Top Memes from the Last Decade


Memes have been changed quite a bit in the last decade. Having gone through many formats these images that we love so much today started out as comics and small pictures with top and bottom text. Now, all over the internet, memes come in every shape, style, and category. From pictures edited with text to short videos that can be quoted we have found a way to work these little art pieces into our everyday lives. Below, however, are the memes that have taken the world by storm and have proceeded to rise to the top of the charts.

5 Rage Comic (2010)

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To start this article, it makes sense to start from the beginning of the decade. While the comics have become a dead meme now, they  hit hard way back in 2010. People would make these comics to have relatable moments that everyone could respond to.  They, by far,  were the biggest memes of the beginning of the decade. This is also where the face, referred to as “Troll Face” originated.

4 Nyan Cat

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Another popular meme that has survived the passage of time was the Nyan-Cat. Going in and out for many years while keeping the same format, the video combines a cartoon cat with the Japanese aesthetic and a song that plays the same saying over and over again. The cat was very large in 2011 but still has a small fan-base following it to this day.


3. The Pigeon Meme (2018)

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The meme started trending in 2018 from the show The Brave Fighter of Sun Fighterbird, a Japanese show much like Transformers. The show didn’t do great anywhere in Japan but 25 years later here we are creating memes about it.




2. Area 51 Raid

This meme took the internet by surprise. It started as a joke on Facebook but grew into an international event. People began to make jokes on what they were going to find in Area 51, and how they were going to storm the military base. When the military first heard of this they took the event as a joke, but, as the memes continued to grow, the general in charge at Area 51 came out and said ” “[Area 51] is an open training range for the U.S. Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces,” McAndrews said. “The U.S. Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets.”

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The event was to take place on September 20th, 2019 and when the day came people were outside of the military base hanging out, while others went to the event called AlienStock that took place the same day as to keep people from storming the base. Even when people didn’t storm the base the news covered the story and a kid was caught Naruto running behind the news outlet and was known as a hero on Twitter.






Is this really a surprise? The biggest meme from last decade and this year it has hit number one. The first instance of the use of “OK, BOOMER” was in 2009 on Reddit. After that it began to blow up on TikTok after an

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older unknown man said that “Millennial and Generation Z had Peter Pan syndrome” and how “they never want to grow up.” The response was almost instant. Millennials and Generation Z were done with the Baby Boomer generation insulting them and were fed up fighting with them, so they began to respond by saying “OK, BOOMER”. The Boomers did not take this well and began to call it an ageist slur. This only fueled the heat of the saying and now there is merchandise and clothing for the phrase.

Memes are a large part of our culture, and will continue to change and evolve as time changes. There are plenty of memes that are worth mentioning but this is a small list that just shows how our humor has changed over the last ten years. For some more memes that are definitely worth the viewing.