Since becoming a major part of the mainstream fabric over a decade ago, Twitter has been an essential element of pop star mythology. Without it, we wouldn't know what an effective and charismatic naval commander Rihanna is when called to action, or how real Ariana Grande gets after she has no tears left to cry, or just how far down the rabbit hole Kanye West goes once you distract from his creative process. Without it, we might not have such perfect encapsulations of Lil Wayne vs. Pusha T, Drake vs. Meek Mill, or 2017 vs. James Blunt's New Music.
It's played a pivotal role in countless musical dramas and revelations big and small, and it's hard to imagine the last decade of pop without it. Nonetheless, over 12 years into Twitter's run, we haven't made much effort to really acknowledge and salute those tweets that have played a big a part in building the pop culture of the last decade-plus as most of the greatest songs and albums -- a snub that feels historically risky, given the service's ephemeral (and eminently deletable) nature.