Gaze, dear readers, into the nadir of civilization--Britney Spears' bared breast.
In such a decade of ignominy, choosing valedictorian is no easy task. Alas, there but for the grace of God goes Gimme Noise. We tirelessly sifted through the bushel of stars who tumbled like Tetris blocks over the last 10 years.
Head below the jump to see our picks for the biggest downfalls of the 2000s.
5. Wavves-- He may have been destined for a flash in the pan. But even grease fires at Flameburger last longer than Wavves' time in the sun. Everyone expected him to bounce back after the hissy fit heard round the world, when wunderkind Nathan Williams, strung out on Mountain Dew and Slim Jims, accosted the audience and departed the stage mid-set. But the Wavves camp has been whisper quiet ever since.
4. The Strokes--It's only by virtue of their meteoric ascent with 2001's This Is It that the Strokes are included here. It is, almost without question, the defining rock album of the decade, and the staggering decline of returns on their subsequent releases and their ultimate fade into anonymity, is a fairly breathtaking deathdrop for the four piece that raised only a few eyebrows when they were proclaimed the saviors of rock and roll.
Michael Jackson, RIP - An epic downfall that millions of fans will mourn decades from now.