Do you know what’s better than looking at pictures of roly-poly dogs on the internet? A heavy metal song that pays tribute to these adorably chonky and well-fed pooches, courtesy of YouTuber Frazee Wooster. He needs to do a version for all the other round boys.
Musician and remix artist The Kiffness takes on a classic meme video, adding a chill rhythm and trumpet to the Light Jazz Glove Box video by stuffwhatidone. We could listen to this smooth groove all day. Kiff, we suggest you do the Chewbacca cabinet next.
Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up is closing in on a billion YouTube views, thanks in large part to its use as the world’s number one prank. Alfo Media offers a retrospective on musician Rick Astley, the music video itself, where the term “Rickroll” comes from, and the impact the meme has had on Astley’s career.
What did people do to share memes before the Internet? Heck, go back further to a time when the main method of broadcast communication was radio. Comedian Alasdair Beckett-King envisions what it might have been like if the BBC had to describe memes over the airwaves back in the 1940s.
When you first click play on this video, you’re gonna get Rickrolled. But let it keep going and you’ll be treated to 49 more memorable songs that have become Internet staples, all played with an energetic rock edge by TheDooo on his electric guitar. How many can you name without looking?
Lord Vinheteiro is best known for his piano talents, but it turns out he’s quite adept at playing the slide whistle as well. Listen up as he performs 10 popular meme songs on this goofy and basic wind instrument. The Slide whistle version of Mad World sounds so wrong it’s right.
While stuck at home under quarantine, Dylan Woodley decided to put the time to good use and teach himself how to create 3D computer animation. The result of his efforts is a ridiculously primitive, anatomically-incorrect, but somehow still charming character named “Bimpson.”
Meme and chart generator site imgflip has built a tool that uses artificial intelligence technology to automatically generate text for their most popular meme templates. Most of the things its computer brain comes up with are absurd, but every once in a while, it strikes comedy gold.
The Dancing Baby was one of the first internet memes, dating back to 1996. Because everything old is new again, JArmstrongArt decided to update the funky CGI baby to run at 60fps and 1080p resolution. Through some serious sleuthing work, he was able to dig up the original 3D model. Oooga-chaka! (Thanks Rob!)
Over the course of a year, Matt MacMillan captured sounds his baby son Ryan made, not just so he’d have the memories, but so he could catalog the samples by pitch, and turn them into a cover version of AC/DC’s Thunderstruck, thus immortalizing his tot in the Internet’s meme hall of fame.
If there’s one thing the Internet is good for, it’s disseminating silly memes. The guys at Know Your Meme and musician Hot Dad look back at the past decade with an animated timeline that illustrates the most popular memes, from Forever Alone to Woman Yelling at a Cat. How many of these do you remember?
The Gregory Brothers aka Schmoyoho take us back in the rewind machine to some of the memes they songified over the course of the last 10 years. With classics like Bedroom Intruder, the Backin’ Up lady, and the Dayum Dayum Dayum guy, it brought a little tear to our eye.
The reality show ladies yelling at a cat meme has truly blown up, so take advantage of this buzzworthy trend while it lasts with a pair of ugly holiday shirts from ShirtPunch and cod-designs. They’re sold individually, but make way more sense when you pair up with a friend. Available on T-shirts, long sleevs, hoodies, and more.
Remember Nyan Cat, the ridiculous pixel art kitty meme from 2011? Digital artist Raven Kwok decided to revamp the Pop Tart cat by breaking up each part of its body and rainbow emissions into separate windows, resulting in a totally different Nyan experience. Raven, we need this running on our computer now. With music.
(PG-13: Language) From the Hamster Dance to Advice Animals, Casually Explained looks back at the history of the internet meme, and why we find ourselves so fascinated with passing on such inane and random things to our online friends. The meme lifecycle chart is spot on.
Remember that video of the cheerleader who looked like she stepped over a non-existent box? There’s nothing to debunk here according to Captain Disillusion, so instead, he shows those of us without the strength and balance how to fake it with VFX anyway.
With the release of the iPhone X, we were pretty sure that Animoji were just going to be a dumb gimmick. However, videos of creative uses for the silly avatars are starting to prove us wrong, like this amazing version of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. Head to YouTube for much more.
You’ll recognize most of these meme-worthy tunes, each of which epitomizes a moment in time as well as just about anything else about the era. Though we think JordiTK should have gone with Yello’s Oh Yeah instead of Trio’s Da Da Da to represent ’80s German minimalism.
(PG-13: Language) What happens when a strange and unidentified alien lifeform lands on our planet? You send in the big guns to figure out what they’re saying. Ochre Jelly turns in a hilarious mashup of the sci-fi flick Arrival with one of the silliest memes of the past year.