#ThisHappened: These are the Top Global Twitter Trends for 2019

2019 has been an eventful year and it is finally coming to an end. It is that time of the year when you plan for your new year resolutions and look back at how things unfolded in the year past.

Plenty of things, both good and bad, have happened in 2019 and the next year is only a few days away. It will bring with it so many new adventures, and it will have its good and bad moments.

Coming back to 2019, it was a year to remember for many, while it wasn’t kind enough to others. Today, we take a look at what happened in the world through the lens of Twitter.

The microblogging platform has shared its end of the year list with hashtag #ThisHappened to reflect on the top trending events, teams, athletes, politicians, actors, movies, musicians and even smileys.

Let’s have a look at all these trending topics that made waves on Twitter in 2019:

News-Related Hashtags

Starting with major happenings across the globe, the Twitterati talked the most about the famous Notre Dame cathedral’s burning in Paris. Here are the top 10:

Sr. No.TrendDetails
1#NotreDameOne of the finest examples of French gothic architecture, Notre-Dame de Paris was severely damaged by fire on 15th April.
2#令和On 1st May, Japanese emperor Akihito’s elder son, Naruhito ascended the throne as 126th emperor of Japan.
3#VenezuelaA bitter power struggle between Juan Guaidó and  Nicolás Maduro has rocked Venezuela resulting in hyperinflation, power cuts and shortages of food and medicine.
4#BrexitShort for British Exit, Brexit is UK’s struggle to leave the European Union.
5#TyphoonHagibisTyphoon Hagibis struck Japan on 12th October causing widespread destruction; 93 people died and 87,000 homes damaged.
6#PrayforAmazoniaThe world’s most biodiverse rainforest, Amazon has witnessed a record-breaking increase in rates of fire count.
7#HongKongProtests have rocked Hong Kong since June against the extradition bill.
8#ClimateStrikeTo draw attention towards climate emergency, Swedish activist, Greta Thunberg-led Climate Strike to urge world leaders to act.
9#ChristchurchThe horrendous mass shootings took place in Christchurch mosques on 15th March as a white supremacist opened fire on dozens of praying Muslims.
10#DemDebateThe Presidential Democratic debates in the US were a hot topic on Twitter.

Despite tall claims, the Kashmir issue hasn’t managed to get into the top trends worldwide, which somewhat highlights the shortcomings of the Pakistan government to highlight the matter enough.


Sports are a widely discussed topic and this year was no different.

Sports Events

According to Twitter, the UEFA Champions League was the most talked-about sporting event of 2019.

Here are the top 5:

  1. #UCL – Liverpool won the UEFA Champions League title by defeating Tottenham Hotspurs.
  2. #RWC2019 – South Africa were crowned the Rugby World Cup champions for the third time.
  3. #CWC19 – England claimed the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in a controversial manner against New Zealand.
  4. #CopaAmerica – Hosts Brazil defeated Peru 3-1 in the final of Copa America 2019.
  5. #FIFAWWC – The United States Women won their 4th FIFA Women’s World Cup title.

Top Sports Teams and Athletes

As expected, the most loved sports teams were mostly from football leagues around the world, while athletes from tennis, football, and basketball got a lot of people talking.

Sr. No.Sports TeamsMale AthletesFemale Athletes
1FC BarcelonaNeymar JrMegan Rapinoe
2Real Madrid CFLionel MessiSerena Williams
3Manchester UnitedChristiano RonaldoNaomi Osaka
4Liverpool FCLeBron JamesAlex Morgan
5 Paris Saint-Germain FCKawhi LeonardSimon Biles
6Juventus FCKobe BryantBecky Lynch
7Manchester FCTom BradyMarta
8AFC AjaxKylian MbappeRonda Rousey
9Clube de Regatas do FlamengoKeisuke HondaMaria Sharapova
10Los Angeles LakersAntonio BrownKatelyn Ohashi


When it comes to entertainment, people love to talk about the latest movies, TV shows, music albums, and actors. After seeing the list below, you will have a good list of movies, dramas, actors, and musicians to follow:

Sr. No.MoviesTV ShowsActorsMusicians
1The Avengers: EndgameGame of ThronesTom HollandBTS
2Toy Story 4Stranger ThingsChris EvansAriana Grande
3JokerThe SimpsonsZendayaDrake
4Spiderman: Far From HomeLa Casa De PapelRobert Downey Jr.Rihanna
5The Lion KingGrey’s AnatomyCameron BoyceCardi B
6天気の子 (Weathering With You)Love IslandKeanu ReevesJustin Bieber
7Captain MarvelCatfish: The TV ShowChris HemsworthBeyonce
8IT Chapter 2Family GuyKanna HashimotoKanye West
9Star Wars: The Rise of SkywalkerThe Walking DeadJennifer LopezBillie Eilish
10Frozen 2NarcosMark RuffaloLady Gaga

Top Politicians (and Emojis)

The heading has already explained what I am trying to do here, hasn’t it?

Politicians and feelings go hand in hand, so let’s have a look at which politicians ruled Twitter in 2019 and how people felt in the same year.

Note: These emojis don’t describe these politicians, otherwise the third one would have been different.

Sr. No.PoliticiansEmojis
1Donald Trump😂
2Barack Obama😭
3Narendra Modi😍
4Alexandria Oscario-Cortez🤣
5Jair Bolsonaro🥺
6Bernie Sanders🤔
7Hillary Clinton🔥
8Joe Biden😊
9Emmanuel Macron❤️
10Vladimir Putin🙄

Note that the emojis have been ranked based on total tweet volume and politicians on the number of unique authors discussing them.

A little something for Imran Khan fans: He is among the top 10 most followed politicians worldwide, but, that doesn’t mean he was among the most talked-about world leaders in 2019.

To conclude this fairly long post, here’s a little something to cheer you all up. These tweets below are some of the most retweeted tweets worldwide in 2019.

What are your thoughts on the story? Let us know in the comments section.