The 50 Greatest Internet Memes of 2012 Anything
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The 50 Greatest Internet Memes of 2012

These are the best internet memes of 2012. Funny memes happen once in a blue moon, but new memes happen about 10 times per day at this point. Narrowing them down is ridiculous work, so we asked our own JF Sargent for help on this one. Here's what he had to say about his half of the list:

I think I'm just gonna be frank here: I am, right now, insane. I shouldn't be. I should be the picture of mental health, like I was yesterday. But that was before I agreed to catalogue the best memes of 2012 for Ranker. Before I agreed to comb through an entire year's worth of internet, find the stuff it found interesting and then (this is the part that made me insane) explain why that stuff is interesting to you.

And that's the problem. Memes can't be explained, or catalogued, or understood. They can't be reasoned with. They can't be bargained with. They don't feel pity, or remorse, or fear, and they absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead.

So that's what he had to say. So from Gangnam Style (this year's Friday), to a spoiled girl named McKayla Maroney, to the Overly Attached Girlfriend that ended up capturing everyone's heart, to memes that actually seem like they've been around longer but actually hit their peak this year, to the most recent Ikea Monkey, to the always adorable and amazing Grumpy Cat, here are the 50 most funny memes of 2012. Because you deserve it.

So let's check 'em out.
  1. 1

    Gangnam Style

    (Due to requests from users, we have taken this out of slideshow format, so please be patient ... more
  2. 2

    Election 2012

    There were so many awful/awesome things that happened on the road to the 2012 Presidential ... more
  3. 3

    Grumpy Cat

  4. 4


    Dude. Let's paint some people, film it, and play a song over it. I bet we can totally get more ... more
  5. 5

    Sh!t __ Say

    ´╗┐´╗┐Like many of the best things in life, it all started with cross-dressing. And Juliette ... more
  6. 6

    Ridiculously Photogenic Guy

  7. 7

    What People Think I Do/ What I Really Do

    First spotted on Facebook, the What People Think I Do/ What I Really Do is a look at what ... more
  8. 8
  9. 9

    Botched Ecce Homo

    Who would have ever thought completely destroying a classic piece of art would lead to one of ... more
  10. 10

    KONY/HORNY 2012

    In March of 2012, the non-profit group Invisible Children released a video titled "Kony ... more
  11. 11

    Socially Awesome/Awkward Penguin

    Apparently 2012 was the year we all voted penguin as the perfect avatar of our social ability. more
  12. 12

    The Ikea Monkey

    In America, people dress up their small animals and bring them into stores with them all the ... more
  13. 13


    In July of this year a little indy film called The Dark Knight Rises opened in a couple ...
  14. 14

    Texts From Hillary

  15. 15

    McKayla is Not Impressed

    Gymnasts are, as a group, athletically awesome freaks of nature who will spend hours swinging ... more
  16. 16

    Ermahgerd (Berks)

    If you think lisping is funny, have we got a meme for you. Ermahgerd! is "Oh My ...
  17. 17

    The Queen is Not Amused

    This is a perfect example of an image that doesn't fall into the trap that the cows did.
  18. 18

    Overly Attached Girlfriend

  19. 19

    Bad Luck Brian

  20. 20

    Skeptical Third-World Kid

    From the pages of Quickmeme came Skeptical Third-World kid, a youngster in what would appear ... more
  21. 21

    NASA Mohawk Guy

    Rocket scientists (and nerds in general) are getting a fashionable makeover thanks largely in ... more
  22. 22

    Angelina Jolie's Legs

    At the 84th Academy Awards' Red Carpet ceremony, actress and internationally recognized ...
  23. 23

    Bus Monitor Bullying Video

    The following video, which depicts a 68-year-old woman named Karen Klein being bullied to the ... more
  24. 24

    Chandler Dances on Things

    In a super topical development, 2012 was the year that Friends cast member Matthew Perry ... more
  25. 25


    After planking became a thing, it's hard to conceive of anyone engaging in a weird new ...

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