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The 27 Most 2007 Things Ever

From the new obsessions (Kardashians, gossip girls) to the record-breaking successes ('Pirates,' 'Harry' and 'Halo') plus pop culture highlights (Spice Girls!), here are the defining moments of the indelible 2007

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January 7: 'Grease: You're the One That I Want!' Premieres

We clearly weren't in the golden age of television just yet.

Who was the greatest musician from the great year of 2007? Vote in our Throwback Throwdown: Who Owned 2007 now!

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January 30: Microsoft's Windows Vista Launches

Clicking the "Start" button now meant clicking the "Start" circle, and we were all terrified of what that meant.

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February 1: 'The Sarah Silverman Program' Debuts

The show garnered critical acclaim and excellent ratings becoming the most-watched cable show upon its premiere, plus scored the Jesus Is Magic comedian an Emmy nomination.

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February 4: Timbaland's 'Shock Value' Is Released

The album would secure his legacy as an artist-producer, honing his signature sound on singles like "The Way I Are" and "Give It to Me," while breaking new acts (and radio records) by remixing OneRepublic's "Apologize."

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February 8: Avril Lavigne Releases "Girlfriend"

Hey! Hey! You! You! I know that you secretly liked this song.

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February 10: Barack Obama Declares Candidacy for President

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The Illinois senator would later become our 44th President.

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February 11: Christina Aguilera Nails James Brown Tribute

The GRAMMY performance for the late Godfather of Soul would be a defining moment for the young singer.

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February 22: 'The OC' Airs Its Final Episode

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With no Misha Barton and a smaller number of episodes ordered, the teen hit show's fate was sealed with a Jan. 3 cancellation announcement. We never wept harder for Seth and Summer.

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February 25: 'The Departed' Wins Oscar for Best Picture

After six Academy Award losses, Martin Scorsese finally did it with the Leonardo DiCaprio–led film.

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March 16: A Three-Way Tie Happens in 'Jeopardy!' for the First Time Ever

Your grandma was fah-reak-ing out.

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April 7: Joss Stone Earns Highest Album Debut for a British Female Singer

This was a time before Adele.

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May 3: The House Passes the Matthew Shepard Act

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In the first time that the House of Representatives brings a gay rights bill to the floor for a vote, they moved to pass the anti-hate crime bill that would be signed into law by President Barack Obama more than two years later.

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May 23: Jordin Sparks Wins 'American Idol' Season 6

The then-17-year-old beat Blake Lewis to become the youngest winner in the series' history.

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May 25: The Most Expensive Film Ever Is Released

With a production budget of $300 million, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End was the most expensive film ever made at the time of release—even after adjusting for inflation. Luckily, it'd end up making $963.4 million at the box office.

Its budget would only be beat by 2011's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

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May 31: Rihanna's 'Good Girl Gone Bad' Is Released

Featuring hit after hit after hit after hit, Rihanna would solidify herself in the pop world thanks to smashes like "Umbrella," "Don't Stop the Music," "Hate That I Love You," "Take a Bow," "Disturbia" and more.

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June 5: Paris Hilton Begins 23-Day Stint in Jail

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Violating your probation is not hot.

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June 10: 'The Sopranos' Says Goodbye With Abrupt Ending

The unexpected ending had thousands panicking that HBO had an interruption in service.

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June 13: "I Got a Crush on Obama" Debuts

A meme before memes were even a thing, the viral video would undoubtedly help Obama gain traction with young voters.

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June 28: Spice Girls Announce Their Reunion

Giving You Everything: The defining girl group celebrated their 10-year anniversary with a press conference in London and announcing a subsequent world tour. 

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July 21: Final 'Harry Potter' Book Is Released


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows broke records as the fastest-selling book ever. The final installment in the Potter series sold 15 million copies in the first 24 hours.

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August 17: 'High School Musical 2' Premieres

HSM2 would become the highest-rated Disney Channel Movie of all time, plus the highest-rated cable telecast at the time. Go, Wildcats!

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September 19: 'Gossip Girl' Premieres

Just as The OC ended, we found a new obsession inside Manhattan's Upper East Side with Serena, Blair, and the whole clique.

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September 25: 'Halo 3' Is Released

The game was a runaway success, generating $170 million in sales in its first 24 hours.

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October 14: 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians' Premieres

My, how things have changed.

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October 15: Drew Carey Debuts as New Host of 'The Price Is Right'

We still miss you, Bob Barker.

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August 30: Britney Spears Releases "Gimme More" to Radio

America takes in Spears' new single...and it's a hit!

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September 9: Britney Opens the 2007 MTV VMAs

The bizarre and snoozy performance was supposed to be a comeback performance Brit...and instead has gone down in one of the award show's most infamous showings.

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 30: NSYNC is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 30, 2018 in Hollywood, Californ

Apr 30: *NSYNC 4EVER

It’s been a while since the guys of *NSYNC reunited. Since their epic onstage reunion at the 2013 MTV VMAs and JC’s 40th birthday, the guys have been doing their own thing, until today! Justin, JC, Joey, Lance and Chris got together to celebrate their new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and as if the day couldn’t get any better, JC reminds us that tomorrow it’s gonna be MAY.