2012 was a landmark year for memes -- and we could say that due to the Ikea Monkey alone -- but it's not always easy to remember everything that went viral in the last 12 months.

Since the end of 2012 had our minds filled with presidential election gaffes and "Gangnam Style" parodies, you might have forgotten about some of the funniest memes of the year, like 1990s problems (and 1890s problems), Spinning Lana Del Rey or all the "Shit People Say" (as if we could ever forget those endless videos).

Check out our favorite memes of 2012 below. Think we left something out? Share your favorites in the comments.

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  • Ermahgerd

    Because the Internet needed an even MORE confusing way to communicate.

  • Big Bird

    Who would have thought that Sesame Street would be mentioned almost as much as Wall Street during the election?

  • Grumpy Cat

    Let's be real: we were ALL a little grumpy this year.

  • Honey Boo Boo

    Bless her heart.

  • 1990s Problems

    Is there a better metaphor for the 90s than a crying James Van Der Beek?

  • 1890s Problems

    The Internet, where even our parodies get parodied.

  • McKayla Maroney Is Not Impressed

    When you see it...

  • Sh*t People Say

    People had <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/05/shit-girls-say-parodies-video_n_1187158.html">a LOT of sh*t </a>to say in 2012. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/16/shit-girls-say-parodies-video_n_1208835.html">Maybe too much</a>.

  • Texts From Hillary

    L8er Hillz.

  • Spinning Lana Del Rey

    "Saturday Night Live" had no idea what they were getting into when they gave Lana Del Rey unlimited spinning time during her musical performance.

  • Menacing Josh Romney

    Thanks to this meme, we know who would have REALLY been president if Mitt Romney had won.

  • Clint Eastwood's Chair

    2011 had "Planking." 2012 was all about <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/31/eastwooding-photos-pictures_n_1847303.html">"Eastwooding."</a>

  • Ikea Monkey

    Just when we thought nothing else funny was going to happen in 2012, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/13/ikea-monkey-tattoo-photo_n_2293759.html">they find a monkey wandering around outside of an Ikea in Canada</a> -- who also happened to be wearing a winter coat.

  • Time Magazine's Breastfeeding Mom

    The look on this child's face alone was worth 1000 memes.

  • Angelina Jolie's Leg

    The slit that launched 1000 memes.

  • Overly Attached Girlfriend

    Don't stare into her eyes.

  • Botched Ecco Painting

    The botched 17th century Fresco restoration may have left Jesus unrecognizable, but the Internet made sure that smirk <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/11/ikea-monkey-painting-botched-fresco-jesus_n_2280418.html">made it onto just about everything</a>.

  • Lil Bub

    By far one of the Internet's most important cats of 2012.

  • Bad Luck Brian

    Nothing goes right for this guy.

  • NASA Mohawk Guy

    How could you not fall in love with that? HE PUTS THINGS INTO SPACE.

  • Binders Full Of Women

    Thank you, Mitt Romney. Bonus: it made an awesome, non-slutty Halloween costume for women this year.

  • Ridiculously Photogenic Guy

    No one looks this good while running a marathon. NO ONE.

  • Call Me Maybe

    In 2012 we probably listened to "Call Me Maybe" parodies more often than the actual song.

  • Gangnam Style

    It spread as quickly as "Call Me Maybe," only this time there was a horsey dance. That plus the fact that you can substitute "Gangnam" with just about any word made it the most viral thing of the year.

  • What People Think I Do

    The first time we saw this meme, we chuckled. But soon enough, Facebook was overrun with people talking about themselves and what they do... Oh wait, that's Facebook <em>every day</em>.

  • Dog Shaming

    Cats have ruled the Internet for far too long. In 2012, dogs finally got the attention they deserve (even if it was basically public humiliation).

  • White People Problems

    We'll always remember 2012 as the year we mocked/acknowledged the things we take for granted every day (and complain about constantly on Twitter).

  • Drunk Baby

    We can't wait until this is explained to him later.

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