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Subject: Y2K Era: When did it start and end?

Written By: bchris02 on 09/10/17 at 11:57 pm

I know this is a topic that's been discussed here before but I couldn't find a thread dedicated to it.  The Y2K era brought in a unique culture that bridged the '90s with the '00s and it peaked in the year 2000.  I personally believe that it started with the Columbine shootings in April 1999 and ended with 9/11.  I choose the Columbine shootings because that marked the shift away from the dark, rebellious nu-metal culture that was the status quo at that point to the more clean cut, conservative styles we typically associate with the Y2K era (the A&F preppy look).  In early 1999, JNCOs/other baggy clothes and long hair were very much in style for guys.  I would also say that the 1999-2000 and the 2000-2001 school years were the Y2K era school years.  1998-1999 leans more towards the '90s and 2001-2002 was the core early '00s school year.

1998-1999 school year

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/a5/61/3a/a5613a1622b00d23810630ff8bc331d2.jpg

2000-2001 school year

http://static3.businessinsider.com/image/502abe8feab8ea2c44000010-506-253/why-abercrombie-is-in-desperate-need-of-reinvention.jpg

So when would you start and end the Y2K era?


Subject: Re: Y2K Era: When did it start and end?

Written By: mxcrashxm on 09/11/17 at 12:10 am

Here you go. I actually made one back in January.

http://www.inthe00s.com/index.php?topic=54833.0

I definitely agree with you on the years though. The 1999-00 and 2000-01 years is the Y2K era. Anything else before and after that were separate.

Subject: Re: Y2K Era: When did it start and end?

Written By: DesiredUsernameWasTaken on 09/11/17 at 12:16 am

Beginning: February 1997
Peak: Spring 1999 - Summer 2001
Absolute End: Early 2003

Subject: Re: Y2K Era: When did it start and end?

Written By: Longaotian00 on 09/11/17 at 12:58 am

I would say the peak of the Y2K era was about Early 1999-Mid 2001.

However, the Y2K/Millenial era as a whole I would say went from 1997/8-2003.

Subject: Re: Y2K Era: When did it start and end?

Written By: KatanaChick on 09/11/17 at 1:09 am


I know this is a topic that's been discussed here before but I couldn't find a thread dedicated to it.  The Y2K era brought in a unique culture that bridged the '90s with the '00s and it peaked in the year 2000.  I personally believe that it started with the Columbine shootings in April 1999 and ended with 9/11.  I choose the Columbine shootings because that marked the shift away from the dark, rebellious nu-metal culture that was the status quo at that point to the more clean cut, conservative styles we typically associate with the Y2K era (the A&F preppy look).  In early 1999, JNCOs/other baggy clothes and long hair were very much in style for guys.  I would also say that the 1999-2000 and the 2000-2001 school years were the Y2K era school years.  1998-1999 leans more towards the '90s and 2001-2002 was the core early '00s school year.

1998-1999 school year

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/a5/61/3a/a5613a1622b00d23810630ff8bc331d2.jpg

2000-2001 school year

http://static3.businessinsider.com/image/502abe8feab8ea2c44000010-506-253/why-abercrombie-is-in-desperate-need-of-reinvention.jpg

So when would you start and end the Y2K era?

His pants are so baggy he might as well just put on a skirt and call it a day!

I'd say it began somewhere in the second half of 1999 before the school year and throughout 2000.

Anyway, I used to wear multiple necklaces like the girl above too! Just not THAT many. That might be overkill.  :D Not everyone was a prep though. There were plenty of skaters and skater fashion was all over the place during most of the decade. Also, the Hot Topic kids were not a small group either.

Subject: Re: Y2K Era: When did it start and end?

Written By: #Infinity on 09/11/17 at 1:35 am

I choose the Columbine shootings because that marked the shift away from the dark, rebellious nu-metal culture that was the status quo at that point to the more clean cut, conservative styles we typically associate with the Y2K era (the A&F preppy look).

Huh? Wasn't early 1999 around the time nu-metal became popular? I thought 1997-1998 was mostly an awkward void between the grunge and nu-metal eras, in which the angsty, rebellious crowd primarily listened to a lot of alternative music with a bit of a techno edge, i.e. Luscious Jackson, The Prodigy, the Beastie Boys' Hello Nasty, and the Smashing Pumpkins' Adore album. I suppose there was a fair amount of ska punk as well, especially in 1997, but also with the Sublime sound persisting as late as 2001.

Otherwise, I would agree that roughly the time of Columbine was when the Y2K era became fully established, as that was when Pokémania was in full swing, the Backstreet Boys released Millennium, Britney Spears was the biggest thing in music, Cash Money and Roc-A-Fella replaced No Limit and Bad Boy as the two big labels in hip hop, the latin pop craze was on, the Sopranos, Futurama, and Family Guy hit television, and The Matrix and The Phantom Menace established the basic aesthetics of 2000s blockbuster films. 9/11 was about when Y2K teen pop became unpopular, 6th generation gaming consoles became dominant, Windows XP was released, Napster was shut down, and DVD's started to get really popular.

Subject: Re: Y2K Era: When did it start and end?

Written By: HazelBlue99 on 09/11/17 at 1:56 am


Huh? Wasn't early 1999 around the time nu-metal became popular? I thought 1997-1998 was mostly an awkward void between the grunge and nu-metal eras, in which the angsty, rebellious crowd primarily listened to a lot of alternative music with a bit of a techno edge, i.e. Luscious Jackson, The Prodigy, the Beastie Boys' Hello Nasty, and the Smashing Pumpkins' Adore album. I suppose there was a fair amount of ska punk as well, especially in 1997, but also with the Sublime sound persisting as late as 2001.


I partly disagree. While the release of Korn's "Follow the Leader" album in August 1998 did spur an increase in the popularity of Nu-Metal early in the following year, I wouldn't say that it resulted in the genre (as a whole) becoming the most dominant form of rock. Korn were the only band of their genre which had achieved success at the time. Alternative rock was still more prevalent on the charts. In fact, songs such as "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)", "Malibu" and "Save Tonight" achieved their biggest success in Early 1999.

Subject: Re: Y2K Era: When did it start and end?

Written By: SpyroKev on 09/11/17 at 8:14 am

I feel like the Y2K era really ended in 2002.

Subject: Re: Y2K Era: When did it start and end?

Written By: Tyrannosaurus Rex on 09/11/17 at 8:41 am

Late 1996 - Early 1998: Beginning; sparse influences at most and in general this period still felt incredibly 90's.

Mid 1998 - Early 1999: Rise in popularity

Mid 1999 - Mid 2001: Peak popularity

Late 2001-Early 2003: There still may be some influences, but it is evident that this pop cultural age is coming to a close at this point.

Mid 2003: End

Subject: Re: Y2K Era: When did it start and end?

Written By: #Infinity on 09/11/17 at 8:59 am


I partly disagree. While the release of Korn's "Follow the Leader" album in August 1998 did spur an increase in the popularity of Nu-Metal early in the following year, I wouldn't say that it resulted in the genre (as a whole) becoming the most dominant form of rock. Korn were the only band of their genre which had achieved success at the time. Alternative rock was still more prevalent on the charts. In fact, songs such as "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)", "Malibu" and "Save Tonight" achieved their biggest success in Early 1999.


I wasn't just referring to the 1997-1998 school year, but rather the full calendar years. I agree that 90s alternative was still pretty dominant in early 1999.

Subject: Re: Y2K Era: When did it start and end?

Written By: TheReignMan99 on 09/11/17 at 11:29 am

It's too bad that the Y2K era defined the year that I was born. The Y2K era is about the corniest, lamest and one of the worst times for fashion and music EVER 8-P.

Subject: Re: Y2K Era: When did it start and end?

Written By: ZeldaFan20 on 09/11/17 at 11:35 am

Roughly Winter of 1998/1999 through Summer of 2001. Or you could say from April 20th 1999 to September 10th 2001.

Winter of 1996/1997 through Autumn of 1998 was regular Late 90's

Autumn of 2001 through Winter of 2003/2004 was regular Early 00's

Subject: Re: Y2K Era: When did it start and end?

Written By: #Infinity on 09/11/17 at 1:08 pm


It's too bad that the Y2K era defined the year that I was born. The Y2K era is about the corniest, lamest and one of the worst times for fashion and music EVER 8-P.


BOOOOOO. >:(

Subject: Re: Y2K Era: When did it start and end?

Written By: DesiredUsernameWasTaken on 09/11/17 at 1:13 pm


It's too bad that the Y2K era defined the year that I was born. The Y2K era is about the corniest, lamest and one of the worst times for fashion and music EVER 8-P.


Really? Not the mid-'10s?

Subject: Re: Y2K Era: When did it start and end?

Written By: #Infinity on 09/11/17 at 1:17 pm


Really? Not the mid-'10s?


Honestly! The Y2K era was a wonderful time and definitely the period I'd most want to live in at this age. It breaks my heart to see Reignman badmouth it even more than the past handful of years.

Subject: Re: Y2K Era: When did it start and end?

Written By: Longaotian00 on 09/11/17 at 1:23 pm


It's too bad that the Y2K era defined the year that I was born. The Y2K era is about the corniest, lamest and one of the worst times for fashion and music EVER 8-P.


I can't take you seriously >:(

Subject: Re: Y2K Era: When did it start and end?

Written By: bchris02 on 09/11/17 at 1:41 pm


Honestly! The Y2K era was a wonderful time and definitely the period I'd most want to live in at this age. It breaks my heart to see Reignman badmouth it even more than the past handful of years.


Being born in 1999 I wouldn't expect him to like it.  I personally don't really care for '80s culture, despite that being when I was born.  A lot of older members i.e. Howard consider the '80s to be a golden era for pop culture.

Subject: Re: Y2K Era: When did it start and end?

Written By: TheReignMan99 on 09/11/17 at 1:53 pm


Really? Not the mid-'10s?

I never said that I liked the mid '10s.


Honestly! The Y2K era was a wonderful time and definitely the period I'd most want to live in at this age. It breaks my heart to see Reignman badmouth it even more than the past handful of years.

It breaks your heart? :o OH NO, I'm sorry if I did that. I'm just not a big fan of the Y2K era outside of a few songs, movies and video games (video games were great during the Y2K era 8)).

The mid '10s weren't great by the way, IMO. So don't worry....I just don't think it's as horrible as many of you claim.

Subject: Re: Y2K Era: When did it start and end?

Written By: TheReignMan99 on 09/11/17 at 1:53 pm


I can't take you seriously >:(

Why not? :(

Subject: Re: Y2K Era: When did it start and end?

Written By: Longaotian00 on 09/11/17 at 1:55 pm


Being born in 1999 I wouldn't expect him to like it.  I personally don't really care for '80s culture, despite that being when I was born.  A lot of older members i.e. Howard consider the '80s to be a golden era for pop culture.


But I was born in 2000 and I like the Y2K era lol

Subject: Re: Y2K Era: When did it start and end?

Written By: TheReignMan99 on 09/11/17 at 1:56 pm


Being born in 1999 I wouldn't expect him to like it.  I personally don't really care for '80s culture, despite that being when I was born.  A lot of older members i.e. Howard consider the '80s to be a golden era for pop culture.

Interestingly enough...if you were to ask me 4 years ago if I liked the Y2k era then I would have told that "I COMPLETELY love the Y2K era. It was cool, badass and the music was cheesy but catchy and fun". Now, my tastes have changed.

Subject: Re: Y2K Era: When did it start and end?

Written By: Longaotian00 on 09/11/17 at 1:56 pm


Why not? :(


Becasue it's impossible for anyone to dislike it :-X

Subject: Re: Y2K Era: When did it start and end?

Written By: TheReignMan99 on 09/11/17 at 1:57 pm


Becasue it's impossoble for anyone to dislike it :-X

It's not impossible anymore ;).

Subject: Re: Y2K Era: When did it start and end?

Written By: Lizardmatum on 09/11/17 at 3:41 pm


Late 1996 - Early 1998: Beginning; sparse influences at most and in general this period still felt incredibly 90's.

Mid 1998 - Early 1999: Rise in popularity

Mid 1999 - Mid 2001: Peak popularity

Late 2001-Early 2003: There still may be some influences, but it is evident that this pop cultural age is coming to a close at this point.

Mid 2003: End

This all makes sense to me. 2003 is definitely when it ended I think

Subject: Re: Y2K Era: When did it start and end?

Written By: HazelBlue99 on 09/11/17 at 4:10 pm


It's too bad that the Y2K era defined the year that I was born. The Y2K era is about the corniest, lamest and one of the worst times for fashion and music EVER 8-P.


Generally speaking, I think Early 1999 belonged to the Late '90s cultural period. So if you want to be technical, you could say that 1999 was defined by both Late '90s and Y2K culture. :P

Subject: Re: Y2K Era: When did it start and end?

Written By: TheReignMan99 on 09/11/17 at 4:38 pm


Generally speaking, I think Early 1999 belonged to the Late '90s cultural period. So if you want to be technical, you could say that 1999 was defined by both Late '90s and Y2K culture. :P

I was born in mid 1999....I'm screwed either way :(.

Subject: Re: Y2K Era: When did it start and end?

Written By: Longaotian00 on 09/11/17 at 6:27 pm


I was born in mid 1999....I'm screwed either way :(.


Same..... I'm born in Feb 2000 so basically nothing else but Y2K culture (Although you made it to the late 90s numerically that is)

Subject: Re: Y2K Era: When did it start and end?

Written By: TheReignMan99 on 09/11/17 at 6:45 pm


Same..... I'm born in Feb 2000 so basically nothing else but Y2K culture (Although you made it to the late 90s numerically that is)

Yeah all of that is true. Oh well :P.

Subject: Re: Y2K Era: When did it start and end?

Written By: Slim95 on 09/11/17 at 6:54 pm

1999 - 2001, definitely not passing 2001. 9/11 marked the end. And Y2K does NOT equal early 2000s.

Subject: Re: Y2K Era: When did it start and end?

Written By: TheReignMan99 on 09/11/17 at 6:56 pm


1999 - 2001, definitely not passing 2001. 9/11 marked the end. And Y2K does NOT equal early 2000s.

I agree.

Subject: Re: Y2K Era: When did it start and end?

Written By: Zelek3 on 09/11/17 at 10:12 pm

I consider the Y2K era to be synonymous with the "Millennium Era", so 1997/98-2003, in my opinion, with some vestiges (Malcolm in the Middle, That 70s Show, Charmed, PowerPC Macs, Sam Goody still a store, The WB and UPN still television networks, Kids WB still existed, PS1 still in production by Sony, Yu Yu Hakusho, etc.) lasting until 2006.

Subject: Re: Y2K Era: When did it start and end?

Written By: HazelBlue99 on 09/11/17 at 10:15 pm


I was born in mid 1999....I'm screwed either way :(.


Well if it makes you feel any better, I was only born at the tail-end of it (since I was born in March 1999). :P

Subject: Re: Y2K Era: When did it start and end?

Written By: TheReignMan99 on 09/11/17 at 10:58 pm


Well if it makes you feel any better, I was only born at the tail-end of it (since I was born in March 1999). :P

¯\_(ツ)_/ ¯.

Subject: Re: Y2K Era: When did it start and end?

Written By: TheReignMan99 on 09/11/17 at 11:02 pm

One of the few things that I do like about the Y2K era was the "Xtreme sports" craze! 8)

Subject: Re: Y2K Era: When did it start and end?

Written By: Looney Toon on 09/12/17 at 2:11 pm

Wait is Y2K era and Millennium era the same thing or... ???

Subject: Re: Y2K Era: When did it start and end?

Written By: Slim95 on 09/12/17 at 2:13 pm


Wait is Y2K era and Millennium era the same thing or... ???

I think it is.

Subject: Re: Y2K Era: When did it start and end?

Written By: Looney Toon on 09/12/17 at 2:16 pm


I think it is.


I'm just asking since I've seen things from 1998 or 2002 being describe as millennium era stuff. Meanwhile on this forum people just say 1999-2001.

Made me see it this way. Millennium era being when some 00s influences could be spotted along with 90s influences.

I can get 1997 not being Millennium era since 1997 is pure 90s. 1998 is when I'd say the era started as you could trace a lot of early 00s trends back to 1998. 1999 to 2001 is when the era had its peak. With 2002 being where the era faded off.


Millennium era = 1998-2002/early 2003.
Y2K = 1999-2001

The "Y2K era" being the peak of the Millennium era. I only end the era when 90s influences/left overs pretty much vanish and peak 00s culture takes over, but that isn't until late 2003 or 2004. I end Y2K at 2001, but the Millennium era goes up to early 2003.

Subject: Re: Y2K Era: When did it start and end?

Written By: John Titor on 08/24/18 at 11:51 am

Ended around July 2001

By the time we got to Fall 2001 is was over, the vibe felt 100% different than the fall before

Subject: Re: Y2K Era: When did it start and end?

Written By: batfan2005 on 08/25/18 at 8:19 am

Approximately mid-1997 to 9/11/2001.

Subject: Re: Y2K Era: When did it start and end?

Written By: ZeldaFan20 on 08/25/18 at 9:12 am


I'm just asking since I've seen things from 1998 or 2002 being describe as millennium era stuff. Meanwhile on this forum people just say 1999-2001.

Made me see it this way. Millennium era being when some 00s influences could be spotted along with 90s influences.

I can get 1997 not being Millennium era since 1997 is pure 90s. 1998 is when I'd say the era started as you could trace a lot of early 00s trends back to 1998. 1999 to 2001 is when the era had its peak. With 2002 being where the era faded off.


Millennium era = 1998-2002/early 2003.
Y2K = 1999-2001

The "Y2K era" being the peak of the Millennium era. I only end the era when 90s influences/left overs pretty much vanish and peak 00s culture takes over, but that isn't until late 2003 or 2004. I end Y2K at 2001, but the Millennium era goes up to early 2003.




I consider the Y2K era to be synonymous with the "Millennium Era", so 1997/98-2003, in my opinion, with some vestiges (Malcolm in the Middle, That 70s Show, Charmed, PowerPC Macs, Sam Goody still a store, The WB and UPN still television networks, Kids WB still existed, PS1 still in production by Sony, Yu Yu Hakusho, etc.) lasting until 2006.


Back on this thread ;D:

Anyways my point still stands for the most part. If you're referring to the Millennium era, I don't think that's necessarily synonymous with the Y2K era. Millennium era, in my mind, is the period in culture that encapsulates the Late 90s & Early 00s combined. The absolute peak of that era was the Y2K era, in which Millennium/Y2K Influences in pop culture (Pokemania, Golden Age of WB/Kids WB, Klasky Csupo Nick, The Matrix, '9, 9, 99', Late 90s/Early 00s era iMacs, Teen Pop, Nu Metal, The Neptunes sound, etc.) were at their most prevalent and when the overall culture wasn't either distinctively 1990s nor 2000s. Its why the absolute peak of the larger Millennium era is called the Y2K era due to the mass hysteria regarding the fear of Y2K, a fear that was largely miniscule for much of the 1990s & seemed to had gone to past literally after December 31st, 1999. The Y2K era was also in between two of the most transformative events of the Late 20th/Early 21st centuries regarding both North American & International Politics being the Columbine Massacre on 4/20/1999, & the September 11th Attacks in 2001.

Overall; each of these commercial breaks I'm listing below seem to give an accurate representation of each of the smaller cultural eras of the Late 90s, Y2K period, & Early 00s which all come together as one larger 'Millennium' Era.


The Late 1990s (Spring of 1997 through Winter of 1998/1999)


April 26th, 1998

qqkPGnGs_f8





The Y2K Period (Spring of 1999 through Summer of 2001)


August 20th, 2000
8_n6XmVSWHg





The Early 2000s (Autumn of 2001 through Winter of 2003/2004)


October 25th, 2002

dM_8-9V1dx8

Subject: Re: Y2K Era: When did it start and end?

Written By: John Titor on 08/25/18 at 11:28 am


Approximately mid-1997 to 9/11/2001.


it ended a few weeks before 9/11 but 9/11 I would say would be a good point to end it

97-2001  is correct

Subject: Re: Y2K Era: When did it start and end?

Written By: John Titor on 08/25/18 at 11:31 am


Back on this thread ;D:

Anyways my point still stands for the most part. If you're referring to the Millennium era, I don't think that's necessarily synonymous with the Y2K era. Millennium era, in my mind, is the period in culture that encapsulates the Late 90s & Early 00s combined. The absolute peak of that era was the Y2K era, in which Millennium/Y2K Influences in pop culture (Pokemania, Golden Age of WB/Kids WB, Klasky Csupo Nick, The Matrix, '9, 9, 99', Late 90s/Early 00s era iMacs, Teen Pop, Nu Metal, The Neptunes sound, etc.) were at their most prevalent and when the overall culture wasn't either distinctively 1990s nor 2000s. Its why the absolute peak of the larger Millennium era is called the Y2K era due to the mass hysteria regarding the fear of Y2K, a fear that was largely miniscule for much of the 1990s & seemed to had gone to past literally after December 31st, 1999. The Y2K era was also in between two of the most transformative events of the Late 20th/Early 21st centuries regarding both North American & International Politics being the Columbine Massacre on 4/20/1999, & the September 11th Attacks in 2001.

Overall; each of these commercial breaks I'm listing below seem to give an accurate representation of each of the smaller cultural eras of the Late 90s, Y2K period, & Early 00s which all come together as one larger 'Millennium' Era.


The Late 1990s (Spring of 1997 through Winter of 1998/1999)


April 26th, 1998

qqkPGnGs_f8





The Y2K Period (Spring of 1999 through Summer of 2001)


August 20th, 2000
8_n6XmVSWHg





The Early 2000s (Autumn of 2001 through Winter of 2003/2004)


October 25th, 2002

dM_8-9V1dx8


Only thing is the early 2000s ended in April 2003 mathematically, I will say yes the Y2k era started in 1997, the whole y2k thing were on tv shows
in late 1997, even Seinfeld did an episode about y2k in early 1998

Subject: Re: Y2K Era: When did it start and end?

Written By: Tyrannosaurus Rex on 08/25/18 at 11:32 am


Back on this thread ;D:

Anyways my point still stands for the most part. If you're referring to the Millennium era, I don't think that's necessarily synonymous with the Y2K era. Millennium era, in my mind, is the period in culture that encapsulates the Late 90s & Early 00s combined. The absolute peak of that era was the Y2K era, in which Millennium/Y2K Influences in pop culture (Pokemania, Golden Age of WB/Kids WB, Klasky Csupo Nick, The Matrix, '9, 9, 99', Late 90s/Early 00s era iMacs, Teen Pop, Nu Metal, The Neptunes sound, etc.) were at their most prevalent and when the overall culture wasn't either distinctively 1990s nor 2000s. Its why the absolute peak of the larger Millennium era is called the Y2K era due to the mass hysteria regarding the fear of Y2K, a fear that was largely miniscule for much of the 1990s & seemed to had gone to past literally after December 31st, 1999. The Y2K era was also in between two of the most transformative events of the Late 20th/Early 21st centuries regarding both North American & International Politics being the Columbine Massacre on 4/20/1999, & the September 11th Attacks in 2001.

Overall; each of these commercial breaks I'm listing below seem to give an accurate representation of each of the smaller cultural eras of the Late 90s, Y2K period, & Early 00s which all come together as one larger 'Millennium' Era.


The Late 1990s (Spring of 1997 through Winter of 1998/1999)


April 26th, 1998

qqkPGnGs_f8





The Y2K Period (Spring of 1999 through Summer of 2001)


August 20th, 2000
8_n6XmVSWHg





The Early 2000s (Autumn of 2001 through Winter of 2003/2004)


October 25th, 2002

dM_8-9V1dx8


That Taco Bell commercial you posted in your Y2K section, in fact, aired on my 1st birthday.

Subject: Re: Y2K Era: When did it start and end?

Written By: John Titor on 08/25/18 at 11:34 am

Late 1997 tho did have a y2k feel, even mid 1997 did, you had spice girls and that whole PEPSI generation NEXT ad that
kept playing on MTV and was very shiny and y2k like,  you had Backstreet boys take off, you even have TRL debut in September 1997
as the pilot show MTV LIVE, Late 1997 seems like a more fitting start to y2k, even WWF started the attitude era in 1997 as well.

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