What Were the Early 2000s Like? (2022)

August 21, 2022

The early 2000s were fun. It was the Millennium! The future! And once we got over the terrible fear that the Millennium Bug would destroy life as we know it, we began to enjoy it. Having said that, if we thought our over-reliance on technology would be our downfall, it was nothing like what it is today. The internet as we know it was still less than a decade old and online shopping, social media, and chatbots were a distant dream.

What was on Telly?

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The phenomena known as Reality TV was in full flow in the early 2000s. Big Brother was first broadcast in the UK in the year 2000. It wasn’t the first reality TV show ever, but people were riveted to the set as the housemates competed to stay in the Big Brother House and schemed to get each other thrown out. There was a 24 hour live feed for people to follow what went on inside the house, and previously unknown contestants emerged as major stars. Around water coolers everywhere it was hotly debated who should stay, and who should go, and why.

The sitcom The Royle Family, which ran from 1998-2000 (and came back later for some Specials) won a slew of awards in the early 2000s. These included BAFTAs, TV Quick Awards, and National Television Awards. Audiences were captivated by the terrible Northern working class family and their mild adventures. Greasy haired dad Jim was forever watching tv and farting, finding it hilarious, and mum Barbara was always in the kitchen making sandwiches and tutting at Jim.

Another Northern working class family who were a hit on British TV in the early 2000s were the Shameless clan. Shameless ran from 2004-2013, and later inspired an American version. The Gallaghers were more than terrible, although the Dad character was equally greasy haired. Storylines revolved around benefit fraud, drugs, burglary and prostitution. However, the characters were loveable and the series ran for an incredible 11 seasons.

Fashion in the Early 2000s

On the catwalk, fashion was quite cerebral. The top colours were bone, biscuit, black and white and contrasting scarlet. A.F. Vandervorst did lots of layering of fine fabrics in neutral colours, and included slip dresses, a staple of the era. Loewe did quiet, understated luxury with clean lines. The designer used fabrics like suede, linen, jersey and leather, using luxury fabrics in simple shaped t-shirts and camisoles.

On the streets, layering was in, too. If you liked the look of a slip dress, but were nervous of the way it seemed like you were walking around in your granny’s underwear, layering was the way to go. You could layer a slip dress over jeans, or any other dress or skirt, in fact. A sleeker way to get the slip dress look was with a strappy camisole.

The fashion for vintage clothes remained. Old band t-shirts, long knitted cardigans, and baggy t-shirts and jeans, all in black if you wanted, all looked cool.

(Video) What Defined the 2000s?

What Pop Songs Were Hits?

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Justin Timberlake in the early 2000s

Britney Spears was top of the pops. Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera joined her. Spears’ first album, …Baby One More Time was released in 1999 it went to number 1 in the charts. Her next album, Oops I did it again… was released in 2000 and did just as well. Her songs and imagery were controversial, as she dressed as a schoolgirl and apparently begged for a bit of domestic violence, but it didn’t do her career any harm.

Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera had been fellow performers with Spears on Disney’s Mickey Mouse Club program as children. They all became famous pop stars, and helped to launch the teen pop phenomenon. Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears were in a relationship for a while. With the females at least there seemed to be a fascination with watching the kids grow up to become sex symbols. Christina Aguilera’s first self-titled album was in 1998, when she was 18. Others soon followed. However in 2002 she released her fourth Stripped with its single Dirrty, in the video for which she wore bumless motorbike leather chaps while being proclaimed “Dirty… Filthy… Nasty.”

Controversy All Round

Justin Timberlake, meanwhile, had been in the massively successful boyband ’N Sync from 1995-2002, when he released his first solo album, Justified, and single, Like I Love You. They were big hits, and he had more hit singles form the album. He toured with Christina Aguilera in 2003. However, he too had some controversy when he accidentally revealed Janet Jackson’s breast during what he called a “wardrobe malfunction” when they performed at the half time show at the Super Bowl in 2004. He was so embarrassed he quit singing altogether for three years, and acted instead. Obviously he eventually came back from that, and is still adored today.

(Video) Daily Life and Popular Culture in the 2000s

What Films did we Watch in the Early 2000s?

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Tom Cruise. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

Julia Roberts and Tom Cruise were the film stars of the moment. After becoming famous in the 90s, Roberts headed up three films in the early 2000s, which were America’s Sweethearts, The Mexican, Erin Brockovich, Mona Lisa Smile, Closer, Ocean’s Eleven and Ocean’s Twelve. She was one of the highest paid actresses in the world and in huge demand on talk shows.

Tom Cruise could be seen in a film every year, with Mission Impossible 2 in 2000, Vanilla Sky in 2001, Minority Report in 2002, The Last Samurai in 2003, Collateral in 2004, and War of the Worlds in 2005.

In British Politics in the Early 2000s

Tony Blair was the Prime Minister. As leader of the Labour Party he had been elected in 1997 in a landslide victory, and held the post until 2007. He was the youngest person to hold the post since 1812 and held it for the longest time in history. Initially, he was a really popular choice, and championed multi-culturalism, and encouraged immigration. He also allowed gay couples to have civil partnerships.

But he also gave the orders for Britain to take part in many wars, with increasing opposition. In 1999 Britain intervened in Kosovo, in 2000 in Sierra Leone. And in 2001 in the war in Afghanistan, and in 2003, Britain supported America in its “War on Terror”, invading Iraq. He stated that the government had evidence that Saddam Hussain had weapons of mass destruction. Most people did not believe this. It was never proved to be true and a large portion of the British public criticised his actions and statements.

And in Sport?

Tiger Woods was a top American golf player who became an international heart-throb. Nobody expected the game of golf to become so popular, but a combination of Tiger’s good looks, youth, amazing talent and maybe the memorable name really captured interest. By 2010 he had won 13 of the world’s major championships and held many world records.

Gazza was his English football equivalent who played for England as well as being transferred around various teams for record-breaking prices. Paul Gascoigne was a household name in the 90s and into the 2000s. But you wouldn’t describe him as a heart-throb. Instead he was an incredibly talented player, but also a huge entertainer. He had a distinctive Newcastle accent and bleached his hair blond. Gazza was a big personality on the field, celebrating goals in a unique way and also crying when he got a yellow card as a telling off from the umpire. Unfortunately Gascoigne was and is an alcoholic, and struggled with his mental health.

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David Beckham was still a national obsession in the early 2000s. He had started his professional career in football at the age of 17 in 1992, and by the early 2000s was still an England Captain and at the top of his game. He was talented and very handsome, and the press couldn’t get enough of his relationship with his wife, Victoria Beckham, a music celebrity in her own right.

  • 2000s

FAQs

What were the 2000s defined by? ›

The 2000s (pronounced "two-thousands"; shortened to the '00s and known as the aughts or noughties) was a decade that began on January 1, 2000, and ended on December 31, 2009.

Why was the 2000s the best decade? ›

Technology definitely boomed in this time because of the new inventions, video games were also amazing during this time, music was amazing as well. We pretty much lived like the 90's kids but with modern technology. It also wasn't unheard of owning a Playstation 2, Wii, Xbox 360.

What things were popular in the 2000's? ›

Scented gel pens were EVERYTHING.
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Here are some of the best ones:
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  • Clear technology. ...
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  • Cereal straws. ...
  • Blockbuster. ...
  • Low-rise jeans. ...
  • The minimal reliance on texting. ...
  • The comedy movies.
4 Mar 2021

What is the 2000 decade called? ›

The aughts is a way of referring to the decade 2000 to 2009 in American English. The equivalent term used in British English is the noughties.

What era is the 2000s? ›

2000s (decade)
Millennium:3rd millennium
Centuries:20th century – 21st century – 22nd century
Decades:1970s 1980s 1990s – 2000s – 2010s 2020s 2030s
Years:2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Categories:Births – Deaths – Architecture Establishments – Disestablishments

What type of clothing was popular in the 2000's? ›

As the decade went on, 2000s fashion began to take cues from 1960s bohemian looks. Yoga pants, low-rise jeans, cowl-neck shirts, peasant tops, capri pants, cropped jackets, and dresses over jeans were popular outfit choices for women.

What decade are we now? ›

The 2020s (shortened to "the '20s" and referred to as the twenty twenties or simply the twenties) is the current decade, which began on 1 January 2020, and will end on 31 December 2029.

What are the late 2000s? ›

Numerically, the Late 2000s began on January 1, 2007 and ended on December 31, 2009. Culturally, some signs of it began to appear in 2005 and 2006 such as the Xbox 360 and YouTube.

How do you pronounce 00s? ›

If you were to read it as separate digits, it would be "zero zeroez" - the final "zeroez" is just one syllable.

What did teens do in the 2000's? ›

What other decade can boast great teen activities like MSN drama, a lot of skating, Avril Lavigne and the cultural gem of Mean Girls? The 00s were a golden age for teens, the WKD was flowing freely, the internet had become a thing, and phones started offering cameras for all of your selfie needs.

How do I live like 2000s? ›

These were worn by multiple celebrities like Beyoncé in the 2000s.
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Wear pants that people from the 2000s wore.
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  3. Wear skinny jeans.
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What was invented in the 2000s? ›

The iPod, the Apple portable music digital player. Braille Glove. Nano-tex - nanotechnology wearable fabrics. Birth control patch.

How was the economy in the 2000s? ›

The Great Recession was the worst thing to hit our economy since the Great Depression. US GDP fell outright, by 3.9 percent. Household wealth plummeted by about half, and wages nose-dived. Unemployment soared to 10 percent — and by broader measures, much higher than that.

What is the year 2010 called? ›

2000-09: Noughties with a Twenty in front = Thoughties. 2010-19: Teenies with a Twenty in front = Tweenies.

What do you call the decade 2000 to 2010? ›

The "aughts" is one way of referring to the first decade of a century, in American English, such as 2000s (decade).

What was the 90s called? ›

1990s: The Good Decade.

Is the year 2000 part of the 90s? ›

The 1990s (pronounced nineteen nineties, shortened to the 90s and also referred to as simply the nineties) was a decade that beginning January 1, 1990, and ending December 31st, 1999.

What kind of music was popular in the 2000s? ›

Hip hop dominated popular music in the early 2000s.

What jeans were popular in the 2000s? ›

Low-Rise Jeans Were A Celebrity Style Staple In The Early 2000s. Love 'em or hate 'em — they're back again.

Is 2030 the end of a decade? ›

The 2030s (pronounced "twenty-thirties" shortened to the '30s) is the next decade in the Gregorian calendar that will begin on 1 January 2030, and will end on 31 December 2039. Centuries: 20th century.

What century is 2022 in now? ›

2022 (MMXXII) is the current year, and is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2022nd year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 22nd year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century, and the 3rd year of the 2020s decade.

What is every 1000 years called? ›

millennium, a period of 1,000 years. The Gregorian calendar, put forth in 1582 and subsequently adopted by most countries, did not include a year 0 in the transition from bc (years before Christ) to ad (those since his birth). Thus, the 1st millennium is defined as spanning years 1–1000 and the 2nd the years 1001–2000.

What did guys wear in the early 2000s? ›

10 Trends From the 00s You Could Be Sporting Right Now
  • Skater Style.
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  • Cardigans. The rise of geek chic arrived in the early 2000s, with Seth Cohen from The O.C. at the forefront of this revolution. ...
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How do you say 10s? ›

10s Meaning - YouTube

Why are the 90s called noughties? ›

In previous centuries each decade has generally had a label based on its numerical value: 1950-1959: The Fifties 1960-1969: The Sixties 1970-1979: The Seventies 1980-1989: The Eighties 1990-1999: The Nineties Now it seems that the first decade of the 21st century (2000-2009) is being called The Noughties (“nought” = 0 ...

What is the first decade of a century called? ›

The first decennium of this century is described as the 'Zeroes'. It concerns the first ten years of this millennium. Show activity on this post.

What was the most popular sport in the 2000s? ›

Here are the sporting highlights of the world of sport in 2000. The major event of the year was the Sydney Olympic Games. Though NFL players and arrests are very common, most marquee players stay away from off the field problems.
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Sporting Highlights for 2000.
DateResults
JuneGolf US Open won by Tiger Woods
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What was the American diet like in the 2000s? ›

The 2000s were a decade of culinary contradictions: We loved fruit smoothies, organic salads, and raw diets, but we also were obsessed with cupcakes, cake pops, and the Atkins Diet. Depending on what you're eating, you probably washed it all down with green tea, Pepsi Twist or some kind of energy drink.

How was life in the 90's? ›

The 1990s was a decade of extremes and contradictions. Americans built bigger and more elaborate homes and drove more expensive automobiles, then worked longer hours to pay for them. Americans spent more, borrowed more, and went more deeply into debt.

Is it 2000s or 2000's? ›

The 2000s. Apostrophes are only used for years in regards to omission, as in "the '60s." Lots of people write 2000's, and there's nothing wrong with it. Apostrophes have always been used for more than just possession and omission.

What has changed since the 90s? ›

8 things that have changed since the 90s
  • 1) Dial phones vs. Smartphones.
  • 2) Blackboards vs. Smartboards:
  • 3) Cassettes vs. CDs vs. ...
  • 4) MSN messenger vs. Facebook and Whatsapp:
  • 5) Standing in line to pay bills vs. Online bill payment:
  • 6) Brick Game vs. XBOX:
  • 7) VCR vs. Torrents:
  • 8) Antenna/Dish vs. Smart TVs:
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What happened in the year 2000 pop culture? ›

2000 was the year that digital music broke. Personal computers became personal jukeboxes and music-sharing networks like Napster, and Gnutella became the best place to hang out and hear music.

What happened in 2001 in the world? ›

Nineteen terrorists from al-Qaeda hijacked four commercial airplanes, deliberately crashing two of the planes into the upper floors of the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center complex and a third plane into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.

What are the 2010s called? ›

The 2010s (pronounced ''twenty-tens"; shortened to "the '10s", also known as "The Tens" or more rarely "The Teens") was the decade that began on January 1, 2010, and ended on December 31, 2019.

What was the 2010's known for? ›

Politics and World Events
  • Occupy Wall Street.
  • Black Lives Matter.
  • 2016 Presidential Election.
  • Brexit.
  • Impeachment.
  • Haiti Earthquake.
  • Hurricanes.
  • Terrorist Attacks.
9 Dec 2019

What decade are we now? ›

The 2020s (shortened to "the '20s" and referred to as the twenty twenties or simply the twenties) is the current decade, which began on 1 January 2020, and will end on 31 December 2029.

How do you pronounce 2000s? ›

Pronunciation
  1. enPR: to͞o 'thouzəndz, IPA: /tuː ˈθaʊ.zəndz/ ("two thousands")
  2. (rare, for the decade) IPA: /ˌtuː ˈθaʊ. zənd. ziːz/ (Can we verify this pronunciation?)

What era is 2020 called? ›

2020 (MMXX) was a leap year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2020th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 20th year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century, and the 1st year of the 2020s decade.

What were people wearing in 2010? ›

Neon colors and elaborate T-shirts were popular for much of the early 2010s, especially graphic print hoodies, novelty socks, red or blue skinny jeans, studded belts with large buckles, and Ed Hardy T-shirts embellished with rhinestones.

What was the 90s called? ›

1990s: The Good Decade.

What are 2010 kids? ›

If you have a child born 2010 or later, you're parenting a Generation Alpha.

What do you call the decade 2000 to 2010? ›

The "aughts" is one way of referring to the first decade of a century, in American English, such as 2000s (decade).

What big event happened in 2010? ›

On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastates Haiti, killed an estiamted 230,000 and destroyed the nation's infrastructure.
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POP Culture: 2010.
The 2010 CensusNumber of States:
50
10 Largest Urban Places4
Houston, TX
2,099,451
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Is 2030 the end of a decade? ›

The 2030s (pronounced "twenty-thirties" shortened to the '30s) is the next decade in the Gregorian calendar that will begin on 1 January 2030, and will end on 31 December 2039. Centuries: 20th century.

What century is 2022 in now? ›

2022 (MMXXII) is the current year, and is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2022nd year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 22nd year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century, and the 3rd year of the 2020s decade.

What is every 1000 years called? ›

millennium, a period of 1,000 years. The Gregorian calendar, put forth in 1582 and subsequently adopted by most countries, did not include a year 0 in the transition from bc (years before Christ) to ad (those since his birth). Thus, the 1st millennium is defined as spanning years 1–1000 and the 2nd the years 1001–2000.

How is 00 pronounced? ›

However, in spoken English, the number 0 is often read as the letter "o" ("oh"). For example, when dictating a telephone number, the series of digits "1070" may be spoken as "one zero seven zero" or as "one oh seven oh", even though the letter "O" on the telephone keypad in fact corresponds to the digit 6.

How do you pronounce 2010? ›

How To Pronounce 2010 Flash Crash - YouTube

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