As we near the end of 2016, it’s only fitting that One Country shares a few of those classic, end of the year lists. Like you, we are kind of bored with the typical end of the year lists, so we’re putting our own spin on a few!
Millennials have been roaming the earth since 1982, and since 1982, they have been changing the world for the better (or something like that). Every year, they bring something new and inventive to the table.
In 2015, it was #GirlSquad, the “Whip Nae Nae,” the “Dab” and “Bye, Felicia.” This year, we have the “Juju On That Beat Challenge,” the “Running Man Challenge” and the “Mannequin Challenge” — apparently, we were into challenges this year.
Good luck, 2017, you have a lot to live up to.
12 Biggest Internet Trends Created by Millennials in 2016:
1. The “Juju On That Beat” Challenge
So, we’ve all heard of the “Electric Slide” and the “Cupid Shuffle,” right? Well, forget those because they’re completely culturally irrelevant thanks to Zay Hilfigerrr and Zayion McCall’s “Juju On That Beat.” Over the course of 2016, people dancing to “Juju On That Beat” has quite literally taken over all of my social media feeds.
2. The “Running Man Challenge”
This challenge, which was created by two high schoolers named Kevin Vincent and Jeremiah Hall, consists of doing a variation of the running man to an old ’90s hit song called “My Boo” by Ghost Town DJ’s.
In my opinion, it’s the least annoying challenge of the year.
Aren’t they adorable?
3. The “Mannequin Challenge”
The “Mannequin Challenge” involves big group of people — sometimes entire schools or football teams — freezing in elaborate, outrageous poses.
Since hitting the internet in November, it’s literally taken over the world — or the internet, at least. Everyone from sports teams, to the cast of “SNL,” to the Grand Ole Opry, to our favorite artists, to politicians have participated.
4. “Layers of Makeup Challenge”
This had to be the grossest challenge of the year, by far. Basically, people (namely beauty gurus on YouTube) would layer things like foundation, lipstick, eyeshadow and eyelashes on their face.
It was gross and I’m honestly so confused as to how it even got started.
Oh, and there was a nail polish one. It may have actually been first.
5. Pokemon Go
Ahh, Pokemon Go. The year 2016 will go down in history as the year that technology tricked video game nerds to go outside. Pokemon Go-phers were enticed to venture to various public locations and throw little digital balls at Japanese cartoons as a means to collect them.
A woman named Candace Payne bought a Chewbacca mask from Kohl’s. In an effort to prove to her friends and family that the mask was in fact hers and not her kids’, she recorded a video of herself wearing, speaking in and, ultimately, laughing in the mask and posted it on Facebook.
The four-minute video, which simply features the 37-year-old mom sitting in the car laughing at the ridiculous noises the Chewbacca mask is making, has been viewed over 140 million times and gained her the internet name Chewbacca Mom.
7. “Stranger Things“
Immediately after “Stranger Things” was released on Netflix, the entire world (or at least the places where it’s available) went mad over the spectacularity of it all.
Not only did the show provide a totally unique and unvisited storyline, great cinematography, killer special effects and a slew of fresh, young actors, but it gave the internet a whole new thing to obsess over.
For literal months after the world finished all eight episodes, people couldn’t stop talking about the show, trying to decode the show and begging for a second season of the show. And, once Halloween hit, a countless number of people dressed up as Eleven.
8. Kermit the Frog Memes
Last year we met the Kermit Drinking Tea meme.
And now, we have the Dark Kermit meme.
Thank you, internet.
9. Kylie Lip Kits
This year, matte lipsticks have taken over the cosmetic world. And, I hate to say it, but we have Kylie Jenner to thank — I say thank because I love matte lipsticks.
10. “Damn Daniel”
A kid named Daniel and his white Vans became an internet sensation after his friend Josh started posting clip on Snapchat of, uh, Daniel and his Vans.
During each video, he would narrate by saying, “Damn, Daniel!” People loved it.
11. The #KimExposedTaylorParty
We don’t need to get into that Taylor Swift, Kanye West, dKim Kardashian beef again (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, read here), but when that went down, people on Twitter threw a #KimExposedTaylorParty.
It was a big deal.
12. Ken Bone
Ken Bone became internet famous after posing a question about energy during the second presidential debate. His red cardigan, black-rimmed glasses and mustache became a staple during this year’s Halloween season.