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.
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    Gangnam Style

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    "Gangnam Style" is kind of a big deal. Like, approaching a billion views on YouTube big. The lead single from Korean pop singer PSY's sixth album, PSY 6 (Six Rules), Part 1, "Gangnam Style" immediately started making waves on the Korean charts and began racking up YouTube views as soon as it was released in July.It started "slow" compared to where it's at now, generating about 9 million views a day in its first two months, and soon surpassed Justin Beiber's "Baby" video as the most-watched video ever posted on YouTube.


    I repeat, he unseated Justin Beiber as King of YouTube. If ever there was a sign the Mayan apocalypse may yet be delayed, this certainly qualifies.
    So what is this video, which as of December 18th has over 982 MILLION views, all about? It's about the posers that claim to be part of the opulent, Beverly Hills-like lifestyle the people that live in the Gangnam area of South Korea. Says PSY: 
     
    "People who are actually from Gangnam never proclaim that they are—it's only the posers and wannabes that put on these airs and say that they are "Gangnam Style"—so this song is actually poking fun at those kinds of people who are trying so hard to be something that they're not".
     

    And dance fighting; serious, Derek Zoolander-inspired dance-off intense dance fighting. Aside from being a send-up of the poser culture, the mass appeal of the video centers around the intense choreography of PSY and his crew in the video including, but not limited to, the "horse dance" and the elevator shake. As you can probably tell by the number of views the music video has recorded, people cannot get enough of PSY and "Gangnam Style".
     
    He's become such a cross-over hit that he's appeared on the VMA's, Ellen, Jay Leno, and even a hilarious sketch with Seth McFarlane on Saturday Night Live.
     


     In October, as demand for PSY was hitting a fever pitch, he did an AMA (Ask Me Anything) for Reddit. These were some of the best Q & A's of the hour-long session.
     
    Q: Why were you so mad at that girl’s ass? 
     A: Because her ass was so mad.
     


    Q: Can I come and hang out with you in Seoul? 
    A: Call me maybe.
      
    Q: If you could collaborate on a song with any one artist / band, who would that artist be? 
    A: I love so many but if I had to choose one, Justin Bieber.
     
    (PSY! NO! Don't you know that a collaboration with the Beebs has the potential to bring on the apocalypse? Don't do it!)
     
    Q: Do you have a favorite Gangnam Style “spoof” video? 
    A: Ohio University marching band. 
     

    Also tops on the list of Gangnam Style parodies are: 
     
    Mitt Romney Style 
     

    Lifeguard Style (sidenote: all of the lifeguards in this video were fired for improper use of public property after the video went viral) 



    Baby Gangnam Style 
     

     On top of the countless gifs, video parodies, and reenactions, the song is now available in American karaoke establishments as well. There is no escaping "Gangnam Style" (not that you'd want to). And hey, if this wasn't enough Psy for you, check out the Ranker list of The Best Gangnam Style Parodies .

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