Lately, we’ve been suckers for anything viral. From Olympic memes to auto-tuned news reports, if it’s taking the internet by storm, we’re checking it out. To get a little taste of what we mean, we’ve put together a few posts on our Top Viral Picks. To kick it off, we have our top picks for moments in music that have gone absolutely viral! They’ll probably bring back some memories – we dare you not to dance…
6. “Teach Me How To Dougie” by Cali Swag District – First there was the Electric Slide, then there was the Macarena, now, it’s all about the Dougie, baby! Everyone from the First Lady to Olympic gold medalist, McKayla Maroney, has been spotted not only doing the Dougie, but teaching others how to do it as well. I mean… the request is in the lyrics after all.
5. “Super Bass” by Nicki Minaj – Just when we thought Nicki Minaj’s Super Bass couldn’t get any better, two young British Girls in tutus decided to perform a cover of it while having their moms record. The results almost blew the original version out of the water. Eight yr old, Sophia Grace and her cousin Rosie, 5, rapped, sang and danced to the whole song, without any music and did an amazing job on top of it all. Their viral Youtube vid earned them a spot on Ellen, a chance to interview celebs on the red carpet, AND even a Teen Choice Award: Web Star. How’s that for beginner’s luck?
4. “Needing/Getting” by OK Go – If video really did kill the radio star, OK Go would be long gone. The group, most commonly known for their creative and unique music videos, went viral again in 2012 with the premiere of their song, “Needing/Getting”. In partnership with Chevrolet, OK Go filmed their entire music video in a car. Driving through the deserts of California, the band’s background music was created by hitting jars, tubes, and pianos at precise octaves as they drove past. A teaser video premiered as a Chevy commercial for the 2012 Superbowl and had everyone talking from that moment on.
3. “Born This Way” by Lady Gaga – If there was any song that has gone viral for its simply positive and inspiring message, it’s Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way”. An advocate for various anti-bullying campaigns such as the It Gets Better Project, Gaga promotes the message of individuality and self worth through her music. The song gained so much recognition for its powerful lyrics that the Born This Way Foundation was formed in 2011. According to its mission statement, The Born This Way foundation was founded to foster a more accepting society, where differences are embraced and individuality is celebrated.
2. “Friday” by Rebecca Black – Rebecca Black is no stranger to the most anticipated day of the workweek. Her song Friday, which has over 37 million hits on Youtube just shy of a year after it premiered, has officially been adopted as the kickoff anthem to every weekend. And whether you love it or love to hate it, you’ve heard it. That’s why we’re making “Friday” our number 2 most viral moment in music.
1. “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen– If you have yet to hear this song, we highly suggest you move from that rock you’ve been living under. The Canadian Idol’s hit single has been spotted on every pop play list and has us handing out our phone numbers just to hear those three magical words. The song went viral when fellow pop star, Justin Bieber filmed himself, along with girlfriend Selena Gomez and bestie, Ashley Tisdale, lip-synching to the song. The Biebs’ fans immediately jumped on board and the rest was viral music history.
Ok, ok so maybe you’re not into the whole pop-music-Bieber-bopping thing? That’s cool. A viral vid of the Harvard baseball team took the Internet by storm when they recorded themselves in a van doing a choreographed dance. Cute boys, in uniform, dancing to Call Me Maybe… what’s not to love?