It was a terrible year in almost every regard, but there’s one area of life that truly took off in 2020: the memes. As people around the world adjusted to social distancing and stay-at-home orders, all of that pent-up frustration and anxiety was brought to bear on creating some of the best Twitter and Instagram content…maybe ever?

To celebrate the ongoing ingenuity of the social-media users who are making life a little more bearable for us all, we’ve rounded up our 7 favorite viral memes from 2020. See them below.

The Fleetwood Mac/cranberry juice TikTok.

This viral video features TikTok user @420doggface208 swigging cranberry juice on a skateboard while casually lip-synching to Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 hit “Dreams.” It remains perfect, and it will never die.

The “My Plans/2020” meme.

Why are these memes so comforting? Maybe because the realization that 2020 hasn’t exactly gone as planned is a little easier to absorb when you know that everyone else is in the same boat.

The Jane Lynch meme.

This screenshot of Lynch’s Glee character Sue Sylvester started circulating in July, and suddenly, the “I am going to create an [x] that is so [y]” format was absolutely everywhere.

The “Mi pan” TikTok song.

This mysteriously addictive video of a singing, dancing llama comes from a Russian commercial for Honey Pops cereal, or “Miel Pops” in Russia.

The Mike Pence fly moment.

After a fly chose to make its home on Vice President Mike Pence’s head at his debate with Kamala Harris, the internet couldn’t restrain itself from making the fly the center of a storm of media attention.

D.W. from Arthur sadly holding a fence.

When I was looking for a way to express the depth of my sadness about not being able to visit beloved bars and restaurants during this spring’s lockdown, nothing felt more evocative to me than this image of D.W. looking wistfully at some unseen vista.

Messy Instagram cake, in all its incarnations.

Earlier this fall, it was near-impossible to log onto Instagram without seeing a bizarre cake on your feed. “What if food is messy and unsettling to look at? What if we took in the ugliness, questioned why we dislike it, and let it simmer, like leaning into a painful yoga pose? Nobody would die, though food stylists and influencers everywhere might gasp in shock,” wrote Vice’s Bettina Makalintal at the time.

Source: vogue.com