Online Sensations Of 2012 That Made Us Cry From Laughter, Smile From Joy


It’s a good year when a video of the leader of the free world singing Al Green‘s “Let’s Stay Together” is uploaded to YouTube. President Obama’s very good Al Green attempt wasn’t the only video that had us clicking. Strange things happen when cell phones with video recorders meet the Internet. And this is why we’re most thankful to the almighty YouTube gods.

It’s been one hell of a year for online sensations. Going viral isn’t a prerequisite to making our list of the year’s best online videos. It’s not about the number of Internet scavengers who viewed a whacky video (although it’s a pretty good indicator of how great a phenomena it is). Whatever made us laugh until our bellies ached, smile so hard while thinking, ‘How cuuuute!’ or made us hit the replay button more than once, it made the list. From Jay-Z explaining who he was to an elderly woman on the subway to a grandma dancing to Tyga‘s “Rack City,” we loved it all.

No one does “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” like DMX
COME ON, COME ON! “You go down in history. Forever.” WHAT?! DMX’s ad-libs and beat boxing makes this pretty much the best rendition of “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” in the history of Christmas songs.

Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez and Ashley Tisdale  get silly with “Call Me Maybe”
So this is what rich young adults do at sleepovers. Carly Rae Jepsen owes these three big time.

Come get your grandma!
Sorry, but not sorry. This kid’s grandma dancing to Tyga’s “Rack City” is cooler than yours. Next time that kid has got to move out of the camera frame so we can see less of him and more of grandma. Nothing personal, kid.

No one does Beyoncé, like Beyoncé, except the kid who slayed “Countdown” in a Snuggie.
We wonder if this boy’s parents yelled at him for moving all the furniture to dance throughout the house. Little did they know Queen Bey would post their son’s version of her video adding that it’s better than her own.

Let’s Stay Together,” America
No one man should have all that swag. “I’m so in love with you,” he sings. Is there anything he can’t do? Rhetorical question, y’all.

Gangnam Style
PSY is 2012’s real winner. Even on mute we’re highly entertained by his dance moves. Who cares what he’s singing/rapping about?

“Are you famous?”
Yes, lady. He’s pretty freaking famous. Like, cover of Forbes with Warren Buffet famous. Or part Barclays Center owner famous. How about regular ol’ rapper famous? The answer’s still yes.

Armless fan performs with the Goo Goo Dolls
No arms? Use your feet. That’s what 18-year-old George Dennehy did. And it led to him playing alongside the Goo Goo Dolls. Be inspired.

Zou Bisou Bisou invades Mad Men
Megan ends up on Don’s lap by the end of the performance of Gillian Hills‘ 1961 French pop song “Zou Bisou Bisou.”

Just say no to Lena Dunham’s dancing

Hey, she can’t be good at everything. She’s offbeat, which is exactly what makes this worthy of watching.

Mariah Carey is the queen of a Christmas song

Mariah Carey + The Roots + Jimmy Fallon. Oh, and four little kids popping in to sing.

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