Growing up when the internet was just starting to get good was definitely an interesting time. Things were a heck of a lot different then they are now. We didn’t have YouTube or Facebook to share these things, so you had to either forward it in an email or send it on MSN messenger.
Even though the methods of sharing weren’t that plentiful, there still managed to be a bunch of viral songs that we all knew whether we wanted to or not. No matter how many times we saw them, they seemed to become embedded in our memories and probably still are today. Luckily they have all been transferred onto YouTube now, so we can still watch them!
How many of these do you recognize?
1. Peanut Butter Jelly Time
You might think that a video that contains nothing but a dancing banana would be boring and forgettable, but it’s been over a decade and people are still singing it.
Trogdor was one of the greatest Strong Bad email episodes ever, and it still will get stuck in your head to this day. Strong Bad was too good to pick only one, so here’s a bonus.
Bonus: Techno Song
If you claim you don’t remember singing all the different parts with your friends you are lying.
3. Oogachaka Baby
Everyone remembers getting this video sent to them, it was so popular that it even made its way into Ally McBeal. That’s pretty insane if you think about what it is.
4. Potter Puppet Pals: Mysterious Ticking Noise
Even if you didn’t like the Harry Potter franchise, you could absolutely get on board with these ridiculous videos. This song still pops into my head every time I talking about Snape, Snape, Severus Snape, DUMBLEDORE!
5. Llama Song
It doesn’t make and sense, and that’s perfectly okay. Don’t bother trying to explain it because no one ever will. Llama, Llama, Duck.
6. Badger Badger Badger
A seemingly infinite loop of Badgers will keep you entertained for roughly 15 seconds, and then you’ll be a little bit annoyed that it’s stuck in your head. Thought you could forget about it didn’t you?
Those aren’t the only videos you’ll remember watching…
Weebl videos were always pretty adorable, but often very repetitive. However, it’s a good way to remember where you can see lions. Obviously it’s in Kenya.
8. Numa Numa
I guess it has been pretty clear for a while that we were all going to love the show Lip Sync Battle because we all watched this video millions of times and it’s just a guy sitting in his room.
This video was from a 1976 Russian show, but it gained popularity a lot later. It found its true audience decades after it came out. Imaging trying to explain to this guy in 1976 that he would be world famous and known as the “Trololo guy”? While it may have been post YouTube, it is still early enough that he deserves recognition.
10. Taking the Hobbits to Isengard
This song starts off as a lot to hear all at once, but after he says it about 18 times you really start to get into it and it’s a total jam. Every party should play this song at least once.
11. Nyan Cat
A lot of these original videos were so simple in concept, but managed to get millions of fans. People still share this one to this day. Even in the years since it was added to YouTube it has managed to get 154 million views.