What A Year! Recap Of 2022 Memes & Social Media Trends

What A Year! Recap Of 2022 Memes & Social Media Trends

As the year draws to a close, social media begins to flood with people looking back at what 2022 has to offer. From photo dumps to reflections on what they learned, many are fondly replaying standout moments.

We also look back at some of the memes and trends that have taken off on social media over the past year.

Strap in, because here’s a month-by-month look at some of 2022’s most memorable memes and trends.

January: Euphoria Memes

The second season of Euphoria debuted on HBO Max at the beginning of the year, and it spawned a number of iconic memes as it aired through the end of February.

February: Julia Fox’s antics

Julia Fox fell on many people’s radars in early 2022 after she debuted her now-defunct relationship with Kanye West, and her antics quickly made her a recurring topic online.

From an eyebrow-raising photoshoot to her rendition of “Uncut Gems,” Julia Fox was that girl among memers at one point. Additionally, her loyal Twitter followers continue to highlight her antics, so we can get more Julia Fox memes in the future!

March: Will Smith slaps Chris Rock

At the 94th Academy Awards, Chris Rock took things one step too far after mocking Jada Pinkett Smith’s hairstyle. In turn, Will Smith confronted Chris and slapped him in the face.

The moment spawned a number of memes. In addition to the incident between Will and Chris, the internet was hooked on Lupita Nyong’o’s reaction.

April: Viola Davis As Michelle Obama

On Viola Davis portraying Michelle Obama in The First Lady, the internet had some mixed feelings about the way Viola pursed her lips for the role. The jokes were all in good fun though!

May: ‘Legs, Hips, Body’ By Kandi Burruss

“Legs, Hips, Body” by Kandi Burruss became a hit online in May for its humorous meme potential.

June: The vengeful elephant

A story about an elephant crashing into an Indian woman’s funeral to trample her dead body circulated earlier this year, sparking tons of conversation online.

With such a baffling situation, it’s no surprise that it ended up being memed!

July: Mr. Men & Little Miss Memes

This past summer, memes based on characters from the Mr. Men and Little Miss series flooded the internet.

With the template being so simple yet effective, it was easy for many users to join in on the fun.

Augustus: ‘It’s corn!’

Called to a web series Recess therapy interviewing a kid named Tariq about corn, his enthusiasm for the food became a beloved meme.

In addition, a collaboration with Chipotle came about, as well as a catchy song.

September: Rihanna’s Super Bowl announcement

On September 25, Rihanna stunned fans after she announced outright that she would be performing at the 2023 Super Bowl. Her announcement came via a photo of her tattooed hand holding a football, and it sparked a trend among brands.

Some of the companies that have jumped on the trend include Popeyes and Dairy Queen, effectively turning Rihanna’s announcement into an entire social media marketing tactic.

October: Ghost Halloween Costumes

As the internet geared up for the season of ghosts, memes centered on the well-known Spirit Halloween costume bags took off.

From celebrities to humorous themes, anything had the potential to be spoofed by this meme template.

November: Kamala Harris sings ‘Wheels On The Bus’

VP Kamala Harris was caught laughing at her rendition of “Wheels on the Bus,” and Twitter users were OBSESSED with it.

While videos of Kamala cheering herself up are nothing new, something about this incident seems to have struck a chord. In fact, she has even been compared to the joker.

December: Dead Celebrity Prank

Finally, we must acknowledge a recent social media trend centered on TikTokers pranking older adults. Specifically, the videos focus on people recording their parents’ reactions to fake news about beloved celebrities who have passed away.

In addition to the videos themselves, people are also spoofing the trend on Twitter with fictional characters.

Shout out to these notable memes and trends, and let’s get ready to see what 2023 has to offer!

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