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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 15.3k views 64 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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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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#MeToo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
#MeToo
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Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
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Meghan, Duchess of Susse... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
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Therapy Dogs After The L... 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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Colin Kaepernick is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
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Alec Baldwin's Trump Imp... 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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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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United Airlines Dragging... 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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Sean Spicer/Melissa McCa... 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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It is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
It
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The Ice Dragon From Game... 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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Eminem's Donald Trump Ra... 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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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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The Mayweather/McGregor ... 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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Covfefe is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
Covfefe
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Warren Beatty Announcing... 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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John McCain's Healthcare... 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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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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Jim Carrey Just Getting ... 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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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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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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Despacito is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
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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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Ed Sheeran On Game Of Th... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
Ed Sheeran On Game Of Thrones