You woke up, realized you’re just two days away from 2016, and asked yourself, “Where the hell did the year go?” Look at your browser history. That was where hours and hours of surfing on your smartphones have gone—just visiting all the pages on trending topics you missed out on while you were out #adulting in real life.
This year has been a mad rollercoaster for pop culture. Now that the ride is done, we figured it best to reminisce about the peaks and plunges that got everybody sharing. Here, have our exclusive ticket to revisit all these.
#1 The debut of Caitlyn Jenner
Months after her monumental Vanity Fair cover, Caitlyn Jenner still slays in her satin corset that got us buying lingerie again. But forget about the trend she set; Caitlyn’s real victory is finally owning her identity, her way of flashing a manicured middle finger to everyone who discriminated against the transgender community.
#2 Legalization of LGBT marriage in the US—and other countries
Also known as: the return of the #feels. After a five-year hiatus, Adele gifts us with 25, an album that triggered nostalgia your heart wasn’t quite ready for. The Grammy award-winning powerhouse brings back the simplicity of emotions and genuine lines while her contemporaries were too busy building their #squad or dyeing their hair blonde.
The City of Lights was disturbed by two major terrorist attacks in the past year. While it gathered netizens in heartwarming support, the events have pointed to increasing tensions brought by clashing ideals, misunderstood religions, and heightening bigotry. #PrayforParis was also a plea to think about other nations plagued with these every day.
#3 The ugly side of pop feminism, courtesy of Taylor Swift
Everyone’s favorite girl squad head Taylor Swift flaunted a major flaw in her leadership. Her little feud with Nicki Minaj (link) and her tendency to think everything revolves around her brand were exposed for the world to see. Taylor’s slip-up reveals the inconsistencies of feminism led by pop culture figures—which is to say the kind we shouldn’t really place on a pedestal all the time.
#4 The APEC carmageddon
We couldn’t even begin to enumerate the memes and stories brought by the horrific #carmageddon courtesy of the APEC summit. That week’s hellish road slump took longer than our post-breakup sobbing phase. After this, we just hope the authorities will stop being insensitive pricks and actually start making good use of our taxes.
#5 Alma Moreno’s interview with reservations (a.k.a. #AlDav)
Move over, Kim K, Alma Moreno broke the Internet sans shedding her clothes and by simply just speaking. The thing is, we wish she talked less. Her disastrous Headstart interview with Karen Davila inspired a ton of memes, and got us thinking: If these are the kind of people gunning to lead this country—yes guys, she nabbed the #19 spot in the Pulse Asia survey!—then good luck folks, we’re all fucked.