The Best Memes of 2020

From Michael Jordan and his iPad meme to Sad Will Smith, these are Complex's picks for best best memes and viral moments of 2020.

The Best Memes of 2020
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The Best Memes of 2020

Being tasked to rank anything in 2020 is hard, primarily because of how terrible this year has been. You know what makes things a bit easier? Being tasked to showcase the best memes to hit your respective timelines in 2020. Why? Because this is how we dealt with 2020.

Look, there was a lot to be sad about this year, so much so that we’d rather not upset you any further by noting it all right now. That said, meme culture has made it easier to deal with hardships and pain during a year when so many of us have been sitting at home for months. One cannot live on Netflix alone. Being able to send up those hardships and that strife via a perfectly executed meme is one of the few joys we get on these social media platforms.

From how our 2020 plans were taken from us to cake to the Verzuz battles and more, there was humor to be found throughout social media. Here are the best memes of 2020.


My plans for 2020 💔

— Nawaf (@NawafAlhobabi) May 11, 2020

17. ‘Ma’


Out of that entire train wreck, this is the moment I can’t stop thinking about.

— Scafe says wear a gd mask (@erinscafe) August 4, 2020


The monologue was tough on Tom Hanks #GoldenGlobes

— MTV NEWS (@MTVNEWS) January 6, 2020


With everyone on lockdown, the furbies are returning to the forests & the earth is healing. 💜 Nature is amazing.

— Roxi Horror 💀🌸 (@roxiqt) April 5, 2020

13. Dancing Pallbearers

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“But Complex,” you’re probably saying, “that Coffin Dance video isn’t new.” You’re right; Ghana’s dancing pallbearers first hit YouTube back in 2015. Back in February, a clip of the pallbearers was paired with Tony Igy’s “Astronomia” and blew up over on TikTok, with the joke being that the pallbearers were carrying out someone who failed to pull off a particular stunt or trick. Sometimes, the combination of the right song with the right video is bound to go ham online, especially with the year we’ve had.


These Are All Cakes

— Tasty (@tasty) July 8, 2020


All my sandwich eaters, which is the best seat at subway?

— Diego Lopez (@thisdiegolopez) January 1, 2020

10. LinkedIn / Facebook / Instagram / Tinder



!⃝ 𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗰𝗹𝗮𝗶𝗺 𝗵𝗮𝘀 𝗯𝗲𝗲𝗻 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝗽𝘂𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗯𝘆 my editor.

— Dom DiFurio (@DomDiFurio) November 17, 2020


how it started how it’s going

— Abdirisak Gowfe (@AbdirisakGowfe) December 15, 2020


what’s something that ISN’T racist but still FEELS racist to you?

— rebecca (@abcdrih) November 10, 2020


me at my own tweets

— ziwe (@ziwe) May 11, 2020



Me at the first day party when the pandemic is over #Verzuz

— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) September 14, 2020


me when I reply to an email saying “no worries”

— ziwe (@ziwe) July 10, 2020


— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) June 9, 2020

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