Memes are a great bit of craic, and 2015 has delivered new ones in droves. Animals, celebrities, news reporters, science guys – no one was safe from the year’s best comic moments online.
There was a time when all you could squeeze out of memes were repetitive, static image macros, but times have changed. We have Vines now. And plenty of people have mastered Photoshop and moved on to video editing software. Memes are harder, better, faster and stronger – and here are the 15 absolute best of 2015.
Many an internet comment was passed on the gúnas from Met Gala 2015, but none satisfied the internet’s hunger for fun quite like Rihanna’s egg-cellent choice of red-carpet attire.
— Renata Lins (@renahlins) May 5, 2015
Clearly, Ikea Singapore’s social media team has a great sense of humour and a penchant for puns, as evidenced by the introduction of the Shelf Help Guru.
13. Google DeepDream
Google’s DeepDream code unleashed a disturbing photo trend on the internet this summer. When it became publicly available, what started out as fascinating, trippy, and at times quite beautiful, got very weird very fast, giving those of us following this meme a regret-filled hangover.
— Thorne Brandt (@thornebrandt) July 4, 2015
A press shot of Bill Nye (you know, the science guy) for the show Explorer: Bill Nye’s Global Meltdown had meme-makers convincing us the end is Nye.
11. Left Shark
The half-time show at Super Bowl 50 has a lot to live up to as, this year, Katy Perry’s performance spawned a meme so loved that it took months for it to be usurped. And all it took was a Left Shark poorly dancing its way into our hearts.
Promoters of Straight Outta Compton had a genius marketing campaign in their hands with this one, until the White House got involved and ruined everything with one wildly inappropriate addition.
9. Pizza Rat
Who knew the sight of a rat lugging a slice of pizza, likely weighing more than itself, down a flight of subway steps would inspire a wave of internet love?
Where other memes have multitudinous variations, Shabani the handsome gorilla does not; just photo after photo of his photogenic self. But let’s be honest – with looks like these, who needs variety?
Shabani! #SHABANI A photo posted by masaomi_hirata (@masaomi_hirata) on
Whether you hate smelling leaves or just can’t get enough of ’em, Kocoum has the right reaction GIF for you. He may have lost the girl, but the Imgur community crowned Kocoum “the new Javert”.
There’s only one way the internet could possibly react to an extraordinary photo of a weasel riding on the back of a green woodpecker – through memes.
— The Moscow Times (@MoscowTimes) March 3, 2015
This summer, the Jurassic Park franchise was revived with a fourth instalment, and a new meme was born, as keepers of the world’s captive animals turned to social media to prove the power of Prattkeeping.
How could we have a list of the year’s greatest memes without a shout-out to the brave Teresa Mannion? The Irish audience’s instant response to Mannion’s valiant efforts reporting Storm Desmond was almost as impressive as her own, incredible professionalism.
— Ciara Judge (@CiaraFudgyJudgy) December 9, 2015
‘Binge-watch’ may have been word of the year, but 2015 will go down in internet history as the year another streaming-related phrase slipped into our vocabulary.
A scene from John Travolta’s past is putting the actor back in the spotlight, with New York magazine dubbing Confused Travolta memes as his best role in years.
In her defense, she's only 3.User Sub Edit:Wait, are we still supposed to announce when its OC? I feel like that's a bit… Idk, self serving? Well, yes, this is OC. I made dis. And I can show you how to make dis too!Front Page Edit:Ok so I'm getting a huge amount of PM requests, on top of comment requests. I'm gonna put together a proper post and get it uploaded as soon as possible. I'm at work right now, though. So there's only so much I can do. I'll continue replying to PMs and comments, at the quickest speed possible.Here's the tutorial! <a rel=”noreferrer nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://imgur.com/gallery/JWFFe”>http://imgur.com/gallery/JWFFe</a>Sorry for the sloppy language. PM me if you need any specific details or troubleshooting. I took 3 years of CAD and Commercial Art classes. So I may be able to help with what you're wanting to do.
The No 1 spot is a familiar one for rapper Drake and Hotline Bling takes top honours for providing so much more meme fodder than most. There were parodies, sure, but there were also Vines, videos and GIFs of Drake’s deadly dancing, plus the continuation of the ‘always on beat’ phenomenon. Drake himself even knew what he was at with this music video, reportedly telling choreographer Tanisha Scott, “I already know I’m going to get so many memes from this.”
How right you were, Drake. How right you were.
Drake dances to the Frasier theme quite nicely. pic.twitter.com/GK0X6iTlsz
— Mark (@tole_cover) October 20, 2015
Main 2015 image via Shutterstock