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December 29, 2014 06:30 AM

Memes are the little moments that make the Internet shine. The moments when everyone on the Web comes together and decides which parts of pop culture deserve an extra bit of attention – usually in the form of a hashtag.

This year, viral nuggets from Jared Leto, Leonardo DiCaprio, Solange Knowles and more found new life online, as they transformed from news stories into Twitter trends and Reddit gold. But memes aren’t just for celebrities; they applaud the little guy too.

In 2014, “Apparently Kid,” “Hottie Thug” and the city of Sochi were all pulled from the murky depths of the unknown to shine in the splendor of memedom.

Relive all the Web’s finest moments by looking back at the best memes of 2014 now.

Summertime Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio

When an A-list celebrity ditches his shirt in exchange for a Super Soaker, the world pays attention.

Adele Dazim

In a matter of seconds, John Travolta’s Oscar flub launched a wave of parody Twitter accounts and changed the course of Idina Menzel’s life forever.

Hottie Thug

Jeremy Meeks’s criminally good-looking mugshot created the Twitter trend #FelonCrushFriday and proved the Web has a serious thing for bad boys.

The Solange, Beyoncé, Jay Z Elevator Brawl

Jay Z had more than 99 problems to deal with after the Internet got ahold of this footage of him and Beyoncé’s little sister Solange brawling in an elevator.

Odell Beckham Jr.’s Amazing Catch

An impressive sport moment that only lasted a few seconds will now live on in the caches of computers everywhere.

Jared Leto Hugging Meme

The oft man-bunned star posted a picture of himself hugging a tree; his fans just took it from there.


These cuties were on top of their suit and tie game in 2014, thanks to a little help from their parents. Justin Timberlake, take note!

Luis Suérez’s World Cup Bite

Luis Suérez’s unusual and illegal move turned into the chomp heard ’round the globe.

Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda”

My anaconda don’t want none unless you got parodies, hon!

Kim Kardashian‘s Paper Magazine Cover

Kim’s NSFW, oiled-up shot didn’t quite break the Internet, but it sure came close.

Sochi Problems

Did you think a bunch of socially savvy journalists were going to stay silent about the Olympic city’s subpar conditions? Think again.

Pharrell’s Hat

The most talked-about moment of the 2014 Grammys didn’t have anything to do with music.

Apparently Kid

Apparently, all of us are suckers for a little kid who thinks he can do local news better than the professionals.

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