2015 Pop Culture in Review


Logan Magagnotti, Writer

As the new year starts and we take a step back and reflect upon 2015, it’s funny to examine the pop culture. You can get a good chuckle out of all the ridiculous slang terms and trends that came about through the year. Below is a list of the things that have managed to “break the internet” this year. Buckle your seat belts–here it is!

  1. Biggest Albums Released:
    • Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly
    • Adele – 25
    • Justin Bieber – Purpose
    • Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
    • Donnie Trumpet and The Social Experiment – Surf
    • The Weeknd – Beauty Behind the Madness
    • Fifth Harmony – Reflection
    • Fetty Wap – Fetty Wap
  2. Top Songs of 2015
    • “Lean on” – DJ Snake and Major Lazer
    • “Love Yourself” – Justin Bieber
    • “Can’t Feel My Face” – The Weeknd
    • “Stitches” – Shawn Mendes
    • “Adventure of a Lifetime” – Coldplay
    • “Locked Away” – Adam Levine
    • “The Hills” – The Weeknd
    • “Hotline Bling” – Drake
  3. Largest Blockbusters of 2015:
    • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
    • Jurassic World
    • The Avengers: Age of Ultron
    • Inside Out
    • Furious 7
    • American Sniper
    • Minions
    • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
  4. The New England Patriots won the 2015 Superbowl
  5. The Golden State Warriors won the 2015 NBA Finals
  6. The Minnesota Lynx won the 2015 WNBA Finals
  7. The Kansas City Royals won the 2015 MLB World Series
  8. The Chicago Blackhawks won the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup
  9. Caitlyn Jenner came out as transgender.
  10. “The Dress” is it blue and black? Is it white and gold? We still don’t know
  11. June 26th, 2015 – the day “Love Wins” A.K.A the day gay marriage was legalized
  12. The Bill Cosby Scandal
  13. Derek Shepherd tragically dies on Grey’s Anatomy
  14. The iPhone 6S (plus) was released
  15. “Hit the Quan”
  16. “Now watch me whip, now watch me nae nae”
  17. “Lebron James?” vine
  18. Alex from Target – the cute cashier from Target who got famous after his picture surfaced on twitter and he gained 450K followers in one night.
  19. Man buns
  20. Hover boards
  21. The Paris attacks
  22. #BlackLivesMatter
  23. The Rachel Dolezal Story
  24. #KanyeForPresident – Kanye announced that he will be running for president in 2020 (He’s kidding I hope).
  25. Zayn Malik left One Direction
  26. The Charlie Charlie Challenge
  27. Cecil the Lion
  28. 2 Llamas got loose in Arizona
  29. The Kylie Jenner lip challenge, or should I say the horrible effects of this challenge.
  30. Drake’s “Hotline Bling” music video
  31. Left Shark” during Katy Perry’s Superbowl performance
  32. Poot Lovato – Demi Lovato’s “lost twin”
  33. The Miss Universe mix up ft. Steve Harvey
  34. Full House announced a spin off series called “Fuller House”
  35. The New Royal Baby arrived – Baby Charlotte!
  36. “What are thooooose!?”
  37. Donald Trump joins the republican party in the presidential election
  38. Trivia Crack app
  39. “How old am I?” app
  40. Soccer Stars
  41. Justin Bieber’s Calvin Klein ad
  42. McDonald’s introduced all day breakfast
  43. Ronda Rousey was defeated
  44. New Snapchat filters
  45. New iPhone emojis
  46. “Finna” – abbreviation of “fixing to”. Normally meaning going to. ex: We’re finna get a burger, you coming?
  47. “Fam” – short for family. Usually referring to your friend group. used to describe your friends or someone you can trust deeply. ex: The fam and I are so close, we do everything together.
  48. “Bae” – meaning “before anyone else”. Used to refer to your significant other. ex: Bae and I have been together for 6 months.
  49. “Yaaaas” – meaning yes, but said very loudly and drawn out in order to show that you really approve of something ex: Isn’t McDreamy so handsome? YAAAAS!
  50. “…or nah?” – usually used at the end of a question. It means “or no?”. ex: Do you wanna go to the mall …or nah?