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35 Pop Culture Things That Are Turning 20 In 2022, And They’ll Definitely Leave You Feeling Old

Honestly, all of these 2002 things feel like they happened 10 years ago, not 20. 😱

1. Spider-Man, Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones, and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets were the three biggest films of the year.

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2. The second and highly anticipated Lord of the Rings film, The Two Towers, was also a huge box office hit.

Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom, Ian McKellen on horses
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3. Halle Berry became the first Black woman to win the Academy Award for Best Actress.

Halle Berry crying while holding her Oscar onstage
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4. She also played a Bond Girl in Die Another Day.

Halle in an orange bikini holding a drink
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5. Rosie O'Donnell ended her daytime talk show after six seasons. She also publicly came out.

NSYNC singing to Rosie
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6. Rachel gave birth to Emma on Friends.

Rachel lying in the hospital bed while Ross comforts her
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7. Everyone was watching and talking about 24.

Elisha Cuthbert and Kiefer Sutherland talking outside
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8. Hairspray opened and was the hottest show on Broadway.

Hairspray cast performing onstage
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9. Ben Affleck was People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive.

Ben in a suit on a red carpet
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10. He and Jennifer Lopez also started dating — they got engaged that same year too.

Ben and J.Lo holding hands while walking outside
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11. Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. got married.

Sarah and Freddie on a red carpet
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12. Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton announced they had broken up after two years of marriage.

Angelina and Billy Bob on a red carpet
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13. Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake announced that they had broken up after two and a half years of dating.

Britney and Justin holding hands on a red carpet
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14. Michael Jackson caused an international controversy after he dangled Prince Michael II off the balcony of his hotel room in Berlin.

Michael dangling "Blanket"
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15. Christina Aguilera entered her "Dirrty" era with the release of her second album, Stripped.

Xtina dancing in the video for Dirrty
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16. Avril Lavigne released her debut album, Let Go, and was quickly proclaimed the anti-Britney.

Avril in the Sk8er Boi video
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17. Kim Possible made its debut on Disney Channel.

Rufus, Ron Stoppable, and Kim Possible
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18. Rapunzel Barbie...

Rapunzel Barbie in a purple gown

19. ...Ugly Dolls...

Ugly Dolls on a table
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20. ...and Yu-Gi-Oh! cards were some of the must-have toys.

Yu-Gi-Oh! cards laid out

21. Bratz dolls were the must-have toy for Christmas.

Bratz dolls in a display
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22. Mariah Carey welcomed us into her New York triplex in her ICONIC episode of MTV Cribs.

Mariah in a bathtub
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23. VH1 took us back to the 1980s with its I Love the '80s.

I Love the '80s logo
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24. The Osbournes made its debut on MTV.

Osbournes intro logo
MTV

25. And on E!, The Anna Nicole Show premiered — introducing us to Sugar Pie and Bobby Trendy.

Anna Nicole Smith holding Sugar Pie
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26. The Bachelor made its debut — with Alex Michel as the very first Bachelor.

Alex talking to a contestant outside at night
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27. Eminem's The Eminem Show was the biggest-selling album of the year — selling 7.6 million copies.

The Eminem Show album cover
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28. Ashanti's "Foolish," Nelly's "Dilemma," and Vanessa Carlton's "A Thousand Miles" were some of the biggest songs of the year...

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29. ...along with Nickelback's "How You Remind Me" (yup, they were that big).

Screenshot from the video for "How You Remind Me"
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30. And Jimmy Eat World's "The Middle" was a big alt-rock hit.

Screenshot from the video for "The Middle"
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31. Everyone was playing Grand Theft Auto: Vice City — which was the biggest-selling video game of the year.

Vice City cover
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32. Apple released its second-generation iPod, which held a then-whopping 20GB of storage space.

The new iPod (1,000 songs in your pocket now with 2,000 songs) on display on the opening day of the Macworld Expo trade show March 20, 2002, in Tokyo
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33. A Walk to Remember had everyone crying in theaters.

Mandy Moore Shane West promo photo
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34. Disney released its animated classic Lilo and Stitch.

Lilo and Stich playing with a record player
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35. And finally, Kelly Clarkson won the very first season of American Idol.

Kelly being hugged as she won
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