Videogum

The Best Viral Videos Of 2012: A Retrospective

By Gabe Delahaye / December 19, 2012 - 1:15 pm

Whoa. It is kind of nuts that this is the FIFTH annual Videogum montage of the year’s best viral videos. It’s a straight up tradition now! I guess it’s really true what my motivational poster says, life is what happens when you’re busy making other trampoline accidents. In last year’s rambling, space-filler pre-video blog post (another tradition), I wrote about the way time expands and contracts and how this project really brings that feeling into focus because rewatching the year-in-videos makes the past 12 months feel like they flew by but also like they were very, very long. And guess what: that still feels true! So that’s pretty cool. You can’t kill an idea, Professor Batman. Guys, can we just get to it? I’m excited to share this year with you so let’s just get to it already:


P.S. I know that the audio is kind of clicky and poppy at times. Please call my lawyer at 1-800-RELAX-YOURE-FINE-ITS-NOT-A-BIG-DEAL.

P.P.S. Here is a complete list of the videos featured:

1. Jurassic Park Theme Song (Melodica Cover)
2. Summer Jam 2012 – “Hot Cheetos And Takis”
3. Donald Trump Congratulates Will Smith
4. Antoine Dodson Finally Breaks His Legendary Silence On Chick-Fil-A
5. Gandalf On A Longboard, No Duh
6. Will Keith in “81 Sliced Bottles”
7. A Skip Down Memory Lane with “The Skipper”
8. “Coffee or Tea” – Lisa Gail Allred [Official Video]
9. Best New Russian Party Game
10. Hannah Montana Coon Repellent
11. Well, Al Roker’s Face Is Broken
12. Two Children Singing Robyn’s “Call Your Girlfriend” With Empty Butter Containers
13. That’s Your Boyfriend “The Illusion”
14. The Jew-Hating Elmo of Central Park
15. The World’s Most Impressive Basketball Highlights Reel
16. Today We Are All This Slinky on a Treadmill
17. The TWSS Archives – Canadian News Reporter Sausage Contest Moment
18. Ready To Rock!
19. Top Story about Pooping Pants At School
20. ROACH CRAWLS ON REPORTER!!!!
21. Little Boy Wears Blackface to School, Everyone’s Head Explodes
22. Sweet Brown Is OUR Generation’s Antoine Dodson
23. We Should All Be So Lucky as to FInd Something in This World That Makes Us Happy: Balloon Lover
24. Doug?
25. Everybody Needs a Thing
26. David’s Pizza Commercial
27. Farmer’s Only: Finally, A Dating Website For You! (A Farmer)
28. This Ashton Kutcher “Dating Video” Is Incredibly Upsetting
29. This Is Just A Very Good Commercial For Ice Cream
30. Pocket Like It’s Hot
31. The Zooey Deschanel iPhone Commercial
32. Don’t Jump Into a Frozen Pool
33. Have an Intense Friday, Everybody!
34. Dan Murphy Is Cooler Than You
35. Flesh to Nutella, No Back
36. Purity Bear Reminds You That the Day of Purity Is Coming Up
37. That’s Your E-Cigarette Spokesman – Stephen Dorff
38. You Miss Every Shot You Don’t Take
39. That’s Your Girlfriend: This Racist
40. 50 Cent on QVC, Obviously
41. That’s Your Lawyer – Adam Reposa
42. This Is Your Laughter
43. Uhhh, Here’s What You Wanted…
44. Is That All There Is
45. My Video For Briona
46. DMX’s First Encounter with Google (and a Computer)
47. Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen (Chatroulette Version)
48. The Internet Is Safer Than We Think (Star Wars Sings “Call Me Maybe)
49. The Kidz Bop Cover of “Call Me Maybe” vs. The Internet
50. Barack Obama Sings “Call Me Maybe”
51. Cookie Monster – “Share It Maybe”
52. Jimmy Fallon, Carly Rae Jepsen, The Roots Sing “Call Me Maybe”
53. Harvard Baseball 2012 “Call Me Maybe” Cover
54. PSY – “Gangnam Style”
55. A Man Dancing, To Ease the Fear
56. A Street Performer and His Two Nice Friends
57. 5 Year Old Tearing Up the Dance Floor
58. Albert’s Hit Single “Booty Pop” Rings the Alarm
59. Krispy Kreme’s Burn Video X Factor Playback
60. “Teach Me How to Brushy”
61. A Truly Wonderful Dance Break
62. Young Man Dancing to “Niggas in Paris” Is the Interents 99 Percent
63. A Pretty Regular Mad Parody-Tribute
64. A Question About This Mom Dancing to Black Eyed Peas
65. A Reminder to Do What Makes You Happy Because Life Is Short
66. Saxophone Bikini Beach
67. “I Think You Might Like It”
68. This Boy Is Just Incredibly Good at Break Dancing
69. Wednesday Dance Break
70. Yet Another Grandmother Dancing to Popular Music
71. Always Stay in Control
72. Dad Dance Break!
73. It’s Friday O’Clock Somewhere!
74. Monday Afternoon Dance Break
75. Me and My Grandma Dancing to “Rack City”
76. That Guy Who Dances Alone in the Mall Did It Again for Valentine’s Day
77. Grandma Dance Like Usher
78. Moves Like Chandler
79. Let’s Get the Dancing Started a Little Early This Week, Huh?
80. Time to Get the Blood Pumping
81. The Official Song of the Summer, 2012 – The Stack Boys – “Snapbacks”
82. To Baby Ryan Gosling Dancing to C + C Music Factory a Predator
83. Track Runner Falls and Does the Worm, Girls Fall in Love