The 10 Best Pop Culture Moments of 2018

Isabelle Duff walks us through the top ten iconic pop moments of 2018. There’s drama, absolute bangers and politics. What will 2019 bring?

1. Mamma Mia 2

Contentious, but life affirming. Lily James was a revelation. The singing was better than last time. Cher. Great spotlight to the Sweden’s greatest exports lesser known hits, who knew ‘Why did it have to be me’ was such a banger.


2. Cardi B throwing a shoe at Nicki Minaj

Yes, it is not very woke or supportive of the sisterhood. No, they should not be fighting, yes, it is setting a poor example for young fans. But my God, the scandal, the intrigue, the drama, the fact it was caught on video. Amazing.


3. Queer Eye

We needed this. Johnathon, Bobby, Karamo, Tan and Anthoni. The saviours in loafers and french tucks, bringing unbridled joy and optimism not only to the poorly dressed of Atlanta but to the millions who tuned from their sofas. Yaaaas.


4. Drake

Good year for Dreezy. Adonis was born. Everyone got in their feelings and questioned why they were nice to fuckboys. According to Spotify Drake’s music was streamed a culminative 8.2bn times in 2018. I need to know who kiki is. Tinder bios the world over now bear the legend ‘I only love my bed and my mama, I’m sorry’. Thank You Auberey.


5. Black Panther

An overwhelming and deserved success. Ticked every box. Made an entire generation feel seen and heard. Apparently has lead to an increase in Lexus purchases, so the product placement worked. Wakanda forever! Michael B Jordan; I will love you forever!


6. Weddings

Harry and Meghan. Eugenie and Jack. Justin and Hailey. Nick and Priyanka. Love is not dead, it is merely reserved for the super rich and famous. Maleztov.


7. A Star is Born

Lady Gaga played the girl next door with aplomb. The film wasn’t perfect, but she was perfect in it. Shallow, another banger.


9. Rhianna

Diversifying. She was a hacker in Oceans 8, Fenty and Savage X. Leading the way for inclusive badassery. The very definition of the years buzzword ‘big dick energy’. Still no album but in fairness, she’s been busy.


10. Repealed

Ireland repealed the eighth amendment. It’s not pop culture but taboos were shattered and women’s rights hit the mainstream. This was the culmination of intergenerational grass roots activism. Finally it seemed like women scored a point in 2018, rising above the firestorm of me too. We stand in awe of all mná.

That was 2018. Thank you, next.