The ebbs and flows of the news cycle are as inconsistent and difficult to predict as Lady Gaga's next outfit or Kanye West's next tweet. This year in particular has been a wild ride, complete with meat clothing, new music superstars and the spread of Bieber fever. As the year comes to a close, here at MTV News, we've been taking a look back at all the news that was fit to print in 2010 and, more specifically, which people, places and events you, our most valued readers, found most interesting.
We enlisted the biggest brains in our offices to come up with some magical mathematics (i.e., Internet traffic numbers) in order to determine the top 25 people, events, TV shows, movies and other news that received the most MTV love from our readers. For our most loyal fans, and those in tune with pop culture, it's likely not too difficult to imagine which people and events made the list, but there were a few surprises here and there. So without further ado, here's a breakdown of the 25 most clicked-on stories of the year, followed by the full list.
» Four of the top five stories were about people: Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Eminem and Kanye West.
» Five TV shows made the cut: "American Idol," "Dancing With the Stars," "Jersey Shore," "Glee" and MTV's bittersweet farewell to "The Hills"
» Five stories involved some form of drama: Lil Wayne's legal drama, T.I.'s legal woes, Bret Michaels' brain hemorrhage, Lindsay Lohan's addiction and court dramas, and John Mayer's Playboy interview.
» Two movie franchises had — and continue to have — their audiences and fans captivated: "The Twilight Saga," and "Harry Potter."
Check out the lineup below. Which one was your favorite?
1. Lady Gaga
2. "American Idol"
3. Justin Bieber
5. Kanye West
8. "Twilight"/"Eclipse"/"Breaking Dawn"
9. Haiti/ "We Are the World"
10. Nicki Minaj
11. Taylor Swift
12. Lil Wayne's legal drama
13. Katy Perry
14. "Dancing With the Stars"
15. "Jersey Shore" becomes a pop culture phenomenon
16. T.I. legal dramas/album
17. "Harry Potter"
18. Bret Michaels' brain hemorrhage
19. Lindsay Lohan's many dramas
20. Lady Gaga's "Telephone"
22. Britney Spears
23. "The Hills"
24. John Mayer's Playboy interview
25. Conan/Leno late-night drama