Cruise, Obama Top List of 2008 Viral Videos

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 29, 2008 6:50 PM CST

(Newser) – In the vast, fragmented online universe, videos tend to entice some and disgust others. But every year offers a list of viral vids enjoyed by all. The Washington Post runs down 2008's best:

  • Tom Cruise on Scientology: A rambling, fervent Cruise extols his religion, saying he's the "only one who can really help" at the scene of an accident.
  • "Yes We Can": Slick and star-studded, Will.I.Am's pro-Obama video was strong enough to galvanize a movement and garner 15 million views.

  • Divorce via YouTube: While Tricia Walsh Smith's online announcement pushed the entertainment into trashy, trashy territory, people are still watching.
  • Literal Videos: A prime example is the video of A-Ha's "Take on Me" with new lyrics describing the video itself. Hilarious.
  • Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-Long Blog: A cabin-fever-avoidance tool by a writer during the Hollywood scribe strike, Joss Whedon's Internet musical was surprisingly good.
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