12 of 2017’s best memes
The only year in review you need.
It’s been a good year for memes, making it quite the challenge to pick a single one for each month.
So apologies to the solar eclipse, the floor is, the Babadook, the Trump orb, Snapchat hot dog, the Sheriff and blinking guy. You were good, but in your respective months there were better.
1. Salt Bae
Nusret Gokce’s extravagant meat cutting technique went viral in January, and other than Trump Draws was probably the first really memorable meme of the year.
The parody above sums up the hype that surrounded Gokce after his Instagram account was found.
The restaurateur’s signature salt sprinkle sparked football celebrations and mass internet hysteria, and the Turkish phenomenon has been dining out on it ever since.
2. Roll Safe
You can't be broke if you don't check your bank account pic.twitter.com/brpgiWflym— Ryan (@RyanWindoww) January 23, 2017
Roll Safe, the character portrayed by actor Kayode Ewumi in web series Hood Documentary, was everywhere during the month of February – with his grinning face accompanying tons of advice that’s probably better off not followed.
u can't disappoint ur family if you've never made them proud in the first place pic.twitter.com/Ui8vRct0oC— • dyl • (@DylanM_97) February 1, 2017
3. Meryl Streep singing
The Killers: It started out with a kiss, how did it end up like this?— erika™ (@erikaofthestate) March 19, 2017
Me: IT WAS ONLY A KISS IT WAS ONLY A KISS pic.twitter.com/pDsShTLWzc
Meryl Streep continued the year’s strong start when an image of her shouting at the Screen Actors Guild ceremony, from two years earlier, took off in March.
The Oscar-winning actress was soon joining top artists in duets of their best-known songs.
Meryl Streep: mamma mia— Meryl Memes (@MerylMemes) March 19, 2017
me: HERE I GO AGAIN pic.twitter.com/V3HT0KmeSE
queen: THUNDERBOLTS AND LIGHTNING VERY VERY FRIGHTENING ME— 𝓈𝒶𝓎𝓃𝒶 (@DAREDEVllLS) March 19, 2017
me: GALELILEO ᴳᴬᴸᴱᴸᴵᴸᴱᴼ pic.twitter.com/d7dsteEcmB
And some of their lesser known songs too.
Alicia Keys: IN NEW YOOOOOORK— Man of the Decade (@MissZindzi) March 18, 2017
Me: CONCRETE JUNGLE WET DREAM TOMAAAAATO pic.twitter.com/9VM4tXytHs
4. Spotify playlists
made my crush a lil playlist 🤗💕 pic.twitter.com/VnGaEDa7RX— grain (@wholegrainne) April 20, 2017
A format that was first used as an innovative way to break up with someone soon morphed into something else, with some Twitter users instead using Spotify playlists to send corny messages to their crush.
They were being used throughout the month of April for obscure references from things like The Suite Life Of Zack And Cody, Bee Movie, or even that viral video of the Scottish woman whose kids forgot to flush the loo.
i made a playlist for my crush 😩🙈😜 pic.twitter.com/yg9DvEtahg— emma (@ebrm1975) April 20, 2017
5. Mocking SpongeBob
May’s meme is doubtless still being used to mock people on WhatsApp groups the world over.
The image of SpongeBob comes from an episode in 2012, when it’s discovered that the Bikini Bottom resident clucks like a chicken whenever he sees plaid.
But the derp-like expression, combined with upper and lowercase letters, gave the moment an altogether different meaning.
Alongside Confused Mr Krabs from 2016, it’s been another strong year for the ever memeable sponge who lives in a pineapple under the sea.
6. Living in 3017
People love a good life hack, but they love to laugh more.
Combining the two let people show their ingenuity in June – whether it was handing out business cards with QR codes on them or finding innovative ways of eating food.
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— m (@marissuh_x) June 11, 2017
y'all still stuck in 2017, meanwhile I'm out here in 3017 pic.twitter.com/GxEUrgzC9y— Justin (@nothinbutlag) May 16, 2017
7. Nothing but respect for MY president
Donald Trump’s star has endured a torrid time since he became president, being defaced and urinated upon.
But one supporter took the time to show it some love in July, cleaning it with a make-up wipe, and creating a movement.
People realised that if she was showing respect to her president, they should probably be doing the same for theirs.
Later in the year it was still performing well.
8. Distracted boyfriend
If there’s one meme that really crossed over in 2017, it was this one. It appeared early in the year but August catapulted it to new heights.
Things would eventually get very meta, the rest of the photo series would be discovered and the photographer would give interviews threatening legal action. But Distracted Boyfriend lives on.
sorry this took me so long pic.twitter.com/VSizlliYsX— friend to spiders (@harrytomlomsom) August 31, 2017
9. The ting goes
me: gently adds fries into the pot— sol (@lilbabycurl) September 3, 2017
the oil: pic.twitter.com/GtvnYLNRit
Comedian Michael Dapaah’s Man’s Not Hot freestyle for BBC Radio 1Xtra went everywhere in September, with his onomatopoeic gunshot noises spawning hosts of parodies.
Smh we all bout to die and we on twitter doing this pic.twitter.com/Ok16o6AZF5— “blu” (@Killsosa) September 6, 2017
Big Ben's Final Ting pic.twitter.com/GYs7a4hZFv— Dolan Dark (@DolanDark) September 2, 2017
Even when you know what’s coming, it’s still funny.
10. Homeboy is gonna like… get it
Lmao I've never actually heard Bella Hadid talk before and I'm screaming does she actually talk like this??? pic.twitter.com/ew30ugP6cJ— The Gay Burn Book (@SouthernHomo) October 4, 2017
In October supermodel Bella Hadid came through with possibly 2017’s most awkward interview of 2017 when she went sneaker shopping with Complex.
The 21-year-old uttered some immortal words, and people took the clip and really ran with it.
If homeboys coming thru with bad memes then, it's quiet. But if homeboys coming thru with dope memes then homeboy's gonna like... get it— malek (@offlinemalek) October 6, 2017
11. What is an extreme sport?
What is an extreme sport?— MANDISI👌🏾 (@Mandac5) November 5, 2017
A simple question posed on Twitter promoted thousands of joke responses throughout the month of November. It honestly needs no more explanation than that.
Changing your bed sheets by yourself https://t.co/hmS3Ag9rV6— don (@lolzdonz) November 7, 2017
Driving before your windshield defrosts when you’re late https://t.co/SxQq4IU6aC— Buddy Massey (@buddy_massey) November 13, 2017
12. Yeah sex is cool but have you ever… been paid to write an article about your favourite memes?
yeah sex is cool but have you ever fantasized about an infrastructure renewal program funded by the taxes of billionaires— jaboukie young-white (@jaboukie) December 5, 2017
Yeah sex is cool but what's cooler than being cool? Ice cold. I can't hear ya. I say what's cooler than being cool? Ice cold. Alright alright alright alright alright alright alright alright alright alright alright alright alright alright— Jax Skellington (@jaxonmalcolm) December 3, 2017
It started a couple of years ago but nobody was sad to see its return to round off the year.
yeah sex is cool but have you ever laid in your robe for 3 hours after a shower— ryan (@yeetztweetz) December 5, 2017
Let’s hope 2018 is just as wholesome.