By Jasmine Grant
Bizarre cat videos and montages of skateboarders falling crotch-first on guardrails are a dime a dozen on the Internet. But only the chosen few on YouTube actually go viral to the point where they influence everything around us, including the music we listen to. There’s no formula for what makes these random captured moments trend worldwide, but we can almost always expect someone to flip them into song form moments after they pick up steam. Like the brilliant people on the Internet did to the now infamous moment Birdman gave us during his Breakfast Club interview.
Here’s a look at the most iconic viral video-turned-songs we simply can’t get out of our heads.
Birdman on The Breakfast Club
All Birdman wanted was for the hosts of The Breakfast Club to put some “respeck on his name.” That didn’t happen, but we all got really hilarious memes from the moment and this amazing song.
Chances are high school students Daniel Lara and Joshua Holz never expected to be overnight celebrities just by clowning around on Snapchat. Nonetheless, they birthed an Internet frenzy with their “Damn Daniel” snapchat series and became popular enough to score an appearance on The Ellen Show. We knew it would only be a matter of time before someone chopped and screwed the track into a full fledged song. Lo and behold, the Internet did us a solid and gave us “Damn Daniel” – the trap remix.
Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That
Kimberly “Sweet Brown” Wilkins will forever live on in viral Internet history thanks to her a winning catchphrase “Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That.” Sweet Brown’s epic news interview was filmed by her local Oklahoma news station after she narrowly escaping a house fire. Internet geniuses flipped her hilariously raw interview into an auto-tune remix so well produced, it sounds like she literally stepped in the booth. The video has roughly 57 million views to date.
Worlstar Hip Hop (an authority on all things ratchet) obtained some hilarious footage of a heartbroken guy in distress having an epic meltdown outside his girlfriend’s car after discovering she had been cheating. The man went completely bizerk, cursing and putting his former “Cinnamon Apple” on blast. While we feel for the dude…WTF? How can such a devastating event be so hilarious at the same time? Just ask Fabolous. He used the video as inspiration for the aptly named track on his mixtape The Young OG Project where he describes his first love turned first heartbreak.
Donna Goudeau “P.O.P Hold It Down” Song
A Houston woman named Donna Goudeau and her Pimp Squad compadres made the news for allegedly robbing and stabbing an elderly man. Though the events that landed them behind bars are no laughing matter, Goudeau shedding her gangster exterior on camera while saying “P.O.P Hold It Down” provided a hearty chuckle. Viewers face palmed as Goudeau pleaded her innocent on camera by claiming to be legally blind, but failing to put on a convincing performance. Dozens of YouTubers transformed the wretched interview into song form, but it is this Bobby Shurmda-fused version with cameo appearance from Ray Charles that takes the cake.
Antoine Dodson had a few choice words for the burglar that attempted to invade his home and harm his younger sister. Dodson’s rather…passionate interview with local NBC Alabama affiliates blew up in a matter of weeks, catapulting his meteoric rise to fame. It’s not every day that a song copied from a viral video lands on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, but such was the case when The Gregory Brothers created the popular “Bed Intruder Song.” Dodson wasted no time cashing in on his short-lived time in the spotlight, performing the song at every club and TV appearance he could score.
Matthew Bellamy claims to be the originator of the Sausage movement. The innovator and class clown has multiple videos performing the call and response improv song with his classmates. Lil’ Mama flipped Bellamy’s schoolyard tune into her
Leave Britney Alone
Internet personality Chris Crocker is most famous for his tearful video defending Britney Spears’s less than spectacular comeback performance at the 2007 MTV VMA Awards. Once we realized those were indeed real tears, the question we all had is what made Crocker get all in his feelings over a celeb he’s never met? Well, it doesn’t matter now because his video confessional is now a song. Side note: have you seen how fine present day Chris Crocker is?
David After Dentist
A dad with apparently zero f*cks to give filmed his son’s manic reaction to anesthesia following a dentist visit. What started as a hilariously shareable video turned into a song and it’s as terrifying as it is funny.