Best Nine of 2017: KQED's Most-Read Pop Culture Posts of the Year

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The end of the calendar year is a time to look back on what was, to resolve to do even better moving forward... and to document your best nine Instagram photos and post them all in a grid, while humble-bragging about the total amount of likes you've received that year.

The latter phenomenon got me wondering what KQED Pop's best nine would be, so without further ado, here's what you all loved this year:

9. A Local's Guide to the Perfect Day in San Francisco

Photo: Scott Loftlesness, via Flickr

We asked San Franciscans how they would spend a perfect day in the city, and they shared which neighborhood walks, museums, restaurants, bars, and shops are their personal musts.

8. Spice Girls’ ‘Wannabe’ Just Turned 21 and We’ve Never Been Older

Due to the space-time continuum and physics and stuff, we will all wake up one day and something will alert us to a distressing bit of news: we are old. Maybe it's finding that first white hair, or changing your bedtime to 10pm, or not being able to drink without a hangover. Maybe it's a post telling you that the Spice Girls' "Wannabe" is old enough to legally drink in this country.

7. 2 Weeks Notice: The Strange Reality of Your Last Days on the Job


A helpful guide on how to survive the weird final days at a job you've just quit.

6. Bette Davis v. Joan Crawford: The Hateful History Behind Old Hollywood’s Nastiest Feud

Cause baby now they had bad blood. Photo: Emmanuel Hapsis
Cause baby now they had bad blood. Photo: Emmanuel Hapsis

This Old Hollywood rivalry makes Mariah vs. Jennifer Lopez look like child's play.

5. Bored? Sick? Gay? God? Why Did Justin Bieber Cancel His Tour?

Credit: Christopher Polk/ Getty Images Entertainment

A cheeky investigation into possible reasons why Justin Bieber cancelled his tour.

4. We Need to Stop Enabling Morrissey

Photo by: MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/Getty Images.

You know what Morrissey fans have had? It.

3. Weird Facts You Never Knew about the U.S. Presidents

Image: Emmanuel Hapsis

Behind every boring textbook page is a treasure trove of super interesting facts. Did you know one of our presidents was murdered… by cherries? Or that another vandalized Shakespeare’s property? Or that a president’s cursing parrot was kicked out of a funeral? Believe it!

2. Rosemary Kennedy: The Tragic Story of Why JFK’s Sister Disappeared from Public View


Why did the Kennedys want to keep Rosemary a secret? The answer reveals a lot about mental health stigma in America.

1. The Best Twitter Reactions to Donald Trump’s Inauguration

So, that happened. And how else to process such a historical moment than through everyone's favorite comedic lens: Twitter.

Honorable mentions to a few posts that also did super well:

Nipplegate Revisited: Why America Owes Janet Jackson a Huge Apology

The Illuminati, Satan, and Numerology: Conspiracy Theories about Jay-Z’s 4:44 Are Everywhere

S-Town Is A Reminder That We Only Police the Way Women Speak

8 Things To Do Solo In San Francisco

How I Got Zynga to Finally Address Their ‘Words with Friends’ Sexual Harassment Problem