2021’s Most Wanted Memes Revealed – With Matt Hancock Topping The List | UK News


The most popular UK memes searches for 2021 have been revealed by Google.

Here are the top 10 memes people were looking for this year using the search engine.

1. Matt Hancock

Matt Hancock has resigned as a health secretary when leaked CCTV footage showed him kissing an assistant, violating social distancing rules he had helped establish during the pandemic.

Memes shared on social media mocked his departure.

2. Bernie Sanders

Bernie sanders came in second after a photo of him during President Joe Biden’s inauguration made waves on the internet, triggering thousands of photoshopped memes on social media.

In the photo, the former presidential candidate wears oversized mittens and a practical brown coat, sitting socially at a distance in a folding chair with his legs and arms crossed.

Social media users have transposed it to various places like famous TV shows, iconic artwork and photographs.

Some have speculated it looks like he doesn’t want to be there, while others have noted that his outfit defies formal dress conventions at opening ceremonies.

3. 4 guys

Jamie Philips, Connor Humpage, Kevin Rooney and Alex Lacey became known as “The Four Lads in Jeans” after an image of them wearing tight pants at a party in Birmingham went viral.

They told Good Morning Britain they didn’t care about their clothes, but hinted at future online job opportunities thanks to their internet fame.

4. Hamster

In February, fans of singer Lana del Ray created a “cult” on TikTok that required potential band members to change their avatars into a photo of her smiling, according to the Know Your Meme site.

The trend went viral and inspired a “hamster cult” parody, with members all using the same animal photo for their profiles.

5. Prince Philippe

It seems like there isn’t too much of a sensitive topic for a meme – not even the late Prince Philip, who died aged 99 in April.

6. It’s coming home

Songs of the ‘homecoming football’ gained momentum as England reached the Euro 2020 final this summer – the team’s first tournament final since the 1966 World Cup.

The anthem is called “Three Lions” by David Baddiel, Frank Skinner and The Lightning Seeds and was originally recorded for Euro 96, which was held in England.

7. Squid game

Squid Game became Netflix’s most popular series launch with 111 million viewers in the first month, so it’s no surprise that it spawned a litany of memes.

The series is set in South Korea and sees people with high debt being asked to play a series of challenges that could see them win 45.6 billion won (roughly £ 28million).

8. Sailor’s song

Nathan Evans, a 26-year-old Scottish postman and aspiring musician, shared a video of himself on TikTok, singing a sailor’s song called “Soon May the Wellerman Come”.

The clip has been shared and duet thousands of times by professional singers, sea enthusiasts – and even a Kermit the Frog puppet.

9. Home schooling

As schools closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, parents used memes to share the frustrations of managing their children’s education from home.

10. Professional activity

Millions of people have watched Line of Duty in Lockdown, a series following the AC-12 anti-corruption police unit, which aired its season finale in May and got fans to share their reactions by making memes.


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