Twitter Reveals 2021's Top Tweets and Trends

Twitter has released a list of the most popular tweets and trends for 2021, along with the most liked tweets, most retweeted comments, most talked about TV shows and movies, and more.


Overall, it's a very good description of the situation of the world in 2021 — for starters, the most popular tweets emphasize the United States' political dominance. As well as BTS.


That 'Hello literally everyone' tweet was sent during the October 2021 Facebook outage, when the online world went crazy for nearly 6 hours due to an incorrect configuration update in Menlo Park.


BTS's message in support of racial tolerance and equality was also the most retweeted tweet of the year.


In the aftermath of the COVID-19 outbreak, Asian groups were unfairly targeted, and many people turned to Twitter to express their support and join demands for such divide to end.

The top most-tweeted-about films of the year include several classics:

  1. Black Panther

  2. Godzilla vs Kong

  3. Zack Snyder’s Justice League

  4. The Suicide Squad (2021)

  5. Spider-Man: No Way Home

  6. Space Jam: A New Legacy

  7. Black Widow

  8. Dune (2021)

  9. Mortal Kombat (2021)

  10. Shrek

Shrek is still a highly discussed and well-liked movie franchise, and is also a frequent subject for memes, while Black Panther has served as a sort of tribute film for actor Chadwick Boseman, who died in August of last year.


On the whole, the most tweeted-about TV shows were from throughout the world:


“The most Tweeted TV shows included reality TV competition favorites Big Brother Brasil and A Fazenda 13, while K-drama Squid Game changed how we’ll view children’s games forever, taking the third spot for most discussed TV show worldwide. Escapism was another big theme from TV this year, creating a movement which manifested through meme creations, costume wearing, and more. "


With regard to shows from the United States, the list was as follows:

  1. Squid Game

  2. WandaVision

  3. Sesame Street

  4. Saturday Night Live

  5. Game of Thrones

  6. Jeopardy!

  7. Grey’s Anatomy

  8. The Simpsons

  9. Loki

  10. The Walking Dead

Even years after the finale, Game of Thrones remains a sore point for fans, despite the fact that new Game of Thrones shows are set to air in the near future. Which will, without a doubt, be perfect, faithful to the book adaptations that will satisfy all fans.


Twitter has also revealed the most talked-about sports teams and events, and also the most popular emojis:


With the crying and laughing in the top two spots, it makes sense. For comparison, they were the most popular tweets in 2020 and 2019, however the order was reversed, with the laughing while crying emoji the most popular emoji on the whole.


As most of us have been locked indoors more often this year, it seems like a year where movie and TV talk has been much more prevalent, and in that regard, the overall picture provides an intriguing view on what's connecting with audiences right now.


The ranking also highlights Twitter's global expansion, with more international trends sneaking into the overall listings, implying that a more expansive - and preferably inclusive - discussion is forming, exposing users to diverse cultures and information through the platform.


The full list of Twitter's 2021 trends may be found here.



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