our inevitable return to the 2000s

The year is 2008. The day is Friday. The location is your elementary school. It’s your classmate’s birthday, so your times table lesson ends an hour early for cupcakes and celebration. Your teacher plays “The Magic School Bus” on the TV stand that’s wheeled into your classroom. Your best friend is coming over after school. Before your mom arrives to pick you up, you barter for a rare Pokémon card. On the drive home, the Black Eyed Peas’ “Boom Boom Pow” comes on, followed by Coldplay’s “Viva la Vida.” You spend the afternoon running outside and watching Nickelodeon. You might even be allowed a Cosmic Brownie for a snack!

I’ve just described to you the feeling of pure bliss. For many my age, nothing can beat the simple, good feelings of the 2000s, partly because we were children with few worries and partly because of the culture at the time. Now, as young adults, there’s a growing nostalgia for the era of our youth. Especially within social media spheres, there’s a major resurgence of ’00s pop culture. To the dismay of some, trends like trucker hats, low-rise jeans and even wired headphones are making a comeback.

As trend cycles are known to repeat every 20-ish years, the ’00s revival is right on time. A distinctly 2000s influence is creeping its way into all facets of popular culture. Take music, for example: pop-punk is dominating the pop music scene, and rap albums are taking on the style of ’00s mixtapes. Public figures from the era are reemerging, too: the Jonas Brothers have reassembled, Nas is winning Grammys and Paris Hilton, as I’ve recently learned, is now a chef.

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