Best of HGTV Dream Home Pop Culture

We’re saluting twenty years of HGTV Dream Home with a collection of our favorite pop culture moments, from dreamy boy bands to high-profile royal events. Don't miss this blast through the past.

Photo By: Daniel Pratt

Photo By: Daniel Pratt

Photo By: Daniel Pratt

Photo By: Daniel Pratt

Photo By: Daniel Pratt

Photo By: Daniel Pratt

Photo By: Daniel Pratt

Photo By: Daniel Pratt

Photo By: Daniel Pratt

Photo By: Daniel Pratt

Photo By: Daniel Pratt

Photo By: Daniel Pratt

Photo By: Daniel Pratt

Photo By: Daniel Pratt

Photo By: Daniel Pratt

Photo By: Daniel Pratt

Photo By: Daniel Pratt

Photo By: Daniel Pratt

Photo By: Daniel Pratt

We Love the 90s

While Tiger Woods was coming off an athlete’s high from his first Masters win at age 21, everyone else was tuning to the Spice Girls who were at the start of their stardom in the United States with the release of “Wannabe”. On the tech side, only the wealthy could afford a DVD player with a starting price of $500, and Dolly, the first cloned sheep, made her debut.

A Year of New Beginnings

Furby fever swept the nation. With people waiting in line for hours to pick up their alien-looking fur toy, Mark McGwire took over the baseball scene with his record-breaking home runs. Our favorite tv series Seinfeld went off the air and the beginning of a new, life-changing era hit our computers when Google launched.

Party Like It’s 1999

Gas prices were wallet-friendly, with an average price of $1.22 per gallon and in some U.S. towns as low as 95 cents. Apple Inc. was taking over consumer shelves when CEO Steve Jobs introduced the iMac in rad colors like blueberry, strawberry, tangerine, grape, and lime. On the big screen The Matrix fascinated the public with a SciFi twist on a machine takeover and on a lighter side, The Adventures of SpongeBob SquarePants captured our hearts with a lively group of adventurous friends who live under the sea.

It’s a New Millennium

We survived Y2K! Fans of the heartthrob Backstreet Boys swooned over their Record of the Year “I Want It That Way”, while 20 million music lovers felt the loss of Napster's shutdown. We're all winners when a carton of eggs sold for 89 cents.

A Winning Combination

A political shift was coming to fruition when George W. Bush became the 43rd president of the United States. While the president settled into office, everyone else had their sights set on buying an iPod to listen to Alicia Keys. The release of the Xbox gave gamers the power to let loose on space aliens in the futuristic Halo: Combat Evolved, and going back to the Roman empire, the drama Gladiator won five Academy Awards, including best picture and best leading actor for heartthrob Russell Crowe.

A Moment Like This

The first season of American Idol captured our attention when Texas-born Kelly Clarkson rocketed to fame. A dynamic duo, Oscar-winning Denzel Washington took home the award for best actor in Training Day and Halle Berry won best actress for Monster’s Ball. On the sports front, the cost of a Super Bowl XXXVI advertisement was a whopping $1.9 million and the Brazilian soccer star, Ronaldo, sported a wacky haircut at the World Cup.

Who Wants to Party?

Harley-Davidson celebrated being a motorcycle icon for 100 years, while Arnold Schwarzenegger became the governator of California. After six seasons, Dawson’s Creek came to a close, and The O.C. captured a new teenage audience with a storyline that showcased a close-knit group of upper-class friends in California. Rounding out the year on a high note, iTunes revolutionized the music industry, one digital song at a time.

A Totally Fetch Year

When Facebook launched, college students united nationwide and logged on to find friends with similar interest. Napoleon Dynamite illustrated that with the support of your friends you can do anything, even dancing and winning class president. On a fad front, bright yellow Livestrong bracelets were on every wrist, raising money and awareness for cancer research, and Ashlee Simpson’s lip sync disaster on Saturday Night Live marked the beginning of the end of her singing career.

Turn On and Tune In

While Heelys captivated every skater enthusiast, YouTube made it possible for anyone to become instantly famous. The first video published on YouTube was entitled “Me at the Zoo”, an 18 second clip of Jawed Karima hanging out with elephants, which has since been viewed over 27 million times. On the topic of famous, Martha Stewart teamed up with Donald Trump to host a spin-off of The Apprentice that aired one season, and Mariah Carey finished out 2005 by performing her hit song “We Belong Together” at New Year’s Eve in Times Square.

A Year of Champions

Italy took home the World Cup in Germany, and Britney Spears was winning in the U.S. as the most searched term on Yahoo. Shooting for the stars, the first female space tourist was Iranian Anousheh Ansari who paid $20 million to travel to the International Space Station. Just in time for the holidays, the Nintendo Wii hit stores with a unique concept of getting gamers off the couch and on their feet to interact with motion-tracking remotes.

Game-Changing Fun

Revolutionizing the technology industry, Apple Inc. brought us the first generation of the iPhone. The science fiction Transformers was a box office hit with a captivating storyline of heroic Autobots defeting the villainous Decepticons. Going old school, we witnessed nerd legend Freddy Anderssom conquer Super Mario Brothers 3 in under 12 minutes, and the sad retirement of Bob Barker from The Price is Right marked the ending of a 35-year era.  

Rise to Stardom

It was a leap year with many exciting moments. On the political front, Senator Barack Obama began his rise to the presidency, as a famous red, white and blue campaign poster burned into the memory of Americans. A trending Saturday Night Live skit went viral when Tina Fey impersonated Governor Sarah Palin, and Amy Poehler was Senator Hillary Clinton. Michael Phelps brought home eight gold medals from Bejing, and Disney Pixar’s WALL-E is recognized by TIME as one of the best movies of the decade.

A Year of Change and Farm Life

Starting off the year with a new face in office, President Barack Obama became our 44th president. A real-life cinderella story unfolded as Scottish singer Susan Boyle captured our attention on Britain's Got Talent when she sang "I Dreamed a Dream". Everyone had a weird obsession with farm animals when the pet pig craze swept the nation, and FarmVille occupied our time as we shoveled hay online.

Weird and Wild

Taylor Swift tackled the music scene as the youngest artist to win record of the year at the Grammy’s, and The Social Network showed us on the big screen how Facebook became a worldwide phenomenon. Topping $1,400 an ounce, gold buying and selling reached a frenzied market and everyone checked their jewelry for profit options. In other strange news, Paul, the psychic octopus received his claim to fame when he accurately predicted the World Cup’s winning team.

A World-Famous Event

Prince William and Kate Middleton tied the knot and it was the most talked about wedding in decades. Everyone was crazy about Angry Birds and British singer-songwriter Adele with the release of her hit single “Rolling in the Deep”. We all went broke at the gas station when gas was sold for around $3.50 a gallon.

Pop Culture at It’s Finest

Gangnam Style took over the world with a wacky dance everyone loved, and Minecraft was all the rage for video gamers, as users broke and built blocks to their heart’s content. Luke Skywalker teamed up with Mickey Mouse when Disney bought Lucasfilm for $4 billion. In royal news, Prince William and Kate Middleton announced they were expecting a royal baby.

Dance, Dance Revolution

Everyone was doing the Harlem Shake, but no one was dancing when movie ticket prices were at an all-time high of $10, compared to $4 in the 90s. Britney Spears passed the torch onto Miley Cyrus as the most searched term on Yahoo, and Beyonce “Runs the World” at the Super Bowl XLVII halftime show.

Everything is Awesome

Jimmy Fallon taking over the helm of The Tonight Show, netted big numbers from millennial viewers. When the Lego Movie opened in theaters nationwide, we all joined in the animated quest to take down Lord Business. The average public college tuition climbed to $18,000 per year, while hig-tech, high-price Google glasses finally hit the market.

It’s the Best Year Ever

Comedian Amy Schumer had the best year ever with her Emmy-winning tv show and box office hit Trainwreck. History was made when the Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality and the popular show Full House made a comeback. We’re all having the best year binge-watching Netflix with hit shows like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black.

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