2019 All The Things That Were A Thing In 2019, Ranked  

Amy Boal
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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. There's a Royal baby on the way, but will Meghan and Harry break protocol in some way during the birth?! Will millennials kill Facebook at last? Will people care about yet another Avengers film? Will Bird Box still be a thing come summer? 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, March, and April 2019.

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The Christchurch Mosque Terror... is listed (or ranked) 1 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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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2019, Ranked

The HBO cultural force is underway. What's happened so far? What will happen next? Is Bran a man or a bird? Who will ultimately sit on the Iron Throne?

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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Bird Box is listed (or ranked) 3 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 stop."

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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Lil Nas X's 'Old Town Road' Remix Feat. Billy Ray Cyrus

Even though Lil Nas X ran into some criticism from 'real' country fans, there is no denying the infectiousness of his country-trap jam "Old Town Road" featuring Billy Ray Cyrus. We got the horses in the back.

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The Government Shutdown is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Captain Marvel is listed (or ranked) 6 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. Experts estimated that the film would make $350 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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Grounding Boeing 737 Max Airpl... is listed (or ranked) 7 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

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The Felicity Huffman/Lori Loug... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2019, Ranked
The Felicity Huffman/Lori Loughlin College Admissions Scandal

On March 12, Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin 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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thank u, next is listed (or ranked) 9 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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The First Picture Of A Black H... is listed (or ranked) 10 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 of a black hole ever. 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) 11 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2019, Ranked
The Notre Dame Cathedral Fire

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

HBO released the two-part documentary on March 3, 2019. The Jackson estate decided to sue HBO for potentially $100 million, calling the documentary a "public lynching" of the pop superstar.

Lifelong fans, including celebrities like Oprah, had visceral reactions to the heartbreaking documentary. 

Leaving Neverland is a 2019 documentary film directed and produced by British filmmaker Dan Reed. Leaving Neverland describes how Michael Jackson allegedly began relationships with two young ...more

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R. Kelly is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2019, Ranked

After Lifetime aired the six-part docuseries Surviving R. Kellywhich featured women who alleged Kelly violated them, many at a young age - more and more folks protested Kelly's music and urged others to do the same. Spotify introduced the mute option. Sony/RCA dropped him

Robert Sylvester Kelly, known professionally as R. Kelly, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, rapper and former professional basketball player. A native of Chicago, Illinois, ...more

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Tidying Up with Marie Kondo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2019, Ranked

America sparked lots of joy with organizational expert Marie Kondo on Netflix. Consignment shops and charities quickly started receiving record donations as fans of Kondo decluttered their own homes. 

Tidying Up with Marie Kondo (Netflix, 2019) is a web television series created by Marie Kondo. Marie Kondo offers tips on the art of keeping your home and workspace tidy and organized.

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The Mueller Report is listed (or ranked) 15 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 that 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.

 

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Jussie Smollett is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2019, Ranked

On January 29, Smollett reported that he was the victim of a hate crime. Less than a month later, he was arrested for allegedly filing a false police report and playing a part in staging his own attack. 

Jussie Langston Mikha Smollett is an American actor, singer and photographer. As a child, he co-starred in a number of films, including The Mighty Ducks and North. In 2015, Smollett began ...more

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President Trump's National Eme... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2019, Ranked
President Trump's National Emergency

When President Trump and Democrats were unable to reach an agreement regarding funding for President Trump's long-promised border wall, he declared a National Emergency. People had feelings. Strong ones

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

On February 22, 2019, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was charged with two counts of soliciting prostitution at a spa in Jupiter, Florida. After a wide investigation, a sting operation had more than 25 men charged with similar crimes. Hundreds of other people across the state are also faces charges for their involvement.

Robert Kenneth Kraft is an American business magnate. He is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Kraft Group, a diversified holding company with assets in paper and packaging, sports ...more

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

The Jeopardy! contestant broke pretty much all the show's records.

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'Chiberia' AKA The Polar Vorte... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2019, Ranked
'Chiberia' AKA The Polar Vortex

At the end of January 2019, the Midwest got hit with record-setting low temperatures. Places like Fargo, ND, hit temperatures of negative 31 degrees Fahrenheit, while Chicago got hit with negative 20 degrees and frostbite-inducing winds. It was, to put lightly, dumb cold

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Fyre Festival is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list All The Things That Were A Thing In 2019, Ranked

Streaming services Netflix and Hulu each put out their own documentary on the failed music festival. Hulu surprise-dropped their doc a few days earlier than Netflix, but that didn't stop people from watching both

Fyre Festival was a music festival scheduled to take place on the Bahamian island of Great Exuma over two weekends in April and May 2017. Organized by Fyre Media founder Billy McFarland and ...more

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

Whether you like it or not, Saturday Night Live actor Pete Davidson is here to stay in the tabloid cycle. After his relationship with Ariana Grande in 2018, Davidson started seeing Kate Beckinsale, who is 20 years his senior.

Peter Davidson (born November 16, 1993) is an American actor and comedian. He is a cast member on Saturday Night Live. Davidson has also appeared on the MTV shows Guy Code, Wild 'n Out, and ...more

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During a New Year's Eve broadcast, Teigen bounced her face and eyeball off of Jones's umbrella. She was fine.

Christine Diane "Chrissy" Teigen is an American model. She made her debut in the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2010 and, alongside Nina Agdal and Lily Aldridge, appeared ...more