The Meme Boom

Ten memes that define the past decade

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Memes are statistically more popular than Jesus Christ, according to Google Trends. With the wide use of social media, memes have become more widespread and popular. A meme is an idea, behavior, style or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture, according to Merriam Webster Dictionary. The following list includes the most iconic meme from each year.

‘Hide Yo Kids, Hide Yo Wife and Hide Yo Husband’ (2010)
Antoine Dodson became one of the first known memes of the decade. In late 2010, he had a very interesting interview with a reporter over a crime involving his sister. It was then remixed and turned into a popular tune on YouTube.

Planking (2011)
The actual term planking was coined by Paul Carran in 2008, but the trend did not start to pick up until March of 2011. The trend really gained momentum when pro-rugby player David Williams planked at a game on March 27, 2011.

Grumpy Cat (2012)
Tardar Sauce is a snowshoe cat that became internet famous off of his grim some look. Her pictures became a meme classic after her owner posted pictures of her to Reddit in September 2012.

Doge (2013)
In simple terms, Doge is slang for dog. The meme captures Shiba Inus pups with internal monologue captions, primarily popular from the website tumblr.com.

@Menshumor
But That’s None of My Business

‘But That’s None of My Business’ (2014)
This phrase is completely sarcastic used to indicate an insult, used with a picture of Kermit the frog drinking tea.

The Dress (2015)
The Dress, in simplicity, is a dress. The image is of a UK women’s dress gained popularity after viewers could not decide if the dress was blue and black or white and gold.

@HARAM8E
Harambe Bot on Twitter

Harambe (2016)
Harambe was a silverback gorilla who was shot and killed at Cincinnati Zoo after a child fell into its habitat. The event was criticized by a wide audience because people claimed the parents should have been more careful. People began widely acknowledging the death of the gorilla by over-exaggerating their sorrow over the event.

Mocking Spongebob (2017)
Not to be confused with Caveman Spongebob, Mocking Spongebob is used to make fun of opinions with a mocking tone.

@hans_abringo
FBI Agent Meme

My FBI Agent (2018)
This meme refers to a government agent secretly watching all of us through our phone and computer cameras. Although this meme started in early 2017, it did not become popular until a 2018 version hit Twitter.

Area 51 (2019)
Nearly 1.5 million people responded to a Facebook event in June 2019 to Storm Area 51 to see if there were aliens or other secrets being kept there. The event that took place in September became popular over the idea that if everyone stormed at the same time, the government could not kill them all.