17 Viral Videos You May Have Forgotten About

“Chocolate Rain,” anyone?

BuzzFeed spent the weekend in Toronto at the first annual Buffer Festival, which celebrates YouTube as an art form. We asked the attendees, “What was the first viral video you ever saw?”


Prepare for a walk down memory lane.

1.The End Of The World*” (2003)— 7,956,870 views

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*Appeared on YouTube in 2006, but first appeared on the Internet in 2003
Grace Helbig, YouTuber, Age 28

2.Boxman” (2006)— 7,017,212 views

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Age 19

3.Evolution Of Dance” (2006)— 231,866,970 views

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Age 23

4.The Sneezing Baby Panda” (2006)— 174,698,062 views

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Mitchell Davis, YouTuber, Age 24

5.Charlie Bit My Finger, Again!” (2007)— 597,359,728 views

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Age 22

6.Thriller” (2007)— 53,179,267 views

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Age 32

7.How To Be Ninja” (2007)— 37,198,012 views

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Age 13

8.Borat Movie Trailer” (2007)— 2,642,493 views

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Age 21

9.Chocolate Rain” (2007)— 94,363,121 views

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Corey Vidal, YouTuber, Age 26

10.The Ultimate Showdown Of Ultimate Destiny” (2007)— 2,073,439 views

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Age 19

11.How To Be Gangster” (2007)— 39,402,107 views

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12.Shoes” (2007)— 51,763,567 views

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Age 15

13.Charlie The Unicorn*” (2008)— 20,382,588 views

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*Actual name of video
Age 21

14.Bed Intruder Song” (2010)— 118,333,727 views

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Age 21

15.Double Dream Hands” (2010)— 6,417,445 views

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Age 18

16.My Drunk Kitchen Ep. 1: Butter Yo Shit” (2011)— 2,887,759 views

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Age 18

17.Lily’s Disneyland Surprise” (2011)— 13,777,197 views

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Age 22

We even met a YouTube newbie, but she seemed impressed thus far.

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“My first YouTube video was last week. Wow!!”
Age 60+

All view counts as of Nov. 12, 2013.

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