Recently, I went on a deep dive into YouTube with two friends of mine looking for old videos we recalled from our childhood. While very strange looking back on them, they certainly still have a sentimental comedic flair to them despite the fact that some of them have not aged well.
1. How to Be Ninja
A true classic from the time, How to be Ninja highlights the simplicity of the old youtube community. Although it has not aged well in some respects (it does employ the use of a controversial slur), a great deal of the video still retains it's original comedic value.
Link Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdLCEwEFCMU
2. Charlie the Unicorn
Looking back at this video, I was simply annoyed. But when it came out, you couldn't walk the halls of your school without hearing someone say "Candy mountain Charlie!"
Link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsGYh8AacgY&t=70s
Looking back at this video, I can honestly look back at my younger self from 2007 and ask "what the hell." Shoes is a trip I wasn't ready to go back on.
Link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCF3ywukQYA
The Trolololo singer
Straight out of 2010, this was one among many of the first "memes" to be popularized. I cannot stand listening to this now as much as I did then, but it certainly did leave it's impact.
Link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Z4m4lnjxkY
5. Trapped in the Drive Thru
Weird Al Yankovic
A classic that was shared among all of my young friends, Trapped in the Drive Thru is a classic YouTube parody that nobody could get enough of.
Link Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHnTocdD7sk
6. Like a Boss
The Lonely Island
The Lonely Island has had their fair share of viral videos including "I'm on a Boat," "I just had sex," and more. However, this one spread around my school like wildfire.
Link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NisCkxU544c
7. Chocolate Rain
Best for last: Chocolate Rain by Tay Zonday. A true embodiment of the YouTube classics next to "Charlie Bit my Finger," no one can forget this video. What great vocals.
Link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwTZ2xpQwpA