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Throwback: Pop culture trends of 2005


Upon first thought, 2005 doesn’t seem like that long ago.

But, with closer inspection, it feels like some kind of pop culture prehistoric era.

In 2005, YouTube had just been invented, “Guitar Hero” hit shelves for the first time and we were all still deciding if we liked the reinvention of Mariah Carey.

Here are some of the other pop culture happenings of 2005:

  • Tom Cruise jumped for joy on Oprah’s couch.
  • The Destiny’s Child trio wore their last matching outfit.
  • Kanye West had his first public off-script moment when he said, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people,” during a Hurricane Katrina tribute.
  • Rumors of a relationship between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie flew, and Pitt pretty much confirmed them when he broke up with then-wife Jennifer Aniston.
  • Jude Law publically apologized for cheating on Sienna Miller with their kids’ nanny.


Remember when we thought “Episode III” was the last “Star Wars”?

That was sooooo 2005.

Here are the top grossing movies of the year:

  • 1: "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith"
  • 2: "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe"
  • 3: "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire"
  • 4: "War of the Worlds"
  • 5: "King Kong"
  • 6: "Wedding Crashers"
  • 7: "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"
  • 8: "Batman Begins"
  • 9: "Madagascar"
  • 10: "Mr. & Mrs. Smith"

— Box Office Mojo


Ah, 2005, the heyday of reality television – and Teri Hatcher’s legs.

Check out the most popular shows of the year:

  • 1: "American Idol" (Tuesdays)
  • 2: "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"
  • 3: "American Idol" (Wednesdays)
  • 4: "Desperate Housewives"
  • 5: "Survivor: Palau"
  • 6: "Survivor: Vanuatu"
  • 7: "CSI: Miami"
  • 8: "Without a Trace"
  • 9: "Grey's Anatomy"
  • 10: "Everybody Loves Raymond"

— Nielsen