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Top 40 Viral Trends in 2016

From Travelling Canine Food Bloggers to Politically Aimed Fight Songs

— January 28, 2017 — Pop Culture
These 2016 viral trends show just how powerful online interaction can be when it comes to getting a message out. If you're interested in looking into other successful campaigns, go to our 2017 Trend Report.

As always, pets are popular throughout these 2016 viral trends, with familiar furry faces like Marnie The Dog being implemented into advertising efforts. Airbnb's commercial proved successful largely because of this, as it enticed its audience to keep watching while it showed them how accommodating its service can be for pets.

During 2016's controversial election, many women donned OPI's 'Madam President' color, sharing images of their nails online and showing up to the polls with it on in an effort to show solidarity with Hillary Clinton.

Also featured is a father who wanted to find a wife for his son and thought that posting an full-page ad on the front of the newspaper would be the best method. He included a list of strange requirements and even propositioned to interview interested women before they would be able to meet his son, a 48-year-old man.
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Politically Charged Fight Songs
Politically Charged Fight Songs
The DNC Featured a Star-Studded Music Video for Hilary Clinton
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Hometown-Celebrating Rap Videos
Hometown-Celebrating Rap Videos
This Kendrick Lamar Short Film Features Compton Residents Rapping
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38
Frenzied Comedic Channels
Frenzied Comedic Channels
'Hola Soy German' Puts a Frenetic Twist On Spoken Comedy
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37
All-Acoustic Faucet Music
All-Acoustic Faucet Music
Si Bennett's Song and Video Only Use the Sounds from a Leaky Faucet
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36
Viral Lip Sync Videos
Viral Lip Sync Videos
This Video Features Husband and Wife Duo Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan
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35
Anime Gaming Chat Apps
Anime Gaming Chat Apps
The 'RazerGo' App Hosts 'Pokémon GO' Chats
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34
Pet-Friendly Rental Home Ads
Pet-Friendly Rental Home Ads
Marnie the Dog Was Featured in This Luxurious Airbnb Commercial
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33
LGBT Superhero Campaigns
LGBT Superhero Campaigns
Mike Buonaiuto's Trailer Shows What Films Would Be Like with LGBT Leads
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32
Satirical Movie Sequels
Satirical Movie Sequels
This Parody of the Drive Movie Reimagines Ryan Gosling as an Uber Driver
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31
Inclusive Pride Campaigns
Inclusive Pride Campaigns
The You Can Sit with Us Campaign Celebrates the Diversity of Pride Month
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30
Retiree Music Videos
Retiree Music Videos
Senior Citizens Make a Hilarious Taylor Swift Parody
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29
Viral Hunger PSAs
Viral Hunger PSAs
Feeding America's 'Empty Plates' Ad Copies the Format of Viral Recipe Videos
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28
First Lady Karaoke Videos
First Lady Karaoke Videos
Michelle Obama Belted it Out with James Corden on 'Carpool Karaoke'
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27
Anime Hunting Game Features
Anime Hunting Game Features
The New 'Nearby Pokémon' Feature of Pokémon Go Makes FindingAnime Easy
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26
Crowdsourced Lawyer Hashtags
Crowdsourced Lawyer Hashtags
#TransLawHelp Connects Lawyers with U.S. Transgender People in Need
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25
Activist Music Videos
Activist Music Videos
Project Everyone Remade a Spice Girls Music Video for Women's Rights
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24
Anime-Eliminating Browser Extensions
Anime-Eliminating Browser Extensions
The 'PokeGone' Browser Extension Wipes Pokemon from the Web
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23
Viral Sugary Baths
Viral Sugary Baths
Tanner Braungardt Combined Coca-Cola and Mentos in His Bathtub
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22
Comedic Yoga Webseries
Comedic Yoga Webseries
'Namaste, Bitches' Pokes Fun at LA's "Spiritually Unpure" Yoga Culture
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21
Political Solidarity Nail Polish
Political Solidarity Nail Polish
Many Americans Showed Up to the Polls Wearing OPI Madam President
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20
Gorilla Meme Video Games
Gorilla Meme Video Games
'Harambe vs. Capcom' is a Fighter Game Featuring the Late Primate
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19
Wife-Seeking Newspaper Ads
Wife-Seeking Newspaper Ads
This Full-Page Ad Was Made by a Dad Trying to Find a Wife for His Son
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18
Satirical Presidential Transports
Satirical Presidential Transports
Neill Blomkamp's YouTube Videos Show Opulent Political Vehicles
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17
Gamified Anime Marathons
Gamified Anime Marathons
Runners Can Play 'Pokémon Go' at Virgin Active's 'Pokérun'
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16
Jelly Bath Water Experiments
Jelly Bath Water Experiments
Guava Juice's JELLO Bath Challenge Video Offers Gooey Fun
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15
Viral Cat Commercials
Viral Cat Commercials
This German Commercial Follows Grocery Shopping Cats with a Meowing Song
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14
Canine-Centered Kid's Books
Canine-Centered Kid's Books
Mitch Boyer Made a Photo-Edited Book of His Dog to Help Kids Adjust
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13
Parody Campaign Ads
Parody Campaign Ads
The 'Hillary Clinton: Meme Queen 2016' Ad Has a Fake Hillary Acting Out Memes
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12
Snapchat Television Revivals
Snapchat Television Revivals
The Cribs Snapchat Series Will See the Relaunch of the MTV Hit
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11
Meme-Inspired Horror Films
Meme-Inspired Horror Films
Sony is Giving 'Slender Man' his Big Screen Debut
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10
Cartoon Choreography Software
Cartoon Choreography Software
MMD Satoshi Uses Open Freeware to Create Pokemon Dance Videos
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9
Anime Gaming Taxis
Anime Gaming Taxis
Pokemon GO Players Can Hitch a Ride to Catch Pokemon
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8
Viral Fashion-Savvy Dogs
Viral Fashion-Savvy Dogs
Tinkerbelle the Dog is an Internet-Famous Model, Actor and Travel Blogger
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7
Anti-Bullying LGBTQ Campaigns
Anti-Bullying LGBTQ Campaigns
Connor Franta, Urban Outfitters and GLSEN Joined to Help Students
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6
Body Positive Movement Hashtags
Body Positive Movement Hashtags
A Plus-Size Blogger Got Women to Embrace their Shape on Twitter
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5
Canine Food Bloggers
Canine Food Bloggers
Popeye is the Foodie Dog Starring in This Popular Instagram Account
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4
Social Media-Requested Photos
Social Media-Requested Photos
James Fridman Takes Social Media Photo Editing Requests Literally
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3
Charitable Children's Tattoos
Charitable Children's Tattoos
This Artist is Inking Sick Children with Temporary Airbrush Tattoos
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2
Colorful Rainbow Coffees
Colorful Rainbow Coffees
This Barista Uses Food Coloring to Make Rainbow-Colored Coffee
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1
Meme-Inspired Clothing
Meme-Inspired Clothing
This Clothing Collection Was Inspired by the 'Arthur Fist' Meme
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