Aaron Carter Was A Worthy Crush of the '00s & These 17 Photos are the Cold, Hard Proof

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.

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The time his brown eyes were a window into his soul.

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The time he wore a denim shirt over a tee better than anyone else.

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The time he looked like a surfer dude unironically.

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The time he committed to his Halloween costume.

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The time he cozied up to Teen Queen Hilary Duff and looked adorable doing it.

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The time he hung out with his big bro, Nick.

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The time his hair was basically perfect. (Hint: It was all the times.)

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The time he went hard on the hair gel.

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The time he poured his soul out in song.

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The time he looked like an actual grown-up and you kind of died.

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The time he posed with a whole bunch of purses.

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The time he pulled out this killer smile.

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The time he had great layer game.

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The time he snuggled with this puppy. Oh. My. God.

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The time he was super laid back on the red carpet.

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The time he wore this hat with confidence.

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The time he let his hair grow out. Swoon.