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The Best Memes of 2017

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We swore 2017 would be better than 2016 and we would totally stick to our New Year’s resolutions. Neither happened. We can all agree that 2017 was a disaster of a year, easily surpassing 2016 in the amount of crap we had to live through. However when the world is dark, memes appear to light the way for some semblance of happiness, turning our sadness and anger into something relatable for the common man. Here are the top 10 best memes of 2017:


10.)  Expanding Brain


Do I jump to conclusions? No. Do I leap to them? No. Do I fly to conclusions? Hell no. If you’re like me, you transport to them.


9.) Kermit the Frog  


Do you ever have a terrible idea that you know is a bad plan? Does a little voice in your head encourage you to follow through with it? Well that sums up Kermit vs. Dark Kermit.


8.) He Protec but He also Attac


Is there anything more pure than intentionally misspelled memes? This meme spread incredibly quickly using famous characters and celebrities such as Jesus, Barack Obama, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. We are all happy that they are here to protec us.


7.) Mocking Spongebob


The best possible way to respond to someone who mansplains, corrects you, proves you wrong, or does anything that threatens your pride and dignity. Channel your inner chicken Spongebob, but make sure it includes the LuVleY FoNt.


6.) Roll Safe

“Due tomorrow…Do tomorrow” During the filming of BBC’s #HoodDocumentary, Kayode Ewumi played the character Roll Safe. Ewumi made a sex joke which has now given us a screenshot to put the most relatable/worst advice you can give yourself.


5.) The Floor is Lava


This meme has inspired hilarious spinoffs of “try not to touch the ground.” Originally a screenshot of someone trying the #FloorisLavaChallenge, it quickly spawned into historical memes, harsh burns, and relatable teenage angst

4) Meryl Streep Shouting


A photo of Meryl Streep from the 2017 Oscars went viral, with Internet users filling in what she may have been shouting.



3.) Distracted Boyfriend


Originally a stock photo named “Disloyal Man Walking With His Girlfriend and Looking Amazed at Another Seductive Girl,” this became a sensation. Labeling the roles of each person in the picture, this meme has been used to describe a myriad of situations.


2.) Salt-Bae  

Feeling fancy? Need a way to describe how extra you are? Salt-Bae is the way. An early meme in 2017, created by eccentric Turkish chef Nusret Gökçe, it perfectly encompasses our need to sprinkle a bit of flair or a gentle amount of salt into a wound.


1.) White Man Blinking


This meme perfectly encapsulates the hellish and incomprehensible year we have had. It has also been one of the most used GIFs of the year. These few blinks from Drew Scanlon show our utter disbelief at certain day-to-day events and 2017 as a whole.


Honorable Mentions

  • Elf on a Shelf
  • Living in 3017
  • Wot in Tarnation
  • Anything with Donald Trump
  • Cracking Open a Cold One With the Boys
  • Snapchat Hotdog


We were truly blessed with an abundance of memes this year. Some readers may feel offended at these rankings, but TheY’rE JUsT GoIn’ To HaV tO liVE WiT tHaT.

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