So here we are: 2018 is just around the corner, and with all the trash things that befell us this year, we’re definitely ready for a fresh start. But before chucking our calendars and scribbling new, soon-to-be-unfulfilled resolutions, we’re taking a trip down the memory lane of 2017, which may have cursed us with major celeb breakups (RIP Chris Pratt and Anna Faris) but also blessed us with twin Beybies, a royal engagement and a whole lot of Selena Gomez. After all, where would we be without Netflix, the new Taylor Swift and Kardashian-level drama? Here, the pop culture phenomena worth recalling for the sake of saying “I survived 2017.”
Prince George's Many Facial Expressions
The royal tot made headlines when he showed up for his first day of school looking very displeased—and on Mondays (or any weekday, really), we can totally relate.
Selena Gomez's Love Triangle With The Weeknd And Justin Bieber
Fans mourned the end of Abelena—then Jelena happened. Whichever side you're on, it appears the pop star is officially back to that same old love.
Kendall Jenner's Controversial Pepsi Ad
No doubt you remember when Pepsi pulled its heavily criticized ad starring a certain white supermodel who managed to end a protest after handing a police officer a can of fizzy. Enough said.
Rihanna's Flawlessly Themed Met Gala Ensemble
Somebody please give RiRi a trophy for the architectural wonder she manifested wearing Comme des Garçons at the Met Gala.
Kylie Jenner and Khloé Kardashian's Alleged Pregnancies
Are they or are they not?! Time—or momager Kris Jenner—has yet to tell whether Kylie and Khloé are truly expecting. Because there's 100% no way Kim is spilling the beans.
Beyoncé's Bombshell Pregnancy Announcement
No surprise here: Queen B's epic baby news earned the most likes on Instagram this year—a whopping 11.1 million, just FYI. We will never forget the day.
The New Taylor Swift
We weren't ready for it, but Reputation debuted tracks fueled against haters and ex-boyfriends alike—oh, and introduced us to the new Taylor Swift. (Make that 14 new Taylor Swifts actually.)
Stranger Things Season 2
For about a month there, all everyone could talk about were last-minute Halloween costume ideas and Stranger Things' second season, from Hopper's surprising dancing skills to Steve and Dustin's newfound bromance.
Kate Middleton Expecting Baby #3
The Duchess of Cambridge is preparing to welcome a third little one, which means 1) something to look forward to come springtime, 2) a baby brother or sister to George and Charlotte and 3) Kate's royally chic maternity style.
Meghan Markle And Prince Harry's Engagement
Speaking of royalty, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are engaged—and we're admittedly planning the first half of 2018 around this wedding. Now that's one way to ring in the new year.