The Super Bowl is the most important football game of the entire year, but it’s often the Super Bowl memes that steal the show and have everyone laughing their buttocks off. They not only highlight the Super Bowl’s biggest moments, but they bring joy and laughter to millions of people.
The first Super Bowl, which used to be called the AFL-NFL World Championship Game, was played against the National Football League champion (Green Bay Packers) and the American Football League champion. The Packers won, but Super Bowl memes were non-existent then.
Fast forward 56 years to 2022 and you have the NFC champion Los Angeles Rams playing the AFC champion Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI. The Rams ultimately won in what was a thriller of a performance, but it was perhaps the Super Bowl memes that got the last laugh.
Ranking the Greatest Super Bowl Memes of All-Time
Memes started taking over the internet in the 1990s, but they’ve become an integral part of our society in recent years and are generally used as a form of communication, expression, and comedy. In the world of sports, they help bring together – and tear apart – fans all over the world.
Over the past 10 years or so, we’ve seen Super Bowl memes shake the internet on numerous occasions – including some legendary memes from this past Super Bowl. They’re the type of memes that you’ll see a few years from now and immediately start laughing uncontrollably.
We’re going to highlight some of those memes below. Now, bear with us because there are so many funny Super Bowl memes that we won’t be able to fit them all in one post. With that said, we’ll try our best to choose the most memorable, prominent, and unforgettable memes.
20. Katy Perry’s Fashion Statement?
Katy Perry performed at the Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show, along with Missy Elliott and Lenny Kravitz. It was an interesting halftime, to say the least, and was subject to a wide range of Super Bowl memes – largely due to her outfit choices. This is the perfect example of one.
She wore this while dancing with the sharks – more on that later. It was made to resemble a beach ball, but let’s be honest, we all immediately thought of Hot Dog On a Stick and it just hasn’t been the same since. And now that I’m bringing it up, I’m hungry for it all over again.
19. Katy Perry’s Fashion Statement? Pt. II
Hang in there, we have another edition of fashion statement or fashion bust featuring Katy Perry. She wore this outfit as she rode out on a glamorous lion and everyone was quick to make the resemblance to an outfit worn by Chazz Michael Michaels (Will Ferrell) in Blades of Glory.
Super Bowl XLIX was played between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks in 2015. The Seahawks had an opportunity to win it late in the game, but bad play calling resulted in Tom Brady and the Patriots winning. Don’t worry, we’ll get more into that later with another meme.
18. It’s The Weeknd, Let Me Snack In Peace
Super Bowl LV was a legendary game played between two legendary quarterbacks – Patrick Mahomes in his prime and Tom Brady in his, well, 43-year-old prime. With that said, The Weeknd stole the show during halftime with his incredible, yet unique halftime performance.
There was a moment when he left the ‘center’ stage and took a camera with him backstage, which led to this moment. Social media quickly caught on and couldn’t help but point out the resemblance between The Weeknd and that face everyone makes looking in the microwave.
17. Tom Brady Makes History… Again
Speaking of Super Bowl LV, it was legendary for several reasons. Not only was it Tom Brady’s first year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers – after 20 long seasons with the New England Patriots – but it was also the first Super Bowl played with strict COVID-19 pandemic protocols.
It was a year that had people wishing for things to go back to normal. While we’re still getting through the pandemic, some things have returned to normal. Unfortunately, one of those things was Tom Brady winning yet another Super Bowl and he has the Super Bowl memes to prove it.
16. Adam Levine’s Fashion Statement?
We’re back with another edition of fashion statement or fashion bust, this time featuring Adam Levine. He was the main event at the Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show, which also featured Travis Scott and Big Boi. The show itself didn’t receive a lot of praise, but neither did his outfit choice.
This outfit, in particular, drove social media insane as everyone sent in pictures of their drapes, throw pillows, and other designs that mimicked Levine’s shirt selection. The flavorless halftime show resembled the game that ensued, which was the lowest-scoring Super Bowl ever.
15. Bruno Mars’ Fashion Statement?
We have yet another edition of fashion statement or fashion bust, this one featuring Bruno Mars in what turned out to be one of the best halftime performances of all-time. Of course, we can’t overlook one of his outfit choices, which most of us could make at our house with a trash bag.
Bruno performed at the Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show, along with his band The Hooligans and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. At the time, it was the most-watched halftime show ever, but that milestone has since been toppled by Super Bowl in 2015, 2016, and 2017 halftime shows.
14. Jason Mamoa Does His Best 49ers’ Impression
This meme has a lot of Super Bowl implications. First, you have to peep the Jason Mamoa reference, which is from a Super Bowl commercial that ran during Super Bowl LIV between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers. The Chiefs won in miraculous comeback fashion.
During the commercial, Mamoa starts out his normal, huge self. As he walks into his home, he exposes his muscles and hair are fake and that he’s actually skinny. That explains the 49ers’ performance perfectly – they were up 20-10 in the fourth quarter, but lost the game 31-20.
13. P!nk Spits Something Out Pre-National Anthem
Let’s take a look back at Super Bowl LII, which took place in 2018. While this was the year that Justin Timberlake made his return to the halftime stage, it was P!nk that stole the show before the game even started. She sang the National Anthem and it was great, but there was this.
Before it started, as the announcer was introducing her, the camera turned to her and she was seen spitting something out. Many people thought it was gum at first, but she later claimed that it was a throat lozenge, also known as a cough drop. Either way, it was a moment to remember.
12. You Almost Had It, Cleveland
If you were a Cleveland Browns’ fan that went into a coma after Week 8 of last season and woke up just ahead of the Super Bowl, you might be a little excited if someone told you a team from Ohio is in the Super Bowl and Odell Beckham Jr. is playing for a shot at a coveted ring.
While that might sound like the Cleveland Browns are headed to the Super Bowl, OBJ was traded just before Week 9 and the team from Ohio was the Cincinnati Bengals. In fact, the Browns finished the season with an 8-9 losing record and missed the playoffs entirely.
11. Eminem’s Knees Are Weak
The Super Bowl LVI halftime show was one that’ll go down in history as one of the best. It was the first time the halftime show was centered around hip hop artists and it brought together some of the greatest of all-time – Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, Eminem, and Mary J. Blige.
During the show, Eminem stole the show when he took a knee for an extended amount of time after performing ‘Lose Yourself.’ Logic says he was signaling solidarity with Colin Kaepernick and the black community, but we all know his knees were weak and palms were sweaty.
10. Tom Brady Can and Will Win Anywhere He Wants
When Tom Brady decided to leave the New England Patriots for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, many analysts were ready to find out the truth – was the Patriots’ success over the past two decades more a result of Brady’s greatness behind center or Bill Belichick’s on the sidelines.
By winning a Super Bowl in his first year with the Buccaneers, Brady answered that age-old question once and for all. Meanwhile, the Patriots finished the 2020 season with a 7-9 record and missed the playoffs entirely. Who knows, maybe Tom Brady will win another one!
9. Macaulay Culkin vs. Elon Musk
Ahead of Super Bowl LVI in 2022, a lot of fans couldn’t help but notice the strong resemblances between Elon Musk and Matthew Stafford, and Macaulay Culkin and Joe Burrow. It’s not a perfect match, but you can see how some people might end up mistaking them for one another.
Stafford, I mean Musk, would end up getting the best of Burrow, I mean Culkin. The Rams defeated the Bengals 23-20 thanks to a last-minute touchdown scored by Stafford and Cooper Kupp. It was the Rams’ second Super Bowl victory, but their first Super Bowl win since 2000.
8. San Francisco’s Major Downfall
Alright, we’ve already talked about San Francisco’s major downfall and how it resembles Jason Mamoa’s first-ever commercial appearance, but we’re not done with it just yet. This meme captures the moment perfectly and it does so with real images taken from the game itself.
The first image shows the 49ers celebrating after Tarvarius Moore intercepts Mahomes during the Chiefs’ first possession of the fourth quarter. The 49ers were up 20-10. The second image shows them 10 minutes later, soaking in their own sorrow after allowing 21 unanswered points.
7. 50 Cent Hanging Out During the Halftime Show
One of the most popular memes of Super Bowl LVI was 50 Cent, who started his halftime performance hanging from the ceiling – much like he did in his music video. It immediately caught wind on social media as the Super Bowl memes started rolling in at a record rate.
Many people were comparing 50 Cent to Spiderman, who once hung down from a web to kiss Mary Jane Watson. Other people were alluding to how bulked up 50 Cent looked compared to what he looked like in the music video for ‘In da Club’, which was originally released in 2003.
6. Katy Perry’s Left Shark Goes Viral
I know, this is the third Katy Perry meme on this list, but it’s the best one and definitely worth having just out of our top-five. Her outfits weren’t the only thing that stole the show in 2015. In fact, it was one of her backup shark dancers that ended up winning the hearts of everyone.
The shark that was dancing on the left of the screen was doing well, but eventually got to a point where they forgot the routine. For several seconds, they were clearly doing the wrong moves and it was hilarious to see because they kept going unphased. We all related to that moment.
5. Eli Always Gets the Last Laugh
Eli Manning did a lot of great things during his career – and some questionable ones – but he will most be remembered for his two Super Bowl wins against none other than Tom Brady. He was the Kryptonite to one of the NFL’s greatest superpowers and we all rallied behind him.
Manning first beat Brady in Super Bowl XLII in 2008, which is now regarded as one of the greatest Super Bowls of all-time. He beat him again in Super Bowl XLVI in 2012, despite a 9-7 record in the regular season. Now, as pictured in the meme, he hosts Monday Night Football.
4. Tom Brady Has Friends In All the Right Places
We all know Tom Brady has more Super Bowl wins than any franchise in the NFL – he has seven rings, while the Patriots and Steelers each have six. It’s one of the most mind-blowing stats in all of sports and is a true testament to just how legendary his career has been.
With that said, we can’t help but point out the amount of help he has received along the way. More specifically, the help he has received from the referees time and again. You can argue the fact, but it’s a fact nonetheless. That’s not to say he isn’t great, but he’s definitely not perfect!
3. Tom Brady Can Snap His Fingers At Any Moment
At the time of this tweet, Tom Brady had just won his sixth Super Bowl with the New England Patriots, more than any other player and the same amount as the Patriots and Steelers. It was clear that the NFL belonged to Tom Brady and he can shake the league by snapping his fingers.
What’s funny about this tweet is that it ended up happening one year later when he left the Patriots and signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Not only did he leave, but he won his seventh title in his first season with the Bucs, adding one more stone to his valuable collection.
2. OBJ Finally Has Tears of Joy
Odell Beckham Jr. has been subject to a number of memes throughout his career, but he had never been to a Super Bowl. In his first such appearance in 2022, he became the face of one of the most popular Super Bowl memes this year while celebrating his team’s thrilling victory.
OBJ had a strong start to the game, catching two of his three targets for 52 yards and the game’s first touchdown. Unfortunately, he left towards the end of the first half with an injury. He was seen on the field after the game celebrating the victory with tears of joy down his face.
1. The Seattle Seahawks Had One Job
The Seattle Seahawks won their first ever Super Bowl in 2014 by blowing out the Denver Broncos 43-8. They had an opportunity to run it back the following season when they met the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX and even had a 24-14 lead after the third quarter.
The Patriots scored a touchdown early in the fourth quarter and took a 28-24 lead with two minutes left in the game. The Seahawks had the ball on the goal line with 26 seconds left and all they had to do was run the ball in for a TD. They chose to pass, it got intercepted, and they lost.
Looking Back at Last Year’s Super Bowl Memes
One thing you might notice from the Super Bowl memes above is that most of them involve Tom Brady in one way or another. That’s because ever since Super Bowl memes became popular, Brady has been featured in most of the Super Bowls due to his complete dominance in the NFL.
That’s what made last year’s Super Bowl so special – there was no Tom Brady. There was an underdog team in the Cincinnati Bengals and a team full of veterans ready for a title in the Los Angeles Rams. And once again, the Super Bowl memes came out in full effect all game long.
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Odell Beckham Jr. had one of the most memorable ones, but many people were comparing the Matthew Stafford–Joe Burrow matchup to an Elon Musk-Macaulay Culkin matchup. The halftime show also drew a lot of Super Bowl memes, including 50 Cent’s upside down gig.
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