The 20 Best Memes of 2023 You Couldn’t Help but Laugh At

Laugh your way through the end of 2022 with the most hilarious memes that circulated the internet

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Oh, 2022 … what a year it’s been. Sometimes the only way to get through the ups and downs is to laugh, and 2022 is wrapping up with some truly hysterical memes. There are always good morning memes, happy birthday memes, wholesome memes, feminist 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 went viral this year. They’re keeping us—and the internet—laughing through New Year’s.

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 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 and email.

Is a GIF a meme?

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 static), and unlike memes, GIFs 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. And who knows, your new meme creations could go viral, just like the ones below.

The best memes of 2022

The “Elmo vs. Rocco” memes had us picking sides

Euphoria Season 2 came out—and the memes were wild

The Green M&M got a shoe makeover, and people’s reactions made for priceless memes

Wordle went viral—and the Wordle memes rolled in

… and then came the “Not Wordle” memes in all their glory

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The Super Bowl halftime show memes had us rolling

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Julia Fox’s pronunciation of “Uncut Gems” during an interview spurred a whirlwind of side-splitting memes

The “We need an American Girl Doll who … ” memes made us chuckle while we wondered what happened to our own American Girl Dolls

Admit it, you sent at least one Hasbulla meme in 2022

@noura3e #fyp #hasbulla #theking ♬ original sound – Monipen

The “She’s a 10 but … ” memes were off the wall … but they made us actually laugh out loud

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

The “girl explaining” meme gave us the perfect setup for elaborating on very specific topics

The “If I text [emoji] it means …” memes had Twitter in a twist (in a good way)

Stranger Things Season 4 was a hit over the summer—and the memes were a hit on the internet

Corn Kid inspired some a-maize-ing memes

The “Chris Pine zoning out” meme sparked a frenzy of hilarious posts

The “Negroni sbagliato with Prosecco” memes had us thirsting for more

The fake Spirit Halloween costume memes had us cracking up during spooky season

We love a good meme about Halloween costumes.

“Call of Duty” Ghost memes took over TikTok—and were way too relatable

@leoparding #mw2 #ghost #ghostincar #ghostmeme #pov ♬ The Sound That Made History. – Gman

Spotify Wrapped delivered the music goods … and the funny memes

And ending a solid year of memes, the Zoolander memes (which are really, really, ridiculously funny on TikTok)

@d1lfwh0r3 the audacity 🙄 #sisters #siblings #zoolander ♬ Yotube AstroCapella – AstroCapella

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.

Additional reporting by Emma Taubenfeld.


Kelly Kuehn
Kelly Kuehn is a former editor for Reader’s Digest who covered entertainment, trivia and history. When she’s not working you can find her watching the latest and greatest movies, listening to a true-crime podcast (or two), blasting ‘90s music and hiking with her dog, Ryker, throughout the Finger Lakes.