Lifestyle - December 31, 2022

Pop culture in pills: the most viral moments of 2022


We cannot deny at all that 2022 has been a very special year; pop culture has given us many unforgettable moments.

Pop moments are cultural events or phenomena that become very popular in a short period of time, often due to their spread on social media or their presence in mainstream media. They can include memes, viral videos, songs, movies, sporting events, fashion trends, and more.

There are many factors that contribute to the success of a pop moment, including the timing, relative novelty or originality, relative accessibility or familiarity to the audience, and ability to arouse emotion or interest. Pop moments can also be amplified by media and celebrities, which can help spread them further.

From the success of television series such as Dahmer, The White Lotus, and Emily in Paris, to the famous timeless Marilyn Monroe gown sported by Kim Kardashian at the last Met Gala. Pop culture is never short of moments of pure merriment, but also of scandals, deaths and legal battles that can capture our attention.

Plenty of other media phenomena such as Stranger Things and Funny Girl, the year of the likes of Elton John, Harry Styles, Will Smith, Kanye West and many more.

Let’s look back together at the top pop moments of 2022.


– When everyone said that the Academy should spice up the Oscar ceremony, we are sure they did not mean this. How can we forget the moment when Chris Rock, after an unpleasant joke about Jada Pinkett Smith, earned a slap in the face from her husband Will Smith.

– Three years after the success of Fine Line, Harry Styles announced and released his new album, Harry’s House.

– The return of the hit musical Funny Girl to Broadway, 58 years after its debut. Actress Lea Michele certainly contributed to the popularity of this highly anticipated revival, thus setting a new record.

Johnny Depp‘s libel suit (won obv) against ex-wife Amber Heard.

– A year of love, couples and marriages. From the one between Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, more than 20 years after they first met, to the one between the very young Brooklyn and Nicola Peltz Beckham and the much-talked-about Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker. The eldest of the Kardashians married on one of the chicest shores of the Italian Riviera, in Portofino.

– More than four decades ago, Kate Bush’s wonderful voice sang Running Up That Hill, which just this year became one of the most listened-to songs. In her fourth season of Stranger Things, this Bush single was the sonic weapon against the monster Vecna.

Elton John celebrated his career with his last tour. We will never forget his legendary concerts of the 1970s, John ‘exits the stage’ showing us once again his talent and timeless eccentricity.

– 2022 was also the year of all the Kanye West controversy. This year West has been at his best: first with the aggressive harassment posted on social media towards his ex-wife Kim Kardashian, then the White Lives Matter T-shirt and anti-Semitic statements.

– Speaking of amazing looks, how can we forget the Halloween costume sported by Heidi Klumqueen and undisputed of this time of the year. For 2022 Heidi donned the role of a worm, by her side her husband Tom Kaulitz as a fisherman.

– The iconic photo of Hailey Bieber and Selena Gomez went around the world. After years of gossip because of the love triangle-never real-with Justin Bieber, the model and singer have officially proved that there is no bad blood between them.

– Royal dramas: from the penultimate and controversial season of The Crown through the death of Queen Elizabeth II to the Harry and Meghan documentary. The year 2022 can be considered the new Annus Horribilis of the British Royal Family.

– 2022 was also the year of Alessandro Michele‘s farewell to the Italian fashion house Gucci after 20 years. The New York Times spoke of it as the biggest shock in the fashion world since the pandemic.

– Last moment of the year, certainly not for media impact, features the very young actress Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams in Tim Burton’s new Netflix series. The leading lady’s Wednesday Dance has become a viral phenomenon on social media, especially on TikTok. Everyone dances the famous choreography to the notes of the remix of the song Bloody Mary by Lady Gaga.

In general, pop moments are an important part of popular culture and can have a significant impact on society, fashion, and art.

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