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Here are some of the most viral social media posts of 2018:
#1 Mariah Carey Asking for Tea During Her NYE Performance.
Who demands hot tea right in the middle of a live New Year’s Eve Performance? Mariah Carey – That’s Who!
We thought that we would start this list with the very first meme of 2018. American Singer/Songwriter Mariah Carey, known as the ‘Songbird Supreme’ by the Guinness World Records innocently asked for a cup of hot tea much to the amusement of many fans worldwide.
#2 Joe Jonas with a Banana In His Mouth
That’s right! Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers eating a banana became absolutely viral when someone on Twitter used it as a viral social media post. 2989 retweets and 15,860 likes on his hilarious tweet – “when you’re at a hookup but the guy you’re actually into replies”.
#3 Black Mirror Season 4 episode 5: Metalhead
Black Mirror is a Sci-Fi TV Show that examines the modern world and the impact that technology has on our current lives. Not everyone’s cup of joe.
But in Season 4 episode 5: Metalhead, the meme of a grown man being chased by a vacuum cleaner is too hilarious to resist!
#4 Michaela Coel: THAT picture from Black Mirror
Another epic meme from Black Mirror – this time from Season 4 episode 1: USS Callister.
This Michaela Coel Smirk became a prime example of viral marketing when @winonadickryder tweeted this image with the caption, “friend: ‘BITCH OMFG I HAVE SUM TEA FOR YOU!!!’
#5 Fiat 500 Twitter
The ‘Fiat 500 Twitter’ is not a meme but a collection of memes in itself that went viral in Britain.
It basically refers to a subculture of British white girls on Twitter that tweet about hangovers, boys, food, and generic life advice that somehow gets a TON of traction.
This entire subculture has existed for a while without a name. Now it finally has one, all thanks to a few viral posts on social media!
#6 The Reason I Cancelled My Trip to London: Donald Trump Tweet
Oh, come on! You knew that there was going to be one Donald Trump Tweet in the mix.
On 11 Jan 2018, the President of the USA tweeted that he canceled his trip to London and blamed it on the Obama Presidency. This opened a floodgate of savage memes and trolls.
Perhaps not the kind of viral marketing you want for yourself!
#7 Girl Furiously Typing
This hilarious meme is probably one of the best replies to a troll!
That besides, the ‘girl furiously typing’ meme has become immensely popular. Funny how the simplest things are so amazingly creative!
#8 Google Selfie App
Google Arts and Culture was released as a way to search for art from museums. As TechCrunch put it, “Like Shazam, but for art” was what it was meant to be.
Instead, millions of people started taking selfies and getting matches to actual works of art. The results were truly epic – another tide of viral posts on Twitter!
#9 Ann Widdecombe Straightening Her Hair
Ever get that feeling that everything is destined to go wrong today? This meme about Ann Widdecombe hair straightening fail will sum it up nicely!
Not only did this meme go viral, but it also shows a ton of potential in terms of spawning more memes. Let’s hope for the best!
#10 Black Hogwarts
J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter has been an inspiration to many generations and will continue to be. Not that the original Harry Potter cast hasn’t been the origin for many epic memes over the ages, but 2018 saw #BlackHogwarts.
Even Rowling herself tweeted out to say that she was, “Seeing it and loving it!” What is Black Hogwarts? It’s an alternate casting for the Harry Potter movie franchise with only African American actors. This one has some serious potential for an evergreen meme genre!
#11 RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars 3 – Chad Michaels’ “Oh, Bitch!”
Remember the old “Oh, Snap!” memes? Well, 2018 brought us the incredible “Oh, Bitch!” meme by drag performer Chad Michaels in RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars 3.
Simply epic stuff! Not much else needs to be said about this meme that became a sensational piece of viral marketing for RuPaul’s Drag Race.
#12 FBI Agent Watching Through My Laptop Webcam
The FBI has the power to activate your webcam for surveillance. Although they need a signed court order to do so, it is still considered by many to be a huge invasion of privacy. What if it is not just the FBI who can do this sort of thing?
Deeply uncomfortable, dubious, and controversial at best, this topic was the perfect formula for a viral meme. Then the Tweeple came up with the idea of the ‘friendly FBI agent watching through the laptop webcam’.
#13 Smug Cheerleader
A cheerleader named Ryan Cummings had the smuggest, pettiest smile ever on the “Senior Elite SOH 2018 Backstage, Performance & Awards”.
Instant meme. Instantly viral social media posts.
#14 Queer Eye’s’ Johnathan Van Ness ‘Can You Believe Me?’
There is absolutely no way that a blonde dude with a creepy smile wasn’t going to be a meme!
Jonathan Van Ness, star of the Netflix TV show Queer Eye is a “one-man meme machine” according to The Washington Post. Absolutely no way to argue with that statement!
#15 Cardi B Listening to Her Own Song
This is possibly one of the best memes of 2018. Watch American rapper and songwriter ‘Cardi B’ rock to her own song at – wait for it, at an All-Star Game!
Like any great meme, it opened up new possibilities. People started posting how her vibe goes well with literally any song! Can you say, ‘priceless’?
#16 Savage Patrick
Spongebob Squarepants – how many entertaining memes has this one cartoon show given us?
2018 was the year of the Savage Patrick/Evil Patrick/Angry Patrick. The meme was actually a still from Season 1 of the show from back in 1999. But starfish cartoon with an evil chuckle? Still funny!
#17 When the Wrong Song Comes On
In no part of the world is this meme not funny. Admit it, you have done that EXACT same thing everytime the wrong song plays on your music system and you’re in the shower!
There’s a statement I never thought I’d make!
#18 Jennifer Garner at the Oscars
Jen Garner is an absolute darling and at the Oscars, she stopped clapping midway as if struck by some sudden realization.
Of course, it became a meme! But even more hilarious was the fact that she actually reacted to her own viral meme! What more could you possibly want?
#19 Angry Styrofoam Head
Black Twitter strikes again! Meet Angry Styrofoam Head! No matter where you are from, a styrofoam mannequin wearing a du-rag and twisting around in an angry manner – Always funny.
#20 March Madness
March Madness refers to the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) for basketball. This is one of the most-awaited athletic events in the USA and with incredible sporting events come cray fans.
The March Madness meme took the NCAA tournament table and took to fill it up with some hilarious things. The meme went instantly viral and throughout 2018, everyone was making a March Madness meme of their own.
#21 Out of Breath Spongebob
As if the Savage Patrick meme wasn’t enough, Spongebob Squarepants got a lot more hype from another top meme of 2018 – Out of Breath Spongebob!
The best part about this meme is that you can use it to reply to almost anything with the right caption!
#22 Black Panther “Is This Your King?”
Most 90’s kids grew up with the “I’m Batman!” meme. Enter Black Panther.
In a meme-filled world, 2018 took one of the most powerful moments by Michael B. Jordan in the Black Panther movie and turned it into the phrasal template: “Is this your X?”
#23 If You Don’t Love Me At My
Ok, I’m just going to call it here – the whole “If you don’t love me at my worst, then you don’t deserve me at my best” ideology is a horrible way to look at any relationship.
If you want a working relationship, stop thinking about it as “handling” it.
But then, this meme took it to the next level of ridicule altogether across Reddit and Twitter.
#24 Mark Zuckerberg at Congressional Hearings
Mark Zuckerberg is not known to be the most expressive of people. But on one occasion during a congressional hearing, a Senator asked him if he felt comfortable sharing which hotel he was staying at.
It took Zuckerberg by total surprise and the world by an avalanche of hilarious new memes. Check out this one instance: https://twitter.com/MikeTokes/status/983857513454956551/photo/1
#25 Town Crier Royal Baby
Town Crier for the Royal Baby by an unofficial royal crier – instant meme for trolling loudmouths!
#26 Woman Bent Over Squinting
This picture was taken off someone’s Insta feed. A woman bent over her knees squinting at some distant object – classic meme material.
The original meme generated 29,000 retweets and 73,000 likes.
#27 Harry and Meghan Waving to the Balcony
Where some see the wedding of the century, others see a meme factory!
While Prince Harry and his newlywed waved out to the balcony, there was one moment where Meghan Markle looks up with a genuinely surprised look.
As people speculated as to what she saw, Twitter got flooded with memes to answer it.
#28 Is This a Pigeon
Japanese anime series Brave Fighter of Sun Fighbird features a humanoid that is still learning about the Earth.
In its excitement, the humanoid confuses a butterfly to be a pigeon and caused a meme overload on Twitter in 2018!
#29 The Four Words Every Girl Wants to Hear
Mashable released the pic of a guy leaning in and whispering something into a woman’s ears and asked people to post the four words that every woman wants to hear. Cozy nuzzling, cute picture… Aww?
Nope. Meme. Tons of hilarious replies, each one a champion meme!
#30 Spoilers With No Context (Hereditary)
Horror film Hereditary has possibly one of the creepiest trailers ever released. One of the most iconic bits was that of a little girl clicking her tongue.
The sound coupled with the background score was so unnerving that its ‘spoiler without context’ memes went absolutely viral.
#31 Elon Musk Smoking a Blunt
2018 was the year of weed controversies in the USA. One of the most iconic moments was Elon Musk smoking a blunt on The Joe Rogan Experience. It was one of the most viral posts on social media.
Sure, Tesla stocks plummeted by 6% overnight, but hey – it made for a champion meme!
Did we miss your favorite meme of 2018? Let us know in the comments below and have an awesome 2019, people! Make sure to share this post and stack up more followers on social media too!