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21 Rolling Stone Covers That Immortalized The Year 2000

Looking back to 15 years ago, when the Backstreet Boys ruled the world and Britney Spears was not a girl, but not yet a woman.

1. The Backstreet Boys entered the millennium as the biggest thing in music.

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Which apparently means you have to take off your pants to celebrate.

2. Mariah Carey took a selfie like a true DIVA (aka with a lighting team, and full hair and make up), while promoting her album Rainbow.

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Also, OMG, we went behind-the-scenes of TRL.

3. We got to "hang" with Leonardo DiCaprio as he promoted his new film The Beach.

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But what I really want to know is if he talked about his break-through role as Luke on Growing Pains?!

4. Carlos Santana was still riding high on the success of his album, Supernatural (aka that album your mom would always listen to in the car).

5. NSYNC were stuck in an exploding glitter factory for some reason.

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Also, we got introduced to "music on the web." But seriously, the only music sites we cared about was LimeWire and Napster.

6. DMX had us all dancing to "Party Up (Up in Here)."

7. The Red Hot Chili Peppers rose like a phoenix from the ashes with their album Californication.

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Also, we ignored that skunk that Anthony Kiedis sported on his head.

8. Sarah Michelle Gellar was still slaying us.

9. Britney Spears promoted Oops!... I Did It Again by posing in a sexy and patriotic photo shoot.

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That is hard combination to achieve!

10. Tom Green stopped singing the "Lonely Swedish (The Bum Bum Song)" and decided to get serious.

11. Kid Rock talked trash while wearing a tank made of trash.

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But mainly he talked about his new album The History of Rock.

12. Christina Aguilera rocked the coolest accessory you could have in 2000, an MP3 CD Walkman.

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Also, we learned what she wanted, which was probably to not be compared to Britney Spears.

13. Keanu Reeves was apparently a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma while talking about the upcoming Matrix sequels.

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And somehow we accepted Papa Roach as metal heroes?!

14. Blink-182 continued to be as naked as possible.

15. Gisele Bündchen was declared "the most beautiful girl in the world," but let's be honest, she still is.

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Plus Carson Daly -- for some reason -- talked "girl power." Which I assuming was a conversation about the Spice Girls.

16. Madonna entered her cowgirl phase to promote her new album Music.

17. Kate Hudson became the new ingénue after her break-through performance in Almost Famous.

18. Apparently we still listened to The Wallflowers.

19. Al Gore reminded us that he and his bulge were running for president.

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Plus we were all still listening to Dido's album No Angel.

20. "Independent woman" Drew Barrymore promoted Charlie's Angels.

21. Backstreet Boys ended the year still "larger than life."

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Well until NYSNC came for their boy band crown.

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