5. Barack Obama vs Mitt Romney. Epic Rap Battles Of History Season 2.
There’s only one clip on the top 10 list that relates to the American presidential election: a goofy rap battle between an Obama impersonator and a Romney impersonator. In these post-election days, it’s lost some of its punch — but you’ll still cheer when Lincoln swoops in to show those two how a real president spits rhymes.
4. “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen — Feat. Justin Bieber, Selena, Ashley Tisdale & MORE!
Carly Rae’s official “Call Me Maybe” video has been viewed a staggering 361,625,417 times, but it wouldn’t have earned a fraction of those views without this “home video,” featuring Biebs and friends horsing around as they lip-synch the song. Congratulations, kids: You launched a phenomenon. And before this song came into our lives, we missed it so bad.
3. KONY 2012
Before Jason Russell’s bizarre naked rant, there was the filmmaker’s online campaign to raise awareness about Joseph Kony’s brutality in Uganda. It’s the only serious video on the list, as well as the one with the weirdest aftermath.
2. Somebody That I Used to Know — Walk off the Earth (Gotye — Cover)
Five musicians + one guitar + one insanely catchy tune = a viral video that could be defeated only by a certain well-dressed Korean rapper.
1.PSY — GANGNAM STYLE (강남스타일) M/V
Yup. You knew it was coming. Hey, sexy lady!
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