Looking Back on 2018: A Recap

Eliza Schock

As 2018 comes to a close, let’s take a look back into the year to remember and appreciate what it brought us. It is clearly not possible to include everything that happened, but a good amount of the most-talked about things are included.


  • The Royal Wedding
  • Hurricane Michael and Hurricane Florence
  • US Border Crisis

Top Songs

  • God’s Plan by Drake

This song broke an abundance of records, including most Apple Music streams in a day, with 170 million streams, and spending the most weeks at #1 in a year on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

  • Thank U, Next by Ariana Grande


  • I Like It by Cardi B
  • Havana by Camila Cabello


  • Mo Bamba by Sheck Wes



Top Movies

  • Black Panther

This popular movie became the world’s ninth-highest-grossing film of all time.

  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • A Quiet Place
  • The Hate U Give
  • Incredibles 2
  • Love, Simon
  • Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and The Kissing Booth

Both were Netflix originals that created a craze, especially among teenage girls.

Pop Culture

  • In My Feelings challenge
  • The Zoom Challenge
  • The marriage of Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin
  • Absurd internet challenges, such as the Tide Pod challenges

Ones That We Lost

  • XXXTentacion

On June 18, 2018 the well-known American rapper was fatally shot multiple times in his car in Deerfield Beach, Florida.

  • Aretha Franklin
  • Mac Miller
  • Avicii
  • Stan Lee
  • John McCain
  • Anthony Bourdain
  • Stephen Hawking
  • Kate Spade


  • Eagles’ win in the Super Bowl
  • Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games
  • The Washington Capitals’ win in the Stanley Cup
  • France’s win in the FIFA World Cup
  • The Golden State Warriors’ win in the NBA Finals