A look back at a year of quarantine trends


Maggie Robinson

Coronavirus memes from the past year.

It’s been a year since the world went into almost complete lockdown with people staying inside most of that time. Let’s take a look back on seven of the most popular trends that people were obsessed with during lockdown. 

Starting out at the number seven spot, we have Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The Animal Crossing franchise is very popular among the younger generations. The franchise has been around since 2001. The unfortunate thing about this game and many of the other games in the series is that it is exclusive to Nintendo consoles, just the Mario Kart games. 









At the number six spot is binge watching the same show over and over again. What are you supposed to do when you can’t find anything new and interesting to watch? You watch your favorite program again…and again…and again. I have watched Riverdale at least five times in the past year. I think many people can agree with me that watching the same show over again a few times makes you find things you didn’t realize before. Knowing what is going to happen makes you think more into why something is going to happen on the show. 

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Coming in at the number five spot is Call Of Duty: Warzone. Warzone was released just three days before the shutdown which helped it gain interest from the gaming community very fast. This goes without saying that downloads were very high. Warzone had 60 million downloads in the first two months of its release. This is the first free game that the series has ever released. 

The number four spot belongs to Coronavirus memes. Now I remember going onto Reddit during the beginning of quarantine and seeing only memes about the virus. I even made a few myself. Some of my favorites are in the photo above. These might just seem like silly photos to us now, but in the following years, who knows what they will represent. Some could end up in history books, magazines or even inspiration for school spirit days.  


Getting the third place spot is Outer Banks. Outer Banks is an adventure/mystery show on Netflix that was released on April 15, 2020. The show starts out showing us the difference between the two sides of the island that the crew lives on. They go looking for the gold that John B’s dad tried to find before he died months ago. 






At the second place spot is TikTok. You most likely know what TikTok is, but for those who don’t, here is some background. Originally it was an app called Musical.ly, but TikTok bought it in August of 2018 and changed the name. Since that time, the platform has changed a lot. It started as lip syncing to songs and now it‘s full of popular dance trends and comedy videos, just to name a few. During November 2020, popular creator Charli D’Amelio, became the first user, at just 16 years old, to reach 100 million followers on TikTok. This app has been keeping us entertained throughout the past year and probably will until who knows when.









And last but not least, at the number one spot is Tiger King. This is definitely the first thing that I think of when you say Coronavirus. It was released on March 20, 2020, only seven days after the shut down. In my opinion, if this would have been released at a different time it wouldn’t have blown up as much as it did. Within the first ten days, over 34 million people watched the limited series on Netflix. This show inspired social media challenges and hashtags all over TikTok, Instagram and Twitter. 

While these are my top seven picks, what are yours?