When the outside world shut down in 2020, we all turned to our phones for entertainment. We scrolled for hours, days, weeks, maybe even months if you add up all our screen time — especially when theera of early lockdown got old. And it did quickly.
As it turns out, PAPER fans were invested in some pretty strange stories (This one, for example, never leaves the charts). You loved debating , getting and following the latest in . You also really, really loved . And . And . But you also prioritized the important topics, from to .
Your thumbs must be tired from all the clicking, scrolling and sharing. But please never stop.
Below, we’ve reviewed and organized the top performing stories of 2020, from January to December — and it’s a wild ride, to say the very least. Good luck and here’s to hoping 2021 is less of a mess.
The New Year kicked off with ansurrounding Jeffree Star’s seemingly flawless relationship with then boyfriend Nathan Schwandt, which ultimately . (Meanwhile, elsewhere in Cali.) PAPER readers continued to obsess over , but especially when YouTuber Nikkie Tutorials (with in the following days). The surprise kept everyone clicking, as well as hair and who decided it was appropriate to criticize Blue Ivy Carter’s appearance. Here are five other PAPER stories you couldn’t stop scrolling through.
One month into 2020 and we were gifted, the viral singer who covered Lady Gaga’s “Shallow” in a train station to massive praise. The internet also discovered : “Shea butter and success,” according to Black-ish star Miles Brown. In the world of fashion, there were a few glimmers of joy (before the world descended into darkness) with to the BRIT awards in London and Fendi making history with . Of course, PAPER readers clicked on , but we love you for that. Oh, and . Here are five other PAPER stories you couldn’t stop scrolling through.
When the world first started grappling with COVID,with her polarizing comments on an Instagram Live. Perhaps a sign of our dwindling mental health in March, the internet couldn’t stop debating over . This was also the start of a long year filled with coronavirus memes. Remember ? And a long year filled with conspiracy theories, beginning with that 5G was behind COVID’s global spread. Thankfully, we had brief levity in the form of , which you all clicked on a lot. Here are five other PAPER stories you couldn’t stop scrolling through.
As we all started settling into quarantine, PAPER checked in a few friends to see how they’re passing the time. PAPER readers particularly loved, probably because he’s hot. Very hot. Go ahead, . This was also the month the internet discovered — and fell in love with — His melancholy was like a mirror and everybody shared the shit out of his photos. Then we got into aliens (because why not?) when the Pentagon finally released . Oh, and Zayn and Gigi . They’ve since . We’re getting old. Here are five other PAPER stories you couldn’t stop scrolling through.
Withmurder, the world became newly awakened to cruel injustices towards the Black community. This wasn’t the beginning of — nor the beginning of racial inequality whatsoever — but the U.S. doubled down on its fight for civil rights and, especially, defunding the police. PAPER readers , as was the internet. “Justice for George Floyd” became fo 2020. Elsewhere in May, Florence Pugh’s sparked a viral meme and the gays were given Lady Gaga’s The 1975 also released , which you all loved. Here are five other PAPER stories you couldn’t stop scrolling through.
June is typically a month dedicated to LGBTQ+ pride, but with physical spaces still shut down under COVID the community turned to protest instead. Sandra Bland became a focal point, as people demanded that. There was also renewed focus on the safety of , who’re the most at-risk in terms of everyday violence. In the midst of conversations surrounding Black Lives Matter, Lady Antebellum rebranded as Lady A, and formerly known as the Dixie Chicks to remove “Dixie” from their name. Black creatives continued to prevail, including Saweetie with her hit single, as well as . Here are five other PAPER stories you couldn’t stop scrolling through.
Beforewith their relationship, July was the month Demi Lovato to actor Max Ehrich. The internet quickly became affair. Online stan on (while neighboring ), Grimes took of Elon Musk and Kanye West, and Timothée Chalamet got caught in with then rumored girlfriend Eiza González. Jay Manuel gave PAPER , “skin therapist” Sean Garrette , and Kali Uchis . Meanwhile on TikTok, and an amazing account emerged that . Here are five other PAPER stories you couldn’t stop scrolling through.
After releasing their “WAP” video, searches for Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion(a 235% increase for Cardi and 210% increase for Meg). In other sex-related news, drag artist Alexis Stone leaked a fake sex tape with her body double and broke down her viral project, Exploited, . You all fell into her trap, yet again. Tess Holliday’s Grammys — which landed her on several worst dressed lists — sparked a debate on thin privilege, and another red carpet at kept the internet talking. All those live in our heads, rent-free. Here are five other PAPER stories you couldn’t stop scrolling through.
In September, Chris Evans accidentally shared a screenshot of his phone’s photo gallery. (You all clicked on that article a lot, so apparently you needed it — thank you, Chris.) What we didn’t need, though? , but he persisted nonetheless with a livestream nude guitar performance. Jeffree Star , and people briefly believed that . This was also the month that the internet was introduced to Nathan Apodaca, the viral TikToker whose Ocean Spray skateboard video stole the hearts of millions ( ). Oh, and PAPER readers really loved . Very sweet. Here are five other PAPER stories you couldn’t stop scrolling through.
The Country Music Awards couldn’t handle Noah Cyrus’ sheer performance look, but thankfully. (That same Saga NYC outfit went on to .) Elsewhere in October, Vaquera throughout New York City and BLACKPINK’s Lisa wore to widespread fandemonium. This was also the month of Emily in Paris, the Netflix series that and renewed interest in French style . YouTubers kept quite busy this fall, with David Dobrik launching , Nikita Dragun and Tana Mongeau… . Politics! Here are five other PAPER stories you couldn’t stop scrolling through.
Although the 2020 election was nail-biting, its resulting memes provided some necessary relief.? The parking lot? ? Perfect fodder for an anxious internet. Unfortunately, this wasn’t enough to entertain bored TikTokers, many of whom started shaving in a viral “veneers check” trend. Billie Eilish this month, but soon after changed her original iconic handle ( ). Meanwhile, , and kept PAPER readers clicking, and Kylie Jenner somehow . Here are five other PAPER stories you couldn’t stop scrolling through.
Ah, December. The final month of an absolutely shit storm of a year. In a final twist, we received(they just don’t think we’re ready to meet them yet). Probably true. Strange monoliths , although those were likely separate from anything extraterrestrial. A Ratatouille musical , while the platform also gave us an about the fate of Joe Biden in 2021. The queers won big with , , Harry Styles in a dress ( ) and Shawn Mendes’ for misgendering Sam Smith, who uses they/them pronouns. Also: Shaq on Megan Thee Stallion’s Instagram Live, haven’t we all? Here are five other PAPER stories you couldn’t stop scrolling through. In a final twist, we received