What was trending in 2016?

Every year we see new trends that come and go. 2016 had a lot of memorable trends that I don’t think are going away anytime soon. From music to food, let’s take a look at what trends took 2016 by storm.

Photo courtesy of The Chainsmokers VEVO.

Photo courtesy of The Chainsmokers VEVO.

Music is a staple in everyone’s lives and you could not turn on a radio in 2016 without hearing a few of these hit songs!

o “Stressed Out” by Twenty One Pilots
o “Work” by Rihanna feat. Drake
o “Cake by the Ocean” by DNCE
o “Dangerous Woman” by Ariana Grande
o “Formation” by Beyoncé
o “Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake
o “Cheap Thrills” by Sia feat. Sean Paul
o “Closer” by The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey
o “Heathens” by Twenty One Pilots
o “Side to Side” by Ariana Grande feat. Nicki Minaj
o “Juju on That Beat” by Zay Hilfigerrr and Zayion McCall

Photo courtesy of twentyonepilots.com.

Photo courtesy of twentyonepilots.com.

There was a huge wave in popular movies this year. The Walt Disney Company made a record with the top four movies of the year belonging to them. These movies were “Captain America: Civil War,” “Zootopia,” “Finding Dory” and “The Jungle Book.” Here’s to hoping 2017 brings in some amazing movies so we can all get our popcorn fix, but for now let’s look back at some of the most popular movies this year!

“Deadpool”
Release Date: Feb. 12, 2016
Gross: $782,612,155

“Zootopia”
Release Date: March 4, 2016
Gross: $1,023,732,398

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”
Release Date: March 25, 2016
Gross: $873,260,194

Photo courtesy of rogerebert.com.

Photo courtesy of rogerebert.com.

“The Jungle Book”
Release Date: April 15, 2016
Gross: $966,499,471

“Captain America: Civil War”
Release Date: May 6, 2016
Gross: $1,153,304,495

“X-Men: Apocalypse”
Release Date: May 27, 2016
Gross: $543,933,574

“Finding Dory”
Release Date: June 17, 2016
Gross: $1,024,108,677

“The Secret Life of Pets”
Release Date: July 8, 2016
Gross: $871,083,202

Photo courtesy of disney.movies.com.

Photo courtesy of disney.movies.com.

“Ghostbusters”
Release Date: July 15, 2016
Gross: $128,344,089

“Suicide Squad”
Release Date: Aug. 5, 2016
Gross: $745,576,840

“Doctor Strange”
Release Date: Nov. 4, 2016
Gross: $205,093,475

“Moana”
Release Date: Nov. 23, 2016
Gross: $81,108,000

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
Release Date: Nov. 18, 2016
Gross: $156,228,123

Photo courtesy of rogerebert.com.

Photo courtesy of rogerebert.com.

There are a few honorable mention movies that are coming out at the end of this year so we cannot forget them. Here are a few amazing movies that have yet to be released. Which one are you most interested in seeing?

“Office Christmas Party”
Release Date: Dec. 9, 2016

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
Release Date: Dec. 16, 2016

Who doesn’t love a good book? Of course as college students we don’t have much time to sit down and read. When we do get the chance we take it and run. Here are three of the most popular books this year. In case you have not read them yet, I included a short overview about the books!

“Dan and Phil Go Outside” by Dan Howell and Phil Lester
YouTubers Dan Howell, aka Danisnotonfire, and Phil Lester, aka AmazingPhil, wrote a best selling book in 2015 and decided to go on tour. During their tour they took thousands of pictures that the compiled into a new book to give fans a look inside their lives. These two YouTubers hardly ever leave the comfort of their own apartment so going outside for them is a big deal. Join along on the crazy adventure as they share their lives with us.

Photo courtesy of barnesandnoble.com.

Photo courtesy of barnesandnoble.com.

“Hamilton: The Revolution” by Lin-Manuel Miranda
On the heels of the success of “Hamilton: An American Musical,” Miranda wanted to give an inside look at the man who inspired it all. Miranda is once again able to get inside the head of Alexander Hamilton and describe the two revolutions he lived through like never before. This may be history, but the storytelling of it keeps everyone coming back for more.

“Harry Potter and The Cursed Child” by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter is back in the eighth book that is inspired by the play that is now showing in London, England. Instead of following Harry, this book follows Harry’s son Albus as he begins a surprising friendship with Scorpius, Draco Malfoy’s son. The two of them get into the same mischief that Harry and friends got into before. That is until he who shall not be named makes a return. What will our friends at Hogwarts do?

This past year was filled with nail biting shows and amazing supernatural shows. We also had the breakthrough of hiring actors with disabilities. TV shows in 2016 made history and we were all there to binge watch them!

“American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” (FX)
“‘The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story’ is a limited series that takes you inside the O.J. Simpson trial with a riveting look at the legal teams battling to convict or acquit the football legend of double homicide. Based on the book ‘The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson’ by Jeffrey Toobin, it explores the chaotic behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuvering on both sides of the court, and how a combination of prosecution overconfidence, defense shrewdness and the LAPD’s history with the city’s African-American community gave a jury what it needed: reasonable doubt.” (fxnetworks.com)

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Photo courtesy of fxnetworks.com.

“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“Summers span decades. Winters can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne continues.
It stretches from the south, where heat breeds plots, lusts and intrigues, to the vast and savage eastern lands, where a young queen raises an army. All the while, in the frozen north, an 800-foot wall of ice precariously protects the war-ravaged kingdom from the dark forces that lie beyond. Kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars, lords and honest men…all play the ‘Game of Thrones.’
An original series based on George R.R. Martin’s best-selling ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ series.” (hbo.com)

“Stranger Things”
“When a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one strange little girl.” (netflix.com)

“Speechless”
“Maya DiMeo (Minnie Driver) is a mom on a mission who will do anything for her husband Jimmy, her kids Ray, Dylan and JJ, her eldest son with cerebral palsy. As Maya fights injustices both real and imagined, the family works to make a new home for themselves, and searches for just the right person to give JJ his ‘voice.’” (abc.go.com)

Photo courtesy of imdb.com.

Photo courtesy of imdb.com.

Every year Instagram comes and hits us with new food trends. This year might just be the weirdest food trends yet! Which of the food trends included here do you want to try?

Fairy Bread
Fairy bread is a quirky snack that Australians love and now the world has begun to try it. Fairy bread is white bread covered with butter that is topped with rainbow sprinkles (or as they call them hundreds and thousands) and then cut into small triangles. No one really knows where Fairy Bread came from but it is a staple at children’s birthday parties.

Raindrop Cake
The raindrop cake is made from mineral water and agar, a gelatin like substance that actually comes from seaweed. This is what gives the cake its jello-like appearance. The cake itself has almost no taste so it is usually served with roasted soybean flour and a sugary syrup.

Rainbow Bagel
The rainbow bagel was created by Scott Rossillo in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. This trend took Instagram by storm and everyone was trying to create their own!

Photo courtesy of @juicyspotcafe on Instagram.

Photo courtesy of @juicyspotcafe on Instagram.

Rolled Ice Cream
Thai rolled ice cream is the new trend that originated in Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia and the Philippines. Rolled ice cream is ice cream that is formed into little rolls that are about the size of a roll of quarters. They are packed into a cup and you can add any toppings you like, such as gummy bears, coconut and hot fudge. The whole process takes about two minutes. The process starts with a cup of flavored milk-based liquid that is poured onto an extremely cold metal plate that looks like a pizza pan. As the mixture freezes the worker starts to manipulate it with paddles. Once everything is evenly covered they roll it into the rolls.

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