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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628 285
#MeToo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
#MeToo

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609 279
Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked

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Therapy Dogs After The Las Veg... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
Therapy Dogs After The Las Vegas Shooting

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Meghan Markle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked

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Alec Baldwin's Trump Impressio... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
Alec Baldwin's Trump Impression

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Colin Kaepernick is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked

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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 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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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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286 187
The Ice Dragon From Game Of Th... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
The Ice Dragon From Game Of Thrones

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407 311
It is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
It

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308 252
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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386 364
Covfefe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
Covfefe

Famous Schizophrenics

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281 247
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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288 260
John McCain's Healthcare Vote is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
John McCain's Healthcare Vote

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262 230
The Travel Ban is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
The Travel Ban

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335 326
The Russians is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
The Russians

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260 238
Warren Beatty Announcing The W... is listed (or ranked) 19 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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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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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

Weird Things About Going Home for the Holidays, Ranked

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238 224
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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214 211
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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391 459
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 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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176 221
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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Kathy Griffin Holding Trump... is listed (or ranked) 27 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) 28 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
Unicorn Frappuccino

Important Things Planned Parenthood Does Besides Abortions, Ranked By You

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187 249
Snapchat's Dancing Hot Dog is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
Snapchat's Dancing Hot Dog

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220 306
Sad Melania is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
Sad Melania

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131 171
Minimalism is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
Minimalism

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221 315
Beyonce's Pregnancy Announ... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
Beyonce's Pregnancy Announcement On Instagram

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35 20
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
starwarssuperfan added Barack Obama

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29 22
Hillary Clinton is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
starwarssuperfan added Hillary Clinton

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Contouring is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
Contouring

The Sexiest Pictures of Celebrity Women Sucking on Popsicles

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"Look What You Made Me Do"

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30 31
Donald Trump is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
starwarssuperfan added Donald Trump

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Richard Simmons is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked

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The Floor is Lava Challenge is listed (or ranked) 39 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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Robert Mueller is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
starwarssuperfan added Robert Mueller

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Alexa, Buy Whole Foods is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
Alexa, Buy Whole Foods

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Star Wars: Episode VIII - The ... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked

The Most Shocking Secrets Learned After Taking An Online DNA Test

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They're Good Dogs Brent is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
They're Good Dogs Brent

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Mike Pence is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
starwarssuperfan added Mike Pence

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The Chris Pratt And Anna Faris... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
The Chris Pratt And Anna Faris Split

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10 25
James Comey is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
starwarssuperfan added James Comey

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35 80
I Phone X is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list All the Things That Were a Thing in 2017, Ranked
Joseph Tandyo added I Phone X

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