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All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked 

Elise Hennigan
Updated May 6, 2018 27.5k votes 1.8k voters 15.4k views 56 items

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.

Editor's Note: Voting and Reranking have been closed.

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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Despacito is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
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Ed Sheeran On Game Of Th... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
Ed Sheeran On Game Of Thrones
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Fidget Spinners is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
Fidget Spinners
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Robert Mueller is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
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Fenty Beauty is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
Fenty Beauty
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Snapchat's Dancing Hot D... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
Snapchat's Dancing Hot Dog
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Minimalism is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
Minimalism
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Kathy Griffin Holding Tr... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
Kathy Griffin Holding Trump's Head
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Unicorn Frappuccino is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
Unicorn Frappuccino
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Sad Melania is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
Sad Melania
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Beyonce's Pregnancy Anno... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
Beyonce's Pregnancy Announcement On Instagram
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The Floor is Lava Challe... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
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"Look What You Made... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
"Look What You Made Me Do"
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Contouring is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
Contouring
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Mike Pence is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
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Richard Simmons is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
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James Comey is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
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Alexa, Buy Whole Foods ... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
Alexa, Buy Whole Foods
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I Phone X is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
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The Chris Pratt And Anna... 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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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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Shooting Stars is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
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Chris Christie on a Clos... 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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#GoldenShowers is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
#GoldenShowers