Party like it’s ’00 with Ricky Martin and Christina Aguilera

Miss the year 2000? Don’t fret; Ricky Martin has got you covered.

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It was the year of “The Thong Song” by Sisqó, *NSync’s “Bye, Bye, Bye” and “Oops!… I Did It Again,” sung by the one and only Britney Spears. MTV’s Jackass was all the rage on the tube and we never missed an episode of Gilmore Girls. We wanted to be like Penny Lane in Almost Famous and we yearned for the day we would turn 21 so we could dance on top of a bar like the girls on Coyote Ugly. Seriously, what wasn’t awesome about the year 2000?

Earlier this week, Ricky Martin set this nostalgia train in motion when he uploaded a vintage music video featuring himself and a baby-faced, albeit heavily made-up, Christina Aguilera. It’s obvious we’re not the only ones pining for the era, because the “Nobody Wants to be Lonely” video has roughly 78,000 hits on YouTube.

We have to admit, we’d all but forgotten about this classic song and, as the first opening beats play, the doves fly through the air and our eyes are hit with crisp, bright colors; it’s very easy to mistake the video for something put out by the Backstreet Boys or Jessica Simpson. But wasn’t that what was great about this time period? The beauty is in the simplicity. Simplicity and cheesiness.

As Aguilera struts her stuff in a barely-there midriff, accompanied by jeans so low they require a bikini wax immediately before they are worn, and Martin gives us his sexy pout in a crisp denim shirt, complemented by well-fitted brown corduroys, it’s funny to think about how much things have changed for them since singing this duet. Aguilera got “Dirrty,” won some Grammys, got clean again and went retro, got married, became a mom, got divorced, won some more awards, got engaged again, and is currently expecting her second child. Martin became a father to twins, famously came out of the closet and was honored by GLAAD, took a three-year break from the entertainment industry and took part in the cultural phenomenon that was Glee, as well as The Voice Australia.

Thanks for the trip down memory lane, Ricky!

Video credit: Ricky Martin