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.
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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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.
OK Go - Here It Goes Again
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!