For many, January 2020 marks the ending of an era. (Artwork by Ronald Kurniawan)
For many, January 2020 marks the ending of an era.

Artwork by Ronald Kurniawan

2000s vs 2010s kids

February 5, 2020

As the new decade starts, a senior and a freshman debate who had it better growing up.

2000s kids

The 2000s were definitely a time to be alive. Our generation, yes seniors, I’m talking to you, were born! We grew up with incredible shows, songs, and movies. There were more messages being spread in our decade; instead of a new topic every show, we could look forward to weeks of the same story being promoted. 2000s kids grew up with the reruns of Full House, learning about family each day from Uncle Jesse and DJ Tanner. We were also given the excellence of Nickelodeon Jr, which gave us shows like Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!, Max and Ruby, Peppa Pig, Oswald, Dora and Diego, Holly Hobbit, and so many more. We also got the original Disney, which had movies like Twitches, HalloweenTown, Lilo and Stitch, and of course: HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL! Such a classic! Our generation got to grow up dancing and jamming to the iconic high school movie. Let’s not forget how we also got Atlantis, Monsters Inc, Ice Age, Chicken Little, The Incredibles…need I say more? 

While the next generation might have gotten sequels or remakes, we got the originality. Let’s not forget about some of our incredible 2000s songs that we grew up jamming to, even if they probably weren’t for our age… 

  1. Feel Good Inc by The Gorillaz. An alternative band, but their music always had a good beat and is even coming back in the new generation!
  2. White Winter Hymnal by Fleet Foxes. Yes, Pentatonix did a cover of the song, but they wouldn’t have been able to remake it had it never been released!
  3. Poker Face by Lady Gaga. The legend herself! Our generation was blessed to get Lady Gaga and to grow up listening to her endless hits – and even enjoy seeing her star in A Star Is Born. 
  4. Get the Party Started by P!nk. I can’t begin to think of how many songs I grew up listening to by P!nk! She’s always been an icon, even before our decade. 
  5. Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Green Day. Green Day. OUR generation got Green Day! We of course got different types of artists in the alternative genre during our decade, but the 2000s will definitely be remembered for Green Day. 

There’s so many others I could list, but our generation was lucky to get artists like Eminem; who of course was even around before the 2000s but…then there’s also Avril Lavigne, Maroon 5, Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Ke$ha, and so many others. Our generation definitely started many eras. 

Within the 2000s we also got shows like The Office, The Big Bang Theory, Rugrats, Timmy Turner, Spongebob, FRIENDS, The Powerpuff Girls, Drake & Josh, Zoey 101, Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide and so many others. 

Our generation was blessed with so many iconic and memorable items, and to look back on so many memories – some I don’t even remember – I can say I’m lucky to be a 2000s kid. Future generations may have their own things to remember, but I don’t think anyone could beat the 2000s kid generation experience. 


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2010s kids

As the decade comes to an end, us 2010s kids look back and reminisce over the things that made up our childhoods. 

First, we have the movies that made us. From The Lego Ninjago to Star Struck, the list is basically endless. The top 5, however, would likely be:

  • The Monster High movie series with its freaky fun. 
  • The Spongebob Movie, which ensured the best day ever. 
  • Lemonade Mouth with its ahead of its time activism and a splash of comedy. 
  • The Shrek Movies, making sure everyone Shreks the halls this time of year. 
  • THE BARBIE MOVIES. The only way to describe these movies is Iconic. I still know all the words! You do too. Let’s be honest.

Next, the music we obsessed over. 

  • Party Rock Anthem by LMAFO. “Party Rockin in The House Tonight!”
  • Fireflies by Owl City. “I’d like to make myself believe that planet earth moves slowly.”
  • What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction: “You don’t know you’re beautiful. That’s what makes you beautiful.”
  • Shake it Off by Taylor Swift. “Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play, And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate. Baby, I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake. I shake it off, I shake it off!” 
  • Call Me Maybe by Carly Ray Jepson: “Hey I just met you, and this is crazy, but here’s my number. So call me maybe.”

After that, the TV shows we grew up with. 

  • Good Luck Charlie: “Where’s my left shoe, there it is up on the roof.” 
  • Big Time Rush: “It’s the only life you got so you gotta live it big time.” 
  • Wizards of Waverly Place: “Be careful not to mess with the balance of things, because everything is not what it seems.” 
  • ICarly: “So wake up the members of my nation, it’s your time to be, There’s no chance unless you take one and the time to see. The brighter side of every situation, some things are meant to be. So give me your best and leave the rest to me.” 
  • Victorious: “Cause you know that if you live in your imagination. Tomorrow you’ll be everybody’s fascination. In my victory just remember me. When I make it shine.”

The 2010’s might be gone, but their memories linger on!

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