CNET Top 5
Internet video memes of 2010From "It Gets Better" to "Double Rainbow," we count down the top video memes of the year.
I'm Molly Wood, in for Brian Cooley with a CNET Top 5: the top Internet video memes of the year. Now, when our producer, Sarah, had the idea to do the memes of the year, we tried to explain to Cooley what we were talking about. That conversation went a little something like this. So, we decided IÃ¯Â¿Â½d take this one. LetÃ¯Â¿Â½s get started, shall we? Coming in at Number 5, the It Gets Better project. It started on Dan SavageÃ¯Â¿Â½ss podcast Savage Love after a rash of gay teen suicides. He asked people to start posting video address to suicidal teens. By yearÃ¯Â¿Â½s end, there were more than 5,000 videos with more than 20 million views. Many, many celebrities made videos, as did companies like Google and Pixar, and even President Obama. Hey, CBS? WhereÃ¯Â¿Â½s ours? At number four, itÃ¯Â¿Â½s the Taiwanese news animations. Now, admittedly, the first one did happen in December 2009, re-enacting the Tiger Woods accident and arrest. But thatÃ¯Â¿Â½s pretty much 2010, and the meme really took off with the Steve Jobs reality distortion field animation in July, and who could forget their takes on Snooki, Lindsey Lohan getting out of jail, and flight attendant Steven Slater quitting his job in spectacular fashion? So good. At number three, itÃ¯Â¿Â½s gotta be the Double Rainbow guy. Paul Vasquez recorded his own HIGHLY emotional response to seeing a double rainbow in Yosemite National Park, and uploaded it to YouTube. No big, right? Ha. The Internet collectively loved it, leading to multiple songs and auto-tunes, a KFC Taco Bell spoof, pop culture and Twitter references galore, and multiple songs and auto-tunes. Plus, these awesome belts on Etsy. The world loves a double rainbow, people. Coming in at number 2? My boyfriend, Isaiah Mustafa, and Old SpiceÃ¯Â¿Â½s The Man your Man could smell like campaign. Normally, we caution any company against trying to manufacture a viral hit. It never works. UNLESS itÃ¯Â¿Â½s this commercial. It got millions of YouTube hits, there were almost as many spoofs and remakes, and there was even a Sesame Street cover! Plus, Old Spice played it perfect, with a single day in which Mustafa made personalized videos responding to tweets, emails, and Facebook. Old man never smelled so memey. And before we get to Number One, letÃ¯Â¿Â½s have a look at some of the other major memes of the year. Coming in at 6 to 10, there was: The Trololo guy. Creepy Russian sings without moving mouth. CanÃ¯Â¿Â½t get more Internet than that. The Scarface school play. The sight of children play-shooting each other and calling each other fudging mother fudgers was disturbing Ã¯Â¿Â½ LY AWESOME. DonÃ¯Â¿Â½t worry, it was all an Internet joke. The OMG Cat, which was then mashed up into the OMG Cat that cannot unsee the horror. Cats. Always a winner. Not a video, but you had to love the BP Global PR fake Twitter account, which kept BP and the disastrous Gulf oil spill front and center long after BPÃ¯Â¿Â½s real PR team wished it would go away. Plus, they raised money for Gulf relief! And then were was Justin Bieber. Who not only consumed fully 3 percent of TwitterÃ¯Â¿Â½s servers at any given time, but made his OWN spoof videos of Internet memes over at Funny Or Die. The meme redoing the memes. ItÃ¯Â¿Â½s all so meta. And with that, itÃ¯Â¿Â½s time to get to the Number One Internet meme of 2010. The Bed Intruder. This is the kind of thing that can only happen on the Internet. Antoine Dodson saves his sister from a would-be rapist, gives an interview on the local news, the Gregory Brothers of Auto-Tune the News fame turn it into a song Ã¯Â¿Â½ The Ã¯Â¿Â½songÃ¯Â¿Â½ got more than 45 million views, and even some of the countless covers numbered in the millions of views. There were Halloween costumes, Antoine Dodson endorsements, and he even Ã¯Â¿Â½performedÃ¯Â¿Â½ the song at the BET awards. Plus, he got some sweet extensions out of it. Well done, Internet. Well done. And thatÃ¯Â¿Â½s it for this Top 5, everyone. Hopefully Cooley now knows what a meme is, although IÃ¯Â¿Â½ll do this episode any time. I'm Molly Wood and you can find all the CNET Top 5 videos at CNETTV.com.