With everything that’s been going on towards the end of 2016 including the rise of a real and much more terrifying He Who Must Not Be Named, I thought it might be nice to take a break from the shitstorm that is the present day and look back at the days where my biggest concern was what color rubber bands I should put on my braces. Here I offer you a playlist of my favorite early to mid 2000s pop with a strong emphasis on female artists. Also because people can get emotional about this kind of stuff (and who wouldn’t, I mean this is our childhood, right?) please note that I could not include all the musical gems from the era in this playlist. If you have any issues you can take them up with Smarter Child.