The 101 Most Important Selfies Of All Time

Step up your selfie game.

101. The Spider Photobomb

 

Why It Matters: Because if you’re overly concerned with taking the perfect selfie, you deserve to be scared shitless by a creepy-ass spider.

100. The “My Parents Out-Selfied Me”

Why It Matters: Imagine the implications of being out-selfied by your parents. Every moment before you snap, you’ll stop and think to yourself, What if mom sees this? OK, don’t make a duck face.

99. The First Hashtag

Why It Matters: Because it’s the first recorded use of #selfie on Instagram.

Why It Matters: Because Juggalos and Vanilla Ice still exist, and they’re at large in New York City.

97. The Clinton-Streep Selfie

Ron Sachs / Getty Images

Why It Matters: Because its a future Oscar winner and a future election winner.

96. The Pixie Cut

Why It Matters: Because the internet exploded when Beyoncé went short.

95. The Vulcan Mustache

Why It Matters: Because selfies are good, but they’re better with frosting.

94. The Post-Pregnancy Selfie

Why It Matters: Because everyone was dying to see Kim after North was born.

Why It Matters: Because how else would you pass the time during a coup?

92. Selfies Are Sometimes the Best Answer

Why It Matters: Because like the Dalai Lama once said, “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own selfies.”

91. The Slim Shady

Why It Matters: Because this is the first photograph where Eminem doesn’t look angry.

90. The Super-Excited Husky

Why It Matters: Because this dog will not turn down for anyone.

89. The “You’re Grounded for Life”

Why It Matters: Because if you ever take a risqué photograph, you should make your parents aren’t home.

88. The Ewok

Why It Matters: Because Warwick Davis is a goddamn American hero, and he’s in one of the greatest movies of all time, Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

87. The “WTF Is Behind Me?”

Why It Matters: Because who knew sawtooth fish had little emoji faces: ’__’

Why It Matters: Because winning Olympic gold ain’t easy.

85. The “I Won’t Let You Become Roadkill”

Why It Matters: Because when you see a turtle crossing the street, you help the poor bastard out and give him a lift.

Why It Matters: Because if cops take your weed, it doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time.

83. The Pre-Purchased Selfie

Why It Matters: Because what’s more fun than taking a photo on a tablet you had no intention of purchasing? Think of all the lives you’ll change, all the sad children that will be forced to touch your face.

82. The Uber-Creeper Photobomb

Why It Matters: Because you should always check the backseat before getting in.

81. The Super-Tiny Shades Pic

Why It Matters: Because it’s hard finding the perfect pair of sunglasses.

80. The Wambulance

Why It Matters: Because that phone cover is to cry for.

79. The Pre-Linsanity

Why It Matters: Because Jeremy Lin used to have a Xanga page. And the All-Star point guard takes hilarious pics.

78. Look Ma, No Hands

Why It Matters: Because every dog deserves its own selfie.

77. Kicking It Down Under

Why It Matters: Because if you can manage to sneak a selfie without getting your ass kicked, you’re a goddamn champion.

76. The Most Louie Selfie

Why It Matters: Because the only selfie you’re going to see of Louis C.K. will include a man relieving himself in the background.

75. The Sloppy Giraffe

Why It Matters: Because this photo would be terrifying without the thoughtful giraffe in the background.

74. The Bae Caught Her Slippin’

Why It Matters: Because this undeceiving photo started an internet sensation.

73. The Mythbuster

Why It Matters: Because this annual photo has been re-created for the previous five years.

72. The Don Henley

Why It Matters: Because this is probably the most American photo you’ll ever lay your eyes on.

71. The Snacking Panda Bear

Why It Matters: Because if you’re going to take a selfie with a chill panda, you’re going to do it on the panda’s time. In fact, the bear won’t stop to smile, it won’t wink, it will enjoy a snack during your selfie, and you’re going to love every moment.

70. America’s Most Wanted

Why It Matters: Because this selfie, and this selfie alone, will prevent the NSA from spying on Americans.

69. The “Am I Doing This Right?”

Why It Matters: Because this guy is a pioneer.

68. The Double Grump

Why It Matters: Because Peter Dinklage and Grumpy Cat share the same eye color, the same furry stache, and the same grump expression that every human, every being across the universe shares inside them.

67. Before I Sneak Out

Why It Matters: Because hopefully this guy is not breaking and entering.

66. The Crimea Invasion

Why It Matters: Because this woman is not shy.

65. Sunday Brunch

Why It Matters: Because after a hard day’s work, a camel just deserves a nice meal like everyone else.

64. The Pre-Commencement-Speech Selfie

Why It Matters: Because if you’re going to inspire your classmates, you need more than words — you’re going to need emotion, guts, and a badass selfie that will last a lifetime and make you forget about the unemployment line.

63. The Photogenic Dog

Why It Matters: Because this dog is the epitome of gnarly. Think of all the lady tail he’ll pull when he gets home.

62. The Photogenic Cat

Why It Matters: Because this cat could not believe how lucky it was to be in this photo.

61. The Elephant Man

Why It Matters: Because when a 65-year-old takes a selfie, it’s going to be terrifying.

60. The Double Rainbow

Why It Matters: Because the world needs to see a double rainbow.

59. The Bambi

Why It Matters: Because…how the hell did he get a deer to pose with him?

58. The Faulty Air Conditioner

Why It Matters: Because this person has a lot of people on the internet concerned.

57. The Underwater Voting Booth

Why It Matters: Because when you vote, you might as well rock a scuba mask.

56. The Antelope Canyon

Why It Matters: Because this couple is awesome, but the canyon is awesomer.

55. The Chilling with My Monkey

Why It Matters: Because a monkey with that much swagger, with that much bravado, deserves a selfie or two.

Why It Matters: Because who knows what kind of craziness Hunter S. Thompson was thinking when he took this photo.

53. The Beatle

Why It Matters: Because it’s George Harrison, at the Taj Mahal, taking a selfie.

52. This Extremely Majestic Portrait

Why It Matters: Because this dog-human looks like it can levitate.

51. The Cool-A$$ Grandmother

Why It Matters: Because this grandmother is ~ super chill ~.

50. The Open Wider

Why It Matters: Because this is how everyone feels at the dentist’s office.

49. The Inception

Why It Matters: Because he’s using the holy trinity of Apple products.

48. The People’s Photobomb

Why It Matters: Because if you take a picture with a celeb behind you, just hope they react this way.

47. The Presidential Selfie

Why It Matters: Because these two can run the country and snap selfies like none other.

46. The Gotta Catch ‘Em All

Why It Matters: Because this is why Pokemon was banned from your school.

Why It Matters: Because they’re calling out Ellen.

Why It Matters: Because this is the only appropriate bathtub selfie.

43. The Happy Quokka

Why It Matters: Because they’re yelling “Damn, you got knocked the f*** out!”

42. The Checkpoint

Why It Matters: Because teens have the right to take selfies.

41. The Hood Retriever

Why It Matters: Because the dog and the human are both super chill.

40. The McGuyver

Why It Matters: Because this guy is super creative.

39. The Dudes

Why It Matters: Because sometimes there’s a man who, well, he’s the man for his time ’n place, his selfies fit right in there — and that’s the Dude, in Los Angeles.

38. The Ride-Along

Why It Matters: Because it captures the coolest “take your kid to work day” ever.

37. The Cage on a Plane

Why It Matters: Because if you sit next to Nic Cage on an airplane, you MUST take an awkward selfie with him.

36. The Backstage Photobomb

Why It Matters: Because Tina Fey is the greatest, that’s why.

35. The Breakout Stars

Why It Matters: Because Lupita and Aaron are two of the biggest and exciting people in Hollywood.

34. The Radiologist

Why It Matters: Because how else would a radiologist take a selfie?

33. The “Nice Helmet, Bro”

Why It Matters: Because this guy didn’t want a selfie with Daft Punk, he wanted a picture of himself off a Daft Punk helmet.

32. Three Regular Bros

Why It Matters: Because this would be an awesome hangout.

31. The Top Gun

Why It Matters: Because the pilot obviously took this for Goose.

30. Going to Finish Eating This Human But First

Why It Matters: Because when you look past the rotting flesh, this The Walking Dead actor’s selfie is actually charming.

29. The Mid-Concert Beyoncé Selfie

Why It Matters: Because Bey was cool enough to take a selfie with a fan.

28. The Shark Week

Why It Matters: Because you can already hear the music playing in your head.

27. On Top of the World

Dean Carriere / Via Twitter: @GoPro

Why It Matters: Because if you’re gong to suit up, mask up, ready all your safety gear, and actually climb Mount Everest, you might as well take a selfie.

26. The “Don’t Play Near Trains”

Why It Matters: Because if you’re going to take a dangerous selfie, you’ve got to be prepared for anything.

25. Middle-of-a-Bubble Selfie

Why It Matters: Because inside every bubble there’s an opportunity for a selfie.

24. The 90-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor

Why It Matters: This needs no explanation. #Yolo #Swole

23. The All Around the World

Why It Matters: Because this selfie was taken in 36 countries, over 600 days, on five motorcycles, and with 125,946 miles driven.

22. The Old-School Secretary of State

Why It Matters: Because Colin Powell “was doing selfies 60 years before you Facebook folks.”

21. Mom’s First Selfie

Why It Matters: Because no parent should selfie.

20. The Unintentional Grandparent Selfie

Why It Matters: Because no grandparent should selfie.

19. Lights, Camera, Rabies

Why It Matters: Because this perfect wildlife moment was captured on film.

18. The “We Just Kicked That Fire’s Ass”

Why It Matters: Because if you can kick a San Diego forest fire’s ass, you deserve a few snaps.

Why It Matters: Because Pope Francis is a boss.

16. The Jesus Is My Homeboy

Why It Matters: Because 124 feet is pretty high.

15. The Plane Crash

Why It Matters: Because this guy has priorities.

14. The “Most Dangerous” Selfie Ever

Why It Matters: Because this reporter is super lucky she didn’t catch that fly ball to the side of her head.

13. The “Gooooaaaaaalll”

Why It Matters: Because you cannot take a selfie with better timing than this guy.

12. The Gameboy

Why It Matters: Because this was as good as it gets.

Why It Matters: Because Ethel, Jackie, and John’s mirror selfie is just plain awesome.

Why It Matters: You don’t win the largest democratic election in history without posting high-quality tweets.

Why It Matters: Because these Turkish protestors are the epitome of badass.

8. Count Backward from 10

Why It Matters: Because how can a group look this good before going into surgery?

7. You Can Go Ahead and Tackle Me But First

Why It Matters: Because she raised $1,500 on Twitter to cover her fine.

Why It Matters: Because he took a selfie of his teacher having contractions.

5. The Great, Great, Great Dickens

Matt Scott-Joynt/M&Y News Agency Ltd

Why It Matters: Because A Tale of Two Selfies is a classic.

4. The First Selfie Known to Man

Why It Matters: Because this guy knew what he was doing.

3. The Most Badass Selfie Ever Taken

Why It Matters: Because being Russia’s Spider-Man ain’t easy.

Why It Matters: It’s literally the most popular selfie on Twitter.

1. The Most Popular Selfie in the Universe

Why It Matters: Because if NASA sends you into space, you are morally obligated to grace the internet with a selfie.

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