Cats, Kids, Miley & Our Other Viral Faves in 2013

Who was hot? Who was not? Which cats ruled and what foods made us drool in 2013?

We scoured the Internet to come up with our picks for the year's best, worst and most viral content. Check out our winners below!


1st Place: Grumpy Cat


Obviously it's Grumpy Cat. It's always Grumpy Cat. C'mon, you should know better by now.

Runner-up: Lil Bub

2013 was the year that Lil Bub made miraculous progress with her osteopetrosis, thanks to the magic of a hula hoop-looking device called an Assisi loop. 

Honorable Mention: This Guy


Also named by BuzzFeed as one of the Most Awkward Cats of the Year, this terrified little fellow has "Internet gold" written all over him.


1st Place: 60-Year-Old Girl meme

One Redditor got more than he bargained for when he put one of his wife's childhood pictures online and commented that she looked "like a 60-year-old woman as a child." Reddit quickly grabbed onto the picture, and the 60-year-old girl jokes started rolling. You get the (hilarious) drift.

Runner-up: Sam Horowitz

It was the bar mitzvah dance heard around the world. When Sam Horowitz became a man he did it in the most over-the-top, choreographed way we've ever seen and we loved it. 

Honorable Mention: Kids' Notes


It was a big year for posting goofy notes from kids on the Internet, and as always, they never failed to leave us chuckling. Want it to rain tacos? Me too, son. Me too.


1st Place: Miley Cyrus

The twerking, the controversy, the videos ... honestly what can we say at this point that hasn't been said before? Like it or not, Miley dominated the web in 2013. 

Runner-up: Kim Kardashian


The selfie that almost broke the web -- and the corresponding tweet from Kanye that creeped us all out:

Honorable Mention: Jimmy Kimmel

This might seem like the odd one of the bunch, but between his twerking prank...

and his classic Halloween pranks...

Jimmy Kimmel's antics are worthy of a mention on any viral list. 



1st Place: "What Does The Fox Say"

There were a lot of great options this year, but it's hard to argue there was a bigger, stranger, funnier video than this one by Ylvis.

Runner-up: "Wrecking Ball"

Maybe it's Miley overload, but once again, it was hard to leave her off the list. Can you think of a video from the year that sparked more conversations, arguments or parodies?

Honorable Mention: "Harlem Shake"

Do you even remember the "Harlem Shake"? That freight train took off last February, which probably means that your boss tried to have your office put one together in September, far past the days of relevance.  



1st Place: Cronut Mania 


It's the pastry that made New Yorkers and the collective Internet go just a little mad in 2013. One part doughnut, one part croissant, one part perfection, the Cronut was everywhere you looked.

Runner-up: Martha Stewart’s Gross Food Twitpics

2013 was also the year we tragically learned Martha Stewart is not in charge of taking the pictures for her magazines. 

Her Twitter monstrosities were, well, monstrosities. Martha's Food Pictures were NOT a good thing, and Twitter was quick to let her know:

Honorable Mention: Paula Deen’s Fall From Grace

Sadly, this was also the year that Paula Deen's actions unseated her as the Queen of Butter-Based Cooking to the Queen of Just About Nothing. 


Drew DiSabatino is a viral writer for iVillage. Follow him on Twitter and Google+


Connect with Us
Follow Our Pins

Yummy recipes, DIY projects, home decor, fashion and more curated by iVillage staffers.

Follow Our Tweets

The very dirty truth about fashion internships... DUN DUN @srslytheshow

On Instagram

Behind-the-scenes pics from iVillage.

Best of the Web