A viral video is a video that becomes popular through internet methods. It can be shared on a website, in e-mails, and also by word of mouth. They usually find popularity through humor, though some serious videos have been passed around a great deal as well. Here are a few viral videos that continually amuse.
Gary Brolsma burst onto the viral video scene in the end of 2004 with his “Numa Numa” dance. This was first shown on the popular website NewGrounds.com. The song “Dragostea Din Tea” is by a Moldovan pop group named “O-Zone” in Romanian.
Even though his rather silly dance was what initially drew audiences they stayed for the catchy tune and easily remembered chorus. This song made foreign music a little more accessible to typical Americans. But, several million views and a few television appearances later this video is still amusing.
Chris Crocker is a controversial video blogger who gained fame defending Britney Spears’ after her 2007 MTV music awards performance. He had a slowly growing fan base up to that point, but really burst onto the viral video scene with the Spears’ video. He covers many topics related to suppression of sexuality and personality in a small town. He was offered a TV show in 2008, but refused because it would have been censored.
OK Go is a rock band originally from Chicago. For their third album, “Oh No,” they decided to do something a little different. Their music video for “Here it Goes Again” is the seventh most favorited video on Youtube. With an amazing treadmill dance, they brought exercise equipment into a unique new light. The video was shot with one continuous shot. With the elaborate dance it looked challenging and pretty fun. In 2007 the video won a Grammy award.
Free Hugs Campaign
Juan Mann started the Free Hugs Campaign in Sydney Australia. He had come back to find that no one he had known was still around. He grabbed a poster board and a marker and the Free Hugs Campaign was born. The viral video includes a track from the band Sick Puppies. Oprah had him on the show in late 2006 and before the show he was seen outside, hugging the waiting crowd. He has since retired from the Free Hugs Campaign, but not before it had spread across the world.
Evolution of Dance
Judson Laipply is an Ohio born motivational speaker. His viral video, “Evolution of Dance,” is the third most viewed video of all time on Youtube. The dance was actually been part of his motivational speeches. He has used it to show that life is about change. He maintains his motivational speaking as an “inspirational comedian” and has moved back to his home state.