If someone were to compare 2020 with the first year in the millennia, you’d obviously notice many technological differences. People were still using their payphones to call their loved ones, TV was still the prime source of entertainment and the internet was not widely used as it is today – but we can’t believe it’s been 20 years since then.
In that spirit, we look back to see what happened in the year 2000, so here’s a list of things that are turning 20 this year.
1. Nokia 3310
Some Malaysians call it ‘Nokia Tiga-Tiga Sekupang’, others call it indestructible. Nokia 3310 is known for its sturdy exterior, and the game that most of us enjoyed playing: Snake.
This phone sold more than 126 million units worldwide, and being one of the phones that came out after the world survived Y2K, the 3310 is the most iconic Nokia phone of its generation, that was even revived in 2017 with a new look.
2. PlayStation 2
When the world was in need of more video games, Sony introduced the PlayStation 2. A cooler younger brother to its predecessor the PlayStation 1, this console came in a black casing, 8MB memory cards, dual shock controllers and backwards compatibility.
Nicknamed PS2, the console gave birth to the best generation of video games ever released including Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, Twisted Metal: Black and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater series. PS2 then turned out to be the best-selling console until today.
3. ‘Oops!...I Did It Again’: Britney’s statement that she’s not a one-hit wonder
Who can forget the song that cemented Britney Spears as a true performer? Britney turned from girl next door to world icon right after the music video premiered on MTV. Written by powerhouse Swedish producer Max Martin and Rami Yacoub, ‘Oops!…I Did It Again’ is her first single of that year, marking her return after a remarkable debut album with hits like ‘…Baby One More Time’ and ‘Sometimes (You Make Me) Crazy”.
The music video’s fun to watch too. View it here:
4. Proton Waja
The launch of the Proton Waja was a big deal, not only because it’s the first Proton car of the new millennia, but also because it’s the company’s first indigenously designed model. In the UK, the Proton Waja was rebadged as Proton Impian, and sold until 2008.
5. The first X-Men film by 20th Century Fox
Before the Avengers – together with a whole universe of cosmic superbeings – dominated the silver screen, there was the X-Men, a group of misfits with superhuman abilities, activated by the ‘X-Gene’. Featuring Australian actor Hugh Jackman and then-Hollywood darlings Halle Berry, James Marsden and Anna Paquin, the first X-Men film was released with enhanced CGI effects (at the time) that really impressed comic and movie fans worldwide.
X-Men’s superhero group formula proved to be a success, and has directly or indirectly inspired many more superhero movies in the next decade.
6. Parachutes album: The arrival of Coldplay
Before there was A Head Full of Dreams, Everyday Life or even Viva La Vida, there was Parachutes, the debut album that sent English rock band Coldplay to the stars. Produced by Ken Nelson, the album contains the single that introduced most of us to Coldplay: ‘Yellow’.
Parachutes fared well when it came out in 2000 as it’s certified 8x Platinum and currently the 22nd best-selling album of the 21st century in the UK. But for most of us, Parachutes was the start of a legacy, that is now celebrating its 20th year anniversary.
7. ‘It’s My Life’ by Bon Jovi: The turnaround of the decade
Bon Jovi was a hit back in the ’80s, especially among youngsters in KL. Famous for songs like ‘You Give Love A Bad Name’, ‘Always’ and ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’, Bon Jovi was known as glam rock champions. Unfortunately, glam rock lost its steam when grunge, hip-hop and nu metal rose to prominence, so Jon Bon Jovi and Co needed a new breath.
So Bon Jovi called up Max Martin, the producer of Britney Spears’ ‘Oops!…I Did It Again’ and Luke Ebbins (‘Hey There Delilah’) to produce material that will put the band back on the map. Together with Richie Sambora, ‘It’s My Life’ was born, and gave Bon Jovi the makeover they needed.
8. UEFA Euro 2000 Finals: Trezeguet’s emotional golden goal
What better way to celebrate the new millennia than with a thrilling tournament of international football! 1998 World Cup champions France went neck to neck with Italy in a clash of the Titans fixture. The Italians featured their best first eleven at the time, including captain marvel Paolo Maldini, Marco Delvecchio, Alessandro Nesta and Francesco Totti, but the stallions were bested by Zinedine Zidane, Thierry Henry, Patrick Viera and Didier Deschamps, when David Trezeguet scored the dramatic golden goal that helped crown France as European champions.