20 Best Memes of 2022 (So Far)

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Laugh your way through the year with the most hilarious memes circulating the internet.

New year, new memes! We can’t deny that the past couple of years have been a rollercoaster ride. Sometimes the only way to get through all of the insanity is to laugh, and 2022 is starting off strong with some hilarious memes. There are always good morning memes, happy birthday memes, wholesome memes, cat memes, and dog memes to keep you entertained, but this roundup is all about the best of the best. Let’s take a look at the very best memes that have gone viral this year, and some that are so funny from last year, they’re still keeping us—and the internet—laughing.

Why is it called a meme?

A meme is defined by Merriam-Webster as “an amusing or interesting item (such as a captioned picture or video) or genre of items that is spread widely online, especially through social media.” Before internet memes became popular in the 21st century, British scientist Richard Dawkins first used the term “meme” in his book The Selfish GeneHe defined it as “a unit of cultural transmission.” The term has since developed to describe the internet memes we know today.

What makes a meme?

Memes are typically comprised of funny images and text, which are often used as a form of social or political commentary. A lot of times, a meme will generate hundreds of different interpretations as it gets passed around, usually via social media, text, or e-mail.

Is a GIF a meme?

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No, a GIF is not a meme, but they are closely related. A GIF is basically an image file that moves, like a short clip from a movie. The clip is then played on a loop that can be shared on the internet. GIFs differ from memes in their movement (memes are usually stagnant) and unlike memes, they don’t usually make a comment on a social or political issue.

How to make memes

With so many hilarious memes circulating the internet, you may have thought about taking a stab at creating your own. There are various meme apps and tools you can use, such as Canva—which has its own built-in meme generator, Imgur, and even Photoshop.

Best memes of 2022 (so far)

Elmo vs. Rocco since 1999

Wordle went viral

And so did the Wordle jokes

“Not Wordle” rose to popularity

One more

Kylie Jenner gave birth to her son, Wolf

The CDC says…

Euphoria season two came out

And it was a wild ride

Make sure you laugh your way through the holidays with memes for Halloween, Fourth of July, and April Fools’ Day.

The Super Bowl memes rolled in

Especially about the halftime show

And you bet we’re still laughing at these memes from 2021

Zoom jokes live on

Virtual chaos is in full swing

If you’re still working remotely, you’ll love these working from home memes.

Mike Wazowski perfectly captured irritable passengers

Facebook became meta

Kim Kardashian at the Met Gala

We forgot how to be in the world

Meryl Streep understood the assignment

Noodle the pug made each day comical

If Noodle makes you giggle, these animal memes will also do the trick.

Is everyone on the same page?

Now that you’ve laughed (and cried) after reading these funny memes from the past year, we bet these hilarious zodiac memes will crack you up.


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Emma Taubenfeld
Emma Taubenfeld is an assistant editor for Reader’s Digest who focuses on digital lifestyle topics such as memes, social media captions, pick-up lines, and cute pets. When she’s not working, you can find Emma reading corny young adult novels, creating carefully curated playlists, and figuring out how to spice up boxed mac and cheese.