- 21+ 42- 53
Friday - Rebecca Blackv
Either loved or hated by anyone who hears it, Rebecca Black's "Friday" became wildly popular in March 2011 mainly due to what many described as annoying lyrics, poor use of Auto-Tune and the overwhelming negative feedback as it was shared via social media. Though it made Black a household name, the catchy track also attracted over three million "dislikes" on its YouTube page.
- 22+ 39- 50
All Your Basev
Celebrating broken English at its best, the "All Your Base" meme rose to prominence in 2002 after the text of "all you base are belong to us" circulated in an animated GIF. The phrase, taken from a poor translation from Japanese for the Sega video game "Zero Wing," later attracted the eye of DJ Jeffrey Ray Roberts who made it into a techno song for all to enjoy. For the record, a better translation of "With the help of Federation Forces, all of your bases have been taken over by CATS" doesn't make a whole lot of sense either.
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JibJab - This Land!v
Using the animated video service JibJab, "This Land!" poked fun at the 2004 presidential election in the United States by pitting the two candidates against one another in the comical video. Even played on the International Space Station, Republican George W. Bush and Democrat John Kerry trade jabs at one another in the catchy video, sang to the tune of the Woody Guthrie folk song "This Land Is Your Land." Yes, Bush calls Kerry a "wiener."
- 25+ 28- 38
O'Reilly Mix Added by: Ariel Kanav
Made after Bill O'Reilly's famous freakout ending with "We'll do it live!" and "F*ckin thing SUCKS!" went viral, this song hit the Internet. One of the first huge remixes of a popular viral video, this particular one, kind of like the Christian Bale mix on this list, is so catchy because it takes the best parts of the original viral video and puts it to song. Just as anybody's worst moments should be.
- 26+ 22- 30
Hamster on a Pianov
Not just any hamster, "Hamster on a Piano" is eating popcorn, laying on its back while owner Parry Gripp films and presses the piano keys. Easily one of the cutest hamster videos ever, "Hamster on a Piano" was even honored by "TIME" magazine as one of the top viral videos of 2008.
- 27+ 21- 32
Just 2 Guyzv
One of many songs from The Lonely Island, "Just 2 Guyz" follows two normal guys who went from strangers to the only two attendees at a party. Oh yeah, they sing about it too. If this reminds you of the digital shorts on "Saturday Night Live," there's a reason for that. The Lonely Island includes the two guyz, Akiva S******r and Jorma Taccone, and "SNL" cast member Andy Samberg.
- 28+ 16- 29
As "Ken Lee" teaches us, if anyone should not teach others English, it's Mariah Carey. Apparently no one told that to Valentina Hasan who performed her unique version of Carey's "Without You" during an audition for the Bulgarian version of "American Idol" titled "Music Idol." Instead of speaking proper English, Hasan is completely oblivious to the fact that she's singing made up words, including "Ken Lee" which is really "can't live." The captions alone are hilarious.
- 29+ 15- 29
Back Dorm Boyz Added by: kristen1985v
Reminding us of the awesomeness that are boy bands, the Back Dorm Boys share their love of the Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC, and others in a hilarious series of videos. How did they do that? Lip syncing to the songs from their dorm room and recording it on a crappy webcam of course! Even better, they took requests in 2005 and even did a cover of the Black Eyed Peas song "Don't Lie." I'm not kidding.
- 30+ 14- 28
Take U To Da Movies Added by: Lonsv
Bangs is a rapper from Sudan currently living in Australia, and he'd like to ask you out to go see a movie with him, girl. There are a few things I really, genuinely, non-ironically love about this video:
(1) The crazy greenscreen images that only tangentially match up to the actual song.
(2) The explicit details and insights Bangs provides into the planned movie-going experience.
(3) The beat, while very silly and somewhat irritating, really does get into your head after you watch the thing like 50+ times. Which I have.
- 31+ 15- 30
The 2 Girls 1 Cup Song Added by: Gregv
Rarely does a viral video have such an impact on our lives that after watching it, we're never the same. That's exactly the case with the "2 Girls, 1 Cup" video, which inspired the acoustic "2 Girls 1 Cup Song." Canadian comedian Jon Lajoie created and performed the song in 2008 and over 10 million YouTube views followed. Much like the original video can never be unseen, this song can never be unheard.
- 32+ 9- 27
Bale Out - RevoLucian's Christian Bale Remix Added by: Brian Gilmorev
After Christian Bale famously freaked out on a lighting guy while filming Terminator: Salvation for futzing around with the lighting while he was trying to perform a scene, the Internet/media blew up with parodies and coverage of the "event".
Possibly the best, funniest creation to come out of the whole debacle was this amazing, catchy-as-hell techno remix of Christian Bale freaking out.
It's great that he was such a sing-songy dick about the whole thing because his tone actually goes really well with the music.
- 33+ 15- 38
Flagpole Sitta Lipdubsv
What happens when a bunch of employees at Connected Ventures (now known as CollegeHumor Media) get bored? They film a libdub of their favorite song, "Flagpole Sitta" by Harvey Danger, that's what. Though the audio leaves a bit to be desired, the video was filmed in a single take and features several members of the office. Don't worry bosses, this was filmed after work, not on company time.
- 34+ 11- 32
Obama Girl - Crush on Obamav
While having a crush on a political leader may be normal, writing, performing, and recording a song and video about that crush is something that will take someone from unknown actress to Internet celebrity. Meet Obama Girl, otherwise known as Amber Lee Ettinger. We first met Obama girl in 2007 after she recorded the viral video "I Got a Crush... on Obama," back when Barack was simply a senator. Like Obama, she rose to fame from her work before the election and went on to create other romantic videos such as "Hillary! Stop the attacks! Love, Obama Girl." So sweet!
- 35+ 10- 31
Though it's "just a demo," the "Average Homeboy" is the definition of white boy rapping in the 1980s, all captured on tape. Denny Blaze, aka Blazin Hazen, is behind the song, which comes complete with a shirtless caucasian with a mullet attempting (poorly) to rap. Why this style of music never caught on, we may never know.
- 36+ 8- 30
Why Must I Cry Added by: PilgrimsProgressivev
Reh Dogg's seminal Internet hip-hop classic "Why Must I Cry" is a story-song, an increasing rarity in the pop culture canon. In telling the story of a man who tries to help a transient youth, only to later suffer some extreme consequences, Reh Dogg makes some strange decisions, both musically and in terms of the video's direction, such as singing the chorus in a plaintive whine, or performing much of the video while soaping up in the shower. Reh Dogg released numerous songs as follow-ups to "Why Must I Cry," but never again managed to capture the original's absurdity nor its power to confuse.
- 37+ 6- 27
Bank of America Guy - One Bankv
Ethan Chandler is proud to work at Bank of America, and he expressed that the best way possible, by changing the lyrics of a U2 song and performing the bank-love remix at a big merger meeting. Oh yes, Chandler, along with help from guitarist Jim Debois, remade the classic track "One" to include lyrics like "Integration has never had us feeling so good/and we’ll make lots of money." The jury was out on if U2 approved of the remix, but attorneys for Universal Music Publishing Group were not amused, even sending takedown notices to websites who posted the train wreck of a remake. Isn't the embarrassment of the video enough? Sheesh.
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