Happy 9th Anniversary, YouTube: Here Are the Best Viral Videos of All Time

  • Today marks nine years of YouTube fun.

    The site, which gains 100 hours of video every minute, has grown into a media giant since its 2007 launch. Today, YouTube has more than one billion unique users in 61 countries.

    For your reminiscing pleasure, Betabeat has compiled a list of some of the most popular viral YouTube videos of all time.

    Some are funny, some are controversial and others were so creepy, they’ll make you never want to come out from under your bed again (we’re looking at you, Salad Fingers).

    Plenty are new, but others will bring you back a bit.

    Enjoy!

  • This popular autotune remix was the creative interpretation of the also popular bed intruder video, which was an actual newscast. The videos inspired Antoine Dodson halloween costumes and an array of popular phrases from "hide yo kids, hide yo wife" to "you can run and tell that, homeboy." Together, the originals of the videos reached more than 178,000,000 views (Screengrab: YouTube)

    This popular autotune remix was the creative interpretation of the also popular bed intruder video, which was an actual newscast. The videos inspired Antoine Dodson halloween costumes and an array of popular phrases from "hide yo kids, hide yo wife" to "you can run and tell that, homeboy." Together, the originals of the videos reached more than 178,000,000 views (Screengrab: YouTube)

  • The reasons why Rebecca Black's "Friday" went viral were mixed. Love-love, love-hate, and just hate relationships with the teen's song drove its chart position and YouTube views up throughout the summer of 2011. It reached more than 68,000,000 views.

    The reasons why Rebecca Black's "Friday" went viral were varied. Love-love, love-hate, and plain-old-hate relationships with the teen's song drove its chart position and YouTube views up throughout the summer of 2011. It reached more than 68,000,000 views (Screengrab: YouTube).

  • Like with "Cups," the virality here comes from the fact that everyone uploaded their own versions. For some odd reason, a lot of people seem to enjoy the near-death experience of choking on cinnamon. GloZell, who was already a YouTube celebrity, took her cinnamon challenge to the next level when she used a ladle instead of your average spoon. The video slmost hit 37,500,000 views (Screengrab: YouTube).

    Like with "Cups," the virality here comes from the fact that everyone uploaded their own versions. For some odd reason, a lot of people seem to enjoy the near-death experience of choking on cinnamon. GloZell, who was already a YouTube celebrity, took her cinnamon challenge to the next level when she used a ladle instead of your average spoon. The video slmost hit 37,500,000 views (Screengrab: YouTube).

  • Ana Kendrick's "Cups" (When I'm Gone) had people practicing along since its debut in Pith Perfect. With almost 135,000,000 views on YouTube, the music video was certainly big, but the true virality of this video comes from the countless number of homemade "Cup Song" videos uploaded by users (Screengrab: YouTube).

    Ana Kendrick's "Cups" (When I'm Gone) had people practicing along since its debut in Pitch Perfect. With almost 135,000,000 views on YouTube, the music video was certainly big, but the true virality of this video comes from the countless number of homemade "Cup Song" videos uploaded by users (Screengrab: YouTube).

  • It was a dance craze that shook the world, literally. The Harlem Shake blew up and died within weeks, but only after people all over the world filmed their own unique Harlem Shake videos. WIth more than 101,000,000 views, the Army's version was the most viral.

    It was a dance craze that shook the world, literally. The Harlem Shake blew up and died within weeks, but only after people all over the world filmed their own unique Harlem Shake videos. With more than 101,000,000 views, the Norwegian Army's version was the most viral (Screengrab: YouTube).

  • This more recent video is one of the most popular YouTube videos of all time. It has more than 415,000,000 views and is probably still stuck in everybody's heads (Screengrab: YouTube).

    This more recent video is one of the most popular YouTube videos of all time. It has more than 415,000,000 views and is probably still stuck in everybody's heads (Screengrab: YouTube).

  • You may think it's just another dance craze video, but PSY's Gangam Style is the YouTube's most popular video of all time. It's expected to be the first to reach 2 Billion views in the very near future (Screengrab: YouTube).

    You may think it's just another dance craze video, but PSY's Gangam Style is YouTube's most popular video of all time. It's expected to be the first to reach 2 billion views in the very near future (Screengrab: YouTube).

  • Don't even try to tell us you didn't attempt this one at home. There were a bunch of these, but this one in particular reached more than 17,000,000 views (Screengrab: YouTube).

    Don't even try to tell us you didn't attempt this one at home. There were a bunch of these, but this one in particular reached more than 17,000,000 views (Screengrab: YouTube).

  • This video may have been controversial, but it was certainly viral. It currently has almost 24,000,000 views. Gotta love that amateur Sketch (ScreenGrab: YouTube).

    This video may have been controversial, but it was certainly viral. It currently has almost 24,000,000 views. Gotta love that amateur sketch (ScreenGrab: YouTube).

  • It's starting to occur to us that a good number of these viral videos feature some interesting one-liners. In this video with more than 44,500,000 views, the little zombie boy really wants everyone to know he likes turtles. Well you know what, Zombie Boy. We like turtles too. (Screengrab: YouTube).

    It's starting to occur to us that a good number of these viral videos feature some interesting one-liners. In this video with more than 44,500,000 views, the little zombie boy really wants everyone to know he likes turtles. Well you know what, Zombie Boy? We like turtles too. (Screengrab: YouTube).

  • Let's get some shoes! This was definitely a catchy one. It managed to garner more than 53,000,000 views during YouTube's earlier days (Screengrab: YouTube).

    Let's get some shoes! This was definitely a catchy one. It managed to garner more than 53,000,000 views during YouTube's earlier days (Screengrab: YouTube).

  • This one disturbed many. BetaBeta writer Jordyn Taylor claims she couldn't get past the first 30 second. It has almost 22,600,000 views. I wonder how many of those viewers made it past 30 seconds? (Screengrab: YouTube).

    This one disturbed many. Betabeat writer Jordyn Taylor claims she couldn't get past the first 30 seconds. It has almost 22,600,000 views. We wonder how many of those viewers made it to the end (Screengrab: YouTube).

  • Again, because we like watching people get hurt. Scarlet's tumble probably cost her a backache, but it earned her almost 28,500,000 YouTube views (Screengrab: YouTube).

    Again, because we like watching people get hurt. Scarlet's tumble probably cost her a backache, but it earned her almost 28,500,000 YouTube views (Screengrab: YouTube).

  • This short video of a clown dancing to Single Ladies gave everyone a laugh because, well, the Internet just loves the pain of others. This video inspired a plethora of reaction videos and was featured on Tosh.O. It has more than 8,000,000 views (Screengrab: YouTube).

    This short video of a clown dancing to Single Ladies gave everyone a laugh because, well, the Internet just loves the pain of others. This video inspired a plethora of reaction videos and was featured on Tosh.O. It has more than 8,000,000 views (Screengrab: YouTube).

  • If you heard the phrase, "I just wanna do hoodrat stuff with my friends" around 2008, this is probably the reason why. This viral video reached almost 10,000,000 views (Screengrab: YouTube).

    If you heard the phrase, "I just wanna do hoodrat stuff with my friends" around 2008, this is probably the reason why. This viral video reached almost 10,000,000 views (Screengrab: YouTube).

  • This 2008 video followed Charlie and his friends on a rather eventful journey to Candy Mountain. The twisted hit garnered almost 22,000,000 views and inspired three sequels (Screengrab: YouTube).

    This video from 2008 followed Charlie and his friends on a rather eventful journey to Candy Mountain. This twisted hit inspired three sequels (Screengrab: YouTube).

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