If we sat all the millions of Tumblr users with their 150 million-plus blogs in one room and asked them to compile their list of this year’s top entertainers, it would look like this:
Fine, bad idea. Instead, the minds at Tumblr HQ compiled a 2013 Year in Review, listing the top reblogged names in each category, including actors, actresses, bands, and solo artists.
But we at EW HQ have a bone to pick with Tumblr users: Out of the 100 entertainers listed as the most popular, only three names match our list: Jennifer Lawrence, Miley Cyrus, and Macklemore. With that discovery, we figured we’d take a closer look and investigate the differences between our picks and those of Tumblr-ers. Below, our findings:
Jennifer Lawrence transcends everything.
As the only actor to grace both EW’s and Tumblr’s lists, Lawrence is clearly beloved on the Internet with her viral-worthy interview sound bites, but just as enigmatic on screen, with a year of starring in blockbusters and Oscar contenders. She’s everyone’s favorite. But we knew that already, didn’t we?
Tumblr is head over heels for British actors, as well as the casts of Teen Wolf, Supernatural, Hannibal, Doctor Who, and Harry Potter – but only two-thirds of the cast for that last one.
Well, the first two can be considered givens: Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hiddleston unsurprisingly topped the list of Tumblr’s most reblogged actors, and all four television series have rabid online fan bases. But sorry, Ron Weasley: Rupert Grint is noticeably absent from the lists as his co-stars Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe both take their spots as Tumblr’s favorites. Of course, this just probably means users are tagging more films featuring the actors outside of the Harry Potter series, leaving Grint the lone member of the trio who hasn’t been super busy with newsworthy projects this year. (And that’s okay! Maybe he’ll make some, er, magic with the Macbeth-inspired film Enemy of Man next year.)
Our lists match a little better in the music categories. Very little.
EW Entertainers of the Year members Miley Cyrus and Macklemore (as well as former Entertainer of the Year Taylor Swift) make Tumblr’s most reblogged solo artists, but trumping them all is Justin Bieber. Good news, Biebs: It looks like you’re still most popular in at least one pocket of the Internet.
The list for most reblogged bands has, ahem, no direction.
Yes, One Direction tops Tumblr’s list in the band category thanks to its massive fan base, but while the other categories feature at least similar genres or levels of fame, this one includes everything from The Beatles to Fifth Harmony. Granted, most of the bands listed have official Tumblrs and therefore use the site to rally fans, but still, it all looks like a super eclectic set list of some sort cranked out by a confused Pandora station.
Forget all that, it’s the year of Grumpy Cat.
The kitty with the permanent frown was listed as one of the most viral posts in Tumblr’s Animal category, and if the list of the Most Viral Tumblr Blogs is any indication with its four cat-based entries, the Internet will never tire of cat pics, GIFs, and vids. Never change, Tumblr users. Never change.
So what’s your take on Tumblr’s year-end list, PopWatchers? Do you agree with their picks? Sound off — preferably in GIF form — below.