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Everything mentioned from 2008 to 2009 in VH1's 'I Love the 2000s'

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The years 2008 and 2009 really weren’t that long ago. So it seems a bit odd to reflect on Breaking Bad—it just wrapped its final season in September and is an Emmys hopeful this year—or Lady Gaga when they are still relevant today. “Remember when” just doesn’t carry as much meaning here as it does with the earlier episodes in VH1’s I Love the 2000s series.

That being said, the show’s brilliant talking heads brought the last two installments in the series to life. (I certainly wasn’t sorry I spent my Saturday night watching them, and I found myself laughing out loud often.) Bust out your Snuggies, people, and walk down memory lane with this comprehensive list of everything mentioned in the show’s final two episodes. Until the 2010’s… READ FULL STORY

Everything mentioned from 2006 and 2007 in VH1's 'I Love the 2000s'

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Well, we’re getting into the weird part. Considering that 2006 and 2007 were mere blinks ago, the idea of revisiting these years via VH1’s rose-colored nostalgia goggles is certainly an unsettling one.

But oh, has I Love the 2000s officially gone off the rails since its promising beginning. None of the topics discussed in Friday’s two-parter seemed even remotely worth visiting—is anybody clamoring to discuss Flavor AND Rock of Love? In fact, the mere presence of “bacon” and “putting Mentos in Diet Coke” as nostalgic references should signify that they’re really digging deep here to try and fill the last few years of the series.

What was missing from the 2006 and 2007 episodes? Heroes, Friday Night LightsThe HillsStudio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Pushing Daisies, to name some shows. Anna Nicole Smith and nude Vanessa Hudgens and (regretfully) Michael Vick, to mention some scandals. 300 and The Departed and Little Miss Sunshine and Knocked Up, to drop some movies. Couldn’t we show some love to these worthy pop culture topics?

But I will say that 2007 brought us the best Year in [Britney] Spears. Read on and let those shaved head memories come rushing back.

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We love the 2000s: EW staffers pick the decade's best pop culture moments

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Not too long ago, we were all living in the New Millennium, less affectionately known as the age of Y2K. Or if you want to be technical about it, it was the first decade of the 21st century. And during those 10 years, pop culture thrived. Not only did Nipplegate change the way we looked at Super Bowl halftime shows, but things like Laguna Beach made us rethink “reality,” Heath Ledger’s performance in The Dark Knight redefined the term “Oscar-worthy,” and Glee revived the television musical.

So with VH1’s I Love the 2000s wrapping up tonight, we thought we’d join in and round up our staff picks for our favorite pop culture moments of the 2000s. Because, hey, we loved those years too: READ FULL STORY

Everything mentioned from 2004 and 2005 in VH1's 'I Love the 2000s'

VH1’s latest wallow in very recent nostalgia is, by nature, a silly exercise: On Saturday, the five-night anthology will end by celebrating the long-ago year of 2009—you know, that dark age when The Simpsons was only in its 21st season, and commuters who wanted to play Angry Birds had no choice but to do it on the iPhone 3GS. Those suckers didn’t even have iOS 7!

If it’s going to be done, though, it might as well be done right—which is why there was something vaguely disappointing about the pop-culture milestones celebrated in the miniseries’ fifth and sixth episodes, covering the years 2004 and 2005. Some of the movies, TV shows, celebrity scandals, and assorted other ephemera that came up were legitimate phenomena (Mean Girls, Livestrong bracelets, Brokeback Mountain). Others… weren’t. To wit: Polar Express? Renée Zellweger and Kenny Chesney’s blink-and-you’ll-miss-it marriage? Burger King’s omelet sandwich? Weezer’s “Beverly Hills,” which is a perfectly fine song but hardly a cultural touchstone? READ FULL STORY

Everything mentioned from 2002 and 2003 in VH1's 'I Love the 2000s'

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It’s been a dozen years now since 2002, but thanks to VH1’s I Love the 2000s, we can be reminded of what a great year it actually was. Serena Williams was the No. 1 tennis player in the world, Jennifer Lopez’s latest breakup was in the headlines, and zombies were the latest craze at the movies.

Clearly, much has changed in the world since then.

Of course, in all seriousness, VH1 also spotlighted plenty of other nostalgia-worthy phenomena hyper-specific to 2002 and 2003—like the return of the movie musical, Nelly’s evergreen musical reason to take your clothes off, and the Verizon ad campaign literally heard all over the world. Here’s a recap of what VH1 had to highlight.

THE YEAR 2002

TV
The Wire

MOVIES
Blue Crush
Chicago
28 Days Later
8 Mile

MUSIC
“Hot in Herre” – Nelly
“Soak up the Sun” – Sheryl Crow
“Superman” – Five for Fighting
“The Middle” – Jimmy Eat World
“Work It” – Missy Elliot

CELEBS
J.Lo + Ben Affleck = Bennifer
Serena Williams’ amazing win streak
Anna Nicole Smith’s court battle

MISC
“Axis of Evil” – George W. Bush’s State of the Union address
Juicy Couture (sweat-clothes of the stars) Poker craze
Verizon’s “Can You Hear Me Now?” campaign Cellphone ringtones Satellite radio

George Takei’s “Oh My” Moment of 2002: Michael Jackson dangling his infant son out a Berlin hotel window.

Nelly’s Hotties of 2002: Brandy (Full Moon hottie) Jessica Abla (Dark Angel hottie), Kelly Ripa (Regis’ Perky Sidekick hottie)

The Year in Spears (Britney, that is): Breaks up with Justin Timberlake, Crossroads is a box-office bomb, wins Best Actress Razzie award and is No. 1 on Forbes Celebrity 100 List.

Michael K. Williams’ Anti-Hero of 2002: Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis) – The Shield 

Bret Michaels’ Guilty Pleasure of 2002: Crank Yankers and spray tans

THE YEAR 2003

TV
Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
Da Ali G Show
Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica

MOVIES
Monster 
Freddy vs. Jason
Kill Bill

MUSIC
“Ignition (Remix)” – R. Kelly
“All the Things She Said” – t.A.T.u
“Seven Nation Army” – The White Stripes

CELEBS
Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore start dating
Paris Hilton
Dixie Chicks speak out against President Bush and Iraq War

MISC
“The Star Wars Kid” viral video
Steve Bartman incident at Chicago Cubs game
Freedom fries
New York City blackout

George Takei’s “Oh My” Moment of 2003: Pedro Martinez tackles Yankees coach Don Zimmer

Nelly’s Hotties of 2003: Kristanna Loken (Evil Robot Terminator hottie), Jennifer Garner (Daredevils’ hottie girlfriend), Kate Beckinsale (Werewolf-killing hottie)

The Year in Spears (Britney, that is)Performs at VMAs with Madonna and Christina Aguilera, releases fourth album, and wins Grammy for “Toxic.”

Michael K. Williams’ Anti-Hero of 2003: Magneto (Ian McKellen) – X-Men 

Bret Michaels’ Guilty Pleasure of 2003: Gigli, “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” by The Darkness, America’s Next Top Model

Everything mentioned from 2000 and 2001 in VH1's 'I Love the 2000s'

Before VH1’s I Love the 2000s special began on June 17, I polled my roommates (whom I forced to watch with me) about their favorite pop culture moments from the year 2000. For about three minutes, everyone was stumped—what’s actually from the year 2000, instead of just under the umbrella term “the 2000s”? It turns out that remembering specific years is a lot harder than you think.

That’s why there’s a saving grace to VH1’s nostalgia-bait series, a 10-part anthology spread out over five days this week. It’s hugely entertaining to hear no-name comedians praise specific pop-culture entities from the early 2000s—Tuesday’s episodes in particular focused on the years 2000 and 2001—and if I’m being fully honest, there were certain things I kind of, sort of learned during the throwback.

I never actually saw Brian McKnight’s “Back at One” video, but in it, he apparently dies in a plane crash and spends time walking through a cornfield. I also never knew that speed dating was invented in 2000, or that someone got stabbed on Cheaters, or that The Perfect Storm ended with everyone dying, or that Bret Michaels is a fan of Gilmore Girls. I was, however, a young teenager then. This is probably all old news for some of you, and that’s the beauty of the series: It’s nostalgic and educational.

Whether or not you watch Tuesday’s 2000/2001 episodes, here’s a quick recap of what you missed. (And if you’re wondering why they never mention Baha Men’s “Who Let The Dogs Out,” you’re not alone.) READ FULL STORY

'Friends': A definitive and completely objective ranking of Phoebe's original songs

Yes, I’m a day late to observe the 10th anniversary of Friends‘ series finale. However! It’s always the right time to celebrate the song stylings of one Phoebe Buffay, the best/worst singer/songwriter of the mid-late ’90s and early-mid ’00s. (Tough luck, Lisa Loeb.)

Looking at this list, you may be surprised to see that Phoebe sang as often as she did. (I certainly was after I agreed to write this post!) Given that, I had to set down some ground rules: I’m only counting original songs that Phoebe intended to perform, which means both her “Endless Love” duet with Chandler and the two impromptu ditties she improvised in the finale are out. Even so, Friends‘ 10-year span gave us nearly 40 Phoebe songs to contend with — which is why I’ll cut the introduction here and get right down to the ranking. Oh, and spoiler: “Smelly Cat” ain’t No. 1.

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I miss you, S Club 7: Remembering the Brit-pop group's 20 best songs

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Do you know what today is? It just happens to be the 15th anniversary of Miami 7, a little TV show about a cheery pop band that premiered in Britain in the spring of ‘99.

When S Club 7 in Miami came to the States on Fox Family (yes, Fox Family) a few months later, I had no idea who these people were or whether they were famous in Britain. Back then, children couldn’t look up transcontinental artists on Wikipedia, and there was certainly no Encarta entry for S Club 7. But for whatever reason, I accidentally grew to love this utterly random show about seven British band members who go live in Miami for some reason. By they time the group got the hokey second series S Club 7 in L.A. a year later, in which they rented a Venice beach house from the demon girl in The Exorcist, I was completely hooked on this absurdly optimistic and painfully happy band.

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Throwback Thursday: O-Town's reunion and the 7 dirtiest boy band songs -- VIDEO

Word broke earlier this week that O-Town — the One Direction of the aughts, except less cute and not nearly as famous — is plotting a reunion. (Okay, an almost-reunion; frontman Ashley Parker Angel, the group’s answer to Harry Styles/Clone High guest star extraordinaire, is apparently out of the band. So much for “all or nothing at all.”)

This is great news, primarily for one reason: It gives us all a chance to reexamine “Liquid Dreams,” which has to be the grossest thing to come out of the late ’90s/early ’00s boy band boom. (Besides Chris Kirkpatrick’s hair.)

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