Outdated Things That Were Popular Only 10 Years Ago

2008 may not seem like too long ago, but it was 10 whole years ago! Cultural icons, trends, and media all come and go, but it’s harder to believe that these wildly popular things were in their heyday 10 years ago.

1. Apple iPhone 3G

iPhone 3G goes on sale in 2008

iPhone 3G goes on sale in 2008 | Valerie Macon/ Getty Images

Now that we’re all the way up to the iPhone X, it’s crazy to think back to a time when the iPhone 3G was the latest model. But in 2008, the iPhone 3G was the latest model and the biggest craze. The iPhone hadn’t even been around for that long at that point. But if you had an iPhone 3G today, it’d be considered a slow, old model.

Next: This TV show was still captivating audiences. 

2. Lost

Lost - ABC

Lost | ABC

In 2008, Lost was still one of the hit shows on TV. It was a revolutionary show that totally changed how people watched a long series. It used to be the case that viewers waited for the next episode to drop every week so they could see what crazy plot point the show’s writers have cooked up this time. Today, we just binge our favorite shows in one weekend.

Next: Teenagers everywhere were obsessed with these films.  

3. Twilight


Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in Twilight | Summit Entertainment

Twilight mania was definitely prevalent in 2008. Everywhere you went you could hear teenagers talking about whether they were team Jacob or team Edward. Each time a new film came out, there would be lines out the theater.

Next: Back when the Jonas Brothers were still a boy band. 

4. Burnin’ Up by the Jonas Brothers

Jonas Brothers in 2008

The Jonas Brothers in 2008 | Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

A lot has changed in ten years for the Jonas Brothers. In 2008, the hit Jo Bros song, Burnin’ Up was at the top of the charts. The boys were still teenagers and still very much pursuing their brotherly boy band.

Next: Do you still use one of these?

5. Kindle

Amazon Kindle

Amazon Kindle in 2008 | John MacDougall /AFP/Getty Images

2008 was also the year of the Kindle. Though they’re still around today, they never really fully caught on. The people who stood by their paper books continue to stand by them, and the people who did buy Kindles didn’t seem to use them religiously.

Next: Miley Cyrus has changed through the years.  

6. Hannah Montana

Miley Cyrus is wearing a blonde wig and has both arms in the air on stage.

Miley Cyrus | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Just like the Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus has certainly changed in 10 years. But in 2008, Cyrus was still known mostly as Hannah Montana. She had an incredibly successful TV show, was pop star, and an icon for teenage girls all over the world.

Next: One of the first shows that put the audience in control. 

7. American Idol

Host Ryan Seacrest speaks in the audience during FOX's 'American Idol' Finale For The Farewell Season

American Idol | Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

American Idol is finally starting to phase out and be replaced by shows like The Voice, but in 2008 it was still wildly popular. The American audience was still excited about calling in and voting, and getting to have an impact on the results of a show.

Next: Back when bluetooth speakers were a big deal

8. FoxL Bluetooth Speaker

people dancing at the beach with hands up

People dancing at the beach with hands up | FS-Stock/iStock/Getty Images

It wasn’t too long ago that speakers had to be plugged in to function. The FoxL Bluetooth Speaker was all the rage in 2008. It didn’t need to be plugged in and it could wirelessly hook to your devices to play music.

Next: Ok, this song has stood the test of time. 

9. Single Ladies


Beyonce Knowles peforms in 2008 | Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images

It’s hard to believe that Beyoncé’s Single Ladies is 10 years old–it’s still played pretty often. But when it came out in 2008 it was a huge hit that inspired new dances, parody videos, and countless ladies’ nights all over the country.

Next: The most popular camera of 2008

10. Nikon D90

Nikon D90 in 2008 | Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images

In 2008, the Nikon D90 was just about the most popular camera you could purchase. You can still find them today, and they’re still a pretty solid camera, but we’ve since had some big developments in camera equipment.

Next: This food trend blew up in 2008.  

11. Caffeinated foods

Opened pack with potato chips

| iStock.com/Kwangmoozaa

In 2008, caffeinated foods were a big trend.

“There are now caffeinated sunflower seeds, potato chips and candies, leading public-health officials to complain that all the new “energy foods” could cause a spike in caffeine-related health problems,” says Time.

Next: This movie captivated audiences.  

12. Wall-E

movie theater

Movie theater popcorn | Thinkstock

Wall-E also came out in 2008. The sweet story of the little robot in space captivated audiences and quickly became a big hit in theaters. It also brought up some important points on human laziness and how imperative it is to take care of the Earth.

Next: This device made it easy for everyone to make movies. 

13. Flip MinoHD

Jessica Alba with a Flip camera

Jessica Alba with a Flip camera | Kevin Winter/ Getty Images

Remember those little flip video cameras? They were so portable and so easy to film any project on. They were perfect for kids and teenagers to pick up a camera and make something fun. Today, we just use our phones to take videos.

Next: This PS3 accessory was huge in 2008.  

14. Sony Playstation “Home” for PS3

A woman holds the controller of a new PlayStation 3

The controller for the Playstation 3 | Junko Kimura/Getty Images

2008 was the year of the Sony Playstation “Home” for PS3. It was a huge new development in the gaming world.

“After a number of launch delays, Sony’s virtual world, “Home,” gives folks one more reason to buy its pricey PS3 video game console. Users create their own human-looking avatar and get a virtual apartment near the “town square,” a base of operations from which to socialize, play games and purchase an endless variety of Sony goods and services (think games, movies, music and more,)” says Time.

Next: This politician was big in the news and on SNL.  

15. Sarah Palin and Tina Fey

Sarah Palin in 2014

Sarah Palin | T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images

Former governor of Alaska Sarah Palin was a hot topic in 2008. Especially on Saturday Night Live. Actor Tina Fey did a great impression of her that was repeatedly featured on the show. “I can see Russia from my house!” is one of her most iconic lines imitating the politician.

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