Life is serious business. But when you’re on the Internet, you get a chance to loosen up a little. The humour keeps us all going and now we’ve come to a point where we can’t do without it. Memes are a great way for anyone to express themselves and as more and more people come online, things are only going to get bigger, and funnier.
When it comes to memes, the Internet keeps getting better each year. From pure insanity to downright hilarious, 2018 was a massive year for some of the most creative memes. From the CEO of the world’s largest social networking platform to the super smart Elon Musk, no one could escape from becoming a meme this year.
Here’s our look at some of the most popular memes of 2018.
1. Elon Musk smokes weed
Yes, he did it. Elon Musk smoked weed when he went live on YouTube for an episode of The Joe Rogan Experience, and as expected, everyone lost their mind. Popular social platforms were high with ‘Elon Musk smoking weed’ memes. Amidst Tesla’s crashing stock prices, and other controversies, Elon Musk showed off his cool attitude towards stuff.
2. If you don’t love me at my…
Social media is filled with top-notch genius brains who turned a classic adage into a hot meme in no time. “If you don’t live me at my…” went viral with several popular brands joining the party across major social media platforms in 2018. Some of the biggest, most popular versions of the meme came from Netflix, Mindy Kaling, and others.
3. The most ambitious crossover event in history
Avengers: Infinity War released this year, and was labelled ‘the most ambitious crossover event in history’. It didn’t take very long for this to spread as a meme, with everyone coming up with their own versions of the tagline. Clearly, not everyone agrees with Marvel.
4. Radhika Apte on Netflix
Netflix was accused of an overdose of Radhika Apte in its Indian original shows this year, but the online streaming giant handled it rather well. Netflix even edited its bio to say, “Just another @radhikaofficial fan account” on Instagram. The whole thing played back and forth with Twitter users responding with their own jokes, but Netflix played real classy and it ended up in being a hilarious trend.
5. Tide pods
You could list this one in one of the most bizarre ideas ever, but Tide’s laundry detergent pods created a massive buzz on the Internet early this year. From convincing people to consume (don’t do it!) these bright coloured detergent pods to a large number of YouTube videos, Tide pods were everywhere.
stop eating tide pods and start using them for their intended purpose: little pillows for tired action figures
— Dinosaur Dracula (@DinosaurDracula) January 16, 2018
6. Not a cellphone in sight
Although it’s fairly new, the whole ‘Not a cellphone in sight’ meme is pure fun. It originated with a Twitter user posting a rendering of Jesus’ crucifixion, it slowly gained traction once other users picked it up and started posting their own versions. The meme picks up on the excessive use of mobile phones, theorizing that people would spend more time with their surroundings if they weren’t on their phones all the time.
7. thank u, next
Based on Ariana Grande’s hit single, ‘Thank you, Next’ spread like fire within the fire. Probably the biggest reason for its viral nature was the ease with which everyone could relate to this emotion. We’ve all been affected by at least a hundred things in life, coming up with just three was fairly easy. The meme was formed using lyrics from the song.
8. Infinity War: I don’t feel so good
Avengers: Infinity War didn’t just give us all a visual treat this year, it also delighted us with two popular memes. [Warning: spoilers ahead in case you haven’t seen the movie yet] The good folks on the Internet made the most out of the disintegration effects, because, after all, humour is the best way to cope up.
Bill Gates: What just happened? What has Thanos done?
Windows: …Bill… I don’t… I don’t feel so… good…
Bill: No no no no no, stay with me pal, stay with me
— TohToh’s Bizarre Adventure (@toh_boi) April 29, 2018
What’s the Internet without Drake memes? Exactly. This year we saw a lot of reaction images being used over and over again from Drake’s old hit song Hotline Bling. The meme includes Drake’s meme-worthy dance moves and gestures. No wonder everyone lost their minds and these memes went viral quickly.
10. Mark Zuckerberg faces the heat
2018 wasn’t a good year for Facebook, purely considering the number of scandals, some of which are still popping up as the year ends. Mark Zuckerberg had to take a trip to Capitol Hill this year after the whole Cambridge Analytica scandal shook everyone. What followed was an endless array of tweets, jokes, GIFs, memes, and more.
Did we miss anything (we probably did, a lot)? Do share your favourite memes of 2018 via the comments section below.