GIF Hell tracks the most popular GIFs on Twitter

GIF Hell tracks trending GIFs through tweeted links.


Kris Holt


Published Aug 26, 2013   Updated Jun 1, 2021, 8:12 am CDT

The MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) Sunday night were the first real test of a redditor’s grand experiment to track the most popular GIFs on Twitter in real time. 

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His site, aptly called GIF Hell (may be NSFW), launched over the weekend, just in time to capture the VMA moments that instantly went viral and were immortalized as infinitely-repeating GIFs: Miley Cyrus’s performance, with special guest Miley Cyrus’s tongue. Lady Gaga’s seashell bikini. Anything featuring One Direction

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GIF Hell features a list of current popular GIFs, based on the number of times each has been tweeted. It also has an all-time leaderboard, which will be a lot more interesting when the site is more than 2 days old. In that short time, though, GIF Hell has already indexed more than 100,000 GIFs (though many are duplicates).

To give a flavor the moments that caught fire at the VMAs (and elsewhere), here are 10 trending GIFs that appeared on GIF Hell Monday morning: 

1) Taylor Swift telling One Direction (and ex Harry Styles) to pipe down

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2) A meeting of the K-pop minds

G-Dragon bowing to Exo accounts for several of the top slots on GIF Hell.


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3) Ed Sheeran looking super thrilled to be at the VMAs

4) Styles struggles to unhook a fish

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5) Sylvester the Cat needs coffee and cigarettes on a Monday morning too

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6) Brittany of Glee flashes an unnerving smile

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7) One Direction’s Zayn Malik plants a kiss on bandmate Niall Horan

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8) Horan and Styles politely applaud Cyrus‘s performance


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9) Knowing when to close your laptop

This is a reaction GIF that bore captions such as “when my ex messages me on Facebook.”

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10) David Tennant shaking his fist at John Barrowman

A running Doctor Who joke from when Tennant hosted quiz show Never Mind The Buzzcocks.


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H/T Reddit | Photo via @1DUpdatesAU/Twitter

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*First Published: Aug 26, 2013, 12:19 pm CDT