Aaron Carter is probably one of my favorite has been solo artists of the ’00s. It’s not because he was a particularly great artist or because he has a magnetic personality or anything like that. No, it was because even when I was a kid, I sort of knew that this dude was kind of lame and cheesy but in the best possible way. Come on, I’m pretty sure that he honestly thought he was being such a baller with his mom-friendly hip hop beats and his spiked hair.
He was always Nick Carter’s younger brother to many of us, but he was involved in plenty of hilarious moments that will be permanently etched into my childhood memories. I mean, “That’s How I Beat Shaq” is legendary. If anybody says otherwise, they’re in denial or straight up lying…and probably listens to Aaron Carter’s first album in secret.
Anyway, here are 10 unforgettable Aaron Carter moments that will really bring you back to your days of low-rise jeans and Lizzie McGuire reruns.
Aaron's PartyI'm pretty sure that at some point of our childhoods we knew all the words to this song. Let's be real: It was catchy as hell. And who doesn't love a song about a 14-year-old boy who actually looks like a 10-year-old boy having a house party?Source: YouTube
Aaron Carter On Lizzie McGuireAn iconic moment that is absolutely unforgettable. I don't know what part of this cameo was the best? The part when he gives Lizzie a Christmas kiss or Lizzie's metallic pants.Source: Photo Wenn
Butchering 'I Want Candy'I mean, his version is cute but the '80s original by Bow Wow Wow is way better.Source: Tumblr
How Aaron Carter Allegedly Beat Shaq In A Game Of One-On-One Basketball"That's How I Beat Shaq" is a delightful song about Aaron Carter's fantasy of beating Shaq in a game of basketball. This song and music video taught me something I'll never forget: Some teenage boys have dreams about having sex, others have dreams about playing basketball. Fascinating.Source: YouTube
This Aaron Carter Action FigureSo, uh, this is a thing that exists. Even better than the actual action figure is the one and only review for it.Source: Amazon.com
The Aaron Carter, Lilo, HilzDuff Love TriangleHonestly, this love triangle was more important to me than the Bennifer vs. Brangalina fiasco. Two of the most popular teen idols vying for the attention of Aaron Carter? Come on, this was gold. Even though Aaron was dating Hilary, there were some lingering feelings for Lindsay that were never quite resolved. Eventually, we found out that this dude seemed to be a serial cheater and all of those relationships fizzled out. But wow, there's nothing like a feud between two teen queens with dorky ol' Aaron caught in the crossfire.Source: MTV.com and Crushable
That Time We Sort Of Forgot About HimAfter he broke up with Hilary, this dude sort of went off the radar for a while. Well, I don't think it was his intention but, uh, who was actually rocking out to Aaron Carter after 2002?Source: Photo Wenn
The Reality TV ShowHouse Of Carters was a reality series that focused on Aaron, his brother Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys, and their siblings who nobody knew about trying to revive their careers and bond as a family for the first time in years. It was only on for one season but it was a season full of enough family dysfunction to actually make you feel at least a little bit sorry for these starlets.Source: Starpulse
Dancing With AaronSo like many other celebs vying for a little extra spotlight, Aaron was a contestant on Dancing With The Stars back in 2009. He and his partner finished in fifth place, but at least they look good in bumblebee colors.Source: E Online
When Shaq Got His RevengeAaron has had a rough time since his Dancing days, including a stint in rehab and dealing with the death of one of his sisters. But it was good to see that he has enough of a sense of humor to do this showdown video with Shaq earlier this year. Yup, Shaq avenged himself in a game of one-on-one that was 12 years in the making. Seriously though, this video is pretty hilarious. So much for beating Shaq...Source: YouTube
Were you a big Aaron Carter fan back in the day? Do you still know all of the words to “Aaron’s Party” and are too afraid to admit it? Tell us in the comments!