Wow! How is it 2020 already? We took a look back at the last decade and reviewed some of our personal highlights from a slightly strange, but wonderful ten years. Enjoy!
The decade got off to a rather disruptive start for some travellers, as an Icelandic volcano erupted and caused a huge ash cloud that forced flights to be grounded. But it wasn’t all bad news - the birth of the iPad and Instagram, and the broadcast of the Chilean miner rescue, made sure we were all glued to our screens.
2011 had a distinctly royal theme. Around the world, millions of us tuned in to watch Prince William marry Kate Middleton and the first series of one of the most popular TV shows of all time, Game of Thrones. Iconic pop band One Direction also released their debut single ‘What makes you beautiful’ and album ‘Up all night’, which topped the charts in sixteen countries.
The decade had barely started and some were already talking about the end of the world! Fortunately, the world didn’t come to an end, and it was London’s turn to host the Olympic Games. We were treated to an amazing opening ceremony featuring Mr Bean, James Bond and a celebration of our NHS. 2012 was also the year K pop made a breakthrough to the UK with Gangnam Style. Heeeey sexy lady…!
If you thought horse-riding themed dances moves were weird, music in 2013 took an even stranger turn with the Harlem Shake and What did the fox say? (we never did find out!). Selfies also grew in popularity, which meant the word was named Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year. Most importantly, Andy Murray made history by becoming the first British person to win Wimbledon in 77 years!
In 2014 it seemed absolutely everyone was chucking buckets of ice over themselves for charity. The result? Lots of hilarious videos and $220 million raised for motor neuron disease charities worldwide. On an ice-related note, Frozen became the highest grossing animated movie of all time, and children and adults everywhere were singing ‘Let it go’. The rise of the selfie also continued, with Ellen DeGeneres taking ‘the greatest selfie of all time’ at the Oscars.
The year began with a world divided as “that dress” split the internet into #blackandblue and #whiteandgold. What started as an innocent Tumblr post had everyone from celebs to scientists having their say (it was obvs #blackandblue). Once everyone had stopped bickering about the dress, the world got back to serious business. 2015 was the year the world finally came together, with same-sex marriage being legalised all across the USA and Ireland, and after the warmest year on record a game-changing climate deal was reached at the UN.
No this isn’t a 90s decade review, Pokémon really was the biggest craze of 2016. The world went Pokémon Go-mad as the race to “catch them all” started all over again for the smartphone generation. People in the US and UK managed to tear themselves away from their phones for long enough though to vote in two of the most polarising political movements of the decade as the UK decided to leave the EU and President Donald Trump took office stateside. Meanwhile, it finally happened for Leo! After an acting career spanning two decades, the most-shunned man in Hollywood finally took home the Oscar for “Best Actor” for his gripping performance in The Revenant.
The Oscars made the headlines again in 2017 as Best Picture went to La La Land…oh wait…we meant Moonlight! What an embarrassing mistake, but not quite as disaster as the notorious Fyre Festival, which saw 5,000 influencers stranded on an island with rather sad looking cheese sandwiches and not much else. Elsewhere, everyone seemed to be either flossing or fiddling with fidget spinners – two trends none of us could escape no matter where we went!
The nation came together in 2018 as the Three Lions had everyone believing football was finally coming home. We should’ve known it was going to be a great summer as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle kicked things off by finally tying the knot in May in the second Royal Wedding of the decade, with an estimated 1.9 billion people tuning in to watch the star-studded affair. Thankfully their first dance wasn’t to arguably the biggest song of the year, as an annoyingly catchy family of sharks took the internet by storm. All together now! Baby shark, do do do do do…
2019 started with an egg breaking Instagram records. The simple image now has more than 52 million likes! Another image also blew our minds, as scientists managed to capture the first photo of a black hole – yes, all those images you’d seen before were just interpretations on what we thought black holes looked like. In the world of sport, England hosted and won the Cricket World Cup “by the barest of all margins!”. The whole country was bowled over by the victory and Ben Stokes capped a remarkable year for English cricket by taking home BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
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