collars, grills, barack-mania, legos, fedoras shudders, combat boots, chain wallets, v-neck tshirts, flannels, beards, aviators, skinny ties, silly bandz, razor scooters, skinny jeans, dance dance revolution, the iphone/ipod in general ‘the rise of the apple empire’, shrek, family guy, bratz dolls, spongebob, the xbox, crocs, autotune, heelys, halo, uggs, bandanas, yeah.

44. munchypooh

How awesome Facebook was when you first got it…so many changes that it’s just not as much fun as it once was

45. SpunkingCorgi

Gas under $4.00/gal

46. kodachikuno

Trapped in the Closet
Trapped in the Closet

Flava/Rock of Love, Bad Girls Club, Bachelor/ette. All those amazing, horrible, entertaining, useless as fuck reality dating shows. And trapped in the closet!

47. my_third_account

Lizzie McGuire

48. lifeisrocknroll18

Sitting around at the lunch table making plans. Now everyone can just make plans by texting with their expensive phones they recieve in 6th grade.

49. harpyranchers

Jobs and money.

50. Madmanquail

For me, it was the whole lifestyle. Ah, this takes me back to my high school days, must have been 2001-2. What a great time to be a nerd. Me and a couple of my school buddies were just 16…chilling out in one of our parent’s houses. Playstation 2 and the old N64 both ready to go. Couple of alchopop drinks in a bucket by the door (bacardi breezers or WKDs or some other horrific garbage. Beer tasted bitter!!). One of my mates would have brought a couple of extra PS2 controllers. Another brought some doritos. My dad had a 12kg “state of the art” projector he used for work presentations. I used to love the ritual of setting it all up. We would rig up the PS2 to the projector and even plug the audio into a hi-fi system. The final result would have been a screen size of, say, 34 inches…so gigantic back then. We play a few rounds of Red Faction, SSX, Burnou and even Goldeneye if there was enough demand (even by then it was a pretty old game). Some nights we would drive over to Blockbusters and pick up a DVD. I remember the excitement of driving through the city on a bright evening with my best friends in the world, discussing what films we should rent, anticipating an evening of gaming and films until late/early. Later on I remember we started ordering our DVDs from a company which combined DVDs/Games rentals and Pizza delivery in a single order – guaranteed in 30 mins or it was free! It was as if they had been design specifically for us. (Sadly that company didn’t last long!). I remember the long walks home afterwards…still full of energy, standing around on streets until 3AM talking about what it meant to be human, whether we were alone in the universe… No girlfriends/boyfriends/fiancées/wives/husbands/pets/kids/grandparents to look after, no jobs, no responsibilities, no expectations on us…just a whole weekend of fun laid out before us; a crisp white canvas of possibilities. Ah, those were the days. Thought Catalog Logo Mark

image – Chappelle’s Show

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