Carly M.'s Top Ten of 2008
Man, wasn't 2008 a crazy year? From the political coverage to the Olympic Games to the economic crisis to all the juicy celebrity gossip, 2008 certainly couldn't be referred to as a “boring” year. Here are my Top Ten Stories of 2008: Runner-up: Battle of the David's on American Idol 10. Gas Goes WAY Up 9. Hannah Montana and Jonas Brothers Craze 8. Twilight: the Movie and the Fans 7. HSM3 and Sex and the City Make It Onto the Big Screen 6. Britney Spears Makes a Comeback 5. The Dark Knight Soars to #2 Best-selling Movie of All Time 4. The Bankruptcies and the Bailouts
3. Michael Phelps Wins Eight Gold Medals at the Beijing Olympic Games 2. Sarah Palin Announced as VP Candidate for John McCain 1. Barack Obama Wins 2008 Presidential Election
David vs. David. Cook vs. Archuleta. It was the showdown of the spring on American Idol. We watched them duke it out with their melodious voices, we voted in massive numbers, and we waited while Ryan Seacrest blabbed on and on until finally the moment we had been waiting for arrived . . . David Cook is the winner of American Idol 2008!
How many times this summer did you hear your parents complain about the outrageous gas prices? About a million, you say? Well, you're not alone! All across the country, this summer people were feeling and talking about the extremely high gas prices. Fortunately, gas prices have gone down in the meantime — and hopefully so has your parents' complaining.
These top teen acts let it be known that they're taking over. From their own television shows to sold-out concerts to movies to books to dolls to more items than you could even imagine to buy, Hannah Montana (aka Miley Cyrus) and the Jonas Brothers definitely made their way to the top in 2008. Let's see if 2009 is just as good for these teen pop sensations.
Hit book series? Check! Swarm of crazy fans? Check! Big movie with hot actors? Check! I could only be talking about the buzz on 2008’s hottest book series to take the country and world by storm: the YA Twilight saga by Stephanie Meyer. On the heels of the fourth and final book, Breaking Dawn (which came out in August of 2008), Twilight (the first in the saga), hit the silver screen in November 2008. Not only did the top-selling books create hype around the movie, but the new hottest stars to hit Hollywood, Kristen Stewart (Bella) and Robert Pattinson (Edward), spawned overwhelming box office numbers.
After a good three to five years, New York City's four trendiest women and California's hottest high school finally made it onto the silver screen. In May, young girls and older women flocked to see SJP and the gang in their most outrageous outfits yet in the Sex and the City movie. About six months after "the girls” took to the big screen, our favorite high schoolers, Troy, Gabriella, Chad, and Sharpay (Zac, Vanessa, Corbin, and Ashley) sung and danced their way into our hearts in High School Musical 3: Senior Year.
Oops, she did it again! Britney Spears is back and is taking the music charts by storm with her new album, Circus. After sweeping the MTV Music Awards with three Moon Men and beating out Paramore's “That's What You Get” with her video "Womanizer” (the #1 video of the year as voted on by Fuse Television fans), Britney is certainly back on top.
Upon Heath Ledger's tragic death, The Dark Knight (starring Christian Bale as Batman), swept the competition for weeks as the #1 movie at the box office. Audiences were immersed in the action and mesmerized by the intense and chilling performance of the late Heath Ledger. (Titanic still holds the #1 spot for best-selling movie of all time.)
When the news channels wasn't covering the presidential election or the eight gold medals won by Michael Phelps, they were addressing the historic-making events taking place in the economy. As Lehman Brothers, (one of the oldest investment banks in the world) went under, the media kept its eyes on the falling stock market and the $700 billion bailout, while the public kept close attention to their finances.
The 2008 Beijing Olympic Games quickly turned into the Michael Phelps Games as he swept away his competition to win eight gold medals. Since he was the first ever to win this many medals in one Olympic Games, the media went into a frenzy, and we soon saw Michael Phelps all over the place: television, magazines, newspapers, billboards, cereal boxes, and even at McDonald's.
Though John McCain didn't win the presidency, he surprised the country when announcing his vice presidential candidate to be Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. The second woman ever to be announced as the vice presidential candidate (first being Geraldine Ferraro in 1984), no one expected Palin to be on the ballot alongside McCain. However, Palin proved that women are a significant force in politics by giving Joe Biden (Obama's VP candidate) a run for his money in their debate. And to think, it was less than 100 years ago that women weren't even allowed to vote.
Americans wanted change, and that's what Americans got! On November 9, 2008, Barack Obama became the first ever African-American to be elected President of the United States. And his plans for making a different are already underway! Any questions on why this is the top story of the year? I thought not.
— Carly M., STACKS Staffer
High School Musical 3 Photo: Courtesy of Disney Channel
Michael Phelps Photo: U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps reacts after winning the men's 100m butterfly swimming final and his seventh gold medal in the 2008 Olympic Games. (Photo:©Martin Bureau/AFP/NewsCom)
Barack Obama Photo: Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama campaigns in Grand Rapids, Michigan, October 2, 2008. Photo: ©Chris Fitzgerald/CandidatePhotos.com.
Man, wasn't 2008 a crazy year? From the political coverage to the Olympic Games to the economic crisis to all the juicy celebrity gossip, 2008 certainly couldn't be referred to as a “boring” year.
Here are my Top Ten Stories of 2008:
Runner-up: Battle of the David's on American Idol
10. Gas Goes WAY Up
9. Hannah Montana and Jonas Brothers Craze
8. Twilight: the Movie and the Fans
7. HSM3 and Sex and the City Make It Onto the Big Screen
6. Britney Spears Makes a Comeback
5. The Dark Knight Soars to #2 Best-selling Movie of All Time
4. The Bankruptcies and the Bailouts
3. Michael Phelps Wins Eight Gold Medals at the Beijing Olympic Games
2. Sarah Palin Announced as VP Candidate for John McCain
1. Barack Obama Wins 2008 Presidential Election