Now over the last decade or so, there have literally been hundreds of internet fads or phenomenon’s (or whatever you want to call them) floating around in cyberspace. So I thought I’d make a list (not really in any particular order) of some of the most memorable to hit the web. Now there are tons of new internet celebrities or videos every year, so this list will be pretty obsolete soon enough… Maybe only a in a few months, that’s just how fast these fads can hit. (Thanks a lot Youtube) So until than, please reminisce with me and we’ll look back at some of the most popular videos of the past decade or so. Also instead of pictures I’m going to post links to the videos themselves.
So sweet, so beautiful.
10. The Aicha Guy
When?: Sometime in the early 2000s
Who?: Belgian teenager Jelle Buelens A.K.A. “GellieMan”
What?: A guy singing a Backstreet boys esq. pop song in his room. Complimented by some dancing and some less than stellar production quality.
Why?: I think something that puzzles most is “Is this guy serious?” Because though this video easily borders around the lines of “pathetic” there doesn’t seem to be any indication that he made this as a joke.
Yeah, that’s cool
9. Leeroy Jenkins
Who?: A guy named Ben Schultz playing as a paladin named “Leeroy Jenkins” in the popular online game “World of Warcraft”
What?: He’s some guy who was playing WOWC who ruined his teams plan by charging out carelessly into battle while yelling “Leeroy Jenkins!” Automatically making him a legend in the digital world.
Why?: I guess people really dug that guy yelling out a funny name and ruining the game for everyone else because I certainly don’t get the appeal. Perhaps it is more memorable to online gamers in general, like when you end up playing with one of those guys who just doesn’t give a shit.
Di Da Di Da Di Duh Doh Doh
8. Hamster Dance
When?: August 1998
Who?: Canadian Art Student Deidre LaCarte who made a website full of dancing and singing hamsters.
What?: They sing and dance… That’s it.
Why?: Combining cute with catchy music is always a deadly combination. I just wish I hadn’t missed my chance to get in on this back in the day.
The man behind the moves
7. Evolution of Dance
Who?: Motivational Speaker/Comedian Justin Laipply
What?: A guy that imitates a plethora of famous dances from the 1950s to present day.
Why?: People love memorable dances, and when they are all combined? Well then you’ve got them eating right out of your hands. I mean last time I checked this was the most viewed video on Youtube, so obviously this guy knows how to give the people what they want.
It’s Peanut Butter Jelly Time!!!
6. Peanut Butter Jelly Time
When?: The late 90s
Who?: A Flash animated banana dancing to a song I guess about Peanut Butter and Jelly. The most popular version being done by Ryan Gancenia Etrata and Kevin Finn
What?: I pretty much just summed it up already, it’s a cartoon dancing to a song on loop.
Why?: People like that catchy song but I don’t think anyone could care less about the banana… Though they did parody it on Family Guy.
Some stay dry and others feel the pain
5. Chocolate Rain
When?: April 22, 2007
Who?: 20 something singer/songwriter Tay Zonday
What?: A young looking guy with an incredibly low singing voice, singing a song about who knows what.
Why?: I’m gonna go out an a limb here and assume most people just like this guy because he sounds funny. Maybe some people like the song, but I’ll bet that ain’t the reason this guy was on The Jimmy Kimmel Show.
I don’t know which part of his rant this is, but I really don’t want to watch it.
4. Britney Spears Guy
When?: September 9th 2007
Who?: Britney Spears fanatic Chris Crocker
What?: A very effeminate and emotional guy pleading with the media to stop slamming Britney Spears.
Why?: Now you know you’ve hit it big when you’re parodied in “Meet the Spartans” what an honor that is. I think people initially found it bizarre that this guy is practically sobbing over the portrayal of a pop star in the media. I mean I actually first heard about this guy on CNN! It’s amazing that it even reached that kind of national attention, I guess people just wanna know “What’s the deal with this?”
3. Numa Numa Guy
When?: December 2004
Who?: New Jersey native Gary Brolsma
What?: Some fat guy (Gary Brolsma) sitting in a chair while dancing and lip synching to an Eastern European techno song.
Why?: Now people love catchy pop songs and stupid dancing… And a fat nerdy guy is just icing on the cake.
The Saga Begins
2. Star Wars Kid
When?: November 4, 2002
Who?: Quebec teenager Ghyslian Raza
What?: A kid swinging around a large pole (imitating Darth Maul from Star Wars) and looking like a damn fool.
Why?: This poor kid looks pretty funny trying to look cool. Only heightened by the fact that he isn’t the most hip looking kid. I hear he had to transfer schools and sue people to keep a normal personal life.
I Can’t Stop this Feeling
1. The Dancing Baby
When?: Fall 1996
Who?: A 3D-rendered dancing baby created by a Character Studio development team.
What?: A digital baby doing a wacky dance with The addition of Blue Swede’s cover of “Hooked on a Feeling” (added later for commercials and television appearances)
Why?: The internet still felt like a new fresh thing to everyone, so seeing a digital baby dancing on the web was like a milestone in technology. Plus being on Ally McBeal? That was a big deal.
P.S. If I missed any of your favorites, than feel free to tell me. tHopefully none of these videos will be taken down