If it isn’t a meme, is it even funny? Of course not, but these days, it’s hard to tell if something even went viral if there wasn’t a meme-able moment attached. It’s the universal language that connects the timelines we watch the world through and should be truly celebrated for the art form it is.
With social media moving at the speed of light, it’s hard to remember the memes that kept us laughing through the day. From moments in our favorite television shows to repurposing nostalgia for that feeling to using newsworthy clips to joke on everyday situations, memes are everything. Sometimes, they are the only thing.
From 'Ight Imma Head Out' to Soulja Boy yelling "DRAKE?!!?!?," let’s take a look back at the best memes of 2019.
25. Andy King’s Fyre Festival Blowjob story
24. Kylie Jenner's "Rise and Shine"
23. Kawhi Leonard's "What It Do Baby?"
22. The Arya Stab
21. Tough Guy Entrance
20. Hannibal Buress Looking At His Hands
18. Wave Check
17. Crying R. Kelly
12. Spice Adams’ laugh
11. All of the 'Joker' Memes
10. 6ix9ine in Court
9. Keke Palmer "Sorry To This Man"
8. All of the First We Feast "Hot Ones" Memes
“Sure, Complex,” you’re probably saying. “Of COURSE you’d reference a Hot Ones meme!” You can’t front like Shaq’s memorable appearance didn’t churn out some insane reactions. It’s also kind of like meme-ception, considering that our own flip of Shaq’s reactions using Snapchat’s baby filter had a life of its own.
It wasn't just Shaq, though; Idris Elba choking had a life of its own, and the one and only Paul Rudd's "look at us" had a life unto its own when that episode released. One has to wonder if the upcoming Hot Ones TV show will spark its own memes and viral moments.