At the start of a new year, we decided to take a trip down memory lane and see what was trending in 2003. It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years since it was relevant in our lives.
The 1990s was a decade of unforgettable trends, from velor tracksuits to the hits playing on our iPods.
Read the selection of memorable moments and trends we look back on that are now 20 years old, from what we saw on the big screen to sporting events and everything in between.
what we heard
Nothing throws us into nostalgia like music. The Billboard top single of 2003 was 50 Cent’s “In da Club”, other popular hits of the year included Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love” and Sean Paul’s “Get Busy”.
what we bought
You know the years fly when you’re old enough to remember this blast from the past – video tapes. Now a retired source of entertainment, there’s no doubt that every household from Belfast to Enniskillen has a collection of these in their attic.
what we were looking for
What we looked for can tell us a lot about what was trending this year. The most popular Google searches in 2003 were pop princess Britney Spears, Harry Potter, Matrix and David Beckham.
What has been released
Girlfriends and wives despised the day this game hit shelves and threw their partners under an addictive spell. In October, it will be 20 years since the first game of Call of Duty was released.
How we named our babies
The most popular name for boys registered in Northern Ireland in 2003 was Jack, while the majority of girls born that year were named Emma.
What was on the big screen
Rom-coms were at their peak in the 1990s. It’s safe to say that one of the most iconic chic movies made its debut on our screens in 2003: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.
what we won
2003 was certainly a memorable year for sport in Northern Ireland. Two Ulster teams went head-to-head in the All-Ireland Football Final, with Tyrone defeating Armagh and winning the Sam Maguire for the first time.
what we wore
Nothing says early ’90s fashion like Paris Hilton in a velor tracksuit. Other garments from this decade included low-waisted jeans and scarf belts – we hope they stay firmly in the history books!
which we used up
If you grew up in the early 00s, you can assume your diet consisted of Sunny Delight, Fruit Winders and BN Cookies.
What did we communicate about?
Hands up when the first thing after school is to turn on the family computer, wait for the dial-up Internet connection to activate, and log into MySpace? Communication has certainly come a long way since the social networking service was first launched 20 years ago.
Iconic Late Late Toy Show moments that everyone will remember from years past
Take a step back to 1990s Belfast with vintage photos of the city
Vintage club photos show nights out in Northern Ireland at Coach, Lush and more
Throwback photos feature class nights at the Box, M Club, and more
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Source: Bel Fast Live