It’s the year 2006; you’re walking home from school, where you’ve just rocked your best pair of bootcut, low-rise jeans and “Welcome to the Black Parade” by My Chemical Romance is bumping on your IPod Shuffle. You rush home to log onto YouTube to learn the Evolution of Dance, dance to impress your friends the next day.
From the Annoying Orange to the discovery of Justin Bieber, since its conception, YouTube has been the founding father of viral, hilarious, and sometimes bizarre content on the internet.
Let’s take a trip down memory lane to some of the best early—pre-beauty community drama— moments on YouTube:
If you didn’t sing, “oh my God, shoes!” every time you walked past the shoe department at Zellers, you missed out.
But not to fear! Creator of the viral-sensation, Shoes, Liam Kyle Sullivan,has come back with a 2020 re-vamp of the cult classic, “Masks.” The best part? A portion of the money made from the video will be donated to Doctors Without Borders. These masks rule and so does Liam!
Charlie bit my finger – again! (2007)
Who could forget the famous “OUCH CHARLIE—OUCH!” scream?
This viral sensation was named one of the most viewed YouTube videos with a whopping 877 million views to-date. The video was parodied on Jimmy Kimmel Live! by Jimmy Kimmel along with Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, and Chris and Liam Hemsworth. Needless to say, the bite was well worth the reward.
“Chocolate Rain“ Original Song by Tay Zonday (2007)
When you think of iconic moments in YouTube, you can’t help but sing “Chocolate Rain” to yourself.
What was simply a meme to most viewers, according to Tay Zonday, was actually created to address systematic racism; lyrics such as “the same crime has a higher price to pay” and “test scores are how much our parents make” reveal this.
Today, Zonday continues to post covers, original songs, and even created a 10-year anniversary version of “Chocolate Rain,” reigniting our love and newfound appreciation for the song.
Charlie the Unicorn (2008)
The older I get, the more I realize I’m Charlie the Unicorn.
The viral hit with three sequels and a merch line, surprisingly enough, began as a birthday present for creator, Jason Steele’s, mom. Not only did the video reach 36 million views, but the cast of the series was featured in the music video for Weezer! Now that’s a birthday to remember, Charlie…
David After Dentist (2009)
“Is this going to be forever?” – Me this entire pandemic.
Seven-year-old, David DeVore Jr., is arguably the reason for the endless supply of hilarious post-anaesthetic videos on the internet. From the Cleveland Show to Good Luck Charlie to New Girl, DeVore Jr.’s iconic phrases such as “you have four eyes” and “AH!” made their mark on pop culture. Anaesthesia isn’t forever, but internet fame is.
It Gets Better | Tyler Oakley (2010)
“It gets better, but only if we make it get better.”
Throwback to beanie wearing Tyler Oakley. From social activism on LGBTQ2S+ related issues to hysterical vlogs, Oakley’s content makes you feel connected, loved, and heard. Starting his channel in 2007, Tyler Oakley has grown up right alongside us and we’ve loved every second of it.
Oh, and did we mention that Tyler Oakley is joining us on November 4 alongside Twitch co-founder and entrepreneur, Justin Kan? Yeah, you definitely won’t want to miss out on this one.
There’s no doubt that YouTube and its content has undergone some changes since the days we spent laughing at the Peanut Butter Jelly Time song—but so have we. From watching epic Fortnite wins to surgery on a grape, YouTube is just as viral, hilarious, and bizarre as it was in 2006.
Join us November 4 at 7 p.m. to learn all about Tyler Oakley, Justin Kan, and the power of presence in the digital space here!