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A journey through 2018's top pop culture moments

And the top pop culture moments of 2018 are ... Wait. WAS there any pop culture this year? Of course there was, but you could be forgiven for forgetting, because more than ever it was politics, politics, and more politics occupying the zeitgeist and sucking the proverbial air out of the room. Still, if you wanted a break from that, there was a royal wedding with something for everyone, some groundbreaking movies, the return of Mary Poppins (to the screen) and Harry Potter (to Broadway), a goodbye to some favorite celebrities, a tale of two coats that were more than just coats, and more. Join us on a highly selective chronological journey through a year in pop culture:

This image released by Disney shows Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins in
This image released by Disney shows Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins in "Mary Poppins Returns." Photo Credit-AP
This combination of 2004 and 2016 file photos shows fashion designer Kate Spade and TV personality chef Anthony Bourdain in New York. Spade was found dead in an apparent suicide in her New York City apartment on June 5 and Bourdain has been found dead in his hotel room in an apparent suicide in France on June 8. Photo Credit-AP
This combination of 2004 and 2016 file photos shows fashion designer Kate Spade and TV personality chef Anthony Bourdain in New York. Spade was found dead in an apparent suicide in her New York City apartment on June 5 and Bourdain has been found dead in his hotel room in an apparent suicide in France on June 8. Photo Credit-AP
In this March 4, 2018 file photo, Harvey Weinstein accusers, Ashley Judd, from left, Annabella Sciorra and Salma Hayek speak at the Oscars in Los Angeles. Photo Credit-AP
In this March 4, 2018 file photo, Harvey Weinstein accusers, Ashley Judd, from left, Annabella Sciorra and Salma Hayek speak at the Oscars in Los Angeles. Photo Credit-AP
In this May 30, 2018 file photo, Kendrick Lamar holds a certificate after winning the Pulitzer Prize for music for his album
In this May 30, 2018 file photo, Kendrick Lamar holds a certificate after winning the Pulitzer Prize for music for his album "DAMN," during the 2018 Pulitzer Prize awards luncheon at Columbia University in New York. Photo Credit-AP
In this May 30, 2018 file photo, Kendrick Lamar walks onto the stage to accept the Pulitzer Prize for music for his album
In this May 30, 2018 file photo, Kendrick Lamar walks onto the stage to accept the Pulitzer Prize for music for his album "DAMN," during the 2018 Pulitzer Prize awards luncheon at Columbia University in New York. Photo Credit-AP
In this Oct. 11, 2018 file photo, rapper Kanye West speaks to President Donald Trump and others in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.Photo Credit-AP
In this Oct. 11, 2018 file photo, rapper Kanye West speaks to President Donald Trump and others in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.Photo Credit-AP
In this May 19, 2018 file photo, Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ride in an open-topped carriage after their wedding ceremony at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle in Windsor, near London, England.Photo Credit-AP
In this May 19, 2018 file photo, Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ride in an open-topped carriage after their wedding ceremony at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle in Windsor, near London, England.Photo Credit-AP
In this Jan. 28, 2018 file photo, Kesha, left, performs
In this Jan. 28, 2018 file photo, Kesha, left, performs "Praying" as Camila Cabello, center, and Andra Day stand by at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden in New York. Photo Credit-AP
This image released by Boneau/Bryan-Brown shows a scene from the production of
This image released by Boneau/Bryan-Brown shows a scene from the production of"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," in New York. The two parts of the production are more than a combined five hours. Photo Credit-AP
In this May 7, 2018 file photo, singer Katy Perry wears angel wings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination exhibition in New York. Photo Credit-AP
In this May 7, 2018 file photo, singer Katy Perry wears angel wings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination exhibition in New York. Photo Credit-AP
In this May 7, 2018 file photo, singer Katy Perry wears angel wings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination exhibition in New York. Photo Credit-AP
In this May 7, 2018 file photo, singer Katy Perry wears angel wings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination exhibition in New York. Photo Credit-AP
In this March 4, 2018 file photo, Frances McDormand accepts the award for best performance by an actress in a leading role for
In this March 4, 2018 file photo, Frances McDormand accepts the award for best performance by an actress in a leading role for "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" at the Oscars in Los Angeles. McDormand asked all the women nominees in the room to stand, and instructed Hollywood to tell their stories. Photo Credit-AP
In this Aug. 28, 2018 file photo, Aretha Franklin lies in her casket at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History during a public visitation in Detroit. Franklin died Aug. 16 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76. Photo Credit-AP
In this Aug. 28, 2018 file photo, Aretha Franklin lies in her casket at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History during a public visitation in Detroit. Franklin died Aug. 16 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76. Photo Credit-AP
This Jan. 7, 2018 image released by NBC shows Oprah Winfrey accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Winfrey's rousing call for social justice in the name of the MeToo movement drew wild cheers in the ballroom at the Golden Globes Awards in January and reverberated across the land. Photo Credit-AP
This Jan. 7, 2018 image released by NBC shows Oprah Winfrey accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Winfrey's rousing call for social justice in the name of the MeToo movement drew wild cheers in the ballroom at the Golden Globes Awards in January and reverberated across the land. Photo Credit-AP
In this Jan. 29, 2018 file photo, Chadwick Boseman, a cast member in
In this Jan. 29, 2018 file photo, Chadwick Boseman, a cast member in "Black Panther," poses at the premiere of the film in Los Angeles. The box office hit has been nominated for various awards and is poised to be the first comic book film to be nominated for an Oscar for best picture. Photo Credit-AP
This combination photo shows House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi wearing a Max Mara coat outside of the West Wing at the White House in Washington following a meeting with President Donald Trump about funding the border wall between the US and Mexico. Photo Credit-AP
This combination photo shows House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi wearing a Max Mara coat outside of the West Wing at the White House in Washington following a meeting with President Donald Trump about funding the border wall between the US and Mexico. Photo Credit-AP
In this June 21, 2018 file photo, first lady Melania Trump arrives at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. wearing a Zara jacket that reads,
In this June 21, 2018 file photo, first lady Melania Trump arrives at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. wearing a Zara jacket that reads, "I don't really care. Do U?," after visiting the Upbring New Hope Children Center run by the Lutheran Social Services of the South in McAllen, Texas. She later explained it was "for the people and for the left-wing media who are criticizing me." Photo Credit-AP
In this image released by ABC, Roseanne Barr, left, and John Goodman appear in a scene from the comedy series
In this image released by ABC, Roseanne Barr, left, and John Goodman appear in a scene from the comedy series "Roseanne." The comedy about the blue-collar Conner family and its brassy matriarch returned in March as a success for ABC and Roseanne Barr but was canceled in May after Barr’s racist slam of Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett. ABC called her tweet “abhorrent." Photo Credit-AP
In this July 29, 2013, file photo, Les Moonves arrives at the CBS, CW and Showtime TCA party at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. Writer Ronan Farrow broke the explosive story of sexual misconduct on the part of the powerful CBS chief executive. Moonves resigned on Sept. 9, hours after more sexual harassment allegations involving the network's longtime leader surfaced. On Dec. 17, it was announced that Moonves will not receive his $120 million severance package after the company's board of directors determined he was fired
In this July 29, 2013, file photo, Les Moonves arrives at the CBS, CW and Showtime TCA party at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. Writer Ronan Farrow broke the explosive story of sexual misconduct on the part of the powerful CBS chief executive. Moonves resigned on Sept. 9, hours after more sexual harassment allegations involving the network's longtime leader surfaced. On Dec. 17, it was announced that Moonves will not receive his $120 million severance package after the company's board of directors determined he was fired "with cause" over the allegations. Photo Credit-AP
FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2018 file photo, people walk by a Nike advertisement featuring Colin Kaepernick in New York. In his
FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2018 file photo, people walk by a Nike advertisement featuring Colin Kaepernick in New York. In his "Just Do It" spot for Nike that marked the campaign's 30th anniversary in September, the sidelined-by-kneeling NFL quarterback somberly challenged viewers to "believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything." Some responded with anger, cutting or burning Nike gear and calling for boycotts. Photo Credit-AP
FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2018 file photo, Glenn Weiss, winner of the Emmy for outstanding directing for a variety special for
FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2018 file photo, Glenn Weiss, winner of the Emmy for outstanding directing for a variety special for "The Oscars," left, surprised the audience, and his girlfriend Jan Svendsen by proposing at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Photo Credit-AP
In this July 5, 2018 file photo, US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks after the screening of
In this July 5, 2018 file photo, US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks after the screening of "RBG," the documentary about her, in Jerusalem. Days after her injuring three ribs from a fall, the 85-year-old Supreme Court justice is back on the job, capping a year in which she’s emerged as a true pop culture heroine. Already in the spotlight for "RBG," the documentary in which she's shown doing pushups among other things, she's also the subject of a popular SNL rap video, and by year's end a new feature film, "On the Basis of Sex." Photo Credit-AP
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