Here Are the 50 Best Memes of 2017
As a connoisseur of memes, I think 2017 might have been the best year for memes since 2011. Even without Vine, there were so many great memes and trends this year, I had real trouble narrowing down the best ones. It’s almost inspiring how these shared comedic ideas bring us joy in the face of a world that feels like it’s slowly coming apart. Here, in rough order, are my 50 favorites.
The Floor Is
"The floor is lava"
(@Princessofwifi) June 2, 2017
the floor is 8 hours of sleep pic.twitter.com/ydCfLHJO1t
(@Camila_Cabello) June 14, 2017
The summer started off with thousands of people expressing their most positive (and negative) personality traits and desires with variations on the classic children’s game “The Floor is Lava.”
When you use "thus" in an essay pic.twitter.com/LgC27qdzXe
(@SheikhMyBody) January 8, 2017
Me sprinkling extra sources in my paper I didnt even read pic.twitter.com/3nIVzgVCzw
— Cookie🍪 (@OhEmmeG) January 8,
Arguably the first meme of the year, Turkish chef and butcher Nusret Gökçe became a meme and an icon for the #extra way he sprinkled salt.
Elf on the Shelf
You’ve heard of Elf on the Shelf,
now get ready for pic.twitter.com/kY7JGnS42d
— A Ward ¤ (@vivaausvegas) September
Elf on the Shelf has been around for years, but in September it inspired a meme that had nothing to do with Santa’s creepy minions, and everything to do with dumb puns and rhymes.
— a ghost tickled my bootyhole in my sleep
(@BasedKashiBar) February 14, 2017
When the dumbest ideas just blow your mind.
Meryl Streep Singing
Alicia Keys: IN NEW YOOOOOORK
Me: CONCRETE JUNGLE WET DREAM TOMAAAAATO pic.twitter.com/9VM4tXytHs
— Man of the Decade (@MissZindzi) March
Britney: my loneliness is killin me
Me: AND I!
Britney: I must confess, I still believe
Me: STILL BELIEVE!
— EMANUEL (@blingspice) March 18,
"Bill Nye the Science Guy!"
The whole classroom: BILL BILL BILL BILL BILL pic.twitter.com/QPWzikhdeH
— Kylo Ryan, Supreme Leader (@RynoOstar) March 19, 2017
I don’t know why Meryl Streep yelling out lyrics is satisfying, it just is.
i jus found someone's fidget spinner in my girls bed n it's not mine .. what should i do😔
(@mineifiwildout) May 14, 2017
I almost didn’t include this since it was more of a toy trend, but fidget spinners were so ubiquitous they crossed over into meme territory.
Picture this: it’s 2008. You’re laid up in your Aeropostale graphic shirt, taking your nintendog for a walk before his agility
competition. Don’t Trust Me by 3OH!3 is on the radio. Your silly bandz are ripping out arm hairs every time you move a muscle.
— Devin (@devnbm) November 27, 2017
picture this: it’s 2010 & I gotta feeling by the black eyed peas is playing off your iPod while you and your best friends
are having a sleepover, you stayed up til midnight eating frozen pizza and painting each other’s nails, everything is simple and life is good
— Kelly (@k3llytweets) December 13, 2017
Picture this: it’s 2010. TiK Tok is playing on your iPod shuffle as you run home from school to feed your Webkinz. You’re
excited because you almost have your black belt on Club Penguin. You get the courage to ask your mom for money for the scholastic book fair.
— jaycee j (@jayceesue55) December 9, 2017
A lot of Millennials and Generation Z kids feel unsure about their future, so nostalgia for the recent past (and a glimmer of hope for a far-off future) really caught on.
It feels like YouTube, which was such a big part of the social media landscape for so long, has really dropped off in 2017. Shooting Stars was a fun meme, but what other big moments did YouTube give us this year? Jake Paul rapping?
Taylor Can’t Come to the Phone Right Now
I'm sorry, the old Danny can't come to the phone right now. Why? Oh, cause he's dead! pic.twitter.com/R98gh0xCXQ
— Butch Hartman (@realhartman) August
I'm sorry, the old Lizzie can't come to the phone right now… Why? Oh, 'cause she's dead! pic.twitter.com/IMgr3VeHvK
— Lizzie McGuire (@ImLizzieM) August 30,
i'm sorry, but the old carly can't come to the phone right now… why? oh, 'cause she's dead. pic.twitter.com/9rWwo4wXqN
— t (@findinqyou) August 26,
Taylor Swift came back into the spotlight in 2017, and the dumbest part of Look at What You Made Me Do inspired people to wrestle with Taylor not being able to answer the phone because she was dead.
⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ 🤠
💯 💯 💯
👇🏽 💯💯 👇🏽
howdy. im the sheriff of
suckin u off. im gon suck u off
— BRANDON WARDELL (@BRANDONWARDELL) June 8, 2017
⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀🤠
🌈 🌈 🌈 🌈
👇🏽 🌈🌈 👇🏽 🐉
howdy. im the sheriff of LSD. this tiny
dragon is my deputy.
— Felicia Navidad (@meearf) July 8, 2017
Comedian Brandon Wardell, known for gifting the world with the “Dicks out for Harambe” meme, again blessed the world with the emoji sheriff meme.
Shatner (@WilliamShatner) October 10, 2017
— Jesse McLaren (@McJesse) October 10, 2017
— Ali Arikan (@aliarikan) October 10, 2017
Star Wars fans had strong reactions to The Last Jedi, but everyone seemed to love Porgs and Porg memes.
Nothing but Respect for My President
Stopped to clean his sign. Nothing but respect for my president. pic.twitter.com/RZGviSthhm
— Jon Wienke (@Jon_Wienke) July 2,
stopped to clean @shrek 's hollywood star. nothing but respect
for MY president pic.twitter.com/SGgZIe31kz
— erin (@jeanjcket) July 3, 2017
stopped by to clean @pitbull 's star, nothing but respect
for MY president pic.twitter.com/BrwEjxf6In
— madoggy (@MaddyBurke_) July 3, 2017
One girl showing “respect” for President Trump by cleaning off his Hollywood Walk of Fame star inspired hundreds of others to show respect for their presidents.
What is an Extreme Sport?
A seemingly simple question inspired the best minds of Twitter to come up with the extreme challenges we face every day.
— memes 🎄 (@memeprovider) June 22, 2017
ily – i love you
ilysm – i love you so much
ywnbyeitmflutw – you would not believe your eyes if ten million
fireflies lift up the world
— satan fan accou (@turbothot) June 17, 2017
When you robbing the bank and then the intercom starts playing fireflies by owl city pic.twitter.com/uQD4PDH0As
— saint laurent mask (@nasmaraj) June 21,
It was a surprise when Owl City’s Fireflies became a number one hit in 2009, and an ever bigger surprise when it became a meme in 2017.
Me Talking About Myself
me talking about myself:
▶ 🔘──────── 00:01
me talking about how much i miss one direction:
— cyan🍭taking a break (@dailylarrydose) July 9, 2017
me talking about myself:
▶ 🔘──────── 00:06
me talking about the way flynn stares at rapunzel in this scene
▶ 🔘──────── 300:58:59 pic.twitter.com/C2uc7rwfRu
— ً (@targacryen) July 3, 2017
me talking about myself:
▶ 🔘──────── 00:02
me talking about space and my favorite conspiracy theories:
— isabel 🐰🍓♥️ (@liltinyisabel) July 2, 2017
People are very excited to talk about their fandoms.
What Would Pennywise Have to Say to Get You to Go Down There With Him?
A lot of clever ideas, and a lot of people on Twitter who just are ready to die.
Ways to Talk to Short People
Although the original comic came out in 2014, it took until 2017 for this easily exploitable image to take off.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Name
Dwayne "the guac" Johnson pic.twitter.com/enrHTu8MeM
— Soleña, Pickle
Man (@11AkuTheReal) June 15, 2017
Dwayne "The Croc" Johnson pic.twitter.com/hNMlw0CDih
— Eli (@Proxic0n)
Dwayne the Sock Johnson pic.twitter.com/q6rVdfLl62
— Feather bf (@lovelykohai)
It’s all dumb puns, and I approve.
Living in 3017
Y'all living in 2017 meanwhile im in 3017. Catch up. pic.twitter.com/k9uOgQUoZJ
— Daniel (@MyFavsTrash) May 9,
We're all living in 2017 while this man is living in 3017 pic.twitter.com/S5ZqoNuUO4
— Ovais Sheikh (@OvaisBowss) June 10,
YALL last night at the club some guy handed me this and told me to text him. WE ARE IN 2017 THIS MAN IS IN 3017 pic.twitter.com/EqEvpDrVbo
— marissa (@marissuh_x) June 11,
Our distant future is nothing but stupid lifehacks.
— Noah of
House Halford, First of His Name, etc. (@noahhalford) November 4, 2017
— Mia Harrison (@ManxomeMia)
More Animoji Karaoke for you. pic.twitter.com/pxvxfCUTi2
— Harry McCracken
🇺🇸🐱🐶🐷🦊🐔🐰 (@harrymccracken) November 2, 2017
The modern world has given us technology beyond comprehension. We use it to make cartoon animals sing pop songs.
“I’m a Man/Woman Looking For” Multiple Choice Meme
🔘coming out of my cage
⚪️never felt this way before
time of my life
🔘been doing just fine
— Wicked Handsome Boys Club (@NECROMANClNG) August 19,
Once told me, the
🔘World was gonna roll me
🔘Sharpest tool in the shed
— Noah Oxendale (@NoahMOxendale) August 20,
⚪️ A Relationship
⚪️ Casual Sax
🔘 Serious Sax
Kenny G (@kennyg) August 20, 2017
A parody of dating site questionnaires that people took all the way to meme town.
Spotify Playlists for My Crush
What in Tarnation?
When your truck isn't the loudest at sonic pic.twitter.com/mQWE0i0QQq
Vincent Ha (@Vincent_Ha1) January 12, 2017
When Pluto found out it wasn't a planet anymore pic.twitter.com/FLhZv4v0m7
Alex the lyin (@aletxrejos) February 24, 2017
Wood in tarnation pic.twitter.com/y084ixpLtS
— stylish but illegal (@NoBaseCase)
I feel like this one is almost forgotten, but for a moment in February, people couldn’t stop putting cowboy hats on things.
Fellas, Is It Gay…
fellas, is it gay to make money?? i mean youre just collecting pictures of other men 😳😳
— childish sadbino
(@datassque) August 23, 2017
fellas… is it gay to take out the trash? i mean men are trash so you basically taking out another man
— please clap
(@arizonablueme) August 20, 2017
fellas is it gay to look in the mirror? i mean you are looking at another man idk???
— indie (@INDIEWASHERE) August 23, 2017
Turns out, everything is gay.
Why is the FBI Here?
— Lazy dog (@LaziestCanine) February 26, 2017
Turns out, everything is a crime.
Sex is Cool
yeah sex is cool and all but have you ever filled in your eyebrows after you got them done
— malek (@offlinemalek) December 3, 2017
yeah sex is cool bro but have you have tried using sleep as a form of escapism from reality
— indie (@INDIEWASHERE) December 5, 2017
yeah sex is cool but have you ever stepped on a crunchy leaf
— chris melberger (@chrismelberger) November 28, 2017
Everyone’s done with sex. We’re all about naps now.
Rumpf (@rumpfshaker) May 31, 2017
Ask your doctor if Covfefe is right for you. pic.twitter.com/XcDAXMNw1m
Free (@Travon) May 31, 2017
Covfefe twitter is the fastest I've ever gone from delighted to exhausted
— Nick Wiger (@nickwiger) May 31, 2017
That brief moment in May when the President’s overwhelming incompetence was still funny.
How Italians Do Things
A big one on Imgur and Reddit, this meme was very spicy.
[House Hunters episode]
HUSBAND: I'm a freelance hamster trainer
WIFE: And I tune harmonicas part-
HUSBAND: Our budget is $950K
— Valerie (@ValeeGrrl) April 19, 2017
House Hunters intro…
HIM: I'm a hat critic for a blog.
HER: I found a cigar box containing 2 gold
HIM: Our budget is $1.4m
— Jeremy Gibbens (@afterglide) April 20, 2017
[House Hunters episode]
HUSBAND: I'm an artisanal pencil sharpener
WIFE: And I vajazzle
HUSBAND: And our budget is 1.2mil
— Amy Webb (@amywebb) April 21,
Who knew HGTV’s House Hunters was so popular?
The Not You meme is a great way to single out one person and shame them.
The Babadook is Gay
happy pride month from queer icon the babadook pic.twitter.com/f2JxwQbRDd
tracy (@jacobbullards) June 3, 2017
me this month pic.twitter.com/9X3RJAGLli
— Tyler Oakley (@tyleroakley) June 7, 2017
The babadook did THAT pic.twitter.com/tnhSR1qAmy
— milk (@trulyhealy) June 5, 2017
From horrifying depression monster to gay icon, the Babadook’s journey inspired us all in 2017.
Couple Costume Ideas
couples halloween costume pic.twitter.com/K9Ik4yzlqh
— twenty ayyyyyyyteen
(@ejnoodles) October 21, 2017
Couples costume idea pic.twitter.com/ILzEAxlQSE
— Abby New Year
(@abbynotabigail_) October 23, 2017
couples costume idea pic.twitter.com/H0DY5fVUCy
— Lazy dog (@LaziestCanine) October 23, 2017
Ariana’s Album Cover
I've done the research and there's no way her ass is sitting on that stool. pic.twitter.com/AIGNpcJn6G
— Jesse McLaren (@McJesse) October 15,
No not photo shopped my mate didn't photo shop pic.twitter.com/b9zKniDVMK
— кιмιαηα ♡🎄❄️ (@agbxdangerous) October
hard to control for variables like stool size but i think it’s real pic.twitter.com/gWMKgC5gvW
— schmoyoho, accent on the ho ho hooooooo (@schmoyoho) October 17, 2017
Ex-Viner Jesse McLaren made his online presence felt this year with lots of funny political jokes and videos, but his most famous endeavor was trying to sit on a stool like Ariana Grande on her My Everything cover.
Trump’s First Order of Business
HOLY SHIT HE ACTUALLY DID IT pic.twitter.com/rlHZIl2Uue
— ＭｏｗｔｅｎＤｏｏ @ MAGFest
(@MowtenDoo) January 27, 2017
— Trump Draws (@TrumpDraws) January 31, 2017
I like the Photoshop version of the president better.
The Future Liberals Want
This is the future liberals want. pic.twitter.com/McFalAsuBX
— Elize Morgan
(@elizemorgan) March 2, 2017
this is the future that liberals want pic.twitter.com/6671NeUw3y
— War on Xmas
and Nazis Mancino-Williams (@Manda_like_wine) March 2, 2017
This is the future that liberals want pic.twitter.com/dpB0B6hvtB
— We Wish You
Alicia Kraftsmas (@TheAliciaKraft) March 2, 2017
The now-suspended /pol/ News Network Twitter account tweeted out a pic of a woman wearing a niqab sitting next to a man in drag with the caption “This is the future that liberals want”, and Twitter had plenty of their own ideas of what a liberal future would look like.
Man’s Not Hot/The Ting Goes
me: gently adds fries into the pot
the oil: pic.twitter.com/GtvnYLNRit
rose-colored boy (@lilbabycurl) September 3, 2017
the ting go.. skrrra pap pap ka ka ka skidiki pap pap and a pu pu drrrr boom SKYAAA du du ku ku tun tun poom poom pic.twitter.com/CkVTlVSk6S
— c (@chuuzus) August 31,
me: up at 2 am, sneaking around so nobody hears me
my fridge, making ice: pic.twitter.com/ePu1nsc8xV
— 𝔎𝔢𝔩𝔦 (@LIKEGLITTERR) September 3,
It only took 13 seconds of a verse for “Big Shaq” (actually British Comedian Michael Dapaah) to go viral. This meme was so powerful, Man’s Not Hot became a legit hit song in the U.K.
Cracking Open a Cold One with the Boys
can u believe drake and josh invented cracking open a cold one with the boys pic.twitter.com/YEmhlhTI0k
— ➹𝔥𝔞𝔩𝔢𝔶 (@MORTlCIAN) May 30,
just cracking open a cold one with the boys pic.twitter.com/rFa3UuU2Ce
jinglebell (@spoookybabe) May 30, 2017
Sokka: what are you doing!?
Katara: cracking open a cold one with the boys pic.twitter.com/heLBBN9MgZ
— The Avatar (@YahBoyAang) May 27,
This is an old meme (and an even older phrase) but it really popped off in 2017. There’s just something universally appealing about the idea of cracking open a cold beverage with your male companions.
Mom: Get your ass in that bed
*Goes to room and closes door*
Me: gET Ur aSS iN THat bEd pic.twitter.com/hRIZF4RY6c
— Tamren ☝🏾 (@TamrenMekhii) May 8,
Me: "Can I get some extra credit?"
Professor: "cAn i GEt SomE eXtRa creDiT?
— Rich Chigga w/o the rich. Not a chigga, just asian (@BigWangTheoryy) May 9, 2017
Netflix: Are you still watching?
Me: aRe U sTilL wAtcHiNg pic.twitter.com/ash2txCLug
— dairy free cuties (@yeahmomjeans) May
Someone: This meme was overdone
First of All
"you're so cute when you're shy "
first of all, i have anxiety
— Mini (@miniradebe_) October 15, 2017
"You obviously can't do without me"
First of all, you're not my phone charger.
— Elvis Tunde ⚓
(@Tunnyking) October 15, 2017
Mom: “I brought you in this world & I can take you out”
First of all I’m ready to leave so. pic.twitter.com/7xu0DMoFAG
— G 🤷🏽♂️ (@ohyeahitsg) October 15,
Just really good explanations for everything.
If You Play This Song on New Year’s Eve
if you play the spongebob theme tune at 11:59:34pm on new year’s eve and follow the captain’s instructions, we will all hit the
deck and flop like a fish in unison at midnight and honestly I think the world needs that
— tom (@tom_harlock) December 21, 2017
If you play the Zoey 101 theme song on December 31st at 11:59:59 "ARE YOU READY?" will play as the clock strikes
What better way to enter 2018 than Zoey Brooks asking us if we're ready. Yes sis we're ready.
— Childhood Shows (@ChildhoodShows) December 19, 2017
If you play 'In The Air Tonight’ by Phil Collins on December 31st at 11:56:40 the drum break will play right as the clock
strikes midnight. Start off your new year right.
— Phil Collins (@PhilCollinsFeed) December 21,
This is one meme I really liked despite how much math was involved.
Name a Badder Bitch than Taylor Swift
A viral meme that drags Taylor Swift and is a lesson
on powerful women in history? Yes please.
The Student Athlete Meme
me: have a good break
student athlete: I don't get a break ✊ I'll be out here grinding 😈 Imma be chasing dreams
while you're lounging 💯
— ellery (@elleryonline) March 9, 2017
banker: welcome to Chase bank
student athlete: Chase?😂 the only thing i'm chasing🏃🏽😈is my dreams💭✊🏽keep grinding 💯RIP
— meme god (@MEMESG0D) March 13, 2017
Friend: I'm going to take a nap
Student Athlete: Nap?😂 I don't know that word😴 while you taking Z's 💤
I'm making W's🙌🏆U snooze you lose😤🤘
— meme god (@MEMESG0D) March 13, 2017
We’ve all had it with people who are excited about achievement and emojis.
Oh No Baby, What is You Doing?
me: *buys something*
bank account: pic.twitter.com/1p5oOkdkYX
— 🦁 (@tuhmere)
When you're an introvert and you hear, "let's go around the room and introduce ourselves." pic.twitter.com/XnYsVntVwV
— Honey (@Tauji_) March 21,
When Adam saw Eve eating the apple pic.twitter.com/rcs1lM4LPY
(@LynnSpeaking_) March 21, 2017
Oh No Baby, What is You Doing is one of those feelings that is so relatable, it’s shocking we didn’t have a good version of this before 2017.
“Genius” Rick and Morty Fans
To be fair, you have to have a very high IQ to understand Rick and Morty.
Is Short For
This was just a lot of wordplay and wholesome fun> and I’m here for it.
Zootopia Abortion Comic
— ♡ business slut ♡ (@skuIlgirl) December 7, 2017
This is one meme I feel will be forgotten, but I found the Zootopia Abortion Comic and all the associated memes freakin’ hilarious.
This hotdog has gotten too powerful pic.twitter.com/yFMsmKWP2y
(@SaiyansFinest) July 11, 2017
Look what I drew. pic.twitter.com/DblVvLOv6q
— Shädman💀 (@Shadbase) July 8, 2017
Snapchat seems to be less and less of a thing, but for a shining moment this summer, we couldn’t get enough of that silly dancing hotdog.
Due tomorrow…do tomorrow pic.twitter.com/hpudz7b1Bl
— trozee🦋 (@Trinitywitlz)
If you get curved twice then you didn't get curved at all. Two curves make a circle which means you're at your starting
— Shooter Ty 📷😈 (@thatmanztyy) January 31, 2017
You can't get hit by a blue shell if you're never in first place. pic.twitter.com/OkNEj3ZZL2
— Nintendo NY (@NintendoNYC) February
Rapper Roll Safe (actually British actor Kayode Ewumi) had the perfect facial expression for “smart” ideas.
White Guy Blinking
me: ill take a biology class, im smart enough for this just watch me
— ini 🐖 (@eskbl) February 5,
me: *unfollows someone*
them: *unfollows me back*
— jackson martin (@ITZJACKMARTIN) February 15, 2017
me: *knows im ugly*
someone: youre ugly
chanel (@hslaurent) February 14, 2017
When Giant Bomb’s Drew Scanlon made a surprised face in 2013, there’s no way he could have predicted it would become one of the biggest memes of 2017. There’s just something universal about Drew’s look of shock. This is a timeless meme we’ll see pop up again and again.
Dis one right here pic.twitter.com/KcAWDmJxGf
— gotta$$$migraine (@gxngstawifi) August 24, 2017
— Reverend Scott (@Reverend_Scott) August 23, 2017
Distracted Boyfriend is a meme that captures our dual natures, our capacity for self-sabotage, and the constant struggle between what we know is best for us, and what we foolishly desire. It’s not only the best meme of the year, it’s one of the greatest memes of all time.
Which was your favorite meme of 2017? Did I miss any good ones? Let me know on Twitter at @carpetislava.