Coming from the Bronx, I was appalled when I saw my first "Harlem Shake" viral video. Then I kept watching more of them. Then I felt a little ashamed. I think I died a little on the inside with every one I watched.
10 Best Harlem Shake Videos So Far
I feel ashamed for even writing the title. But here at The Nanobyte, we do not falter in the face the squeamishly cheesy pop culture’s brain-dead bastard child. Internet culture is a weird thing, and we love it for that. So here we go.
What is it?
For those of you who live under a rock, or fifty feet underground in a nuclear shelter on a godforsaken island in the middle of the Pacific ocean because that’s where you have to be to not know about this. Harlem Shake is basically a viral video trend that has at the beginning of the video a regular dancer wiggling his butt while the people around keep minding their own business and then the bass drops and crazy things start happening. It’s essentially the new Gangnam Style.
Why is it popular?
It’s fun to do, easy to make, and can garner tons of views. ‘Tis the perfect viral video democracy. Practically any Harlem Shake video made within this month is guaranteed to rack up a huge amount of views and attention, especially if it’s involved a big group of people. Every Harlem Shake video clocks at 30 seconds so Internet folks are more willing to watch a whole bunch of them. It also targets the people’s curiosity since everyone who clicks on a HS video wants to see what insane and ridiculous thing might happen. The weirder the video, the better. Most talk shows around the world have now featured some resemblance of the Harlem Shake. TechRadar has even created a mathematical formula for this meme. People from all walks of life, from firefighters, office workers, babies, mommies, animals, even inanimate f***ing object have participated in this putrid dance. It’s going out of control!
1. The Original
This is allegedly the abomination that started the trend. You should watch it to know who’s to blame for this hot mess.
2. The Most Ridiculous: Army Edition
I don’t know who deserves an Oscar more. The sleeping bag guy, the guy falling out of the window, the two guy wearing the same shirt, or the guy wailing about while being attached to another guy’s back. You decide.
3. The Cutest: Puppy Edition
Dancing puppies. Need I say more?
4. The Weirdest: Office Edition
Guy punching a stuffed giraffe. I’m done.
5. The Buffest: Six Pack Shortcut Edition
The guys from the most popular workout channel on youtube go crazy.
6. The Most Mature: Grandma Edition
or the most immature, I don’t know which adjective to pick.
7. The Most Diverse: SeaWorld Edition
Featuring California sea lions and a Pacific walrus
8. The Nerdiest: Game Nerd Edition
9. The Most Hazardous: …
Watch it. Words don’t do this video justice.
10. The Most Vulgar: Nude Edition
NOT SAFE FOR WORK. You have been warned.
I hate the Internet sometimes.
Mom, if you’re reading this, DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS AT THE OFFICE, PLEASE.
Bonus 1. The Scariest: The Exorcist Edition
Bonus 2. The Sexiest: Supermodels Edition
Gorgeous supermodels Jourdan Dunn, Cara Delevingne, and Rosie Tapner breaking into the dance at the Topshop Unique A/W13 show. 31 seconds of perfection.
Bonus 3. Harlem Reacts to Harlem Shake Videos
“They’re dry humping air.”
“Zombies going crazy.”
“Find a new hobby.”
“People on West 4th Street would do that.” BAM!