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Total Request Live (1998-2008)
Viewed at the time, TRL was pure kid-candy: A daily afterschool cage-match between the demi-gods of pop music, which usually manifested as a lesser-of-two-evils face-off between rap-rock and teeny-pop. But in hindsight, TRL looks like the origin story for the 2000s. You can spot social networking, the embrace of YouTube, and the ascent of tween culture in the show’s glitzy DNA. —Darren Franich
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