- TV. Watch. Repeat. -Did 'TRL' Make Britney Spears And *NSYNC, Or Did Britney And *NSYNC Make 'TRL'?
If frosted tips show up in Times Square, without TRL to show them, do they make an impact? It's the ultimate chicken-and-the-egg question of the late '90s: Was Total Request Live responsible for some of the biggest acts that still remain famous today, or was the show that launched hundreds of fender-benders on Broadway only famous because of this generation's biggest stars?
It's a question my TV. Watch. Repeat. co-host Allison Piwowarski and I ponder in our latest episode, which delves into the history of Total Request Live, the daily music video countdown phenomenon hosted by Carson Daly. We find out how teen girls controlled the music industry, which big star some MTV execs wanted besides Daly, and all the behind-the-scenes shenanigans with music's most notable A-listers. Plus, we evaluate the very first top 10 list featured on TRL in 1998. (One boy bander even rocks a zig-zag part.)
So grab your low-rise jeans and enjoy the story of Total Request Live on our latest episode of TV. Watch. Repeat. on Apple, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. And be sure to check out our other pop culture podcast, Pop Chaser, for all your entertainment headline needs!