42 Funniest Memes of 2021

Laugh your way into the new year with some of the most hilarious memes circulating the Internet.

The year 2021 has been quite a year, to say the least. While 2020 was arguably worse, 2021 has still been nothing short of eventful. Sometimes the only way to get through all of the insanity is to laugh. Luckily, when the world brings on new challenges, it can make for some of the best 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. So let’s take a look back at these 2021 memes and what went viral, because they’re just as funny now as they were then.

The year began with Bernie

And people really took it to the next level

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WandaVision took off

The vaccine memes rolled in

The Weeknd performed at the Super Bowl

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Zoom jokes continued

The pandemic went on

Oprah interviewed Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

And people took their guesses about how Queen Elizabeth II would respond

Michael Scott made an appearance

And so did our two favorite villains

And if you’re still working from home, that workplace is your kitchen table.

Baby Yoda continued to find a way into memes

Virtual chaos remained in full swing

Bean dad went viral

A ship blocked the Suez Canal

Many received another stimulus check

How could you not have a great day with an extra $1,400?

Beyonce was relatable at the Grammys

And so was Daniel Kaluuya

Mike Wazowski perfectly captured irritable passengers

Red flags were identified

And also with emojis

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Mary Jane defended Peter Parker

Facebook became Meta

You Season 3 came out on Neflix

So did Squid Game

Kim Kardashian went to the Met Gala

Two very different guys took a bus ride

Meryl Streep understood the assignment

Everyone lost their minds over Dune

People embodied the four French Dispatch personalities

Reddit users made GameStop more valuable in the stock market

The Delta variant ruined fall plans

But Noodle the pug made each day comical

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Lady Gaga and Adam Driver starred in House of Gucci

Twitter wanted to know how it started vs how it ended

Facebook and Instagram had a blackout

Tom Daley knitted at the Olympics

Red (Taylor’s Version) was released

Spotify Wrapped gave listeners a vibe check

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Twitter users eased vaccine anxiety

And they made sure everyone was on the same page

Omicron introduced itself


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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.