There was a time in 2000 when I would listen to Aaron Carter's Aaron's Party album daily and wish against all odds that I could be at that party with those crazy, vase-breaking kids and the Teen Dream himself, Aaron Carter. Carter was more than just the little brother of Backstreet Boy star Nick: he was the younger, hipper, more-inclined-to-beat-Shaq breakout artist of the new millennium. And, uh, he was super cute, you guys. Feast your eyes on all the times that Carter proved he was a worthy crush to have back in the day.
The time his brown eyes were a window into his soul.
The time he wore a denim shirt over a tee better than anyone else.
The time he looked like a surfer dude unironically.
The time he committed to his Halloween costume.
The time he cozied up to Teen Queen Hilary Duff and looked adorable doing it.
The time he hung out with his big bro, Nick.
The time his hair was basically perfect. (Hint: It was all the times.)
The time he went hard on the hair gel.
The time he poured his soul out in song.
The time he looked like an actual grown-up and you kind of died.
The time he posed with a whole bunch of purses.
The time he pulled out this killer smile.
The time he had great layer game.
The time he snuggled with this puppy. Oh. My. God.
The time he was super laid back on the red carpet.
The time he wore this hat with confidence.
The time he let his hair grow out. Swoon.