While some consider Memorial Day to be the unofficial kick-off of the summer, let's be real people. Summer doesn't begin until Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst blows up a boat. Or, at least, that's how the summer of 1999 began.
YouTube Screen Capture Carson Daly and Fred Durst
That season, whose boat-exploding milestone turns 15 tomorrow, was truly the summer of "TRL." At a time when the music industry was having significantly unprecedented success, MTV's request-only countdown was the barometer for Soundscan superstardom. While plenty can debate whether "TRL" (formerly "Total Request Live") set the trends in music or merely reflected the diversity of that year's popular music spectrum, there's no denying what a huge boost appearing on the show did not only for musicians, but actors and entertainers of all types.