What Were the Hottest Pop Culture Trends of the 2000s

The early 200s are filled with embarrassing moments, questionable fashion choices, and even less-than-quality TV shows. From wearing a skirt over your jeans to listening to teen angst-filled songs by Avril Lavigne to watching The Simple Life, growing up at the turn of the 21st century is a gift anyone should treasure. With that being said, we prepared a list of the hottest pop culture trends that happened in the 2000s.

Reality TV

This new TV genre reached its peak of popularity in the 2000s. From TV shows such as Survivor, The Amazing Race, and Big Brother to peeking into the real life of celebrities such as the Kardashians and Paris Hilton. The 2000s have seen them all.


MP3 player

2000 was the year that digital music came into the picture. During this time, personal computers and laptops also became jukeboxes, and music-sharing networks such as Napster and iTunes became one of the best places to hang out and listen to music. Record stores saw the CDs being replaced why something that doesn’t need to be stored on a dusty shelf. So far, the music format is here to stay.


Harry Potter wordmark

The Harry Potter series may have started during the late ‘90s, but its reign carried on until the 2000s. Thanks to the release of its much-awaited fourth installment about the spell-casting orphan, the “Pottermania” tightened its grip on the world. Not only that, but the first book of this iconic children’s series took over the big screen in November 2001.


Mobile phone evolution

the 2000s began, it seems that every other telecommunications company is offering something hand-held, digital, and wireless.

Sex and the City

Thanks to Sex and the City, the early 2000s gave single women over the age of 30 an idea that they still have the potential for adventure, immense value, and wit. Back then, this show was the bomb, and it was everywhere. Every magazine can’t seem to get enough of Carrie’s style and her insane collection of expensive Manolo Blahnik shoes.


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Don’t get us wrong, Nickelodeon is still great until today, but shows such as “All That” and “Zoey 101” reached the peak of their fame in the early 2000s. These shows gave kids and teens alike a shot at doing their own skit-style comedy while having a diverse cast. “All That” broke barriers because it gave female comics a chance to show their talent. The stars of this show later became major comics such as Kenan Thompson, and it rose the popularity of the likes of Amanda Bynes. Nickelodeon made a comedy cool for kids.

AOL or AIM Instant Messenger

Long before there was Skype and Facebook Messenger, kids and adults alike used AIM. This is an instant messenger service that was developed by AOL. Back in the 2000s, you will have to leave that little chat box open and leave emotionally-bizarre away messages such as song lyrics or random concoctions from the symbols that are on your computer keyboard.

Nokia Phones

Before there were smartphones, there were Nokia phones. Back in the early 2000s, nearly everyone had one of these iconic, innovative, but bulky Nokia phones. Back then, touch screens were just a dream, and you have to push real buttons with your fingers, plus you can add little glowing charms to your phone’s antennae. You can also customize your phone’s look by changing its case.


“Oops I Did It Again,” and “I’m a Slave For You” were just some of the biggest Britney Spears hit songs that swept the nation. From dancing around MTV TRL screens draped in mere inches of fabric and real snakes to scoring hit after hit songs, it seemed that the 2000s was Britney Spear’s greatest decade. Britney Spears left school girls of America using Britney thermoses, lunch boxes, jewelry, and even backpacks.

Track Suits

Back in the 2000s, the idea of wearing tracksuits was not only socially acceptable, but it is also encouraged. Yes, sure they were not completely flattering, but fashion magazines back in the 2000s encouraged women to dress for comfort, and that’s as close to a revolution as far as fashion and pop culture are concerned.