2018 All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked  

Mick Jacobs
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List Rules Vote up the people, places, things, ideas, memes, and other ~stuff~ that most defined 2018.

In 2018, news, culture, and people in general just move a lot faster, turning days into whirlwinds of news updates, Instagram stories, and your high school friend's fifth consecutive motivational Facebook status of the day. To help catalog the year, here are 2018's trending topics, from the biggest news stories to the most popular trends. Some of them directly tie into 2017's most popular topics, but 2018 is truly a tale all its own. The Royal Family had a baby and a wedding, while Facebook's previously unshakeable hold on the internet began to wane. More and more evidence came forward about election meddling by foreign powers, there was a historic summit with North Korea, and we all argued with our families about Yanny and Laurel. Some of these things are good, some of them are terrible, but all of them sent shockwaves through 2018.

What were the biggest topics in 2018? What made waves and left a mark? Which of these things did your mom ask you to explain? Cast your votes!

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Avengers: Infinity War is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked
Avengers: Infinity War

The Marvel film brought the Avengers and various other Marvel names together to fight Thanos.

Avengers: Infinity War is a 2018 American superhero film directed by Anthony and Joe Russo. Torn apart after the events of Captain America: Civil War, the Avengers join forces with the Guardians ...more

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Fortnite: Battle Royale is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked
Fortnite: Battle Royale

The 2017 co-op sandbox survival game gained even further popularity and staying power throughout 2018.

Fortnite is a co-op sandbox survival game developed by Epic Games and People Can Fly, the former also publishing the game. The game was released as a paid early access title for Microsoft ...more

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Black Panther is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked
Black Panther

The 2018 film broke box office records.

Black Panther is a 2018 American superhero film, based on the Marvel Comics character, directed by Ryan Coogler. After the events of Captain America: Civil War, King T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) ...more

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2018 FIFA World Cup is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked
2018 FIFA World Cup

The international tournament took place in Russia between June 14 and July 15, 2018.

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North Korea is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked
North Korea Meetings & Nuclear Disarmament

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump met in Singapore on June 12, 2018.

North Korea, officially the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, is a country in East Asia, in the northern part of the Korean Peninsula. The capital and largest city is Pyongyang. North Korea ...more

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Child Immigrants Being Separat... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked
Child Immigrants Being Separated From Their Parents

The Trump administration's severe crackdown on immigration resulted in thousands of immigrant children being separated from their parents by the government.

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Meghan Markle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked
Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex

The biracial actress married Prince Harry on May 19, 2018, and gave in to wearing panty hose for royal appearances.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (born Rachel Meghan Markle; August 4, 1981), is an American-born member of the British royal family, and a former film and television actress. Markle was born and ...more

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The Thai Boys Soccer Team is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked
The Thai Boys Soccer Team

On June 23, a Thai boys soccer team went hiking in a cave, becoming trapped after seasonal flooding cut off their exit. Thai Navy SEALs ultimately freed all team members, and their coach, after 18 days and multiple rescue missions.

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Donald Glover is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked
Childish Gambino

The rapper released the song "This Is America" on Saturday Night Live and debuted the accompanying video to wide appeal.

Donald McKinley Glover, also known by his stage name Childish Gambino, is an American actor, writer, comedian, rapper, singer, and producer. He first came to attention for his work with Derrick ...more

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Net Neutrality is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked
Net Neutrality

Obama-era protections were rolled back by the FCC; the repeal went into effect on June 11, 2018.

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Plaid Shirt Guy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked
Plaid Shirt Guy

On September 6, 2018, high school senior Tyler Linfesty, AKA 'Plaid Shirt Guy,' stood behind President Trump as he gave a speech in Montana. Linfesty did not openly mock or heckle the president, but apparently, his lack of enthusiasm got him booted from his prime spot. 

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2018 Winter Olympics is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked
2018 Winter Olympics

The Games, held in South Korea, made stars of Adam Rippon, Chloe Kim, and many other world-class athletes.

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Ranker Video
Yanny or Laurel

What did you hear? The audio clip caused rifts between friends, families, and coworkers.

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Facebook is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked
Leaving Facebook

In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, a movement started to leave the social media platform.

Founded in February 2004, Facebook is a social utility that helps people communicate more efficiently with their friends, family and coworkers. The company develops technologies that facilitate ...more

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March For Our Lives is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked
March For Our Lives

The student-led demonstration in support of tighter gun control took place on March 24, 2018, in Washington, D.C., following the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL.

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Smart Horror Movies is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked
Smart Horror Movies

Including such releases as A Quiet Place, Hereditary, Suspiria, Little Stranger, They Remain, and Annihilation.

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Russia is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked
Russia

The country's relationship to the Trump campaign and the 2016 election kept it in the headlines.

Russia, also officially known as the Russian Federation, is a country in northern Eurasia. It is a federal semi-presidential republic. At 17,075,400 square kilometres, Russia is the largest ...more

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Is This A Pigeon? is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked
Is This A Pigeon?

A meme inspired by a scene in the anime series The Brave Fighter of Sun Fighbird.

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Cardi B is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked
Cardi B

The rapper's album, Invasion of Privacy, put her on the map. She also gave birth to a daughter, Kulture Kiari Cephus, on July 10.

Belcalis Almanzar (born October 11, 1992), known professionally as Cardi B, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and media personality. Born and raised in The Bronx, New York, she first ...more

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Prince Louis of Cambridge is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked
Prince Louis of Cambridge

The Prince, born on April 23, 2018, is fifth in line for the British throne.

Prince Louis of Cambridge is a member of the British royal family. He is the third and youngest child and second son of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. He ...more

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Tariffs is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked
Tariffs

The relatively dull topic of taxes on imports and exports between sovereign nations dominated news as President Trump changed various policies affecting China, Canada, and other American trading partners.

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The 30 Year Old Whose Parents ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked
The 30 Year Old Whose Parents Kicked Him Out

In May, Michael Rotondo's parents began court proceedings to have him evicted from their home.

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Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked
Beychella

Beyonce headlined Coachella and reunited Destiny's Child for the occasion.

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, she performed in various singing and dancing competitions as a child, and ...more

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The Climbing Raccoon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked
The Climbing Raccoon

In June, a raccoon climbed a Minnesota skyscraper and capture the hearts of the nation.

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"Very Stable Genius" is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked
"Very Stable Genius"

President Trump used these words to describe himself in early January. 

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Stormy Daniels is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked
Stormy Daniels

The adult film actress and her legal dispute with President Trump dominated headlines in early 2018. The city of West Hollywood, CA, gave her a key to the city in May.

Stephanie Gregory Clifford (born March 17, 1979), professionally known as Stormy Daniels, Stormy Waters or simply Stormy, is an American pornographic actress, screenwriter, and director. She is ...more

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IHOP is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked
IHOb

The International House of Pancakes rebranded as IHOb for a period in June to promote its burgers.

IHOP is a United States-based restaurant chain that specializes in breakfast foods. It is owned by DineEquity, with 99% of the restaurants run by independent franchisees. While IHOP's focus is ...more

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Robert Mueller is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked
Robert Mueller

Mueller, who served as FBI director from 2001-2013, spent 2018 leading the investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Robert Swan Mueller III served as the sixth Director of the American Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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Ariana Grande is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked
Ariana & Pete's Whirlwind Engagement

On June 15, Ariana Grande and SNL star Pete Davidson announced their engagement after just a few weeks of dating. Conspiracy theorists got busy.

Ariana Grande-Butera, known professionally as Ariana Grande, is an American singer and actress. She began her career in the Broadway musical 13, before landing the role of Cat Valentine on the ...more

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Alexa's Creepy Laugh

Did your robot laugh at you? In March many Alexa devices incorrectly heard a command to laugh and spooked their human roommates.

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Fire and Fury: Inside the Trum... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked
Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House

The book flew off shelves, claiming to reveal the inner workings of the Trump White House.

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House is a 2018 book by Michael Wolff and which according to Wolff, details the behavior of U.S. President Donald Trump and the staff of his 2016 ...more

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Being Worried About Data is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked
Being Worried About Data

Cambridge Analytica, Facebook, and other scandals brought the issue to the forefront.

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Roseanne Barr is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked
Roseanne Barr

The actress's controversial tweet resulted in the cancellation of her ABC sitcom, Roseanne.

Roseanne Cherrie Barr is an American actress, comedian, writer, television producer, director, and 2012 presidential nominee of the California-based Peace and Freedom Party. Barr began her ...more

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Queer Eye is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked
Queer Eye

The Netflix reboot of the beloved series debuted to rave reviews.

Queer Eye is an American reality television series that premiered on the Bravo cable television network in July 2003. The program's name was changed from Queer Eye for the Straight Guy after the ...more

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Melania Trump is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked
Melania Trump's Jacket

First Lady Melania Trump sported a jacket that said, "I really don't care. Do U?" as she boarded a plane for a surprise visit to McAllen, TX, the center of the family separation crisis.

President Trump's communications director Stephanie Grisham said there was no meaning behind it, claiming, "It's a jacket. There was no hidden message. After today's important visit to Texas, I hope the media isn't going to choose to focus on her wardrobe."

The president claimed the target of the jacket was the "Fake News" in a tweet he sent out.

Melania Knauss-Trump is a Slovenian former model and the wife of American real estate magnate Donald Trump. They married on January 22, 2005.

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Kanye West is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked
Kanye West

The rapper released two albums (Ye on 6/1/18 and Kids See Ghosts with Kid Cudi on 6/8/18), and made controversial statements that kept him in the news.

Kanye Omari West is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, director, painter, entrepreneur, and fashion designer. West first gained prominence as a producer for Roc-A-Fella ...more

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Michelle Wolf is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked
Michelle Wolf

The comedian featured at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, receiving both high praise and harsh criticism.

Michelle Wolf (born June 21, 1985) is an American comedian and writer from New York City, who is a contributor for The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. She will be the headliner at the 2018 White ...more

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The Staircase is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked
The Staircase (And Blow Pokes)

The latest water cooler true crime series educated everyone on blood spatter and fireplace tending equipment.

The Staircase (Netflix, 2018) is a French television miniseries created by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade. The docuseries explores the trial of Michael Peterson, accused of murdering his wife, Kathleen ...more

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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked
Westworld

The HBO series debuted its second season.

Westworld (HBO, 2016) is an American science fiction western thriller television series created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, and based on the 1973 film. In a technologically advanced Wild ...more

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Kardashian Babies is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked
Kardashian Babies

Kim, Kylie, and Khloe gave birth in 2018, to Chicago West (b. 1/16/18), Stormi Webster (b. 2/1/18), and True Thompson (b. 4/12/18), respectively.

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Awkwafina is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked
Awkwafina

2018 breakout rapper with an even more successful acting career (Ocean's 8, Crazy Rich Asians, Dude).

Nora Lum is an American rapper known by the stage name Awkwafina. She originates from the Forest Hills, Queens area located in New York City. She is self-noted for her extensive satire and ...more

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Wild Wild Country is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked
Wild Wild Country

The documentary series shocked viewers with its salacious depiction of Bhagwan Rajneesh's utopian attempt in the Oregon desert.

Wild Wild Country (Netflix, 2018) is a documentary series directed by Maclain and Chapman Way. When Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh AKA Osho, the world's most controversial guru, builds a utopian city ...more

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Inclusion Riders is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked
Inclusion Riders

These provisions are added to actors' contracts for specific projects and ensure cast and crew meet the stipulated requirements for diversity. Frances McDormand brought them into the national conversation during her Oscar acceptance speech (she won for Best Actress for her role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri).

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GDPR is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked
GDPR

The EU privacy and data protection regulations went into effect on May 25, 2018.

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James Comey is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked
James Comey's Twitter

The former FBI director, and his Tweets, drew attention throughout 2018.

James Brien Comey, Jr. is the seventh and current director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He was the United States Deputy Attorney General, serving in President George W. Bush's ...more

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Sanaa Lathan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked
Who Bit Beyonce?

Tiffany Haddish, in a March interview, claimed someone bit Beyonce on the face at an afterparty in December 2017. The internet then put its heads together to figure out who it was. It turned out to be actress Sanaa Lathan.

Sanaa McCoy Lathan is an American actress and voice actress. She has starred in many films, including the box-office hits The Best Man and the 2013 sequel, Love & Basketball, Brown Sugar, ...more