Top 5 Most Popular Internet Memes of All Time

Most people enjoy good memes. They are one of the best gifts provided by the internet. While many people think that memes are being misused, many more think that memes are brilliant to provide instant laughter.

As there are millions of memes on the internet, sometimes it feels like the potential of memes is decreasing. However, if there are five thousand memes that are not worth visiting, there are also many memes that can be considered as a true cultural phenomenon.

Unfortunately, it’s impossible to measure the true value of memes as they have been used many times. Hence, to create the list, we need to focus on the meme’s impact on society. Based on the limited information of measuring the popularity of a meme, we have created a list of the top 5 memes of all time.


A gorilla named Harambe spent 16 years in Cincinnati zoo from 2000 to 2016. However, his life ended tragically after a three-year-old boy fell into Harambe’s cage and the large animal started to drag him. The zoo authority saved the boy by killing Harambe. The boy survived but the incident sparked a massive controversy.

However, despite what happened, Harambe has become popular months after his tragic death. People started to create dark humor and dark memes with Harambe’s image to prove the absurdity present in life.

Condescending Wonka

Gene Wilder is a late American actor who played the character of Willy Wonka when the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was released in 1971. His childlike craze for chocolates, robust moral sense, and quirky personality helped him to gain attraction for many generations. Johnny Deep acted in the film remake, but Wilder will everlastingly remain the novel Willy Wonka.

However, Willy Wonka started gaining popularity a decade ago when meme creators chose a particular image and started crafting memes called “Condescending Wonka”. The Condescending Wonka sends a different message and vibe as well as sarcastic and often insulting humor. This is the main reason behind the popularity of Wonka.


As per Forbes, memes work because they are silly and witty. Other than being extremely hilarious, there’s no possible explanation behind the popularity of LOLCats. They’re just an image of a cute cat Photoshopped into a different scene complaining about something random.

The LOLCats became so popular that the entire LOLCat universe gained extreme popularity after people started to love furry cats. The LOLCat universe has several LOLCat characters that have their specified role in life. However, there are two cats named ceiling cat and basement cat, which are the most recognizable.

Squinting Fry

Although the Futurama TV show was discontinued after 4 years of its release (1999-2003), the main character Fry is the primary memorable thing from the TV show. Fry is a slow and depressed character from the 21st century who experienced brain freeze and awoken 1000 years in the future.

The confusing circumstances as well as his diminished intellect prove his frustration and confusion. A screengrab from a particular episode “The Lesser of Two Evils” is the most popular meme template amongst memers. Since then, people added thousands of different captions to the image to create a meme that is insulting along with humor.

Success Kid

People always love little kids when they express their true emotions. In that case, Sammy Grimer, also popular as “Success Kid” took the internet by storm.

Because of the facial expression of Grimmer, most memes created from this image are designed to celebrate some significant victories. This reminds people to enjoy their life and smile more often.

If you want to create a meme like the success kid, then visit Meme Scout to get some images or catchphrases.


Many people think of the internet as the eighth wonder. Internet provided people so much information, but we must be thankful for the memes and other funny content. These 5 are the most popular memes of all time and they made people smile. The world of memes is uncertain. There’s no guarantee of what will happen with the meme world in the future. However, as long as the internet works, thousands of memes will be shared each day.