Catchiest Viral Internet Songs of All Time

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These viral songs and music videos on YouTube are not just a list of funny YouTube songs but are all the best viral songs on the Internet. The catchiest viral Internet songs of all time are not only the pesky songs that get stuck in our heads but are also some of the best creations ever to come about in the early Internet times. From the original gangster meme of the hamster dance to the Trolololo to the classic Rick Roll, these songs are the best of the best available on YouTube.

Almost any video on YouTube can go from being nothing to completely viral, providing it has something that makes it hilarious, bizarre, or so awful that it's  actually awesome. There's no exact science to becoming an Internet meme, but as these catchy Internet songs prove, once you reach virtual stardom, there is no going back. Ah, the power of the Internet. I'm sure even the musically oblivious 8th grader would approve.

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    Never Gonna Give You Up

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    Perhaps known best for it's use in the bait-and-switch gimmick known as the Rick Roll, the 1987 classic "Never Gonna Give You Up" by Rick Astley is easily one of the best things ever invented. We've all been there. Your friend sends a link to what he claims is either completely awesome or so scandalous that you have to click. Next thing you know you're watching Astley sing and dance, knowing you've been Rick Rolled. Sneaky, but brilliant!

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    Trololololo Added by: John Barryman

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    Resurrected from a clip from the 1960s in the Soviet Union, "Trololololo" is an amazing musical clip performed by Russian singer Edward Anatolevich Hill. Actually titled "I am very glad, because I’m finally back home," "Trololololo" is also known as the "Russian Rickroll" and led to dozens of covers and remixes, including one notable version from acclaimed actor Christoph Waltz.

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    Nyan Cat Added by: Mark

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    Also called "Pop-Tart Cat," Nyan Cat is an eight-bit abomination of a cat, which features the body of a cherry toaster pastry, that can fly though outer space leaving a rainbow-colored trail. Nyan Cat graced our computer screens in April 2011 and quickly became the most popular meme in the galaxy and spawned numerous remixes and spinoffs. The original, of course, is the best.

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    Dragostea Din Tei (Numa Numa)

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    This guy is famous for going absolutely nuts for the Numa Numa song (Dragostea Din Tei) by Moldovan pop trio O-Zone. Cheesy song + insane fan = Internet video gold.

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    Keyboard Cat

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    Using footage originally shot in 1984, "Keyboard Cat" not only wears clothes, but he also plays an electronic keyboard, much to the envy of other cats around the world. When Keyboard Cat isn't playing people off stage after a poor performance, he's appearing in commercials, television shows, and video games. Okay, really this cat is not that special, rather a cat named Fatso being maneuvered by his owner, Charlie Schmidt. Whatever, it works.

    Play us off Keyboard Cat.

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    Bed Intruder

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    Popularized by The Gregory Brothers on "Auto-Tune the News," the "Bed Intruder Song" takes bits and pieces from a viral news clip, Auto Tunes it, and plays it back for all to enjoy. Featuring Antoine Dodson, the clip warns residents to "hide yo kids" and "hide yo wife" against a home-intruding rapist on the loose. For anyone that says crime does not pay, The Gregory Brothers sold over 100,000 copies of the track. Do the math.

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    OK Go - Here It Goes Again

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    Making OK Go a household name, "Here It Goes Again" is not only an Internet sensation but also a billboard hit, having entered the top 40 after its 2006 debut. What exactly made this random video from a random band a hit? The elaborate video, featuring the band dancing on treadmills, was filmed in a single take that needed 17 tries to perfect, that's what. OK Go went on to perform the dance at the 2006 VMAs and took home a Grammy Award for the video. Not bad for some unknown indie group from Chicago!

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    Look At My Horse Added by: Brian Gilmore

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    This is along the lines of those viral videos that are popular purely for how random they are. The confidence and drive with which this song contains actually makes sense, though, is what makes it so great.

    If this song were a person, it would probably think it was perfectly normal. This is why this song rules.

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    Peanut Butter Jelly Time Added by: Robert Wabash

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    When does a banana dance? During Peanut Butter Jelly Time, duh. Peanut Butter Jelly Time first started in 2002 after the release of the song from The Buckwheat Boyz, as an animated GIF featuring a banana with arms, legs and a face, dancing to the catchy track. It quickly became more popular than sliced bread and even appeared on an episode of the animated series "Family Guy."

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    Chocolate Rain

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    "Chocolate Rain" started as a joke when it was performed and recorded in the Minneapolis, Minnesota, apartment of singer Tay Zonday, but quickly became an Internet sensation and was ranked the hottest viral video of the summer of 2007 by Characterized by Zonday's deep voice and tendency to "move away from the mic to breathe in," "Chocolate Rain" also won in the music category at the 2007 YouTube Awards.

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    Show Me Your Genitals

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    Jon Lajoie spells out exactly what he wants from women in his love song titled "Show Me Your Genitals." Brought to us by the same Canadian comedian who wrote the "2 Girls 1 Cup Song," this classy number includes lyrics such as "It's not sexist 'cause I'm saying it in a song, That's right bitch, now take off your thong..." It gets better. There's a second song in the series titled "Show Me Your Genitals 2: E=MC Vagina."

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    Hamster Dance

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    If there was grandfather of catchy Internet meme songs, the "Hamster Dance" would be it. This ditty, posted back in 1997 on a little site named, features dozens of animated hamsters dancing to the song "Whistle Stop" by Roger Miller. Years later, the hokey song is still stuck in our heads.

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    Double Rainbow

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    What's better than one rainbow? Two rainbows, now forever known as the magical "Double Rainbow." First shown in a YouTube video by Hungrybear9562, who cries in awe of the beautiful sight, the "Double Rainbow" was transformed into a catchy Auto-Tune song by the masterminds behind the "Bed Intruder Song," The Gregory Brothers. It's so bright, so vivid, ahhh!

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    Slap Chop Rap

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    Poking fun at the cheesy informercials for the kitchen gadget, the "Slap Chop Rap" remixes the audio and video from the advertisements featuring creepy pitchman Vince Offer. Just like the Slap Chop turns boring foods into something amazing, DJ Steve Porter transforms the mundane informercial into a rap that is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters.

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    Shoes - Liam Sullivan

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    Appearing as his alter ego Kelly (as well as his father and himself), comedian and actor Liam Kyle Sullivan shares his feminine side with viewers in the 2008 video "Shoes." Kelly hits the streets to sing about shoes after failing to receive footwear for her birthday. What follows is part rant about shoes that suck and random cursing about shoes. Yeah, it's weird, but catchy.

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    What What (in the Butt)

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    Posted on YouTube just in time for Valentine's Day in 2007, "What What (in the Butt)" is a darling love song performed by Samwell that discusses his love of anal sex. The track was written and produced by Andrew Swant and Bobby Ciraldo and quickly picked up by the likes of "South Park" and "Tosh.0."

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    Making the competition reality show "American Idol" relevant again, at least for a moment, "Pants on the Ground" first came to us as performed by General Larry Platt during "Idol" auditions in 2010. Reflecting on the poor fashion habits of youth these days deemed successful for Pratt and the song, which he later recorded with American King Music and performed outside the Grammy Awards.

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    Disney Remixes

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    Part Internet fun and part traumatic to children, Disney Remixes come care of former Disney Pixar music producer Nick Bertke, or Pogo as he is also known. Pogo takes clips from classic Disney films such as Alice in Wonderland, Mary Poppins, among others, remixes them and turns them into techno songs. Don't tell Disney, but some of these are actually better than the originals!

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    Friday - Rebecca Black

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    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.

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    Techno Viking

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    Filmed at the popular F***parade in Berlin, Germany, in 2000, the "Techno Viking" is part scary, part bizarre, and part hilarious all in one. A large buff man, complete with Thor's hammer around his neck and an impressive beard, stars in the clip where he can be seen first protecting a woman from a seemingly drunk guy, then leading the crowd in dance while walking down the street. This here is one techno dancer you'd surely not want to meet in a dark alley.

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