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16 Reasons The Early 2000s Were The Best Time Ever

Listen up, anyone born after 1994. Before Selena Gomez, One Direction, and Twerking Miley, there was a magical time filled with Ashlee Simpson, pre-breakup N*SYNC, and Snake-Dancing Britney. Sit back and relax as we put on our Sketchers and take a walk down memory lane to the Best Time Ever...

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4. Which chronicled the lives of the troubled teens of America's upper class, many of whom chose to dress as tortured PuNk RoCk ChiCkS like this:

Don't mess with these girls- nobody could ever understand the pain of being sixteen and having more money than a small Pacific island nation.

13. Who once got caught lip-syncing at an awards show, just like Ashlee Simpson, whom we had to watch do the most awkward hoedown in history after getting caught in the act on SNL:

14. Which was mentioned in Middle School Confidential, the first-ever book about all this early-2000s nostalgia, which is told partly in AIM convos and also heavily references Hilary Duff's album:

15. Which was so successful it paved the way for the latest in a long line of Disney-starlets-turned-popstars-turned-trainwrecks, Miley Cyrus, who already shaved her head and is probably weeks away from beating people with umbrellas after this:

16. And who sadly looked like this when Hilary Duff's album was released ten years ago in the magical early 2000s:

God bless. I know she's just being Miley, but can't she go back to being this Miley?

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