Although a lot of people are mourning the negative aspects of 2016, there's actually a lot of great things that this year gave pop culture fanatics! From incredible music and captivating films to inventive television and laugh-out-loud memes, let's take a look back at all the pop culture that totally owned 2016.

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Without a doubt, the most ubiquitous element of pop culture all throughout 2016 was Hamilton, the runaway hit musical that launched its creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda into the spotlight. Though the hip-hop-inspired musical about the founding fathers originally entered Broadway at the end of 2015, it reached it's peak public acclaim this year. Because of that, Lin-Manuel Miranda was pretty much everywhere this year --- from dominating the Tonys, to helming a PBS documentary, to hosting Saturday Night Live. Not to mention composing the soundtrack for Disney's latest hit, Moana.

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