The best memes of 2022 (so far)
11 January 2022, 16:25 | Updated: 1 August 2022, 22:35
Every viral meme from 2022 including Elmo vs. Rocco and Molly-Mae.
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We can already sense that 2022 is going to be a good year for memes. We're not even very far into the year and the memes are coming in hot.
In January alone, we've seen memes of Love Island star Molly-Mae go viral after she famously said that we "all have the same 24 hours". Then, the hilarious feud between Elmo and Zoe's pet rock Rocco sent the internet into a spin and the memes were incredible.
So, to make sure you don't miss out on all the fun we're compiling a handy list of all the viral memes that 2022 has to offer. And if you want a refresher on all the memes from previous years, look no further than our lists here:
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January 2022 memes
Molly-Mae probably never imagined that her "inspirational" interview about us all having the "same 24 hours as Beyoncé" would become a meme but here we are. And the rest is history.
PLT workers Molly Mae:— Dobby Club (@DobbyClub06) January 6, 2022
Per hour: pic.twitter.com/v0iUBwmd4x
Sesame Street icon Elmo's long-running beef with his best friend Zoe's pet rock Rocco has been going on for years, but it was brought back up in 2022, and turned itself into one of the first major memes of the year.
Elmo vs Rocko the greatest rivalry of all time pic.twitter.com/4aRbR6OUAS— ko (@formermerc) January 4, 2022
75 Loads memes
Gay Twitter went wild over the guy who spent the weekend "taking 75 loads" and now it's an iconic 2022 meme.
Straight people when they see why 75 loads is trending pic.twitter.com/giPsESR2MA— Mike (@Mikechrs961) January 4, 2022
Euphoria High School memes
Euphoria returned for season 2 on January 6 and that meant the memes came too. Without a doubt the 'Euphoria High School' meme is the funniest. People are recreating how the characters dress for school and it's hilarious.
The principal of euphoria highschool pic.twitter.com/ZeBbcjrW14— Corvs❄️ (@Gushieee) January 12, 2022
The Green M&M had her iconic white go-go boots taken away from her after Mars decided to bring their M&M characters into the 21st century, and the memes about the whole situation were hilarious.
Euphoria's Maddy memes
Euphoria memes have been the flavour of the month but this one of Maddy banging down a door has been particularly hilarious.
"what's beyoncé's favorite number?" pic.twitter.com/wLwsvHOBlL— Nicholas Dante (@nicholasdante_) January 26, 2022
Sue Gray memes
The UK is an absolute mess. So while the country waited on Sue Gray's report into the lockdown parties at No. 10 the internet made memes.
Rihanna announced she's expecting her first child with her boyfriend A$AP Rocky and the exciting news was trending all over social media.
me pretending to be a ceiling fan in rihanna's delivery room so i can see the baby's forehead first pic.twitter.com/FOERAZGKdw— smooch (@knoxdotmp3) February 1, 2022
Euphoria "Bitch, you better be joking" memes
The Euphoria memes just will not die. This time it's Maddy giving the iconic line: "Bitch, you better be joking."
Kylie Jenner's new baby memes
Kylie Jenner welcomed her second child, named Wolf Webster, on February 2 and the it didn't take the internet long to deliver all the memes about the baby's name.
stormi and now wolf ?? they trying to build the x-men https://t.co/K7iNY2lJXf— kira 👾 (@kirawontmiss) February 12, 2022
Storm Eunice memes
On February 18, Storm Eunice battered the UK and obviously the only way the internet could cope was by making memes.
Super Bowl's Halftime Show is one of the most iconic (and meme-able) pop culture moments of the year, so it comes as no surprise that the internet went into meme meltdown over Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, Kendrick Lamar and 50 Cent's performance.
me trying to connect my charger without getting outta bed pic.twitter.com/O3RjKaokwU— - (@defffkapp) February 14, 2022
Adele basketball game memes
Adele was just minding her business at the NBA All-Star Game when the camera decided to zoom in on her and it instantly became a meme.
Arthur, the show that raised us, officially came to an end in February 2022 after 25 seasons. Of course, fans expressed their devastation through memes.
yo wtf why does adult Arthur look slightly like me 👁👄👁 pic.twitter.com/rkLEtzePCb— Joey (@TheAn1meMan) February 23, 2022
Kendall Jenner Off-White catwalk memes
Kendall Jenner officially became a meme after going viral for her lacklustre walk in the Off-White fashion show. Go on girl, give us 2%!
bella the morning after she finally got that edwussy pic.twitter.com/lmXkJSzI0E— THE TWILIGHT SAGA 🍎 (@Twilight) March 3, 2022
Kim Kardashian in Balenciaga tape memes
Kim Kardashian turned heads at Paris Fashion Week in this Balenciaga outfit made entirely from tape. But sadly, the impractical material caused Kim to walk like the tin man and she quickly became a meme.
me leaving rihanna house with the album up my ass pic.twitter.com/51xJXz7Oup— allure (@alluregaga2) March 7, 2022
Kim Kardashian "Get your fucking ass up and work" memes
When Kim Kardashian gave women in business some "advice" she probably didn't expect it to blow up like it did. Although she has since backtracked, Kim's soundbite instructing women to "get your fucking ass up and work" from a now-viral interview became a hilarious meme.
kim kardashian giving business advice: pic.twitter.com/wU7AsCWMtA— Tushar (@reputushion) March 10, 2022
The Oscars were VERY eventful this year and therefore the perfect place for memes to be born. Thanks to Will Smith's shocking slap and then Lupita Nyong'o's hilarious reaction, the internet was buzzing with memes.
every girl texting her man “if somebody made fun of me at the Oscar’s would you slap them??”— greta gerNIG (@NILES100) March 28, 2022
Lady Gaga interacting with Caitlyn Jenner during Elton John's AIDS Foundation's Oscar viewing party will go down in history as one of the shadiest moments of the year. Thanks to Gaga's iconic line "I switched baristas" it's all anyone can say.
Lady Gaga after running into Caitlyn Jenner at the Malibu Starbucks 3 times in 1 week pic.twitter.com/wrSDJlWBYt— Joey Nolfi (@joeynolfi) March 29, 2022
April started off with Grammy Awards and of course there were countless memes.
Olivia Rodrigo meeting BTS' V memes
Olivia Rodrigo cleaned up at the 2022 Grammy Awards but she also got to meet BTS. Olivia was pictured in conversation with BTS member V and it became an instant meme.
Jaden Smith interview memes
In April, a 2018 interview of Jaden Smith criticising people in his age group went viral. Jaden famously said: "I’m very happy that I spent my childhood with more adults than I did with kids my own age. I was picking up more things from adults than I were [sic] from kids my own age, and I look, and I go around sometimes, and I hang out with other people that are my age, and they’re just: Selfie! Phone! Bro!
"I’m just like, dude, oh my God. Can we talk about the political and economic state of the world right now? Can we talk about what’s going on with the environment? Can we talk about other things?"
Of course, it became a meme and Jaden even joined in.
Me: Hey Wanna Talk About The Economic And Political State Of World Together.— Jaden (@jaden) April 18, 2022
Me: Ok Cool pic.twitter.com/rkQzZ4jZbb
Viola Davis as Michelle Obama memes
Viola Davis is playing Michelle Obama in new drama series The First Lady and thanks to Viola's constantly scrunched up expression, a meme was born.
The Met Gala the biggest night in fashion – and an even bigger night for memes. The red carpet provided some exquisite meme fodder, especially because barely anyone understood the assignment.
Emma Chamberlain and Jack Harlow memes
You should never meet your heroes and Emma Chamberlain was proof of that. Emma's expression when she interviewed by Jack Harlow on the Met Gala red carpet resonated with us all and immediately became a meme.
The CW cancelled a bunch of shows in May but one show remained… Riverdale. Yes, everyone's favourite hate watch made it through the cull and the internet was so shocked that they reacted with memes.
The cast of Riverdale when they find out their show was not canceled pic.twitter.com/BqTKUZxHyf— it ain’t fun Paramore! (@stuckiny2k) May 12, 2022
Cara Delevigne put on a truly bizarre appearance at the Billboard Music Awards – including lifting up Megan The Stallion's dress – and people couldn't stop talking about it. Cue all the memes about Cara's oddball antics.
your chances of being watched by cara delevingne are slim but never zero pic.twitter.com/rZzs7JQXr6— َdance fever grammy campaign (@ungodlywests) May 16, 2022
Gorr the God Butcher memes
The latest trailer for Thor: Love and Thunder introduced us to the film's main villain: Gorr the God Butcher (played by Christian Bale). People couldn't help but compare him to well-known memorable character Voldemort so of course the internet had jokes.
Haim dancing memes
Haim unintentially became a meme following their performance at Boston Calling music festival, where they unexpectedly broke out into a synchronised dance routine to 'I Know Alone'.
the haim sisters are out of control wtfpic.twitter.com/IMfOWd1R2m— karl barx sprigatito edition 🐶 (@greesybarx) May 30, 2022
Finally! Stranger Things 4 Volume 1 returned to Netflix with seven brand new episodes after a three year wait. And, as always, the new season came a fresh batch of memes.
the first episode of stranger things season 4 without any context: pic.twitter.com/MFOLclVa8Z— ken (@croissanttrash) May 28, 2022
June 2022 memes
Happy Pride month! It's time to celebrate all the contributions LGBTQ+ people have made and that includes all the hilarious memes courtesy of Gay Twitter.
as a gay teenager, i never felt like i had the proper tools to succeed. that’s why, for this pride month, i’ve partnered with home depot,— kcl (@kycarrerolopez) May 31, 2022
Platty Jubes memes
From June 2 to June 5, Queen Elizabeth II became the first British Monarch to celebrate their Platinum Jubilee after 70 years of service. And in true British hun culture style, Platinum Jubilee was quickly turned into "Platty Jubes" (or "Platty Joobs").
Is it 'platy joobs' or 'platty jubes' ? This tattoo has to be perfect.— dead skin mask (@albertobalsam_) June 3, 2022
Queen Elizabeth memes
Speaking of the Queen, Her Majesty met Paddington Bear in a sketch for BBC's Party at the Palace. Of course, an iconic meme was born.
Me coming home from the pub so pissed that I try to make myself some toast using my handbag instead of the toaster. pic.twitter.com/9FSCVXcb0G— Amanda (@Pandamoanimum) June 4, 2022
Sandra Bullock Bullet Train memes
A photo from Sandra Bullock's upcoming comedy Bullet Train quickly went viral thanks to her winning mullet hairdo.
Umm no that's Jacqueline Follet, former Editor-in-chief of French Runway current Creative Director of James Holt Global https://t.co/vxCLHpMXV4— Sarah Ward (@sarah___ward) June 8, 2022
Dwight Eisenhower memes
Gay Twitter truly couldn't get enough of a photo of US President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1945 sitting cross-legged in front of the US flag. It's high camp.
Dwight D. Eisenhower untucks in the Interior Illusions Lounge. 19th June, 1945. pic.twitter.com/NcyOvrvX7Z— Tom Zohar (@TomZohar) June 11, 2022
Joker 2 musical memes
We all knew Joker was getting a sequel, but a musical?! Starring Lady Gaga!? The chaos of it all spawned so many memes.
Hay fever memes
If you live in the UK and you're a hay fever sufferer then you'll probably know that summer 2022 has been particularly hard. It's official super pollen has taken over and then memes about it are the only thing keeping us going. If we don't laugh about it, we'll cry…
What variant of hayfever is this because ???— Nicole Crentsil FRSA (@NKrystal) June 12, 2022
The internet was left divided after Warner Bros. shared the first photo of Ryan Gosling as Ken in the upcoming Barbie movie. And of course, they made so many memes.
Freddie Prinze Jr's Fred walked so Ryan Gosling's Ken could run pic.twitter.com/QZXzaXWx9h— Michael (earth 838 variant) (@bashful_michael) June 15, 2022
Kim better not think about wearing this memes
Kim Kardashian became a hilarious meme after she was accused of damaging Marilyn Monroe's iconic dress that she wore to the 2022 Met Gala (although, it might have been damaged before). People then started sharing other iconic dresses that Kim needs to stay away from…
kim better not even THINK about wearing this pic.twitter.com/Y3U7ABwPCs— dimen5ion (@lagoonypolachek) June 14, 2022
She's a 10 memes
If you've logged onto the internet recently, you've probably noticed a bunch of "She's a 10 but" tweets. Well, it started off as TikTok trend, with people sharing hypothetical scenarios in which someone's a "10" but they would then have one red flag that would bring down their rating. The trend reached Twitter and now it's a meme.
she a 10 but she sleeps all day— nat (@natalieemoren0) June 20, 2022
Beyoncé Break My Soul memes
Beyoncé is back with the anti-capitalist anthem of the summer! After a hiatus that felt like a lifetime, Beyoncé dropped her highly-anticipated house bop 'Break My Soul' from her upcoming album Renaissance and the internet was flooded with memes.
this is what beyoncé meant when she said “the queens in the front and the doms in the back”: pic.twitter.com/vcUl6WehR4— willa for CEO (@renaisonce) June 21, 2022
We will adopt your baby memes
Following the horrific news that the US Supreme Court voted to overturn Roe v Wade, which legalised abortion, protestors camped outside the Supreme Court in Washington, DC. A couple celebrated the court's decision by proudly holding up a sign that read: "We Will Adopt Your Baby," and it quickly became a meme.
Usher Tiny Desk Concert memes
A moment from Usher's Tiny Desk Concert performance has given the internet a new meme. The moment in question is from when Usher sang 'Confessions Pt II'. He then looks straight at the camera and whispers, "Watch this."
Me: I’ve already seen 200 of the Usher memes. I’m sure they’re done now.— Melcolm X (@MelcolmRuffin) July 3, 2022
My Twitter timeline: pic.twitter.com/FGmHAymY5o
Minions: Rise of Gru memes
Minions: The Rise of Gru was released on July 1 and it's become an instant hit. The meme-able movie has already sparked a TikTok trend of people wearing suits to watch it in theatres and over on Twitter the Gru memes and puns are rolling in.
used to hate minions then i gru up 😈— a (@abrxanna) June 30, 2022
Austin Butler's sweaty Elvis memes
When Austin Butler signed on to play King of Rock 'n' Roll Elvis Presley in Elvis, we just knew there would be soooo many memes. Case in point, this viral still of a very sweaty Elvis which has been doing the rounds.
i can’t explain it but this is is radiating vicki gunvalson energy pic.twitter.com/b2CkAxh3EW— alex (@alex_abads) July 1, 2022
Kim Kardashian made her Paris Couture Week catwalk debut for Balenciaga and people couldn't stop making hilarious moves of her, errr, haunting runway walk.
passing his roommate(s) in the living room on the way out pic.twitter.com/ukIhmHkDcH— ye olde uncle gworl (@mxhoneytrap) July 6, 2022
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson resigns memes
We're free! At long last, Boris Johnson resigned as Prime Minister of the UK on July 7 after a lengthy list of failures. And how did the Brits celebrate? With memes, of course!
It's official! Lea Michele will play Fanny Brice in the Funny Girl revival from September 6 replacing Beanie Feldstein and fulfilling her Glee character Rachel Berry’s lifelong dream – and the internet spiralled.
funny girl’s producers after deciding to go with lea michele pic.twitter.com/mHMSh7ihgp— m (@bigIttIeIies) July 11, 2022
James Webb Space Telescope memes
NASA released photos from the James Webb Space Telescope, which showed previously unknown galaxies as well as new and dying stars in detail. It was an extraordinary moment for space enthusiasts. But did the internet take the discovery seriously!? Of course not. They made memes.
If I send/text you this memes
New meme format alert! You start with "If I send/text you…" and then insert an emoji. Then, finish the sentence with either a photo, video or quote of what you actually want it to mean.
when i send you this “😎” it means i’m feeling like mr. worldwide mr. 305— shorty (@adrianaleijaa) July 12, 2022
BeReal is the moment! People are living for the "anti-instagram" social media platform and making hilarious memes based off of the app's ability to take photos with your back and front cameras simultaneously.
Rosalía chewing gum memes
The internet gave Rosalía the meme treatment after the singer was filmed chewing gum while performing 'Bizcochito' on her Motomami world tour.
Alvin and the chipmunks after performing in front of Steve’s doorstep pic.twitter.com/nak15bQHOc— pocket (@islandthembo) July 17, 2022
Little Miss memes
Little Miss and Mister Men shaped our childhood and now they're back in meme form. People are creating their own Mister Men characters alongside a relatable statement and the memes are going viral.
In July, celebrities like Drake and Kylie Jenner faced backlash for their private jet usage and its negative effects on climate change. Then, Yard published a new report ranking which celebrities have flown via private jet the most this year and calculated how much carbon dioxide they've released into the atmosphere in doing so. And who was the winner? Miss Taylor Swift (although her rep claims that her jet is loaned to other people.)
The report spawned thousands of memes from people joking that Taylor doesn't care about climate change.
video of taylor swift going to get a glass of water pic.twitter.com/YctZlW1IlQ— jack || ifb (@state_of_slay_) July 30, 2022