If you weren’t alive or were simply too young to remember the phenomenon that was known as TRL, I am sorry. Total Request Live was one of the biggest things to happen to pop culture in the late 90’s into the early 2000’s. Every day a new singer, actor, whomever would show up and talk to Carson Daly, after he left, the hosts were Damien Fahey, Hilarie Burton, Vanessa Minnillo (Now Vanessa Lachey), Quddus, and La La Vasquez. All solid hosts, eventually they all left as well and the show had to come to an end, it no longer had the steam that it once had.
When the show started in 1998, it exploded. Everyone wanted to be in the crowd, artists wanted to be there to promote their new albums and new songs, actors wanted to promote their new movies. This movement was something out this world.
The show started to shift in 2006, and by 2008 one of the biggest shows had finally come to an end. In fact I believe MTV gave TRL a two hour finale.
Think about it, there was no YouTube or anything like that, so watching videos on TRL as fans screamed over the song was how we got out 30 second clips!
In case you were wondering the final music video to be played was Britney Spears‘ “..Oops, I did it again”, it played as the credits rolled.
Although some may not remember this tidal wave of influence that TRL had on the music industry, I do. I can remember them having to shut down Times Square when Backstreet Boys came to promote Millennium, I can remember Justin surprising Britney, and I can remember when Jay-Z said he was retiring and they hung his jersey in the rafters.
All that I can say is thank you TRL for making afternoons in my early teens not suck so hard. Being glued in front of the television wondering who would be number one was the absolute best.
Thank you for the memories and Carson, thank you for wearing black nail polish.