YouTube wasn’t always the number one platform that sent the funniest and most shocking
videos off into a virtual abyss of viral glory. Long before YouTube come into the limelight,
people had to resort to sharing videos on web humor sites, on forums, and by email.
It’s time to look back to when social media was such a big deal and when getting your videos seen by a large internet audience was much more difficult. Here are 10 videos that went viral before YouTube, Facebook and everything every other video
sharing site we use now ever existed.
01. Star Wars Kid
Star Wars fans still love this one to this very day. The love for this video even made a teenager filmed himself reenacting an imaginary fight scene with a pretend Star Wars lightsaber. When it was uploaded to Kazaa it then spread from there, finding its way to several Internet humor websites and it was eventually transformed into parodies and remixes created with different special effects added to it. On the estimated, it is noted that the original unedited Star Wars Kid video has now been viewed over one billion times.
02. Dancing Baby (1996)
Heres one that really takes you back — all the way to 1996, in fact. The Dancing Baby (also
known as the Oogachaka Baby) features a 90s 3D animation of a baby in a diaper dancing
along to the intro of a song by a Swedish rock band.
03. Don Hertzfeld’s Rejected (2000)
The funny video called Rejected that began popping up on Internet humor sites in the early
2000s around the time it had been nominated for Best Animated Short Film at 2000
Academy Awards. The video encompasses odd, nonsensical skits that even include some
NSFW content. Quotes, like I am a banana and My spoon, is too big Which is a part taken from the film became popular one-liners that have been reenacted and parodied by all sorts of fans of the original.
04. Numa Numa (2004)
Have you ever seen a more enthusiastic fan of Moldovan pop music than the guy in the Numa Numa video? The owner makes a video of himself dancing and lip-syncing to O-Zones. Dragostea Din Tei, and then uploaded it to the entertainment site Newgrounds in 2004. This captured the minds of so many and thus went viral. This made the video to be viewed millions of times since it was uploaded — possibly even reaching over a billion views by now with all the copies of it spread across the internet today.
05. The End of the World
Have you ever imagined what might happen when the world finally ends? Can you imaging the chaos that this can bring? Then this video the end of the world is a must wstch and it is a ridiculous flash animated cartoon that went viral after it was uploaded to Internet humor site Albino Blacksheep in 2003. Several parts of the narration in the cartoon became iconic Internet catchphrases like “I am le tired,” and “WTF, mate?” After the first debut, the video quickly spread to other humor sites as well, obviously adding to its virality.
06. All Your Base Are Belong To Us
Another viral video that really takes us way back is the unforgettable and grammatically
incorrect clip of a video game character saying “All your base belongs to us,”from the 16-bit 1989 game Zero Wing.
07. Badger Badger Badger (2003)
Badger Badger Badger Badger is a flash animated cartoon that first appeared on weebls-stuff.com. it shows so many badgers, some mushrooms and a snake, all dancing to a ridiculous song.
08. The Llama Song (2004)
Who could forget the Llama Song? In 2004, it’s a video a deviants art user uploaded a flash animation video of a crazy song about llamas and many photos of llamas that appeared every time the word “llama” was sung.
09. Peanut Butter Jelly Time (2002)
In 2002, a random flash animation of a banana dancing to the song “Peanut Butter Jelly Time” by The Buckwheat Boyz has shared to popular Internet forum Offtopic, which then quickly spread to other sites like Newgrounds, eBaum’s World, Albino Blacksheep and more.
10. We Like The Moon (2003)
If you had known or come in touch with the site RatherGood.com which was popular in the early 2000s, you knew that it was a mystical mess of weird and insane flash animation cartoons by its creator, Joel Veitch. This video was just one of the many videos that caught on for its creepy spongemonkey characters and terrible musical performance — a regular trend in Veitch’s videos, featuring odd and silly songs by his band.