A viral Internet video is one that has been watched millions of times, has been featured on the front pages of big name sites, and has been discussed by everyone at the water cooler. For whatever reason, these viral Internet videos amuse us to the point that we watch them again and again. Out of the hundreds of viral Internet videos it’s nearly impossible to decide which ones are the best. Well, here they are anyway, the top 3 viral Internet videos of all time:
The Muppets – Bohemian Rhapsody
The Muppets Studio has released a number of videos of the gang singing classic songs, as well as new ones. None of them, though, has had as big an impact as The Muppets – Bohemian Rhapsody. Queen’s hit song, known by everyone even if they don’t like Queen, has been remixed and recreated with The Muppets on center stage.
While they mostly stay true to the lyrics, there are a few fun surprises here or there where a puppet’s personality comes through in a lyric. While they sing the Queen song, they are also filled with crazy antics that is pure Muppets.
Of course, a few Muppets stand out from the rest, and they are what have made The Muppets – Bohemian Rhapsody a viral Internet video. Beeker, for example, and his, “me me me me” immediately sparks laughter. The one Muppet that steals the show is Animal. Look for him at his drums, and calling for his “mama”. Then the unexpected, and extreme laughter that follows, when he asks, “dada?”
Watch the viral Internet video: The Muppets -Bohemian Rhapsody
OK GO! on treadmills
This is the music video for the band OK GO’s song “Here it Goes Again”. It is a viral Internet video with over 2 million views. What makes this music video so amazing that millions of people watch it again and again?
Because OK GO has proven that you do not need CGI, hype, explosions, sex, or Robert Pattinson to create movie magic. “Here it Goes Again” is a very simple song without any loud guitars, screaming, or repetitive choruses. Yet, people will sing it all the time, and really for one main reason: their treadmill video.
The band put together a dance using treadmills. They had to have practiced forever, and you can only imagine how many times they fell down and how many burn marks they had on their skin. The camera is set up in front, and they even turn on the music track themselves. Once the song starts playing, they sing and dance their choreography. Simple, silly, and whole lot of fun.
Watch the viral Internet video: OK GO! on treadmills
Christian the Lion.
While the first two choices are amusing music videos, Christian the Lion is a viral Internet video that has made grown men cry harder than they do during “Old Yeller”. This video, the original with the Whitney Houston soundtrack, has had nearly 20 million views. That is an insane number of people watching, sharing, and discussing this video.
The story, as told through the video, is about two men who bring home a lion from Harrods. Yes, apparently, once upon a time, you could purchase wild African beasts from department stores. They raised him in their apartment, because apparently, once upon a time, landlords didn’t mind if you had wild African beasts in your home. When he became too big, they set him free in Africa.
While the story is being told, we see the two men, in Africa, waiting. The story, the wait, is all in anticipation of when human and lion meet again for the first time in a year. Will Christian ignore them? Will he tear them to shreds? The story plays, the men wait, and Whitney Houston sings. And then…
The buckets of tears start to fall as Christian the Lion embraces his old caretakers. “I will always love you”, sings Whitney, speaking for the thankful lion.
Not only does this video make you cry because of the song, and the idea that a wild animal can remember those that took care of it, but because it’s got a huge social commentary, too. We, as humans, are not always as thankful for those who aided us. We’d be more likely to tear them to shreds. We could all learn a lesson from Christian the Lion.
Watch the viral Internet video: Christian the Lion