The Best of 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. From important topics to notable memes, this is everything that went viral in 2018.

What were the biggest and most famous topics in 2018? What happened in 2018 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

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

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

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

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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2018 FIFA World Cup is listed (or ranked) 5 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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The Thai Boys Soccer Team is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Child Immigrants Being Separat... is listed (or ranked) 7 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, Duchess of Sussex is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked

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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Yanny or Laurel

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

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2018 Winter Olympics is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Donald Glover is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked

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) 12 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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Moth Lamp is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked
Moth Lamp

A new meme. Don't overthink it.

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

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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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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Is This A Pigeon? is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Hurricane Florence

The Category 1 hurricane devastated the Carolinas and surrounding regions, with up to 40 inches of rain, severe flooding, and winds up to 90 mph. Many roads and highways remained flooded for weeks following the storm and over 40 people died.

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Venom is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked
Venom is a 2018 American superhero film directed by Ruben Fleischer, based on the Marvel Comics character. The origin story of how reporter Eddie Brock transformed into Venom.

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

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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Plaid Shirt Guy is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Russia is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked

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

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

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

The Queen of Soul died on August 15 from advanced pancreatic cancer. Thousands attended her funeral, held in Detroit, and many others paid their respects during two days of public open casket visitations.

Aretha Louise Franklin was an American singer and songwriter. She began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, where her father, C. L. Franklin, was ...more

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

2018 marked a midterm election year and saw celebrities and public figures across America encouraged voting like never before.

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Nike's Colin Kaepernick Campai... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked
Nike's Colin Kaepernick Campaign

To mark the 30th anniversary of the athletic brand's famous "Just Do It" campaign, Nike enlisted Colin Kaepernick. His likeness appeared alongside the copy "Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything."

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Supreme Court Confirmation Hea... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked
Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 27 about Dr. Ford's sexual assault allegations against Judge Kavanaugh.

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

Arguably the greatest basketball player of all-time, LeBron James joined the Los Angeles Lakers for his 16th NBA season. 

LeBron Raymone James is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. Standing at 6 ft 8 in and weighing 250 lbs., he has started ...more

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IHOP is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked

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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Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked

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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Elon Musk is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked

Tesla and SpaceX CEO drew an SEC investigation after tweeting on August 7 that he planned to take Tesla Private. In September, he settled with the SEC and tweeted the music video for Naughty by Nature's "O.P.P." Tesla stock soared and crashed repeatedly throughout the year.

Elon Reeve Musk is a South African-born, Canadian-American entrepreneur, engineer, inventor and investor. He is the CEO and CTO of SpaceX, CEO and chief product architect of Tesla Motors, and ...more

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The Climbing Raccoon is listed (or ranked) 32 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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Prince Louis of Cambridge is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked

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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The Haunting of Hill House is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked

The Netflix series took October by storm, receiving rave reviews from critics and horror fans alike.

The Haunting of Hill House (Netflix, 2018) is an American supernatural horror television series created by Mike Flanagan, based on the novel by Shirley Jackson. The story of five siblings who ...more

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The 30 Year Old Whose Parents ... is listed (or ranked) 35 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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Serena Williams is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked

After being banned from wearing a catsuit during play - a suit which was helping treat post-pregnancy blood clots - the tennis star took to the court for August's US Open matches wearing tutus (one black, another in lavender).

Serena Jameka Williams is an American professional tennis player who is currently ranked No. 1 in women's singles tennis. The Women's Tennis Association has ranked her World No. 1 in singles on ...more

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

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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P.J., Tobin, and Squee is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked
P.J., Tobin, and Squee

In his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh referenced three high school friends with distinctive names and nicknames.

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"Very Stable Genius" is listed (or ranked) 39 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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Robert Mueller is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked

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

During a performance as musical guest for Saturday Night Live's Season 44 premiere on September 30, Kanye West wore a Perrier sparkling water bottle costume.

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Tariffs is listed (or ranked) 42 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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Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked

The pop star broke her long political silence posting on Instagram in October to encourage her fans to register to vote and support candidates who represent their values. In the 24 hours after her post, voter registration skyrocketed with nearly 65,000 Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 registering.

Taylor Alison Swift is an American singer-songwriter. Raised in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, Swift moved to Nashville, Tennessee, at the age of 14 to pursue a career in country music. She signed ...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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Being Worried About Data is listed (or ranked) 45 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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Fire and Fury: Inside the Trum... is listed (or ranked) 46 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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Awkwafina is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked

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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Queer Eye is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked

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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Kanye West is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked

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. On September 30, during a stint as musical guest on SNL, he gave a pro-Trump speech.

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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Roseanne Barr is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2018 So Far, Ranked

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