Every year the Internet gives birth to thousands of fragile newborn memes, but tragically only a few percent of them will make it into adulthood and true online notoriety.
Below is a selection of the lucky few who survived the perilous trek through various forums into the vast ocean of the Internet where they flourished and spawned children of their own, but which one do you think is the alpha meme?
1. Left Shark
The legendary Left Shark swam clumsily into our hearts back in February and never left. Whether it's a drunken dance off, a bodged presentation or a cringeworthy competition, we have all been Left Shark and that is a comforting bond that binds us all together.
2. That Hotline Bling
I know when that hotline bling, that can only mean a meme. Drake's smooth yet strange dance moves in this inspired video have led to some of the most entertaining memes of the year. Sing with me!
You put the topping on your pizza
Late night throwing Pokéballs
3. Netflix and Chill
The modern day "Do you want to come in and grab a coffee?" has taken the world by storm and means a lot of people have became experts in the first 10 minutes of every suitable date movie on the streaming service.
4. Pizza Rat
Pizza rat has ambitions we can all aspire to.
5. The Dress
By now, we all want to tear the dress into rags and never lay eyes on it again, but here it is to piss you off and confuse your cones one last time!
6. “Hello” by Adele
Adele said 'Hello' to the world and the world said plenty of things back in meme form.
7. Kanye For President
Kanye's White House sized ego has made his bizarre rant about running for president go viral, and probably not in a good way for his future campaign.
8. “Jurassic World” Raptors
From Zebras to Zombies, you name it, Chris Pratt has stopped it. When even RDJ is in on the action, you know this is a seriously monster meme.
9. Poot Lovato
When a really unflattering photo of Demi Lovato surfaced on tumblr with the caption "Demi’s twin sister. She was locked in a basement her whole life. This picture was taken the first time she went outside. Her name is Poot," the Internet responded by giving this fictional figure an identity all of her own.
10. Miley, What’s Good?
The stand out moment of this year's VMAs made "what's good" the signature phrase for serious beef and everyone from Harry Potter to Captain America have been recycling Nikki Minaj's inspired diss since.
11. Donald Trump’s Hair
As Donald Trump coughs out hate speech and delusional babble like a very gassy sphincter, his poor innocent hair has also been dragged into the argument.
12. Straight Outta Compton
To help promote the NWA biopic a “Straight Outta X” website was set up and many beautiful new memes were born.
13. Chrissy Teigen’s Crying Face
Chrissy Teigen was overwhelmed with emotion at the 2015 Golden Globes and her grimacing cry face has been used to express distaste with thousands of online faux pas.
14. Charlie Charlie Challenge
Remember when teenagers were shitting themselves with fear over pencils? That was fun, wasn't it.
15. Beyoncé On Beat
Beyoncé can shake it to even the most discordant babble and working it to Iggy Azalea is the ultimate mark of her talent.