24 Unforgettable 'TRL' Moments That Every '90s Kid Wished They Could Have Witnessed Firsthand

Here's a weird confession: I think about MTV's Total Request Live — aka TRLat least once a week. If you were a preteen/actual teen in the late '90s/'00s then you can probably (or, at least partially) relate to this sentiment. Alright, fine: Maybe you stopped thinking about TRL sometime in 2002, after Carson Daly stepped down as the host — but still, you can't sit there and tell me that at one point in your life, you would have traded in your Walkman (complete with your LFO CD) and extensive collection of shell necklaces to be a member of the TRL audience.

In the '90s, watching TRL was the spot to be after school. TRL played the top 10 most requested music videos of the day, Monday through Thursday. And the best part was that you — yes, little old you! — got to make the call about which videos were worthy and which ones were not. Because viewers voted for their favorite videos via phone (vintage) or online. What made this all even better though — what really was the proverbial cherry on top of this musical sundae — were the special guests. Not only did you get to witness your favorite artists's music videos, you got to witness your favorite artists perform live, do weird things, and answer your most burning Q's. As a result, there were a lot of moments every '90s kid wished they could have been at TRL to witness firsthand.

Luckily, they've at least been immortalized on the Internet.

1. When The Backstreet Boys Sang "I Want It That Way"

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Everyone in the audience is crying. I'm crying. You're probably crying.

2. When Hanson Hosted

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*Cue the nonsensical lyrics of "MMMbop" getting stuck in my head*

3. When This Very Avid Backstreet Boys Fan Threatened To Kill Carson Daly

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TRL got so real that day.

4. When The Newlyweds Performed This Duet

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This is the most sensual thing I've ever seen.

5. When Britney Spears & Melissa Joan Hart Hosted

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#TBT to the Spears and Joan Heart collaboration.

6. The Michael Jackson Interview

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LEGENDARY.

7. Aaliyah

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All hail.

8. When Britney Spears Performed "Oops!... I Did It Again"

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Honestly, I think this list could solely be composed of Britney Spears TRL moments.

9. This Awkward Moment Between Eminem and Mark Wahlberg

The shade! Marky Mark does not want to be anywhere near and/or around this funky bunch.

10. When Puff Daddy Ran On A Treadmill For An Entire Episode

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Back when he was still called P. Diddy.

11. When *NSYNC Performed "Bye Bye Bye"

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This performance was perfect.

12. When Blink 182 Jammed Out

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This was the theme song to what felt like ever single teen rom com in the '90s.

13. When Robin Williams Was Just His Amazing Self

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*Starts to sob*

14. When Outkast Performed "Hey Ya"

The unofficial soundtrack to 2003.

15. When Kirsten Dunst Fangirled Over Britney Spears

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I get it.

16. This Christina Aguilera Interview

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The Xtina we all grew to know and love.

17. When Avril Lavigne Was So Shy

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In the most adorable and humble way.

18. This Queen Bey And Sean Paul Appearance

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That is all.

19. When Mandy Moore And Shane West Were On Together

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MY ONLY HOPE.

20. When Destiny's Child Said Goodbye

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Before the Queen reigned.

21. When Heidi Montag Tried To Freestyle

At least she tried?

22. When Hilary Duff And Chad Michael Murray Promoted A Cinderella Story

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I miss them.

23. When Lindsay Lohan PERFORMED

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Never forget.

24. And of course, OG GAGA

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YAAAAAS, GAGA.

I think we're all on the same page here. MTV, bring back TRL. Please?

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