Tea: 2004 Was Highkey The Best Year To Be 18
Sorry, but facts are facts!
Hello, and welcome to another one of my great TED talks!!!
Last week, I think WE ALL learned that In The Zone was Britney's best era. Some points were made!!! BY ME!!!
This week, we're talking about 2004, and I'm here to explain to you that it was literally just the best year to be 18, and if you're wondering, I turned 18 in December of 2003.
Anyway, let's get into my extremely unbiased argument!!
2004 saw the clubs full of rah-rah skirts and Supré tank tops of every colour of the rainbow, and a 'more is more' approach to fashion in general.
Nothing says "I've just turned 18!" like hitting the clubs wearing your highest heels and a tiny outfit in the middle of winter after drinking four pink Vodka Cruisers, claiming "I just don't really feel the cold!" through chattering teeth, while shivering. It's a rite of passage.
Of course, once you were in the club and you'd paid $15 to drink a cosmopolitan because you were "just like Sex and the City!!!" it was time to hit the dancefloor and get messy, and the hits of 2004 really delivered.
Club bangers of 2004 included Usher's "Yeah!", J-Kwon's "Tipsy", as well as "Get Low", "Milkshake", "Hey Ya", "What You Waiting For?", "Hey Mama", and roughly a billion more.
I mean, what says "I'm 18!!!" like screaming "WHO F**KIN' TONIGHT? WHO F**KIN' TONIGHT?" at your besties as you sing along to Fatman Scoop / Crooklyn Clan's "Be Faithful"? Literally nothing. That's the definition of a good night out when you're 18.
But not everything is about clubbing, obviously. Sometimes you just wanna chill with your gal pals
2004 also served the perfect bops for a girls' night! I mean, hello, "Toxic", anyone? Aside from that, there was also Destiny's Child's "Lose My Breath", Jessica Simpson's "With You", her sister Ashlee's "Pieces of Me" and Maroon 5 hit the scene with "This Love". Iconic.
Of course, when you're 18, the highs of life are high, and the lows of life are low. You're just out of high school, and your life is suddenly completely different.
You know what that spells?
Luckily, the hits of 2004 were also there for us when we were down. Feeling like no one really ~gets you~? Linkin Park and Simple Plan had you covered with "Numb" and "Welcome To My Life". Relationship drama? Missy Higgins and Pete Murray were there for you with "Scar" and "So Beautiful". It was also the year Avril Lavigne released "My Happy Ending", a song that can be applied to pretty much any situation where you're sad.
The point of all of this is two-fold.
One, the music of 2004 was f**king lit, and two, we need to stop paying attention to the Kardashians' love of only wearing neutrals and reintroduce colour into our wardrobes and the world, because life in 2018 is depressing enough without also living in a world of beige.
Thank you for attending this week's TED talk! As a display of my gratitude, I made you a playlist so you can slut drop to ya heart's content.
Don't say I never did anything for you! See you next week.
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