It feels like five minutes since we bellowed ‘Happy New Year’ and fell into a bin while celebrating the new millennium. Where does time go? What is time but a calibrated march towards the great unknown? What happened to our keys?
In hindsight, a fair bit happened that year, so, in time honoured tradition, we’ve condensed the most important talking points for your delight and delectation.
In the run up to the year 2000, there was panic about a ‘millennium bug’ – a programming glitch which was supposed to cause computers to malfunction on a worldwide scale. Planes didn’t fall from the sky and red-faced nerds everywhere breathed a sigh of relief.
In other tech news, the seemingly indestructible Nokia 3310 was released and introduced mobile phone users to the underwhelming graphics and addictive gameplay of Snake.
The Sims was released, too, where gamers could take a break from eating, doing laundry and arguing with people in real life to do those things virtually instead.
The Millennium Dome opened its doors on January 1, 2000 and despite being designed as a hub of culture, this fancy London tent proved to be a flop. It eventually turned into The O2 seven years later and has hosted classic performances ever since.
In celebrity marriage news, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston tied the knot in Malibu that summer, and enjoyed a relatively short period of wedded bliss before divorcing five years later.
We’re certain other stuff happened, but this was a year where we were utterly consumed by a slew of albums. Pearl Jam released Binaural, Melvins concluded their trilogy of Ipecac albums with The Crybaby, while The Smashing Pumpkins released their conceptual collection, Machina/The Machines of God.
But we can't write about every album that was released in 2000. Here then, are 20 releases that are worthy of your attention.