The 20 Best Memes of 2021
It’s 2021 and there’s no shortage of memes sweeping the internet. It doesn’t take long before the newest memes are inspiring meme lovers to create their own hilarious versions and flooding social media feeds everywhere with them.
Where the Newest Memes Come From
You can count on many of the newest memes to come from big events or trends in entertainment, sports, fashion, politics, news and other general topics of interest. For instance, you should be able to spot a lot of the following memes from popular TV shows, Hollywood gossip, reality TV, televised sports games and even technological innovations.
How Are the Newest Memes Being Used in 2021?
The newest memes are being used just as they always have — on social media as tweets, images, GIFs, and short videos. Whether you’re reblogging a meme on Tumblr or using a meme as a funny reaction image to a hypothetical situation described in a Twitter tweet, there’s almost no wrong way to use a meme in 2021 as long as your intention is to be funny (and not offensive).
To bring you up to speed, here are just 20 of the absolute best and funniest memes we’ve seen so far in 2021.
We all get some level of satisfaction from certain guilty pleasures that we’d prefer to keep secret. This still image of Patrick Star from an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants perfectly captures the sinful delight you might feel in the moment of engaging in something disgraceful.
Knuckles is an original character from the Sonic the Hedgehog games, which has been twisted into a obscurely photoshopped version and meant to be used by trolls as their avatars on the multiplayer social game VRChat. The trolls pester other players using lines from a Ugandan movie in a heavy accent, making the meme both strangely amusing and somewhat controversial.
Cheerleaders have always maintained a reputation of being at the top of the social ladder, but nothing quite says, “I’m so much better than you,” like this girl’s sassy facial expression right before she and her cheer squad begin to break it on down.
Michaela Coel in “Black Mirror”
If Smug Cheerleader captivated the attention of the internet, then it’s no wonder why a still image of Michaela Coel from an episode of Black Mirror did too. Smugness and sass go hand in hand, and the internet can’t seem to get enough.
Super Bowl Selfie Kid
It’s exciting when you get the rare chance to meet a true celebrity, but kind of a bummer when you’re too young to even know who Justin Timberlake is. Maybe Googling him would help?
The Kardashians are too popular not to poke fun at, and this play on Kim’s name really brings new meaning to hitting the gym. Do you even lift, Kim?
Pregnant Kylie Jenner
Speaking of the Kardashians, we can’t forget Kylie’s surprise pregnancy. It was gossip-worthy enough to inspire countless memes, including this still image people of the internet took to using as a reaction to hypothetical situations involving meeting any mildly attractive individual.
Google’s Arts & Culture Selfie Matching App
Google’s free Arts & Culture mobile app now has a feature that uses facial recognition technology to match your selfie with the subjects of famous paintings and sculptures. As you can tell from all the memes, its accuracy seems to be right on point!
Confused Cardi B
Everyone knows what it feels like to be completely lost when trying to follow a conversation, and Cardi B on the red carpet at the Grammy’s is all of us when all we’re really thinking is, “I have no idea what you’re talking about.”
Tide POD Challenge
No one should be consuming poisonous cleaning products of any kind, but the internet somehow managed to launch a meme out of these delicious looking detergent capsules. Yeah it’s funny, but remember that they’re seriously not candy—they’re poison!
Jennifer Garner’s Oscar-Worthy Epiphany
Ever since the night of the Oscars, people everywhere have been asking what intense realization Jennifer Garner had during this clip of her applauding with the crowd. The actress has since admitted to having no idea what came over her during those moments and even felt embarrassed by it becoming such a popular meme.
Tonga’s Shirtless Olympic Flag Bearer
Here’s a meme that first debuted in 2016 at the summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Tonga’s super hunky, super oiled up flag bearer made a comeback at the 2021 winter Olympics in PyeongChang, and boy were all the ladies glad he did!
“God’s Plan” by Drake
The man himself who coined the term YOLO is back with another meme inspired by his new music video for his song, “God’s Plan.” Because when anything even remotely good happens to someone, God’s Plan is sure to start playing somewhere in the background.
The Gucci Challenge
There are always weird things going on in the fashion industry, but watching a bunch of Gucci models walk the runway carrying realistic replicas of their own heads is apparently nothing short of inspiring. People have been taking on the challenge to recreate the trend by asking their friends or relatives to hide their bodies behind them as they hold their head in their hands.
Steve Crowder’s “Change My Mind” Sign
A YouTuber with a conservative debate show called “Change My Mind” provided the perfect new meme template for the most ridiculous debate topics. Pluto is not a planet. Change my mind!
Sad Brandon Flowers
A still image of the lead singer of The Killers has become the icon of every sad thought anyone has ever had. Just take a look at the hashtag #SadBrandon on Twitter to read everyone’s sad stories.
Avengers: Infinity War
Marvel fans have been going nuts ever since the trailer for Avengers: Infinity War came out. Calling it epic would be a complete understatement, and fans have been harnessing the power of their enthusiasm to create hoards of memes about it.
Taylor Swift’s “Delicate” Music Video
Taylor is back with yet another inspiring music video, and meme lovers everywhere have become captivated by the faces she makes in a mirror during one particular scene. Thank you, Taylor, for providing us with some of the most accurate depictions of our feelings that we often wish we could express in the digital world.
“It’s Over For You B****es/H*es”
Teens and millennials are taking to Twitter to threaten their enemies, but only after they’ve gotten their lives together. “It’s over for you b****es/h*es” has become the threat of choice to say after listing out all the struggles any typical young person might be dealing with at the moment.
Krusty Krab vs. Chum Bucket Comparison
We started with a SpongeBob meme and we’re ending with the latest one — and all you have to know about this one is that the Krusty Krab restaurant is far better than the Chum Bucket, but the Chum Bucket is trying to steal the Krusty Krab’s spotlight. The meme has inspired people to make comparisons of things that are good and pure (represented by the Krusty Krab) against mediocre things that are trying to be just as good and pure but are clearly not (represented by the Chum Bucket).