Top 10 Internet Memes Classics of the Last 15 Years
"Memes" are cultural symbols and social ideas that spread virally.
Memes are often things of minor consequence: jokes, urban legends, human and animal oddities. But in some cases, memes are art and music curiosities, and even philosophical ideas worth repeating.
Modern memes commonly take the form of photos and videos/animations/songs. And now it’s even can be a pocket-sized figurine, thanks to 3D printing.
Here are the Top 10 most popular modern internet memes today.
The absurd gallery of people attaching human behaviors and captions to photos of housecats. If you like Gary Larson's 'Far Side' cartoons, you are bound to like LOLcats/Cheezburger...
9.Good Guy Greg
'Good Guy Greg' (also known as GGG) is the endearing photo of a marijuana-smoking fellow with a likeable grin. His viral photo has been repeatedly captioned to be an example of acts of kindness and respectful public behaviour.
Good Guy Greg is quite a pleasant meme, actually, as it promotes the opposite of trolling and negativity on the Web.
8.Randall, the Honey Badger Animal Narrator
Randall is an effeminate narrator who creates voice-overs for animal videos. He is renowned for coining the expression 'honey badger don't care', which is quickly becoming a conversational phrase of courage.
Randall's narrating is flamboyant, irreverent, profane, sassy and preposterous all at once. His internet fame started with his narration of a badger video, where the little beast would hunt and eat its prey on screen.
Oddly, Randall's narration is quite engaging, so don't be surprised if you find yourself wanting more Randall videos after honey badger.
7.Kylo Ren's Tri-Lightsaber
When the trailer of the new Star Wars Episode 7 movie was released, fans went into a frenzy over the tri-lightsaber of the character Kylo Ren.
Apparently, the functionality of such a mythical weapon was debatable. This spurred a viral form of playful vandalism, where readers around the world would photoshop different implements onto Ren's lightsaber, like this example of a swiss army knife in this photo.
The Harlem Shake exploded in early 2013 when a series of dance videos surfaced using a short excerpt of the song with the same name, which was released by American music producer Harry Rodrigues (Baauer) in August 2012.
Wikipedia notes that thousands of Harlem Shake videos were made and uploaded to YouTube every day when its popularity peaked.
5.Ylvis: What Does the Fox Say?
Norwegian comedy and music duo, Ylvis, asks the question "what sound do foxes make?" Sure enough, they not only provide the answer, but they present it via a preposterous dance video that has gone viral in recent weeks.
Let's see if this new musical meme could be the new 'Gangnam Style' music video! The video is at 12 million viewings as of this writing...
Grumpy Cat is a housepet from Arizona. Her real name is 'Tardar Sauce', and she has a disorder called 'feline dwarfism'.
With a distinctive underbite that gives her a pouting facial expression, this little beast has become the poster child of sarcasm and faux negativity. Thousands of captioned meme photos have been based on Tardar's seemingly-sad face.
In actuality, Tardar is a very happy and friendly cat, which makes the sarcasm memes even richer!
3.'But That's None of My Business'
While the imagery seems innocent enough, this recent 2014 meme is used to openly pass sarcastic judgement on someone.
When you think someone is an idiot for some life decision he or she has made, you can post a photo of Kermit drinking tea, along with the phrase 'but that's none of my business'.
The memorable muppet image will help the message gnaw on the person's brain for a while, and remind them that they've been judged.
2.Doge! Much Wow, Such Fun...
Since 2005, 'doge' has been a subculture meme thanks to the Homestar Runner puppet show. In this episode, the Homestar character nicknames his cohort, Strong Bad, as "d-o-g-e".
Today, doge is a photograph meme commonly attached to photos of Shiba Inu dogs, combined with comic sans font and the use of bad grammar with comedic monologue text. Doge has also become the name for a new type of digital currency called 'Dogecoins'.
'Doge' has two common pronunciations: as a rhyme with 'rogue', or pronounced as 'dohj'
1.Gangnam Style, by Rapper Psy
The most-liked video in YouTube history, this pop song was released by South Korean rapper, Psy, in July of 2012.
In this video, Psy inspires a funny dance style involving an invisible horse and clumsy dance moves. The 'Gangnam Style' itself is a parody of people's perceptions of the upscale Gangnam District in the city of Seoul, where the residents are known to be wealthy and trendy.