Looking back at the year in pop music, we’re kinda overwhelmed by just how many major moments there were in pop — everything from K-Pop viral videos to Rihanna “777” airplane anarchy! But you know we’re all about rehashing the past — especially when we can do it in GIF form. (That’s how things look in our imaginations, anyway.)
So we got to work creating a comprehensive collection of GIFs that sum up the year in pop music: There’s Rihanna “SHAYNING bright” in her stunning “Diamonds” video, Nicki Minaj grinding against Justin Bieber in their “Beauty And A Beat” video, Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus (and Rihanna!) going overboard with cake consumption (honestly, when did cake become a thing??), Harry Styles getting borderline inapprops with an inflatable banana in One Direction’s “Live While We’re Young” video, Psy’s now-famous “Gangnam Style,” aka the horsey dance heard ’round the world, and so much more.
We learned to lasso imaginary ponies with Psy’s “Gangnam Style.”
We’ll always love you, Whitney Houston! Rest in peace.
Nicki Minaj got SUPER friendly with Cassie in their “The Boys” video… so close that if we smoked, we’d need a cigarette after.
Check out more 2012 GIFS after the jump!
Lady Gaga got semi-naked and writhed around in a giant sheet cake — shot by Terry Richardson, because who else?
One Direction brought another British Invasion to the 2012 MTV VMAs. Our ears are still ringing from the SQUEEE!
Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj threw the ultimate pool party in “Beauty And A Beat.” (Our invite must’ve gotten lost in the mail.)
Britney Spears made some AMAZING faces as a judge on “The X Factor.”
We got an idea what Nicki Minaj’s fairy-tale world would look like in her “Va Va Voom” video.
Rihanna encouraged us to “shine bright like a diamond,” and then proceeded to smoke a few.
Christina Aguilera fanned herself constantly as a coach on “The Voice.”
Justin Bieber told us EXACTLY what he’d do if he were our “Boyfriend.” (ROWR)
Taylor Swift partied with a crew of furries in her “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” video.
Harry Styles had a perfect inflatable banana moment on the set of 1D’s “Live While We’re Young” video.
We gawked at Nicki Minaj’s glam shots, haute couture outfits, and stunning hair in her “Freedom” video.
GIFs by T. Kyle MacMahon of RealityTVGIFs.Tumblr.com