These Are The Best Funny Memes Of The Decade: 2010-2020

The 2010s: It was the best of memes; it was the worst of memes.

Via Wired.

Memes are a staple on the interwebz, and the decade 2010-2020 gave us some of the funniest and most memorable memes to date. Here's a handy cheat sheet for all of the best memes of the past decade. Which one is your favorite?

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2010: The Bedroom Intruder

Via YouTube.

In 2010, Antoine Dodson of Huntsville, Alabama gave an interview to TV news station WAFF-48 that instantly sparked a million memes. Antoine is actually quite heroic -- the story goes that a home intruder crept into his house during the night and tried to assault Antoine's sister. Antoine heard a noise and ran in to save his sister, and the intruder escaped out a nearby window.

It wasn't so much what he said in the interview that turned him into meme material, it was the WAY he said it!


“Well, obviously we have a RAPIST in Lincoln Park. He’s climbin’ in your windows, he’s snatchin’ your people up, tryin’ to rape ‘em. So y’all need to hide your kids, hide your wife, and hide your husband cause they’re rapin’ everybody out here.”

The interview went crazy-viral, and soon there was even an auto-tune song on YouTube. To date, the song has been viewed a whopping 138 million times.

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2010: Sad Keanu

Via Know Your Meme.

In June 2010, a paparazzi image of actor Keanu Reeves looking sad while eating a sandwich on a park bench hit Reddit's r/pics page. Before the day was out, countless Photoshop memes had emerged, placing the depressed-looking actor in a variety of bizarre situations. To this day, Sad Keanu is one of the most popular celebrity memes of all time.

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2010: Double Rainbow

Via YouTube/Yosemitebear62.

In January 2010, a video of a (very likely stoned) man losing his mind over a double rainbow in Yosemite National Park went viral after Jimmy Kimmel shared it on his show.

The man's awe-struck voice is seriously funny, but when he starts getting "deep" about the rainbow, nobody could stop laughing.

"What does it mean?!" became a catchphrase that still lingers on the web today.

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2010: Trololo

Via YouTube/David Everling.

In this incredibly weird bit of found footage, we meet a man with some truly odd vocal improvisations. When this bit of video was unearthed, the internet literally could not stop laughing at it.

Turns out, the original song was called,  "I Am Glad, Cause I'm Finally Returning Back Home." But since the video was produced in Cold War-era soviet Russia, the government censored it to oblivion. The result is a 1970s relic that still never ceases to make us LOL all these years later.

Watch it here on YouTube.

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2011: Scumbag Steve

Via Know Your Meme.

Blake Boston, AKA "Scumbag Steve" is that guy we all know who totally mooches off of you 100% of the time. This image macro meme takes the picture of Blake in his sideways hat and is used whenever somebody does something selfish and kind of scummy... so it gets used a lot, in other words.

While he's no longer famous, but he will live on in infamy on the internet!

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2011: Honey Badger Don't Care

Honey Badger Don't Care
Via Funnyjunk.

This video represents everything that is great about YouTube! This ordinary nature documentary got a hysterical twist when a man named Randall tweaked its narrative just a tad. Randall's hilarious commentary included the iconic line, "honey badger don't care; honey badger just takes what it wants!" And a meme was born.

The "Honey Badger Don't Care" meme was everywhere in 2011, inspiring parodies, t-shirts, and other products based on the hilariously ill-tempered creature. 

Watch it here on YouTube

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2011: Nyan Cat

Courtesy: nyancat.com.

Easily one of the most famous cats on the internet, this animated cartoon cat with the body of a Pop-Tart flew right into our hearts in 2011. The digital feline left a rainbow trail behind it and featured a catchy Japanese pop song. 

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2011: Rebecca Black, "Friday"

Via Know Your Meme.

This is what happens when rich kids want to become pop stars, but they don't actually have any singing talent.

In 2011, Rebecca Black's parents paid a pretty penny to produce a music video of the teenager singing her original song, "Friday." The video instantly went viral because it was just so, so bad. Soon it inspired parodies, bad lip readings, and countless other embarrassments.

We're not sure if Rebecca changed her name and altered her identity to get away from this hot mess, but we haven't seen her around since. I'm just saying.

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2012: Overly Attached Girlfriend

Overly Attached Girlfriend meme
Via YouTube.

Twenty year-old Laina Walker used to be a big Justin Bieber fan, but don't hold that against her. In 2012, Laina entered a contest sponsored by the Biebs in which she uploaded a parody song to YouTube called “JB Fanvideo." The internet world quickly took notice of Laina's video, because her facial expressions were WAY over the top. She quickly became known as the "Overly-Attached Girlfriend," or OAG, and she became the face of clinginess and desperation.

In real life, Laina is actually a pretty cool person who spent a lot of her 5 minutes of fame helping various charities. She's actually down with her OAG meme-dom, which is pretty darn refreshing! Long live the OAG!

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2012: Grumpy Cat

Grumpy Cat spring meme
Via Official Grumpy Cat.

Move over, Garfield, there's a new cat in town!

In 2012, the world was introduced to the now-famous feline Tardar Sauce, AKA, Grumpy Cat. What started with a simple image uploaded to Reddit quickly turned Grumpy into a household name. Years later, Grumpy Cat is still staring moodily out at us from the cover of calendars, t-shirts, and other merchandise out in the real world, and she's still a fixture on the web, too.

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2012: Call Me Maybe

Via YouTube.

When Canadian pop star Carly Rae Jepsen hit the scene with the song "Call Me Maybe" as the first single on her debut album, she likely had no idea she'd become an instant meme.

Almost instantly, the ear worm everyone couldn't get rid of started getting used for just about everything. Maybe it's because so many things rhyme with the refrain, "Hey I just met you, and this is crazy, but here's my number, so call me maybe?" Whatever the draw, after its release this song was everywhere online, and it inspired countless lip dubs, image macros, spoofs, and covers on YouTube.

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2013: Doge

Via Reddit.

To see a doge meme is to love a doge meme. These are easily some of the funniest dog-related memes on the web.

Doge is a Shiba Inu dog with an unusual way of speaking. Using sentence fragments, doge expresses your thoughts and feelings in a goofy way that always makes us smile. For instance: "Much doge, very love. Wow."

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2013: Twerking

Ah, twerking. This "dance move" really took the spotlight when Miley Cyrus got her freak on with Alan Thicke during the MTV Music Awards one year. The move is essentially a woman bending over and pushing her bum out rhythmically, and it was everywhere in 2013. Literally everybody was doing it, which was exactly as awkward as it sounds.

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2013: The Harlem Shake

Via therunneronline.

All it took was a random thirty-six second video in which a group of people randomly broke into a dance known as "the Harlem Shake" to send this trend a'soaring! Soon everybody was uploading their own vines and videos, each one more elaborate than the last. Chicken costumes, masks, and other strange costumes were standard operating procedure in this short-lived but intense craze.

Watch the original here on YouTube.

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2013: What Does The Fox Say?

Via Vevo.

Speaking of irritating earworms....

In 2013, a weird and rather unpleasant song called 'What Does The Fox Say" hit radio airwaves. The band/comedy duo behind it was called Ylvis, and it was comprised of two Norwegian brothers named Vegard and Bård Ylvisåker. The video was as weird as the song itself, and naturally the internet took this strange bit of music history and ran with it. Soon there were parodies galore, and you still randomly hear the song pop up online... usually when you're least expecting it.

Watch the video here, if you dare.

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2014: Kim Kardashian's Greasy Booty Graces "Paper" Magazine

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Via Mashable.

When Kim Kardashian tried to "break the internet" by posing nude in Paper magazine, the internet responded by breaking her spirit. Okay, not really, but they did spoof the heck out of that picture, and it was pretty hilarious.

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2014: Sad Kanye

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Via Reddit.

Speaking of everybody's favorite power couple, the Sad Kanye meme is one of the most memorable memes to come out of the year 2014.

After Kanye was captured by the paparazzi looking a bit morose, the image went viral and spawned a bunch of funny Photoshop memes.

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2014: Pajama Kid

When this kid's mom mixed up picture day with pajama day, he was not impressed. The little boy's funny facial expression sums up so much of life's disappointments that the image turned into a reaction meme. To this day, whenever you're dissatisfied with the hand you're dealt, Pajama Kid's face can help you wordlessly sum up your feelings.

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2014: Running Shirtless Leo

Few celebrities have been meme'd as much as Leonardo DiCaprio. First there was "Strutting Leo," then "Poor Leo," and then the DiCaprio meme to beat them all, "Leonardo DiCaprio Running Shirtless with a Watergun."

Not to be outdone, Leo went on to further web stardom with his "Sad Leo at the Oscars" meme.

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2014: Ashley Wagner's Reaction Face

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Courtesy: Associated Press.

Early in 2014, United States figure skater Ashley Wagner's priceless (AKA pissed off) reaction face gave us the first meme of the Sochi Winter Olympics.

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2014: Business Baby

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Via Reddit.

After a Redditor uploaded a picture of his infant son eating breakfast, the world decided he looked like a tiny businessman holding a meeting over his morning oatmeal. Business Baby was born!

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2014: Sexy Mugshot Guy

jeremy-meeks.jpg
Via Know Your Meme.

In June, the Stockton Police Department Facebook page posted a picture of Jeremy Meeks, a convicted felon who also happened to be super, super handsome. The internet went nuts, and soon #FelonCrushFriday was trending online as people tweeted pics of "hot" criminals.

Next thing you know, Meeks has been signed to a modeling contract and has agreed to perform in a couple of pornos.  Oh, Internet. Don't ever change.

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2014: Kim Jong-Un

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Via Reddit.

When North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un visited a lube factory (yes, you read that right), the internet had a field day!  Soon there were Photoshop Battles to churn out memes galore.

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2014: Kermit, "But That's None Of My Business."

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Via Reddit.

2014 was the year that Kermit the Frog went full-on passive aggressive.  The "But that's none of my business" meme shows Kermit sipping his tea while snarkily commenting on injustice.  Any injustice will do.

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2014: Alex From Target

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Via Twitter.

In November of 2014, tween girls fell over themselves in ecstasy when someone uploaded an image of a cute teenage boy named Alex, who was working as a cashier at Target. #AlexFromTarget immediately went viral, plunging the poor kid into instant internet stardom.

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2014: Apparently Kid

apparently-kid.png
Via @TheEllenShow.

This was the year that the internet made Noah Ritter, the "Apparently Kid," a star

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2015: Left Shark

Via People Magazine.

While performing the halftime show at Super Bowl XLIX, singer Katy Perry had a couple of backup dancers who ended up stealing the show! Both dancers were dressed up as sharks, for some reason... but the guy on the left was just a few steps behind at every turn. There was just something about this half-a**ed performance that struck a chord with the American public! In 2015, we all started the year as "left shark."

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2015: Chrissy Teigen's Crying Face

Via Imagefiltr.

Chrissy Teigen got a little weepy when her husband John Legend accepted an award at the 2015 Golden Globes. When the picture of her awkward crying face hit the web, she became a meme within minutes. Thankfully, Chrissy has a notoriously great sense of humor, so she was fine with becoming a meme.

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2015: Pizza Rat

Via Know Your Meme.

When a viral video captured a hungry rat dragging a huge slice of pizza into his subway/underground lair, the creature became an unlikely hero for New Yorkers everywhere.

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2015: Dancing Drake

Via YouTube.

Rapper Drake made a music video for his hit song Hotline Bling, and his strange but strangely-awesome dance moves went seriously viral. Soon everybody was spoofing Drake's moves.

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2016: Harembe

Harambe meme
Via Imgur.

Early in 2016, the internet does what they love to do: turn a tragedy into a meme.

"D**ks Out For Harambe" is a meme meant to memorialize (and make fun of) a terrible incident at the Cincinnati Zoo. A child managed to fall into a gorilla's enclosure, and the zookeepers were forced to shoot and kill a 17 year-old Silverback Gorilla named Harambe. 

This meme was meant to memorialize the deceased gorilla while expressing the outrage many felt over his senseless death. We're still not sure why d**ks had to be involved, but hey, this is the internet, brah. It'd we weird if there weren't d**ks involved.

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2016: The Mannequin Challenge

Britney Spears Mannequin Challenge
Via Instagram @britneyspears.

The Mannequin Challenge were videos featuring a group of people who appeared frozen in time, like mannequins, and they were everywhere in 2016. Literally everybody was doing it, from Britney Spears (pictured here) to Ellen and a bunch of astronauts in space.

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2016: Hold The Door (From "Game of Thrones")

Hold the door meme
Via Know Your Meme.

**spoiler alert**

In 2016, everybody and their brother mourned for Hodor on "Game of Thrones." All you have to say is "Hold the door," and other GoT fans will suddenly well up with tears.

It's true -- try it sometime!

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2016; Chewbacca Mom

Chewbacca Lady
Via YouTube/Jon Deak.

Texas mom Candace Payne used Facebook Live to record this video of herself wearing a Chewbacca mask that she'd just gotten at Kohl's. The video consists of several minutes of Payne laughing hysterically.

Some people loved this video and laughed for days; others thought it was annoying AF... but basically everyone was happy when Chewbacca Mom's 15 minutes of fame was up.

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2016: Evil Kermit

Evil Kermit Meme
Via Twitter @barbie_bates_.

Wait, another Kermit the Frog meme?

Yup, it's true, but this time we're seeing the lesser-known "evil" side of our beloved Muppet friend. For every good, lighthearted thought we have, there is always a darker, meaner thought... and that's where Evil Kermit comes in.

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2017: Salt Bae

Via Instagram/ nusr_et.

Turkish chef Nusret Gökçe shared a quick video of himself artfully carving some meat in Dubai. People online were so taken by the flamboyant way he sprayed salt onto the delicious-looking entree that he instantly became known as "salt bae."

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2017: Distracted Boyfriend

Via iStock/Antonion Guillem.

When photographer Antonion Guillem sold this picture to iStock, he likely had no idea it would become one of the most omnipresent memes of 2017. Yet it did, and the distracted boyfriend/jealous girlfriend meme came to represent just about every aspect of our lovelorn society.

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2017: Mocking Spongebob

Via Know Your Meme.

Mr. Squarepants is no stranger to meme-dom, but this might be the funniest Spongebob meme yet! This meme is now used whenever you want to adopt a mocking tone in your comment. The alternating capital and lowercase letters are meant to sound like your voice is going up and down, like when you're mocking someone's (terribly wrong) opinion.

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2017: "Cash Me Ousside, How Bow Dat?"

Via Memecrunch.

A badly-behaving 13 year-old girl who appeared on the Dr. Phil Show is responsible for one of the weirdest, worst catchphrases in meme history. 

When Danielle Bregoli came on the reality show because her mom said she's out of control (shocker!), she proceeded to call the studio audience members a bunch of "hoes" before threatening to kick their butts. "Cash me ousside, how bow dat?" is now used as a comeback just about everywhere, even though the entire thinking universe agrees that this girl is, shall we say, not the classiest teen among us.

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2017: White Blinking Guy

Via Giphy.

Let's face it, 2017 was a strange year. It makes sense that one of the most memorable memes is also strange -- but it perfectly sums up the blank, unblinking stare many of us had at the beginning of the year.

The "white blinking guy" is Drew Scanlon, a video editor and podcaster at video game website Giant Bomb. The GIF of Scanlon blinking is now widely used as a reaction image, used whenever you're feeling confused or slightly insulted.

So basically, we were all white blinking guy in 2017.

To Be Continued....

Who knows what 2018 or 2019 will bring? We will update this list as the best new memes of the decade come in!