The Very Best of Viral Video

Many have tried, but few have surpassed the popularity of these online mega-hits
By Sophie Goldstein,  Newser User
Posted Nov 12, 2007 2:00 PM CST

(Newser) – Humor, embarrassment, obscenity, and silliness are a recipe for success in the age of YouTube. PC World clicks on the classics of a young medium:

  1. Bush and Kerry Sing "This Land Is Your Land": JibJab puts itself on the map.
  2. The Coke and Mentos Experiments: Geysers of soda set to music? Thumbs up.
  3. Back Dorm Boys: Two Chinese students passionately lip-synching to the Backstreet Boys' "I Want It That Way" create an instant classic.

  1. lonelygirl15: Before the LA Times outed the creators and star in 2006, millions of viewers thought this video blog was the real deal.
  2. The World's Angriest RV Salesman: Outtakes from a 1988 industrial film for Winnebago.
  3. The Numa Numa Dance: Gary Brolsma's lip-synching and interpretive dance to a German pop song got more than 2 million hits in a few months.
  4. Star Wars Kid: The light saber-wielding teen's "friends" posted his performance on Kazaa; he thanked them with a lawsuit.
  5. Ask a Ninja: Episodes of this comedic blog always ended with "I look forward to killing you soon!"
  6. Chad Vader, Day Shift Manager: The most popular episode of Matt Sloan and Aaron Yonda's series imagining Darth Vader in various real-life scenarios.
  7. George Lucas in Love: A humorous short film made by then-USC student Joe Nussbaum spoofed both Star Wars and Shakespeare in Love.

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