Here are the best memes of 2016

Sometimes, when you feel like the world is crashing down on you, all you need is a good joke to bring you back up.

2016 was a tough year for many, with all the tragedies, controversies, protests and unexpected deaths -- but the memes forged from all the turmoil are strong.

Memes are, if you don't know, internet jokes that go viral and are repeated in unique ways across the web.

Whether it's a picture of a cartoon animal or a pop culture satire, the playfulness of internet users proved a light during a dark and difficult time.

Well, some memes were repurposed for evil. For the most part, they were a nice little distraction.

Check out the highlights: