What Are the Biggest Pop Culture Moments of the Past Decade?

Maithily A | 05 - 29 - 2020
What Are the Biggest Pop Culture Moments of the Past Decade

Every decade brings a lot of important moments filled with both joy and misery. It often changes the way we live and look at the world. Now, we’re in 2020, there’s no better time to take a look at the biggest pop culture moments that the previous decade has left us with. Here are a lot of top pop culture events of the past decade that graced newspaper covers, made headlines across the globe, changed social perspectives, and entertained us all.

Superheroes, streaming services, royal weddings were some of the iconic pop culture moments that defined the decade. The 2010s have been an exciting and surprising year for the United States of America and the world. From film releases, fashion events, the past decade had the most defining popular culture events that will shape the years to come both culturally and financially.

The United States Pop Culture Events from 2019-2010


Though 2020 was like a roller-coaster ride, here and there some pop culture moments had popped up. check out some of the top pop culture moments of 2020.

1. How Much Did Lady Gaga's Meat Dress Cost?
  • A. $100
  • B. $160
  • C. $200
  • D. $260


  • Taylor Swift was awarded Artist of the Decade in 2019 for her awesome contribution to the music industry.
  • Game of Thrones won 58 Emmys and gave life to post-Sopranos HBO that fantasy could make for prestige TV.
  • Tom Brady won his sixth Super Bowl.
  • Avengers Endgame got all avengers assembled for the last time. It also became the highest-grossing movie of all time.
  • Apple TV+ was launched. The spotlight was also shared by Disney+ which took over a million subscribers from Netflix.


  • Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther made $1.3 billion and became the top-grossing movie of the year 2018.
  • Netflix rebooted Queer Eye featured a new Fab Five.
  • Kendrick Lamar got a Pulitzer Prize for his album DAMN. It was the first-ever award for music that wasn’t classical or jazz.
  • The Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle turned to be the event of the year.
  • Anthony Bourdain- The famous chef turned TV star died by suicide in his hotel room while shooting his award-winning CNN series in France. (God knows what was going on inside him)


  • The Presidency of Barack Obama ended in 2017.
  • Moonlight won the Oscar for Best Picture. (Of course, let’s not forget the Oscar confusions by Warren Beatty who was handed the wrong winner’s card. Oh, Man! it wasn’t La La Land!!!)
  • The Fyre Festival failed.
  • The hashtag #MeToo started again and people started speaking up and coming forward. The New York Times and The New Yorker published assault, allegations, and harassment against Hollywood power broker Harvey Weinstein. It was the end of the Harvey era in show business.


  • Donald Trump won the presidential election.
  • Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders had 99 percent of the celebrity endorsements.
  • The death of David Bowie and Prince left the whole world mourning.
  • Beyoncé rewrote the rules again with Lemonade. Her second album was about experiences of black women, family themes, trust, lust, spirituality, and strength.
  • Pokémon Go turned the world upside down. People were literally falling off cliffs in search of virtual pocket monsters.
  • Simone Biles bagged the final five of the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team to win gold. She captured another three in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.
  • Swimmer Michael Phelps returned from retirement to win four golds and one silver for the fourth Olympics in a row.
  • Ryan Lochte won gold in the 4X200M relay. We did not forget his story and embarrassment about being robbed at a gas station.
  • The Chicago Cubs won the World Series.


  • The world met Caitlyn Jenner on a historic cover of Vanity Fair.
  • Jon Stewart left The Daily Show and Stephen Colbert ended The Colbert Report.
  • The U.S. Supreme Court paved the way for legal same-sex marriage in all 50 states.


  • Ellen DeGeneres broke the interest with her all-star selfie during the Oscars.
  • People realized that Hello Kitty wasn’t a kitty. She was not even a cat!
  • Sony got hacked and all sorts of insults ended up online.
  • The Ice Bucket Challenge took social media by storm to donate to ALS research and received $115 million.
  • Solange Knowles Started kicking and screaming at Jay-Z in an elevator after the Met Gala.
  • Kim Kardashian and Kanye’s wedding in Italy.
  • Serial in podcasts became popular in 2016 and it was downloaded 68 million times in a few short months.


  • It’s the year of Royal Baby!!!
  • House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black was premiered.
  • Jennifer Lawrence was awarded the Best Actress in Oscars for her role in Silver Linings Playbook. She became the second-youngest woman to win in the category.
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire became the first movie with a female lead to top the domestic box office in 2013.
  • Beyoncé chose to lip-sync the National Anthem at President Barack Obama’s second inauguration.


  • The Avengers assembled for the first time with their superheroes.
  • Gangnam Style became the first video to reach 1 billion YouTube views.
  • McKayla Maroney’s images were lingering from the 2012 Summer Olympics.
  • Toddlers & Tiaras and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo was premiered.
  • Fifty Shades of Grey was self-published.
  • 12 people were killed in a shooting at a movie theater in Aurora during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises.
  • Whitney Houston died the night before the Grammys.


  • Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding.
  • Seth Meyers hosted the White House Correspondents Dinner.
  • Bridesmaids became the highest-grossing movie.
  • Kim Kardashian filed for divorce from Kris Humphries (just after 72 days of marriage).
  • The Oprah Winfrey Show came to a close after 25 years.


  • Bieber Fever was blown up upon the arrival of “Baby”. Justin Bieber couldn’t himself couldn’t handle the pressure.
  • Lady Gaga woe meat to the MTV Video Music Awards.
  • David Fincher’s The Social Network starring Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg was showered with accolades.
  • Did you enjoy traveling back to the most famous pop culture moments of the past decade? Which is your favorite pop culture through the decades?

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