2019

All The Things That Were A Thing In 2019, Ranked  

Amy Boal
January 2, 2019 6.1k votes 857 voters 28.1k views 47 items

List Rules Vote up the people, places, things, ideas, memes, and other ~stuff~ that is most defining 2019.

What 2019 news, culture, films, memes, and people in general are making headlines and appearing all over whatever feeds you rely on for up-to-date info? To help catalog the year, here are 2019's trending topics, from the biggest news stories to the most popular trends. Some of them directly tie into 2018's most common topics, but 2019 is already making itself stand out in increasingly new and innovative ways. Meghan and Harry have welcomed Archie The Sussex Baby to the world, Game of Thrones upset pretty much everyone, and Aunty Becky made a big mistake. But what will happen next? Will millennials kill Facebook at last? Will people care about yet another Avengers film (spring update: they really did!)? Will Bird Box still be a thing come summer (spring update: no, not really)? From the top trending topics in the world, to notable memes, this is everything that went viral in 2019.

What were the biggest and most famous topics in 2019? Which 2019 cultural events had the biggest impact? What happened in 2019 and left a mark? Which of these things did your mom ask you to explain? Vote up the stuff that most represents 2019 to you. And if you want a month-by-month breakdown, check out the trending topics of January, February, MarchAprilMay, JuneJulyAugust, and September 2019

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Area 51 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2019, Ranked

The event "Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us" popped up on Facebook and 1.5 million users RSVP'd. Though many assume the event is a joke, the number of people interested in storming the government base prompted the US Air Force to warn against a civil invasion.

The United States Air Force facility commonly known as Area 51 is a remote detachment of Edwards Air Force Base, within the Nevada Test and Training Range. According to the Central Intelligence ...more
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The Amazon Rainforest Fires is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2019, Ranked
The Amazon Rainforest Fires

In August 2019, Brazil's space research center INPE said the Amazon rainforest, home to nearly 3 million plant and animal species, and 1 million indigenous people, saw an 84% increase in fires from 2018. The rainforest is a vital source of carbon contributing to the health of the planet.

According to the INPE, fires in the Amazon are normal during the country's dry season, but 2019 saw almost 73,000 fires through August, and National Geographic ecologist Thomas Lovejo suggests the cause is land clearing instructed by President Jair Bolsonaro. 

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Avengers: Endgame is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2019, Ranked

The conclusion to 2018's Infinity War brought in a staggering $1.2 billion globally in its first weekend alone. Fans laughed, cried, and beat up people who spoiled the film. 

Avengers: Endgame is a 2019 American superhero film directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team, and the sequel to Avengers: Infinity War. After Thanos (Josh ...more
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The First Picture Of A Black H... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2019, Ranked
The First Picture Of A Black Hole

On April 10, the Event Horizon Telescope captured the first photo ever of a black hole. The photo looks just as Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity would suggest, as spacetime is warped by the black hole's substantial mass. 

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Notre Dame Cathedral is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2019, Ranked

On April 15, a fire started in the attic of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France. The blaze quickly spread throughout the iconic structure. The fire was put out nine hours after it started, just after the cathedral's spire completely burned and collapsed. Authorities opened an investigation, as the cause of the fire is unknown.

Notre Dame Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral of Phnom Penh, was a 19th-century French Gothic revival church that served as the cathedral of the Apostolic Vicariate of Phnom Penh. It was ...more
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Lil Nas X's 'Old Town Road' Remix Feat. Billy Ray Cyrus

Lil Nas X released a remix of his song "Old Town Road" with Billy Ray Cyrus, and the country community was split on how to take the country-trap bop. We all got horses in the back now.

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The Christchurch Mosque Terror... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2019, Ranked
The Christchurch Mosque Terror Attacks

On March 15, a white supremacist terrorist live-streamed two shootings at the Al Noor Mosque and the Lindwood Islamic Center in Christchurch, New Zealand. He killed 50 people. The act added fuel to the continuous debate on gun control. 

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Keanu Reeves is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2019, Ranked

Between his unplanned road trip with fellow United Airlines passengers to his cameo in Netflix's Always Be My Maybe, Keanu Reeves has reemerged as one of 2019's biggest stars. 

Keanu Charles Reeves is a Canadian actor, director, producer, musician, and author. Reeves is most well known for his acting career, beginning in 1985 and spanning for more than three decades. ...more
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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2019, Ranked

The HBO cultural force went out with a whimper, leaving most fans disappointed, and even angry.

Game of Thrones (HBO, 2011) is an American fantasy drama television series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, based on the series of fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin. Nine noble ...more
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Greta Thunberg Addresses The U... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2019, Ranked
Greta Thunberg Addresses The UN

At the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit, 16-year-old Swedish student Greta Thunberg addressed the United Nations General Assembly in regard to an apparent apathy toward climate change. 

Thunberg's speech rang true for many climate change activist around the globe. She inspired a worldwide walk out when she began hosting weekly sit-ins outside the Swedish Parliament with a "School Climate Strike" sign. By September, over 100 countries saw students, employees, and ordinary people join her in her protest.

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Hurricane Dorian is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2019, Ranked
Hurricane Dorian

Hurricane Dorian struck the northern Bahamas during the first weekend in September and continued up through the East Coast from Florida to Canada. When Dorian hit the Bahamas, it was a Category 5 storm, the strongest storm to have ever touched down on the island. The storm officially claimed at least 45 victims by the time it settled in Canada. 

Evacuees from the Bahamas landed in Nassau or Florida with nearly 70,000 people on the island without food or shelter.

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thank u, next is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2019, Ranked

Pop superstar Ariana Grande made fans' year when she released thank u, next, her fifth studio album. The album came only six months after her album Sweetener - and just months after her very public breakup with SNL star Pete Davidson

Thank U, Next is the fifth studio album by American singer Ariana Grande. It was released on February 8, 2019, through Republic Records. Following the release of her previous studio album ...more
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US Women's Soccer Team Wins Th... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2019, Ranked
US Women's Soccer Team Wins The World Cup

On July 7, the US women's soccer team defeated the Netherlands 2-0 and won the World Cup for the fourth year. 

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Everyone Running for President... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2019, Ranked
Everyone Running for President in 2020

20+ Democrats are vying to challenge Trump, while William F. Weld is the only Republican challenger to date.

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Bird Box is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2019, Ranked

The 2018 Netflix film inspired countless 2019 memes and led to a social media challenge in which participants had to go about their regular days blindfolded. Even Netflix said, "Please do not hurt yourselves."

Bird Box is a 2018 American post-apocalyptic film directed by Susanne Bier, based on the novel by Josh Malerman. A woman (Sandra Bullock) and a pair of children are blindfolded as they make ...more
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Chernobyl is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2019, Ranked

The five-part HBO miniseries about the Chernobyl disaster in Russia in 1986 exploded in June in both Russia and the US. Tourist rates spiked in the deserted city.

Chernobyl (HBO, 2019) is an American-British historical drama television miniseries created by Craig Mazin. In April 1986, an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the USSR becomes ...more
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Grounding Boeing 737 Max Airpl... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2019, Ranked
Grounding Boeing 737 Max Airplanes

On March 10, Ethopian Airlines flight 302 crashed after takeoff, killing all 157 of its passengers. Less than six months prior, another Boeing 737 Max crashed and killed all 189 of its passengers. Countries and airlines quickly grounded the model

On June 2, Boeing said some of its 737s, including the 737 Max airplane, might have faulty wing parts.

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The Bottle Cap Challenge is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2019, Ranked
The Bottle Cap Challenge

The bottle cap challenge saw social media users, celebrities, and even robots attempt to precisely unscrew a bottle cap using their foot or some other unexpected object. Taekwondo instructor Farabi Davletchin is said to have started the challenge by kicking the cap off a water bottle. Since then John Mayer, Mariah Carey, Jason Statham, and more have taken it upon themselves to attempt the challenge. 

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Lady Gaga And Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2019, Ranked
Lady Gaga And Bradley Cooper

Easily one of the best duos of 2019, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper sparked romance rumors after their sultry performance at the Oscars. Lady Gaga has repeatedly stated that the two are simply working together, and the chemistry audiences see is exactly what they aimed for. 

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Captain Marvel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2019, Ranked

On March 8, Brie Larson made her MCU debut as Carol Danvers in Captain Marvel. The film made $450 million globally during its opening weekend.

Captain Marvel is a 2019 American superhero film directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, based on the Marvel Comics character. In 1995, former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot Carol Danvers (Brie ...more
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US / China Trade War is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2019, Ranked
US / China Trade War

President Trump imposed tariffs on $250 billion of Chinese exports to the US in May. The president indicated that China would foot the bill, while American economic thinkers and organizations, including White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow, say US consumers will bear at least some of the financial burden as well.

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Texas Border Facility Crisis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2019, Ranked
Texas Border Facility Crisis

On June 21, The Associated Press (AP) reported on a Texas Border Patrol station holding hundreds of migrant children in unsafe conditions. According to the AP, "kids are taking care of kids, and there's inadequate food, water, and sanitation for the 250 infants, children, and teens." 

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The College Admissions Scandal is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2019, Ranked
The College Admissions Scandal

On March 12, Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin and other parents were arrested for allegedly bribing college officials and athletic heads to get their children into some of the country's most elite universities. The revelation sparked outrage and reignited the debate surrounding the exclusivity of higher education. 

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The Government Shutdown is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2019, Ranked
The Government Shutdown

A partial government shutdown spanned the last weeks of 2018, into 2019, the result of disagreements between President Trump and the Democratic Party over funding for a border wall.

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The Mueller Report is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2019, Ranked
The Mueller Report

On March 22, Robert Mueller completed his two-year investigation into President Trump and any possible collusion with Russia to influence the 2016 election. Mueller did not find any proof of collusion, but Attorney General William Barr noted it "did not exonerate [Trump]" on obstruction. 

The saga continued on April 3 after the House Judiciary Committee authorized the use of a subpeona to get the unredacted report.