By Sterling Alic and Katerina Barkhausen, Seniors
2016 was a year to remember. We protested together. We stood up for our rights and took our issues to the streets, yelling anything from “Stop Shooting Us” to “Make America Great Again.” We voted together, the American election sparking fervor across the United States and Brexit electrifying the British public. We remembered together--paying our respects to legends like David Bowie and Muhammad Ali that shaped entire generations of people.
But even in our most divisive moments, there was an important common thread throughout—we were together. Our music and movies served as art that transcended language barriers, and the Olympic games crossed cultures around the world. So here is a look back at the moments that defined this tumultuous year.
Billboard Magazine Top Music of the Year
This year’s charts were dominated by dancehall influenced tracks like Drake’s “One Dance” and Rihanna’s “Work”. From certified pop hits like the aforementioned tracks to an indie up-and-coming record, Billboard is the premiere place for finding out what’s popular in the music stratosphere, incorporating sales, streaming, and radio airplay, into their weekly-updated Hot 100 list. So here is what they calculated to be the most popular artists, albums, and songs for 2016.
Memes That Should Be Left in 2016
We’ve all been there before. We have seen them online, on t-shirts, and even on Ellen. The memes come from all over the world and die as quickly as they were born. 2016 has been one of the biggest years for memes yet. From the Arthur fist meme to the “tea frog” fiasco, here are some memes that we can all agree need to be left in 2016.
Oxford Dictionary’s Word of the Year
Oxford Dictionary choice for word of the year in 2015 was a daring challenge to the establishment, as it wasn’t even technically a word--the “Face with Tears of Joy” emoji. Now, in 2016, the popular dictionary has taken a poignant turn, choosing a word that showed the controversial political and journalistic landscape that dominated this year.
The word has existed since the 2000s, but its frequency has largely spiked in 2016, following the Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s presidential nomination. Casper Grathwohl, President of Oxford Dictionaries, explains the choice: “Fuelled by the rise of social media as a news source and a growing distrust of facts offered up by the establishment, post-truth as a concept has been finding its linguistic footing for some time.” Grathwohl continues that “Given that usage of the term hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down, I wouldn’t be surprised if post-truth becomes one of the defining words of our time.”
Here are some of the words that made the short-list:
Top 5 Movies of the Year
Animated family films and grandiose superhero epics killed at the box office, Pixar topping the list following Finding Nemo with its new and similarly named sequel Finding Dory and Marvel once again dominating with Captain America: Civil War.
TIME Magazine Choose President Elect Donald Trump As Person of the Year
Each year, Time Magazine chooses a person, group, idea, or object that “for better or for worse...has done the most to influence the events of the year.” Their pick for 2016 was President-elect Donald Trump, who has dominated the news cycle from the first time he announced his candidacy back in July of 2015 to his shocking upset victory a couple of months ago in the 2016 American presidential election.
Here is Time’s shortlist: