2016 in Tweets – the biggest music and TV moments from the UK Twitter trends of the year

Twitter have just unveiled their trends of 2016 for the UK. These reveal the biggest talking points of the year, and it’s an unsurprising bunch – England’s loss to Iceland in the Euros, Brexit, Leicester’s victory in the Premier League, the loss of many beloved famous faces, and the big TV moments of the year. Here are seven highlights from the worlds of music and TV:

1. Harry Styles’ reference to Taylor Swift’s song ’22’ was the second most-retweeted tweet of the year, with more than 700,000 retweets – it was pipped to the post by one from a famous Spanish gamer:


2. That infamous iguana scene from Planet Earth 2 was among the top 10 videos of the year:

3. The top 10 most-followed UK celebrities include all of One Direction except for Niall Horan. Harry Styles is at the top, followed by Adele. Wayne Rooney is the only footballer on the list:


4. Gary Lineker’s Twitter game was strong, whether he was talking about football or politics:


5. Globally, Game of Thrones was the only TV show to make the top 10 trending topics of 2016 – but in the UK it was only the sixth most trending TV show, falling behind reality TV shows like Celebrity Big Brother, The Great British Bake Off and Love Island, all of which trounced news programmes like Question Time and Prime Minister’s Questions.


6. Mick Jagger’s tribute to David Bowie was one of the most widely shared:

…as was J.K. Rowling’s to Alan Rickman:

7. Finally, this was the most retweeted video of the year, because… cats:

…this was also among Twitter’s roundup: