The real reason why TRL disappeared
For better or for (more likely) worse, the music landscape of the late '90s and early 2000s is inexorably intertwined with Total Request Live. The show counted down the most popular videos of each day … which were almost always either bubblegum pop acts (Britney, Christina, N Sync, Backstreet Boys) … and rap-rock dude-bros (Kid Rock, Limp Bizkit, Korn). TRL went off the air for good in November 2008, which is probably years after you stopped watching it. Here's a look at the slow, and then complete, decline of a once-dominant cultural force.