Top Ten Most Popular Trends of the 2010s

darthvadern
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

This game was extremely popular back in 2018. - NickelodeonYesAddminNo

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) - darthvadern

The game started out with just save the world and then as soon as battle royale starting existing it blew up and ali-a was relevant before fortnite - MaximanDaBeast

More like the least popular

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.

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2 Fidget Spinners Fidget Spinners

Schools banned them but they were epic

Really overrated and annoying.

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 "camoflauge" 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 beggining 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 - darthvadern

Highly overrated. - Userguy44

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3 Internet Challenges

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 - darthvadern

Most of the internet challenges are either stupid or dangerous. Don't do these bad challenges. - NickelodeonYesAddminNo

Worst trend off all time. People trying to get views by doing dangerous and stupid challenges. - Userguy44

Please stop these. - LightningStrike

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4 Social Media
5 Smartphones Smartphones

Why is this not at the top?

Everyone uses them.
Edit: most people do. - Userguy44

Everyone has one now. - shiftaltkey

Yeah, we’re now in a world where everyone owns a smartphone m. - JoeBoi

Oh, I mean we're now in a world where most people own smartphones, my bad. - JoeBoi

6 Memes

Some may last for a long time, some of them died pretty quickly. - NickelodeonYesAddminNo

MEMES ARE LIFE lol - LightningStrike

7 Dabbing Dabbing

The worst trend ever. I even made the stupid move of making a list on how annoying it was after the trend died - KingSlayer93316

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 - darthvadern

It's gone full circle at this point, now people do it as an ironic joke! - Phillip873

Dabbing pisses me off

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8 2010s Music 2010s Music Justin Drew Bieber (born March 1, 1994) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer. He currently resides in Ontario, Canada and is Christian. He is the son of author Pattie Mallette. ...read more.

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. - LightningStrike

I like these artists you mentioned. Adele has a great voice, Bruno Mars has catchy songs, Imagine Dragons are good, although I'm not a fan of Beyonce. Kendrick Lamar is also a pretty good rapper. - Userguy44

Went from tweeny pop to mumble rap.

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 - darthvadern

Userguy44 Pop elitist who can't respect other opinions? No more like fan who is sick of people like you.

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9 Bottle Flipping 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 cringer trend, if cringe at all - darthvadern

So dumb, yet so tempting. - RadioHead03

I still do that sometimes. - NickelodeonYesAddminNo

Stupid - Randomator

10 Pokemon Go! Pokemon Go!

Every time I wanted to try this game, I ended up deleting the app. It's not even a good game, at all. - NickelodeonYesAddminNo

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 - darthvadern

A game who tried to be good, but extremely failed. - Userguy44

It was fun for like a month - Randomator

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The Contenders

11 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 - darthvadern

Vines+Youtube Poops+420Memes+Offs=The Birth of Dank Memes - shiftaltkey

12 Minecraft 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. - Atham

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

A game where the love went too much. - Userguy44

To be honest I love this game quite a lot still - darthvadern

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13 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 - darthvadern

Everyone was going crazy over this song. - shiftaltkey

14 Shrek Shrek Shrek is a character debuting in the 2001 animated movie of the same name. The popular franchise has 4 films and the character himself has become recognizable to people of all ages. He has since spawned into what is most likely the most widely recognized internet meme to ever come into the world.

Shrek is love, Shrek is life! - Userguy44

A big but annoying trend.

Shrek has never been a trend. It has been a sacred entity for millenia, and manifested itself in movie form in 2001. Now it manifests itself through the people of Earth.

15 Emojis
16 PPAP

"I have a peen, I have an apple. Ugh, apple pen". Does that sound familiar? I bet it does for you. This was a one big trend that occured in late 2016 and it's basically a song that consists of some dude blending apples, pineapples and pens into one thing, such as apple pens and pineapple pens. It's as generic as it can get as well to be honest. It's one of the lesser known trends on here but it deserves a mention as well - darthvadern

I have a pen, I have an apple. UGH! Apple pen! I have a pen I have pineapple. UGH! Pineapple pen. Apple pen, pineapple pen! UGH! Pen Pineapple Apple Pen! - Luckys

These are old recordings from a bygone era. - shiftaltkey

I hAvE A pEen, I hAvE aN aPpLe - RadioHead03

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17 The Floss

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

I hate this - Randomator

E and my lif - shiftaltkey

18 Despacito - Luis Fonsi

This song's no longer relevant. Soon enough, it will be completely forgotten. This song started to become popular in June 2017 and its popularity lasted until the end of the year. In 2018, It started to become less and less popular. Now, it's completely irrelevant. - NickelodeonYesAddminNo

One of the words says "Chicken Man" in Serbian. - DemonSpiritGhostKitten

Hope this song will die soon. - Userguy44

Userguy44 Same. - shiftaltkey

19 Netflix Netflix Netflix is an American entertainment company founded by Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph on August 29, 1997, in Scotts Valley, California.
20 Watch Me Whip - Nae Nae Song

Stupid and cringeworthy - Randomator

21 Bullying Justin Bieber

To be honest, imagine still hating on Justin Bieber. - NickelodeonYesAddminNo

This hate is getting old - ElSherlock

Stop beating a dead horse - Randomator

Making fun of Justin Bieber was a 2009-2013 trend.

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22 Stranger Things Stranger Things Stranger Things is an American science fiction-horror Netflix original television series created, written, directed and co-executive produced by the Duffer Brothers, Matt and Ross Duffer, as well as co-executive-produced by Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen.

Awesome show. This is probably one of the only shows I get excited for when a new season is announced - KingSlayer93316

Awesome show, can't wait for season 3, best Netflix original T.V. show

23 People hurting themselves for attention
24 subscribing to pewdiepie

Sub to PewDiePie. - MikeandZoey

This is a trend? - ElSherlock

25 Live Action Fairy Tale Movies
26 Marvel Cinematic Universe
27 Tiktok

Imagine finding Tiktok good. Seriously, why would you even use this abomination? - NickelodeonYesAddminNo

I don't know, but not me. It's beyond me how it had over 700 million downloads. - Bammer73

Oh god no. Yes, it is a trend, but it is really annoying - KingSlayer93316

28 Rustling
29 Steven Universe Steven Universe Steven Universe is an American animated television series created by Rebecca Sugar for Cartoon Network. The show's based around a young boy by the name of Steven Universe, who is a hybrid of a gem and a human. He lives with his gem friends, Garnet, Amethyst and Pearl.
30 My Little Pony My Little Pony My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is a children's animated fantasy television series developed by Lauren Faust, produced by Hasbro Studios and DHX Media Vancouver . Despite the target demographic of young girls, Friendship Is Magic has also gained a large following of older viewers, mainly young and ...read more.
31 Ice Bucket Challenge

Everyone did this in 2014. - shiftaltkey

32 Harlem Shake - Ba'auer
33 Twerking Twerking

Oh hell no - KingSlayer93316

Why? - ElSherlock

OH NOOO! - LightningStrike

34 Anime Anime

Anime will always be trendy and popular. It's really popular at the moment. - NickelodeonYesAddminNo

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

Overrated - Randomator

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

35 Silly Bands
36 Lil Meerkat Lil Meerkat

How is a troll singer with 1K subscribers at most a trend? - NickelodeonYesAddminNo

He is a joke that's all. - Userguy44

Never a trend. - MrCoolC

37 Submarine Man Submarine Man

Blame Xander for this. He makes him more famous with hate comments. There is a difference between this and a trend. He is a bit more famous than Lil Meerkat, but that still says nothing. - Userguy44

He is not a trend - ElSherlock

Isn't a trend. - MrCoolC

38 Fred Fred
39 Marvel Studios
40 13 Reasons Why 13 Reasons Why 13 Reasons Why is an American teen drama web television series developed for Netflix by Brian Yorkey, based on the 2007 novel Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher.
41 Donation sites

Donation sites are another really big trend of 2010s. Hopefully it'll die in 2020s.

42 Bullying fans of 2010s music

This is a great way to live through the decade. I'm telling my kids in the future what it's like to be off the mainstream :D - LightningStrike

I see why, but bullying isn't a good thing. Even when I may not a big fan of 2010s music, I'm not bullying the fans who like it. - Userguy44

43 Thanos Thanos Thanos is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character was created by Jim Starlin and Mike Friedrich. The character first appeared in Iron Man #55 and has been portrayed by actors Damion Poitier and Josh Brolin in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
44 Planking

Everyone attempting to plank in the most epic places.

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