With 2010 coming to a close, we thought we’d reflect back on the popular Internet Video Memes of this year. We’ve also included the back stories just in case you wondered where they came from. Without further adieu, here are some of the greatest video Internet memes of 2010:
1. Antoine Dodson – Bed Intruder Song
“The most awesome stage”
Last year, Facebook's VP of Design thought the TNW Conference main stage was the best she'd ever been on.
This was probably the most memorable meme of 2010 although the circumstances surrounding the creation of the video is rather sad. It started out as a serious TV news interview after Antoine Dodson’s sister was almost assaulted in her bed. The Bed Intruder song that was later set to music was created by the Gregory Brothers, it even beat out Lady Gaga on YouTube.
2. Pants on the Ground
An American Idol contestant named General Larry Platt, got 15 minutes of fame for his “original” song Pants on the Ground. It was later discovered the Green Brothers of Highland Park, Michigan, claimed that their 1996 recording of “Back Pockets on the Floor” sounds eerily similar.
3. Inception Animals
This meme is based on the uber dramatic movie Inception with Leo DiCaprio. It was the birth of a crazy amount of memes in 2010 and even South Park did an entire episode about Inception that they apparently ripped off from College Humor. Weird. Welcome back dramatic hamster.
4. Double Rainbow Song
Paul Vasquez put a video up on YouTube in which he freaked out over a couple of rainbows and Jimmy Kimmel tweeted the video out to his followers. This started an explosion of remixes and mashups including the Double Rainbow Song. OMG!! It’s a double Rainbow!!
5. George Takei Calls Out
Star Trek’s George Takei speaks his mind on an anti-gay school board member that encouraged gay teens to commit suicide and applauded AIDS for claiming the lives of homosexuals. Take that Mr. McCance!
6. Hey There Keanu by Azured and SenorZorro2000 (Our “Cheer Up Keanu Day” tribute)
It all started at Reddit when a user posted an image of Keanu looking sad while eating a sandwhich on a park bench. The thread quickly made it to the front page gathering over 280,000 page views. From there it spread virally where people took liberties photoshopping him into different environments and eating different things.
7. Old Spice Guy
Old Spice shows companies how social media is done. In 2010 Old Spice launched a campaign online targeting both celebrities and influential internet folk like Kevin Rose. It made it to the top of trending topics on Twitter, Reddit and Digg.
8. Brenden Fraser’s “special” clap Remix
During the 2010 Golden Globe Awards, Encino Man’s Brendan Fraser was captured doing an usual clap and the internet went wild. This remix has used a Gwen Stephani to compliment his hilarious claps.
9. Rent: Too Damn High! Song
Jimmy Mc Millan was a mayoral candidate in both 2005 and 2009 and in 2010 he ran for governor of New York. His main platform was “ The rent is too damn high”
Funny enough, it was later discovered that Mr. Mc Millan doesn’t pay rent. He allegedly had been “rent free” since the 80’s according to The New York Times.
10. Down On Me(With Me And 50 Cent)
Keenan Cahill, a 15 year old wannabe singer has posted a series of hilarious lip-syncing videos including one with 50 Cent. Keenan was on Chelsea Handler’s show Chelsea Lately where the video originally debuted.
What’s your favourite meme?
We’d love to hear what your favourite video meme of 2010 was. Please let us know in the comments. Happy New Year!