Culture All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked  

Elise Hennigan
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List Rules Vote up all the pop culture 'things' that defined 2017 and will forever be associated with the year, whether you liked them or not. List includes only nationally relevant trending topics.

2017's trending topics ranged from cutesy food trends, to intellectually serious social movements, to silly diversions that served as distractions from the US political landscape. This collection tries to steer clear of politics, but as the year started with Donald J. Trump swearing into the office of the president, politics carried over into 2017 pop culture quite a bit. 

Government affairs aside, at least the first family is entertaining to watch. Whatever your political leaning, you probably got a kick out of SNL's many impressions this year, from Alec Baldwin's Trump to Melissa McCarthy's Sean Spicer. And maybe you also let yourself feel bad that Melania Trump looks so sad all the time. The Kardashians, our other first family, continued to influence teens with beauty trends like contouring and fashion trends like athlesiure wear.  We all got a good laugh at Kendall Jenner's out-of-touch Pepsi commercial, too.

There were great new TV shows, and huge plot twists in long-running television series. Everyone went nuts for the solar eclipse. Millennials were told to cut back on avocado toast so that they could buy houses and everyone continued to love the color pink. What were some of the memorable things that you cared about in 2017? Vote up all of the 2017 news trends that you remember talking about with your friends and add any to the list that were missed.

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The Solar Eclipse is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
The Solar Eclipse

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646 296
#MeToo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
#MeToo

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620 291
Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked

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502 266
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked

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336 144
Therapy Dogs After The Las Veg... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
Therapy Dogs After The Las Vegas Shooting

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625 369
Colin Kaepernick is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked

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565 325
Alec Baldwin's Trump Impressio... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
Alec Baldwin's Trump Impression

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484 272
The 2017 Woman's March is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
The 2017 Woman's March

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471 328
United Airlines Dragging Peopl... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
United Airlines Dragging People Off Of Planes

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349 241
Sean Spicer/Melissa McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
Sean Spicer/Melissa McCarthy

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420 321
It is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked

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291 198
The Ice Dragon From Game Of Th... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
The Ice Dragon From Game Of Thrones

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312 264
Eminem's Donald Trump Rap is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
Eminem's Donald Trump Rap

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276 233
The Travel Ban is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
The Travel Ban

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291 251
The Mayweather/McGregor Fight is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
The Mayweather/McGregor Fight

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396 372
Covfefe is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
Covfefe

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271 240
Warren Beatty Announcing The W... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
Warren Beatty Announcing The Wrong Best Picture Winner At The Oscars

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292 272
John McCain's Healthcare Vote is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
John McCain's Healthcare Vote

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343 332
The Russians is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
The Russians

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258 235
Jim Carrey Just Getting Crazie... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
Jim Carrey Just Getting Crazier and Crazier

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225 204
Eleven's Curly Hair is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
Eleven's Curly Hair

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245 231
The Handmaid's Tale is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked

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223 219
Despacito is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
Colby Dudal added Despacito

Song

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402 470
Fidget Spinners is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
Fidget Spinners

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190 207
Ed Sheeran On Game Of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
Ed Sheeran On Game Of Thrones

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183 226
Fenty Beauty is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
Fenty Beauty

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196 255
Snapchat's Dancing Hot Dog is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
Snapchat's Dancing Hot Dog

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262 355
Kathy Griffin Holding Trump... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
Kathy Griffin Holding Trump's Head

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45 27
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
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233 319
Unicorn Frappuccino is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
Unicorn Frappuccino

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228 314
Sad Melania is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
Sad Melania

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46 34
Donald Trump is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
starwarssuperfan added

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229 322
Beyonce's Pregnancy Announ... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
Beyonce's Pregnancy Announcement On Instagram

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133 178
Minimalism is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
Minimalism

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37 32
Hillary Clinton is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
starwarssuperfan added

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204 321
Contouring is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
Contouring

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159 246
"Look What You Made Me Do"

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56 80
The Floor is Lava Challenge is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
Joseph Tandyo added The Floor is Lava Challenge

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134 224
Richard Simmons is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked

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Star Wars: Episode VIII - The ... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked

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Robert Mueller is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
starwarssuperfan added

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103 189
Alexa, Buy Whole Foods is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
Alexa, Buy Whole Foods

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18 31
Mike Pence is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
starwarssuperfan added

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17 31
James Comey is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
starwarssuperfan added

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42 84
I Phone X is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
Joseph Tandyo added I Phone X

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127 263
The Chris Pratt And Anna Faris... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
The Chris Pratt And Anna Faris Split

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75 157
They're Good Dogs Brent is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
They're Good Dogs Brent

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28 69
Shooting Stars is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
Joseph Tandyo added Shooting Stars

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101 247
Chris Christie on a Closed Bea... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
Chris Christie on a Closed Beach

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102 255
#GoldenShowers is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
#GoldenShowers