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6 Iconic Pop Culture Moments That Turned 10 In 2023!

Written by Brooklynn Taylor. Published: September 18 2023
(Photo © Kevin Mazur/WireImage vis Getty Images for MTV)


It feels just like yesterday we were filling our camera rolls with hundreds of selfies, obsessing over Flappy Bird, and trying to figure out what a fox says (still figuring that one out).  In honor of its 10-year anniversary, let's take a trip down Memory Lane and reminisce on the most iconic pop culture moments from 2013! 


1. Beyoncé Headlining The SuperBowl XLVII Pepsi Halftime Show

As Queen Bey graced the 50-yard line and TV screens across the globe, she rocked the stage performing some of her most beloved solo tracks, plus she had a jaw-dropping reunion with her former Destiny’s Child groupmates, Kelly Rowland andMichelle Williams. Talk about iconic!



2. Miley Cyrus Is The Most Searched Person On Google In The U.S.

Beating outKim Kardashian, Justin Bieber, Beyoncé, and Drake, Miley’s VMA performance withRobin Thicke and the “Wrecking Ball” hit single landed her the top spot in Google’s search bar. Her prominent role in 2013 remains ubiquitous in pop culture to this day!




3. “Selfie” Becomes The Word Of The Year

Rising 17,000% in frequency, "selfie" became the word of the year named by Oxford Dictionary. And, of course, what was a 2013 selfie without the addition of an Instagram filter? Just behind "selfie" were buzzwords such as “binge-watch”, “twerk”, and “catfishing”.



4. “What Does The Fox Say?” Is Crowned The Top Trending Video On YouTube

As the world went into a collective frenzy trying to figure out just what is it that a fox says, the song, by Norwegian comedy duoYlvis, racked up nearly 270 million views, becoming the top trending video at the conclusion of 2013. Ten years later, it’s now sitting at 1.1 billion views on YouTube!




5. The Harlem Shake Was An Internet Viral Sensation

From professional sports teams to corporate offices and even the Norwegian Army, everyone was doing the Harlem Shake! The Guinness World Record for the largest Harlem Shake had over 3,000 people at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Houston Field House arena in New York!




6. Flappy Bird Was Born

The seemingly simple yet difficult game that probably made you scream at your phone a time or two, Flappy Bird was one of the most popular games in 2013! Although Flappy Bird no longer exists, the game stole the hearts of many and was downloaded over 50 million times.