Top Ten Most Popular Trends of the 2010s

As a kid in the 2010s, and for you other kids of this decade, I think we all remember times when something was super popular in school and kids wouldn't shut up about it and it would take months for kids to shut up. Remember it? Yeah, me too. As this list is made, we're still in the 2010s, but we are in 2019, and this decade has been full of different trends here and there. Which one was the absolute biggest? That's why I made this list. This is a list of the most popular trends that caught people's interests the most, so with that being said, here's the list
The Top Ten
1 Fortnite

Between 2018 and 2019, literally every boy in my elementary school talked about this video game, while all the girls (including me) talked about slime.

Fortnite, definitely one of the most recent trends. You can't deny how much fame it has got for the past year. This trend was basically the only thing most people talked about and cared about for the entire of 2018, despite the video game itself being released in 2017. Fortnite spawned tons of youtubers and made tons of youtubers relevant as well who got incredibly popular by playing this game, such as Ali-A, Ninja and DanTDM (the latter was relevant before Fortnite too but he still played Fortnite tons).

Since the release of this game, it became more than viral and it's gaining excessively but undeserving attention. But to put that aside, Fortnite is basically the new wave of gamers.

Honestly this game is mediocre yet it's been dominating the media for what almost 2 years now? I don't understand why

2 Internet Challenges

Some are decent or mediocre, while others, like the Tide Pod challenge and the Milk Crate challenge, are downright dangerous.

Gotta admit this is one of the worst trends to be honest. You basically do some sort of challenge that has become popular on the internet and you pray you will survive. A lot of these challenges are downright dangerous and can cause you to die (tide pod challenge anyone?). It's luckily one of the less popular trends.

Ugh these have been stupid and cringeworthy at best. Most of them are just ridiculous like that tide pod challenge. Or just downright stupid like that water bottle flip thing.

The worst trend ever. It's basically people doing stupid stuff just to get views and a lot of them can hurt or even kill you. *cough* Tide Pod Challenge *cough*

3 Fidget Spinners

Fidget Spinners are discontinued due to people attempting to cut themselves with It, and one of Youtubers cut his own eye while putting too close to the eye, so I didn't cut myself with It, Fidget Spinners are so distracting, Hettinger is the one that invented a Fidget Spinner, people shouldn't cut themselves with it, banned on June 1st, 2018, because of anybody wanting to cut themselves with it.

In the late 2010's, these were a big hit, and almost every kid had one of these. At school, my friends and I would always see who could keep their fidget spinner spinning for the longest time, and I usually won. I still have three at my house to this day.

Fidget Spinners. Gotta be honest this might be the absolute most popular trend of the entire 2010s. Not gonna lie, but I myself have two of these. A gold one and a "camouflage" blue. Anyways, this surely was a trend a lot of people have heard about. It's kinda impossible to not have heard anything about these spinners. Especially if you're a guy/girl in school. A trend that started in the beginning of 2017 and went on for a long while, everyone took their spinners to school and showed them off and compared each others spinners and stuff.

I'm sick of these things. Luckily this trend has died down significantly

4 Social Media

Most people older than the age of 10 have social media accounts nowadays, especially on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, TikTok, etc. I have Snapchat, Instagram, TikTok (which I only use to look at videos), and YouTube (I don't post any videos on my channel).

5 Smartphones

Almost everyone, including me, has one these days. In today's generation, the majority of people can be seen with an iPhone, or sometimes a Samsung. I like both Apple and Android the same, but each of these companies has its own pros and cons.

Everyone uses them.
Edit: most people do.

Why is this not at the top?

Everyone has one now.

6 2010s Music

Well yeah, almost all of us listened to mainstream music. I must admit that I have horrible taste in music (yes, I still listen to some of the most popular rock bands sometimes), but the mainstream pop and rap music they play on the radio all the time has always been my thing, even though I know some of it may be a little inappropriate.

Adele is the most iconic of this decade according to many critics and audiences. There's also Bruno Mars which is another one of those critical singers as well. Imagine Dragons has a different story in a unique situation with critics but they're unique and also a fresh audience choice. Beyonce is another example of a critical singer. David Bowie's final album blackstar is an icon too especially when it was released 2 days before his death. Kendrick Lamar is the most iconic rapper of this time and he's super critical. And Tame Impala which should have been one of them. And that is that.

Music of the 2010s is not somewhat of spoken about trend, but you can't deny that it's one of the biggest ones. Considering it's on the radio and most kids and school play it and stuff it's hard to escape it. Lots of artists such as Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Lil' Pump, Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus and Tekashi69 are a few examples of very mainstream music artists that became relevant in the 2010s

Justin Bieber isn't even the worst artist of this decade. Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, Lil Pump etc are worse. Not saying that they are the worst, I just don't like their music.

7 Bottle Flipping

A skill/luck based trend which involved you throwing up a bottle in the air making it rotate, and if you had luck I suppose, it would land on its base. This is one of the few trends on here I cared the least about and overlooked it a lot because I was more into dabs back then. Although looking back bottle flipping is a much less cringier trend, if cringe at all.

I always tried to make my water bottle land on its base, and because I don't have the best luck, I usually failed.

8 Dabbing

A 2016 trend, dabbing is one of the very few trends that I actually did use to follow and imitate. But that's because I was a pre-teen and didn't know any better. Dabbing is some sort of move where you look down and raise there arms sideways, you know what, I'm terrible at explaining. Just look at the pic and see it yourself. It dominated the media back in 2016.

Ugh this is so annoying and stupid. I admit I used to do this until I realized just how dumb it was. I was also in middle school at the time so that explains a lot. This is such a middle school thing that shouldn't have been popular to begin with

The worst trend ever. I even made the stupid move of making a list on how annoying it was after the trend died

It's gone full circle at this point, now people do it as an ironic joke!

9 Memes
10 Pokemon Go!

Everyone knows Pokemon GO. At least kids and young adults of the 2010s. Everyone has played this game or at least heard of it once. It dominated humanity back in July 2016 when it was first released and it started to have its own culture. Me myself am one of the many billions of people who played this game, but one of the few people who actually chosed Team Instinct, the yellow team, the least picked of the three gym teams. As time has went by the game has recieved tons of updates and new pokemon, the first one though which is what made me stop play the game because the updates made the game unplayable

I think I'm the only one who actually likes this game.

A game who tried to be good, but extremely failed.

Fad. Not a trend.

The Newcomers

? Five Nights at Freddy's
? Jake Paul vs. Logan Paul
The Contenders
11 Minecraft

It's the 2nd best-selling video game of all time behind Tetris and an important part of many of our childhoods. Even today, you can still see it being talked about from time to time.

Minecraft? wow this Video Game rocks also you must be 8 or older to play it. I like Minecraft because I'm old enough to play it.

A video game so popular. Kids decided to mess around with it.

Minecraft will forever be ingrained in my childhood.

12 Silly Bands

I remember when these were still popular circa 2012. Unfortunately, they would break pretty easily.

13 Heelys

I remember these being a thing in 2011 or 2012 when I was in kindergarten because heelys were one of the things my kindergarten teacher said we weren't allowed to wear to school for safety reasons.

14 Squinkies

I was very obsessed with these back in 2012. I remember getting a Squinkies princess carriage for my 6th birthday on 8/3/2012 and a Squinkies mansion for Christmas 2012.

15 Vines

Vines. No, not those type of vines you find in the jungle and stuff. It's another type of vine, if a "vine" at all. It's basically videos that are a few seconds put into one big video which is meant to be humourus and getting people to laugh, although in my opinion they are just stupid and I never get it. It's not one of those talked about trends really but it's a trend.

16 Tiktok TikTok, known in China as Douyin, is a short-form video hosting service owned by Chinese company ByteDance. It hosts a variety of short-form user videos, from genres like pranks, stunts, tricks, jokes, dance, and entertainment with durations from 15 seconds to ten minutes.

TikTok's okay in my opinion. I'll give it a 6.5/10. If you look for good content, it's not as bad as you think, but if you think this app is trash I still will respect your opinion.

I hate my life

17 Rainbow Looms

I remember these being super popular during the 2012 - 2013 school year when I was in 1st grade.

18 Hair Chalk

I remember using hair chalk all the time in 2013 and sometimes in early 2014 as well when I was in 2nd grade. I wasn't allowed to dye my hair back then, but I sure loved using some red/blue/pink/purple/green hair chalk on my hair.

19 Watch Me Whip - Nae Nae Song

I remember when this song was popular and every kid, including me, would do the dance moves when it played.

20 Pillow Pets

I got my ladybug Pillow Pet back in late 2010 when I was only 4 years old, and I still have it to this day in November 2021 at age 15.

21 The Floss

At least it requires some skill compared to other trends. Still, super cringe

I don't want to brag, but I was a pro at this dance. Looking back, it was a little bit cringeworthy.

22 Windows 7

My family had Windows 7 on the family computer from 2009 until summer 2015 when they decided out of nowhere to upgrade to Windows 10 because "the update is free". That was a stupid reason to upgrade the computer even though Windows 7 had been working completely fine.

23 Anime

Anime will forever be trendy no matter how old you get or what age you are in. Dattebayo!

Anime will always be relevent and trendy, no matter what age we live in.

24 Gangnam Style

Lots of people don't remember Gangnam Style anymore, but when it was a trend, I mean it. People were crazy about it. It's a song released in late 2012 by the music artist PSY. Now I know this item ties with "2010s Music", however that item was mostly just about average songs that you heard on the radio. This one was crazy though

Everyone was going crazy over this song.

Use to like this game

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