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    Posted on Dec 20, 2013

    The 39 Most Important Viral Videos Of 2013

    These are the videos that inspired the conversations, drove the memes, and dominated the culture of 2013.

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    1. The NFL: A Bad Lip Reading

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    Uploaded: January 15

    Total views: 45, 053, 711

    A 100% completely accurate representation of how sports work. 100%.

    2. A Pep Talk from Kid President to You

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    Uploaded: January 24

    Total views: 30,741,265

    If we learned anything from the Kid President this year, it was to "stop being boring". Always remember that life isn't a game, people.

    3. DO THE HARLEM SHAKE (ORIGINAL)

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    Uploaded: February 2

    Total views: 50,464,500

    The video that set the biggest trend for the first half of 2013. Oh, and there's a guy wearing a pink bodysuit.

    4. Taylor Swift - I Knew You Were A Goat When You Walked In

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    Uploaded: February 9

    Total views: 2,284,490

    Because T-Swift and goats.

    5. Norwegian Army Harlem Shake

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    Uploaded: February 10

    Total views: 96,703, 582

    Even soldiers got in on the Harlem Shake craze. Watch for the guy that danced so hard he fell out a window.

    6. "To This Day"

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    Uploaded: February 13

    Total Views: 11,835,426

    This animated spoken word poem has been shared by everyone who's ever been bullied or depressed or simply felt alone in the world. It is both tender and fierce, making you acknowledge your emotions while also encouraging you to step up and fight for the life you want.

    7. Meteorite Crash In Russia

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    Uploaded: February 14

    Total views: 38,619,210

    The meteorite crash in Russia literally shook the world in 2013. Thanks to mandatory dashboard cameras in all Russian cars, the entire event was caught on camera from multiple angles.

    8. Mozart vs Skrillex. Epic Rap Battles of History Season 2

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    Uploaded: April 8

    Total views: 43,016,478

    Two musical titans (lol, jk, only Mozart is a titan) taking each other on in a rap battle. #teammozart

    9. How Animals Eat Their Food

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    Uploaded: April 8

    Total views: 90,878,834

    And, well, now you know. Bon appetit.

    10. Dove Real Beauty Sketches

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    Uploaded: April 14

    Total views: 60,666,826

    Part of Dove's "Real Beauty" campaign, this ad led to a lot of discussion about how women are told to understand their own bodies - both pro-Dove and anti-Dove.

    11. News Anchors Lose It Over Hilarious Ryan Lochte Interview

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    Uploaded: April 18

    Total views: 2,112,049

    You can't really blame her. Ryan Lochte interviews are just always hilarious.

    12. Baby & Me - The New Evian Film

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    Uploaded: April 19

    Total views: 68,414,633

    This video answers the all-important question, "What would babies look like out at da club?"

    13. Kaycee Rice - Werk (10 years old)

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    Uploaded: April 26

    Total views: 4,056,739

    This 10-year-old girl just might be the next Beyoncé. Who knew this young girl could move better than most people twice her age.

    14. "Fire With Fire"

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    Uploaded: May 5

    Total Views: 3,019,638

    Aptly named, "Fire With Fire" is a documentary short which tells the story of a young girl with terminal cancer who is rescued by the unlikeliest of cures. Your jaw is guaranteed to drop.

    15. Charles Ramsey

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    Uploaded: May 6

    Total views: 7,807,436

    All eyes were on Charles Ramsey this year when he found the three Cleveland women who had been missing for over a decade. His interview after the fact was nothing short of delightful.

    16. 2 yr old and her mom ... Kills choreography !!! 2years old !

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    Uploaded: May 8

    Total views: 2,507,752

    This little girl kills the choreography to Beyoncé's "End Of Time" and then finds herself on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Kids these days.

    17. Space Oddity

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    Uploaded: May 12

    Total views: 19,600,701

    Anything that combines zero gravity and David Bowie instantly demands a medal. Especially when the performer is the commander of the International Space Station.

    18. Porn Sex vs Real Sex: The Differences Explained With Food

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    Uploaded: July 29

    Total views: 10,242,392

    Turns out that plenty of fruits out there look plenty phallic. An interesting look into how porn shapes our perceptions of sexuality.

    19. Drunk vs Stoned

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    Uploaded: August 22

    Total views: 3,716,135

    In which we learn that watching people attempt to do simple tasks while totally drunk/high is actually a lot of fun.

    20. Ylvis - The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)

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    Uploaded: September 3

    Total views: 290,568,548

    Thanks, Norway, for asking the truly important questions.

    21. "I Killed A Man."

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    Uploaded: September 3

    Total views: 2,558,139

    Matthew Cordle confessed, on Youtube, to killing a 61-year-old man when he was driving drunk. The confession is unbelievably honest. Cordle received 6 1/2 years in prison for driving drunk and causing an accident that lead to the the death of the man he confessed to killing.

    22. Worst Twerk Fail EVER - Girl Catches Fire!

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    Uploaded: September 3

    Total views: 14,802,421

    Twerking? Check. A random person experiencing extreme pain? Check. This one had all the makings of a good viral vid, even if it did turn out to be a hoax from Jimmy Kimmel.

    23. Spencer's Home Depot Marriage Proposal

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    Uploaded: September 11

    Total views: 10,961,168

    Basically everything that makes a good viral video - a flash mob, a great soundtrack, and proof that romance isn't dead after all.

    24. Lily's Disneyland Surprise....AGAIN!

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    Uploaded: September 12

    Total views: 3,797,443

    The title says Lily, but really this one's all about sister Chloe. She gave the greatest side-eye of all time, quickly becoming a Tumblr sensation.

    25. Little boy dancing to Lady Gaga

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    Uploaded: September 19

    Total Views: 1,016,378

    This young boy dances flawlessly to Gaga's "Applause", which is fitting, because he deserves all of it for his killer moves.

    26. Hedgehog "Wrecking Ball" Parody

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    Uploaded: September 20

    Total Views: 1,393,880

    Sadly, it's not the whole song, but you get a good glimpse of that hedgehog writhing around in a tiny white tank top and darn it, that is good enough!

    27. An Interpretive Dance For My Boss Set To Kanye West's Gone

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    Uploaded: September 28

    Total views: 17,035,851

    The "I quit" that was heard around the world. Bosses beware: this could replace resignation letters from now until forever.

    28. Telekinetic Coffee Shop Surprise

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    Uploaded: October 7

    Total views: 51,382,668

    Everyone freaked out when they thought this coffee shop was possessed by some sort of Carrie-like character. Thus, the greatest prank of all time was born.

    29. Chris Koo - Crazy In Love Dance Cover

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    Uploaded: October 14

    Total views: 1,746,027

    And Chris Koo shows us that us normal people can actually move and dance like Beyoncé. Until now, claims of such were highly doubtful. Thank you for making us believe again, Chris.

    30. Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock performs Katy Perry's "Roar"

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    Uploaded: October 21

    Total views: 3,439,231

    Nothing more touching than kids with enough hope to fill the whole world. Hope you got your tissues ready.

    31. The first walk on the ice

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    Uploaded: October 24

    Total views: 5,499,770

    In these 15 seconds, the entire beauty of humanity is explored. THIS IS LIFE. WE ARE ALL THIS GIRL FALLING ON ICE.

    32. Baby's Emotional Reaction to Mother's Song. PRICELESS!!!

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    Uploaded: October 29

    Total views: 1,190,991

    This adorable little baby is moved to tears as his mom sings him Rod Stewart's "My Heart Can't Tell Me No". SO MANY FEELS.

    33. The Epic Split feat. Van Damme

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    Uploaded: November 13

    Total views: 61,142,799

    Was there anything better than seeing Van Damme spread his legs in 2013? No, no there wasn't.

    34. Girls Who Read

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    Uploaded: November 17

    Total views: 2,908,101

    An ode to girls who enjoy literature. Snaps to you sir, snaps all around.

    35. Harry Potter in Real Life

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    Uploaded: November 19

    Total views: 3,543,668

    Because who hasn't dreamed about receiving their acceptance letter to Hogwarts? The fantasy we all wish would happen to us.

    36. Detroit Pistons | Dance Cam: Nov. 19, 2013

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    Uploaded: November 22

    Total views: 8,187,509

    Antwain Alexander, 11, and NBA usher, Shannon Sailes, 46, launched into a dance-off over the Detroit Pistons dance cam, and it was the most epic dance battle ever.

    37. Miley Cyrus - Wrecking Ball (Chatroulette Version)

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    Uploaded: November 26

    Total views: 80,621,077

    Steve Kardynal has done this kind of thing before for other songs, but there's nothing quite like seeing a burly naked man riding an inflatable ball in his living room.

    38. If Only For A Second

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    Uploaded: December 4

    Total views: 13,544,236

    The Mimi Foundation surprised cancer patients with special makeovers, which turned out to consist of crazy wigs and out-of-control makeup, to help them forget the disease "if only for a second."

    39. #XMAS JAMMIES - Merry Christmas from the Holderness Family!

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    Uploaded: December 11

    Total views: 12,118,080

    Not your typical Christmas card. Congrats to the Holderness family on their fly jammies.

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