When I look back on 2010 I won’t remember it as the year of the earthquake in Haiti, the US elections or the Chilean miners rescue. Rather, I’ll remember 2010 as the year Christine O’Donnell told the world she’s not a witch, the year double rainbows went viral and the year Brett Favre sang ‘Pants on the Ground’ in the Vikings locker room. After all, what better way is there to remember a year than by recounting the top Internet memes of that year? We’ve put together a massive list of the top 30 memes of 2010, so take a seat and get ready for a wild ride through bed intruders, crazy flight attendants, HOPAs and more.
When Antoine Dodson went off in a news clip after an intruder came into his Alabama home and tried to assault his sister, saying the now infamous like, “Hide your kids, hide your wife, and hide your husband ’cause their raping everyone out here”, the most popular Internet sensations of 2010 (if not of all time) was born.
The Gregory Brothers, aka Schmoyoho, auto-tuned Dodson’s news interview to create the ‘Bed Intruder Song’, which blew up on YouTube, was covered by a ton of musicians, and even made the Billboard Hot 100, earning Dodson enough money that he was able to buy his family a new (and hopefully more secure) house!
Betty White became a meme at the beginning of 2010 after her Super Bowl commercial went viral.
Following the airing of the commercial there was a sudden outburst of support for the Golden Girl. A Facebook page surfaced trying to get ‘Betty White to Host SNL (please)!’ and the campaign was a success. Betty White merchandise also started to pop up all over the web this year, from shirts and bags to pins and more.
JetBlue Flight Attendant Steven Slater
And who could forget JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater, who cursed out passengers, quit his job, grabbed two beers and then slid down the emergency escape chute and headed home? Steven Slater became an instant Internet star/meme/hero and even had several songs written about him. Check out the video below to see just what sort of impact the Steven Slater meme has had on the web, and the world.
“Yeh-yeh-yeh-yeh-yeh-yeh-yeh-yeh-yeh-yeh-yeh-oooh-oh-oh-oh-ohhhhh!” The Russian song ‘Indeed, I am very glad that I finally am returning home’, which has become known as the ‘Trololo song’ is one of the strangest memes of 2010 if you ask me. Eduard Khil’s 1963 performance of the song was uploaded to YouTube at the end of 2009 and started going viral in early 2010.
Because of the odd lip synching nature of this clip, lots of people have uploaded clips of themselves and even their pets singing along to the song. Trololo guy look-alike contests have abounded, a single-serving Trololo website launched and the Trololo guy was even a popular 2010 Halloween costume. Edward Khil himself, 44 years later, even watched and commented on all the Trololo parodies and called upon fans to write their own lyrics to the song!
Continue reading on the next page for more of the top memes from 2010!
When Mark Pain, photographer for UK’s Daily Mail, took an awesome photo of Tiger Wood’s golf ball heading straight for his camera at the 2010 Ryder Cup the picture started spreading around the web like wildfire. At first, the picture spread because it was an awesome golf shot. But soon, people began to take notice of a guy standing in the crowd behind Tiger, wearing a brown wig and a fake moustache and smoking a cigar.
Turns out that Cigar Guy was actually London golf fan Rupesh Shingadia. He was playing tribute to the Spanish golfer Miguel Angel Jiminez with his costume. Imagine his surprise when he became “Cigar Guy”, one of the most viral memes of 2010!
I’m Not A Witch
The 2010 US elections were a breeding ground for memes this year, and no one became as Internet famous and parodied as Christine O’Donnell who informed the world that she is definitely not a witch.
Of course, Schmoyoho was early to jump on the parody bandwagon as usual, songifying Christine O’Donnell’s ‘I’m Not a Witch’ clip with an auto tuned song and all sorts of other Christine O’Donnell parodies hit the web. It also isn’t surprising that many Halloweeners went as Christine O’Donnell witches this year.
The Rent Is Too Damn High
The Rent Is Too Damn High meme is another great one to make its way out of this year’s election. “The Rent Is Too Damn High” is the slogan coined by Jimmy McMillan for his New York state gubernatorial campaign.
Not surprisingly, parodies of Jimmy McMillan abounded. Of course, Schmoyoho got in on the action once again.
So by now you have surely noticed that The Gregory Brothers (aka Schmoyoho) have jumped on almost every single viral YouTube meme to create an auto-tune remix. While auto-tune isn’t new in 2010, it has certainly become one of the biggest trends this year, thanks to big hits like the ‘Double Rainbow Song’ and ‘Bed Intruder Song’. The Gregory Brothers’ songs have been more covered than any other songs on YouTube this year. Even Weezer got in on the auto-tune action earlier this year, starring in an episode of Auto-Tune The News.
Oh what sweet memories I have of the World Cup with the soothing sound of the Vuvuzela. No, but seriously, for some reason when people heard the horrid sound of the Vuvuzela in South Africa they were inspired to create a whole plethora of videos starring the most annoying sound in the world. Over the summer when the games were going on we put together a list of the top 10 Vuvuzela videos. Here’s one of my personal favorites from MysteryGuitarMan.
Inception was one of the best movies to hit the theaters in quite awhile, but it became a meme long before it even hit the theaters. Just after the trailer was released on YouTube we started seeing a whole rash of Inception trailer parodies. If you haven’t seen the original trailer you can check it out here:
We put together a list of the top 10 Inception trailer parodies back in August, but the parodies continue to this day. They include everything from characters like Dora the Explorer to footage from Toy Story 3 and Up. One of my personal favorites was ‘Bill and Ted’s Excellent Inception’.
Evil Cat Lady
Earlier this year a British woman achieved notoriety on the Internet when she was caught on security camera throwing a cat into a trash bin.
The video of her heinous act has been viewed over 1.3 million times, a Facebook group was formed to bring her to justice, and a rash of LOLCat-like graphics and videos hit the web, poking fun at “Evil Cat Lady” and giving her what she deserves. In ‘Revenge of the Cat’ the cat throws the lady in a bin.
Sad Keanu is a funny picture meme similar to the Cigar Guy meme that went viral this year. It is based off of a paparazzi photo of Keanu Reeves eating a sandwich on a park bench and looking a bit sad.
It became a popular trend to take the cutout of Sad Keanu and stick him in various situations, eating various things with funny captions. There’s Sad Keanu at a kid’s birthday party, Sad Keanu with bunnies, and Sad Keanu on the Moon just to name a few. The Sad Keanu meme even got it’s own song! Check it out in the video below.
Tiger Woods got a lot of negative coverage over the past year due to what was going on in his personal life. However, he only achieved meme-hood in April when his ‘Earl and Tiger’ Nike commercial hit the web.
The ‘Earl and Tiger’ commercial quickly amassed over 3 million views. There was a lot of controversy surrounding it as the voiceover is Tiger’s late father and he seems to be questioning Tiger about some of the decisions in his personal life.
The parodies quickly began spilling in, initiated by a parody shown on the Jimmy Kimmel show. The parodies include everything from a Lion King-inspired parody to a David After Dentist-inspired parody.
Kanye West’s Tweets
Who would have thought that someone’s tweets could become a meme? It may sound surprising, but it’s true. Kanye West’s tweets were meme-ified in 2010.
For starters, KanyeNewYorkerTweets launched this year, captioning New Yorker cartoons with Kanye’s tweets. The results are freakin’ hilarious.
Babelgum also got in on the Kanye tweeting action with a series of videos called ‘Kids Reenact Kanye’s Tweets’.
Justin Bieber To North Korea
Over the summer a massive prank nearly sent Justin Bieber to North Korea. According to the BBC, “A website polled users as to which country he should tour next, with no restrictions on the nations that could be voted on.” Trolls on the infamous Internet board 4chan held an online assault on the page in order to vote North Korea up to the top of the list. A bunch of funny images campaigning for Justin Bieber to head to North Korea also hit the web.
“Dude, you have no Quran!”
On September 11 of this year, Jacob Isom became a local hero when he stole the Quran from a Quran-burning that was scheduled in Amarillo, Texas. When he explained what he did on the news he said, “I snuck up behind him and took his Quran. He said something about burning the Quran I was like, ‘Dude, you have no Quran!'”
Jacob Isom was interviewed by Shira Lazar, auto-tuned, and the ‘Dude, You Have No Quran!’ catchphrase has stuck. Jacob Isom was also a popular Halloween costume this year.
Levi Johnston For Mayor
A lot of people thought it was a ridiculous joke when Levi Johnston (father of Bristol Palin’s baby) announced that he would be running for mayor of Wasilla in 2011. So ridiculous in fact that the idea spawned its own meme, complete with fake ‘Levi Johnston For Mayor’ campaign posters and videos.
Tension is on the rise between travelers and the TSA, especially during the holiday season this year. People don’t want to be abused with new extreme TSA measures and they are taking their fight to the web. There have been all sorts of online campaigns against the TSA over the past few months, from YouTube videos to 4th Amendment Underclothes that reveal the 4th amendment to TSA officials when you go through the body scanner at the airport. If you ask me, it’s sad that travel conditions have gotten so bad that anti-TSA material has achieved meme status on the web.
We put together a list of the top 10 anti-TSA videos online. You can watch one of my favorites below.