Happy birthday, YouTube! The video-sharing site celebrates its 7th year in existence today, even though it feels like they’ve been around a lot longer. Of course, they only seem old because you’re thinking of them in terms of Internet time, where each year is equivalent to one million human years. Otherwise, YouTube opened its doors in May of 2005, and the world hasn’t been the same since. After all, Earth-shattering changes are bound to happen when entire an generation of slack-jawed youngsters is glued to their computer screens watching talking oranges, talking dogs, and talking idiots (for this last one, take your pick of any inexplicably popular YouTuber).
So how to celebrate? I’ve collected 7 of the biggest YouTube viral videos of the current moment, give or take a minute or two. Watch these videos multiple times each in order to figure out why they’ve gone viral, as well as to give YouTube more clicks and views. Consider your viewing time a gift to YouTube, especially since we all know they don’t make enough money.
Harvard Baseball 2012 Call Me Maybe Cover
The Harvard Crimson baseball team do a choreographed dance to Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” while bored on a roadtrip and then upload it so the other members of the team could get a laugh out of it. Everyone else in the world has apparently gotten a laugh too since there have been more than 8.7 million views in less than a month on YouTube.
Lamborghini Crashes in Chicago Suburbs
This video isn’t even 2-weeks-old, and yet it’s amassed nearly 12 million gleeful views directed toward watching a $225 thousand Lamborghini Gallardo-driving asshole get his comeuppance.
Kate Upton – Cat Daddy
A video directed by misogynistic, exploitative, disgusting photographer Terry Richardson causes a YouTube stir because it features bikini-clad model Kate Upton doing the cat daddy, a dance move made popular by the group the Rejectz and Chris Brown. YouTube pulled the video for a community guidelines violation and then restored it shortly thereafter because of protests from viewers and Kate Upton herself. Over 6.2 million views attest to the power of lusting eyes.
Stronger | Seattle Childrens Hospital
Young cancer patients and their nurses, doctors, and parents lip-synch and dance to Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger” in a video that has over 2 million views since its upload 2 weeks ago. It’s become such a hit that Kelly Clarkson even took notice, and she made her own video in response saying, “That was so amazing. It made my day… It was so meaningful… Thank you so much, I just can’t wait to meet you.”
MY FINAL GOODBYE
The farewell video uploaded by 17-year-old Shaun Wilson-Miller of Melbourne, Australia, has nearly 2 million views since being put up on May 1. While often also shedding tears, viewers of his video have inundated him with messages of love and support ever since.
Marvel’s The Avengers Puppies – Cute & Gay !
A Chinese student by the name of Tay Guo En created the video of puppies on human bodies in character as Captain America and Thor. What’s it about? I don’t know. Why’s it “cute & gay”? I don’t know. All I know is that it has just under a million views since being uploaded at the beginning of May.
“Go right” is an epic compilation of sidescrolling video game characters doing what they do best set to an equally epic score that sets the epic mood epically. Nearly a month-old, the video has over 1.1 million views.
Finally, just because I feel like you should learn something at the end of the day, here’s a video on sense of fairness in animals. If you’re allergic to learning, hang in there for the funny part.