9 viral videos we couldn’t stop watching a decade ago


From music videos to oddball skits, 2009 proved to be quite the year for viral videos. Nearly 10 years later, these videos are still entertaining to watch.

Viral videos are a big part of the internet, and they have been for quite a while. Whether these are music videos, funny skits, or unplanned (like the BBC interview that was hilariously interrupted by a father’s children), they are all fun to watch. Sometimes it’s hard to believe that these videos happened long ago, because to us, it only feels like it happened just yesterday.

A lot of us often find ourselves in a reminiscing mood at the beginning of the new year, so it is only natural that we should remember certain viral trends and videos that made their way across the internet. We sometimes think about things that happened over the course of the past year or as long as 10 years ago.

Time may blend together, but luckily with the progression of social media, we have platforms like YouTube and Instagram to preserve these moments through videos and photos. Now that we’re in 2019, we decided to compile a list of viral YouTube videos that are turning 10 years old and the results will make you feel old.

1. “I’m On A Boat (ft. T-Pain)” by The Lonely Island

Saturday Night Live always has some hilarious and memorable skits each week. Sometimes the cast performs songs that are catchy and difficult to forget. It’s hard to believe that this particular song made its debut on SNL about 10 years ago. Andy Samberg’s group, The Lonely Island, made “I’m On a Boat” featuring T-Pain for an SNL digital short. The video follows The Lonely Island crew after Samberg’s character wins a free boat ride, and hilarious antics ensue. Before we knew it, the video took off and found its way all over the internet gaining over 100 million views. Soon, many people were parodying the viral hit, putting their own spins on the song.

2. David After Dentist

There have been a lot of videos showing the aftermath of a person’s surgery. Some of their reactions to the anesthesia have them completely out of it which has often proved to result in funny lines and physical comedy. One of the early videos starred 7-year-old David who had surgery to remove a tooth due to hyperdontia. His father filmed a short clip of his son in the car after the procedure and poor little David was still out of it. According to his dad, the staff at the dentist’s office was even laughing, as he shares “this lasted for a few hours and he was fine. He even laughed at the video that night.”

3. “Here It Goes Again” by OK Go

OK Go is well known for their creative and memorable music videos. From their Rube Goldberg video to go with their song “This Too Shall Pass” to their non-traditional rendition of “Needing/Getting,” this band’s creativity has no limit. The video they created for their song “Here It Goes Again” may very well be one of the best, low-budget videos out there. Although the song was released in 2005, the music video was uploaded to YouTube four years later. Shot in one take, the members of the band perform some sweet choreographed moves on a line of treadmills while lip-syncing. The video gained over 44 million views, and people are still watching it to this day.

4. “The Duck Song”

Sung by Bryant Oden and animated by Forrest Whaley, “The Duck Song” could probably be described as the “Baby Shark” of 2009. While the animation can’t be compared quality-wise to the newer animations on YouTube, it’s still an amusing video to watch. The comedic aspect is definitely not lost on the drawings, and the lyrics prove to be just as funny as the audience patiently waits to see if the subject of the song (a hungry duck) will finally get the grapes that he continuously asks for throughout the song. The video was so popular that the creators made a few sequels to follow.

5. Susan Boyle’s audition on Britain’s Got Talent

Susan Boyle surprised many people with her incredible singing voice on Britain’s Got Talent. The talented singer auditioned with the song “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Misérables, and her life after that moment was never the same. Boyle may have won second place on the television show, but she still managed to capture everyone’s hearts and became a huge success, going on tours and releasing albums. Her audition has been seen well over 230 million times and continues to add to its view count. Although Boyle hasn’t been seen in the spotlight lately, she’s still considered one of the best performers on Britain’s Got Talent, and her legacy will continue to inspire others to take risks and perform even if they think they don’t have what it takes.

6. “Axel F” by Crazy Frog

Crazy Frog is most notably one of the weirdest songs out there that doesn’t really have any lyrics. Why did we watch it over and over again, you may ask? Perhaps it was simply because it had a catchy beat that was easy to dance to, or maybe it was simply because it was unlike anything we’d ever seen before — especially for that time. It’s true that this was, and still is, a hit or miss song with a lot of people, especially in terms of the music video itself (which features an odd little creature). But this description hardly holds any meaning when you learn that this video is one of the most viewed videos on YouTube with over a billion views.

7. Joe Jonas dancing to “Single Ladies”

Let’s face it: our lives were never the same once the Jonas Brothers broke up. We loved how silly, fun, and talented they were and miss all of the random videos they would upload like their punny “How the tables have turned” video or Nick’s momentary time in the spotlight as a talk show host on the Nick Jonas Show. One video that we’ll never forget happens to feature the silliest brother of the group: Joe. In celebration of their album Lines, Vines, and Trying Times being released, fans voted to have Joe dance to Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies” while wearing a similar outfit to Queen Bey’s. The results were hilarious and most definitely memorable. We have a feeling that Joe might not want us to bring this video back out into the limelight, but we couldn’t resist talking about such an iconic moment.

8. A Very Potter Musical

Yes, it’s true. StarKid’s A Very Potter Musical is officially turning 10 years old in 2019. The Harry Potter franchise took the world by storm and has stuck around ever since the first book hit shelves, finding its way into games, theme parks, and even musicals. Starring Glee’s Darren Criss as Harry Potter, the theater troupe staged a full-length musical dedicated to Harry Potter and his time at Hogwarts. The performance was such a success that they created several sequels to follow. Although each actor made their characters special in their own way, it’s no secret that everyone’s favorite in this rendition of the magical world was most definitely Malfoy, who was played by Lauren Lopez. Lopez brought physical comedy to the character and made us look at the character in a different light.

9. The Annoying Orange

The Annoying Orange has been one of the few videos/series that many would define as one of the main examples of the culture of YouTube back in the early to late 2000s. The anthropomorphic citrus character has been on for years and became a popular web series not only on YouTube, but eventually on Cartoon Network as well. The first video has the popular character annoying an apple by continuously saying its name and coming up with terrible puns and dad jokes. So basically, if you want to know what society’s sense of humor was like back in the late 2000s, this is a good place to start.

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Did we succeed in making you feel nostalgic? What other videos have you seen that are turning 10 this upcoming year? Let us know in the comments below!