Throwback Thursday: Music Hits of the Millenium

Lauren Goulet, Staff Writer, Entertainment Editor

For this week’s installment of Throwback Thursday, turn back your radio dials past today’s Top 40 station to a time when boy bands and pop artists dominated the music scene. From N’Sync to Britney Spears and Aaron Carter, our young, impressionable ears were constantly ringing with the glorious sounds of the music of the early 2000’s.

In 1999, we had our first glimpse of pop icon Britney Spears. When Britney hit the music scene at just 18 years old, we already loved her. “Baby One More Time” had us going “Crazy” over young, innocent Britney Spears. Even when “Oops I Did It Again” and raunchier songs like “Slave 4 U” came out, we accepted Britney as her bad girl self and followed her career religiously. We even supported her through K-Fed and her shaved head phase. No matter how far she’s fallen in the celebrity world today, no teenager today can forget her glory days, when she was the epitome of a female pop star.

When the N’Sync album “No Strings Attached” fell into our young hands in 2000, we were hooked. A song about Space Cowboys? Who wouldn’t love that? We did. And of course “Bye Bye Bye” will forever be THE song of our youth. Our keen eye for talent told us Justin Timberlake had great things in store for him, and we couldn’t get enough of his catchy vocals and killer dance moves. That said, Justin, we still resent you a little bit for branching off into your solo career and ruining the greatest boy band ever formed.

The year 2000 also brought “Aaron’s Party”, the song and the album, which had us bustin’ out the moves like it was MTV. Aaron Carter found a special place in every young girl’s heart and every young boy’s CD collection. Who didn’t jam to “I Love Candy”? Granted, it took us a little while figure out it was actually a song about a girl. Although his resemblance to Jesse McCartney had us confused well into our teen years, Aaron’s romance with our TV idols like Lindsay Lohan and Hilary Duff set him apart as the master of teen scandal.

So today while you’re busy jamming out to new artists like Nikki Minaj and One Direction, put it on pause and take a look in your old CD collection, and into your past. Our generation had the greatest soundtrack to our adolescence, and our pop icons will never be forgotten.