When it comes to ‘The Best Memes Of 2019’ what actually qualify ? Well it’s actually pretty simple, they have to be really hilarious.
1. Woman Yelling at Cat
The “Woman Yelling at Cat” meme is actually a hybrid of two memes: a still from a 2011 episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills in which Taylor Armstrong is yelling at another Housewife and a 2018 photo of a cat named Smudge looking pretty upset. Each image had gotten some play individually as reaction memes in the past couple of years, but it wasn’t until 2019 that the two joined forces and made meme magic. “Those photos together is making me lose it,” tweeted @MISSINGEGIRL, who first combined them. The, the paired pictures took off as a meme on Twitter, Reddit, and Instagram, and even inspired some Halloween costumes.
While Smudge and Armstrong have never met in person, Smudge’s owner, Miranda Stillabower, told Business Insider they have been in touch and discussed introducing the two at some point.
“If Smudge were able to meet her in person for a photo, I would definitely be interested,” Stillabower said. “However, that would be Smudge’s call.”
2. Kombucha Girl.
In July 2019, 22-year-old Brittany Tomlinson tastes kombucha for the first time. In the short video we can see the stages of emotions that she goes through: curiosity, uncertainty, disgust, hesitant enjoyment, back to disgust, a split second of reconsideration, and then laughter — and it all happens in a matter of few seconds. The whole sequence of facial expressions was so relatable and applicable to so many scenarios, hence it swiftly turned into one of the most well-known reaction memes of the year.
3. World Record Egg.
At the beginning of 2019, a photo of an egg came to be one of the most liked picture on Instagram after setting out with the objective to do simply that. It currently has over 54 million likes (at the time of writing this article), beating out the second most liked — Kylie Jenner’s first photo of her baby — which has simply hit over 18 million. It broke the record in only 10 days.
4. “Old Town Road”
Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” was arguably the biggest song of the year. This song didn’t only just broke records but made history, and became a favorite of kids and adults alike. After it was disqualified of the Billboard Hot Country chart over claims that it “didn’t embrace enough elements of today’s country music,” Lil Nas X launched a remix featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, and it just ended up being more of a viral hit.
Both a cause and effect of its success, the song inspired a ton of memes, particularly on TikTok. One of the biggest involved teens listening to the song while drinking from a cup labeled “yee-yee juice” and transforming into a cowboy.
The song was an anthem of the “yeehaw agenda,” a meme that sprung up last year describing a reclamation of cowboy aesthetics for black Americans in response to their erasure from depictions of the Wild West as overwhelmingly white (when in fact, 1 in 4 cowboys was actually black).
5. Kylie Jenner’s “Rise and Shine”
In a YouTube video in October, Kylie Jenner took us on a tour of her Kylie Cosmetics HQ. Toward the end of the video, she shows one last room: the playroom where she says her young daughter Stormi would be waking up from a nap. She flicks on the lights and sings three words that would go on to be the three-second track of the year.
“Hhhhhh-Riiiise and shiii-iiiiiiiiine,” Jenner sings to Stormi, who was clearly awake, since there is already a camera-person in the room.
In December, Jenner provided individuals what they desired and performed “Rise and Shine” live at an art auction with Justin Bieber, which went properly nuts.
6. Baby Yoda.
With the launch of Disney+ came the release of The Mandalorian, and with The Mandalorian, we got the cutest meme of the year: Baby Yoda.
Baby Yoda was one of the year’s most uniting memes. The extremely online loved it. The normies loved it. As soon as the show came out, the internet was flooded with memes and GIFs of the little cutie (who, I am required by nerd law to note, is not actually Yoda but rather a member of the same alien species). You could even appreciate it if you weren’t watching the show — just look how adorable he is! I may not have seen the latest Star War, but you bet your bottom-dollar I want to babysit this little green nugget and kiss him atop the head.
7. “Ight Imma Head Out” SpongeBob.
SpongeBob memes have given us some of the biggest reaction memes of the decade, and this one perfectly captures those moments when you would really like to get the fuck out of a situation. The phrase originated in a tweet about leaving a hangout when you’re really high — a reply shared a screenshot of a SpongeBob parody from an Indonesian improv show, which then changed right into the meme we all recognize.
Honorable mention for SpongeBob meme of the year goes to “SpongeBob Traveling the World in Drag.”
8. I’m Baby.
“Adulting” is hard; being baby is easier. “I’m baby” was a meme about giving up and allowing yourself to be taken care of, but it was also just a silly thing to say and the best possible excuse for waiting to the last minute to file your taxes or not snaking the shower drain, because, well, I’m baby!!!!
The meme has surprisingly dark origins. According to Know Your Meme, the phrase comes from a misspelled text message a mom sent to her 14-year-old daughter in 2017, which said “I’m baby. Call 911.” The teen had texted her mom asking her to call the police after a burglar broke into the house while she was babysitting, ABC7 reported. Neither the teen nor the child was harmed.
9. Me Explaining.
This one was a meme for anyone who’s ever tried really hard to convince their mom to let them do something. The photo on the left is YouTuber Quenlin Blackwell, who said it was taken when she was struggling with her mental health. On the right is Shirlene “Ms. Juicy” Pearson, who stars in the Lifetime reality show Little Women: Atlanta.
Like the “Woman Yelling at Cat” meme, this was another two-panel meme where the images came from two completely different places. In March, the two came together for the first time in a “me explaining to my mom” meme by @sxturnsailor on Twitter. After that, it became one of the year’s most recognizable memes for any time you’re trying to explain something.
10. Keanu Reeves.
2019 was Keanu’s year. The 55-year-old actor has been in the business for decades (and was a meme signifying sadness at the start of the decade), but it was only this year that he earned the title of the internet’s boyfriend. Though he came out with John Wick 3 this year and had a memorable cameo in Always Be My Maybe, his renewed popularity was largely centered around the mysterious, kindhearted, everyman persona he exudes. He made headlines for road-tripping with a bunch of strangers after their flight made an emergency landing and for speaking beautifully on The Late Show on what happens after you die. He also inspired a lot of viral tweets about his goodness, which people said includes being exceptionally sweet to bookstore and movie theater workers, and not being creepy to women.
These were our best memes of 2019, let us know in the comments if we missed any.