A post about the best memes of 2020 may seem premature with three months left in the year…but we want this year to end as soon as possible so we’re doing our part.
2020 has been such a batsh–t year (so far!) complete with rumblings of war (remember Iran?), political scandals, a brutal election process, and of course the all-consuming COVID-19 pandemic that has radically altered the lives of millions of people. It’s been a wild one and the memes have lived up to the insanity.
Here are some of the best memes and internet trends of 2020 so far. Be warned: Some of these will feel like they’re from years ago but we promise they’re all from 2020. That’s just what this year has been like bruh.
This was the meme we needed when it became clear this spring that COVID-19 wasn’t going to magically disappear anytime soon. 2020 is such a nice round number and many of us had such high hopes for it until…well you know.
— Stefan “The Nickname” Sirucek (@sirstefan) May 21, 2020
Like all the best memes, this one sprang from an unironic post from a normie who didn’t know what they were about to unleash. Memes. That’s what.
Dear men, what is preventing you from looking like this pic.twitter.com/XQpL3CD3LP
— Doth (@DothTheDoth) May 27, 2020
Dear men, what is preventing you from looking like this? pic.twitter.com/GppbAa2IVU
— Eliza Skinner (@elizaskinner) May 27, 2020
Earlier this year eccentric technologist Elon Musk and his partner, the musician Grimes, welcomed a child into this wild world and give it the even wilder name: “X Æ A-12 Musk.”
Uhhhhhh. If you want your kid to be the subject of a thousand memes per second this is pretty much how you do it.
Another lifetime ago (February) a call for donations for then-primary candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders received the meme treatment far and wide. While sanders was “once again asking for your financial support” the people of the internet asked for all sorts of colorful things.
This one seems ancient but the image of singer Billie Eilish reacting incredulously is actually from the 2020 Oscars, which was apparently a gathering of humans that did in fact occur in 2020. Wild.
If “OK Boomer” was a face. pic.twitter.com/BWjcomSjDS
— Jason Mustian (@jasonmustian) February 10, 2020
This was a delightful or annoying trend, depending on who you ask. Things that didn’t appear to be cake…turned out to be cake! It was stunning, surreal, and a little disconcerting. We can never trust again.
The Noah Baumbach film Marriage Story was as heavy as it was well received. More importantly, a dramatic fight scene from the film between Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver (complete with wall-punching!) proved perfect for a multi-panel meme format and the internet did the rest.
Can a musical genre be a meme? Sure, if it’s as catchy as bardcore it can be. This surprisingly enjoyable style burst onto the scene in 2020 with medieval instrument covers of songs like “Pumped-Up Kicks” and “Nothing Else Matters.” You may be tempted to hate it but it sounds great so, good luck with that.
In some movies the actual villain is less than obvious. It’s not always the enemy of the protagonist, it may be someone you’d least expect. This meme let people break out their favorite fan theories and saltiest opinions on the subject.
The movie villain. The actual villain. pic.twitter.com/alAeLvmtO4
— Danielle Perez (@DivaDelux) July 8, 2020
And of course…
How could we leave out the elephant in the room? The mac daddy? The only thing that anyone gives a flying f–ck about in 2020? Yes, we’re talking about the coronavirus and oh boy do we have the memes. A sickening amount, frankly.