22 Best Viral Videos Of All Time (2023)

22 Best Viral Videos Of All Time (1)

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By DSIM Team /09/05/2019

22 Best Viral Videos Of All Time (2)

Do you have videos and want to make them viral?

Well, it would be better if you research which are the videos that went viral.

A proper case study will help you understand what are the factors that can make your videos extremely popular?

Here are 22 examples you can take a note from-

Contents

  • 1) Charlie Schmidt’s Keyboard Cat! – THE ORIGINAL!
  • 2)LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE!
  • 3) David After Dentist
  • 4) Susan Boyle – Singer – Britain’s Got Talent 2009
  • 5) JK Wedding Entrance Dance
  • 6) Old Spice | The Man Your Man Could Smell Like
  • 7) BED INTRUDER SONG!!!
  • 8) Rebecca Black – Friday
  • 9) KONY 2012
  • 10) Uncle Drew | Chapter 1 | Pepsi Max
  • 11) PSY – GANGNAM STYLE (강남스타일) M/V
  • 12) Dove Real Beauty Sketches | You’re more beautiful than you think (3mins)
  • 13) Lazy Sunday
  • 14) Evolution of Dance
  • 15) FIRST KISS
  • 16) Always #LikeAGirl
  • 17) 10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman
  • 18) Ping Pong Trick Shots 3 | Dude Perfect
  • 19) Laughing Chewbacca Mask Lady
  • 20) Obama out:’ President Barack Obama’s hilarious final White House correspondents’ dinner speech
  • 21) Ylvis – The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?) [Official music video HD]
  • Conclusion
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1) Charlie Schmidt’s Keyboard Cat! – THE ORIGINAL!

One of the funny cat YouTube videos that went viral was Charlie Schmidt’s Keyboard Cat! – THE ORIGINAL!”

The video grabbed 54.2 million views and 651,000 engagements and the results are still among the toppers.

This video features a tabby, in a blue dress, which appears to play a tune on a keyboard. If you measure also this, you would find it insignificant.

This video went viral when Brad O’Farrell, then the syndication manager of video website My Damn Channel, found the clip and put it at the end of another video.

The Time defined the whole significance in the following way-

“Keyboard Cat mashups add a touch more absurdity to already absurd situations, like a man falling off a treadmill or Miss Teen South Carolina flubbing her geography. Combine that with the Internet’s penchant for cats, and a craze is born.”

2)LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE!

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A different genre video “LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE!” by Chris Crocker caught 50.7 million views and 657,000 engagements.

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The video can’t be checked as Crocker closed his YouTube account in September 2015.

Users can’t check this video as the account has been closed.

So, many people mistakenly think that the only videos that go viral are ones featuring animals, babies, and dancing. Well, this isn’t necessarily true.

3) David After Dentist

Another video that went viral was “David After Dentist” and received 138 million views and 517,000 engagements.

David DeVore Sr. posted video of his son YouTube and later it became a major hit.

Therefore, YouTube invited the DeVore family to join the YouTube Partner Program, which allowed them to monetize the video.

4) Susan Boyle – Singer – Britain’s Got Talent 2009

Next video in the row is from the 4th year of YouTube which doesn’t have cute kids, funny cats, or old dance moves.

The title of the video was “Susan Boyle – Singer – Britain’s Got Talent 2009.”

This April 2009 video received 96 million views as of August 2010, when the video was removed due to some copyright issues.

But, one can still see 1,360 copies still on YouTube, with a combined total of 734 million views and 2.4 million engagements.

5) JK Wedding Entrance Dance

YouTube also brought a viral video, “JK Wedding Entrance Dance” which was uploaded in July 2009 and got 98.1 million views and 447,000 engagements.

This video was completely about hilarious dancing.

6) Old Spice | The Man Your Man Could Smell Like

It’s a viral video of February 2010 which received 56.2 million views and 239,000 engagements.

This viral video is an ad and comprised of eight YouTube videos, which collectively got 98.7 million views and 337,000 engagements.

As the ad was for an everyday hygiene item, so who would have thought that it would go viral?

But, the story doesn’t end here. In July 2010, Noreen O’Leary and Todd Wasserman of Adweek made a report in which they stated that monthly sales of Old Spice Body Wash increased 107 percent after the ad.

7) BED INTRUDER SONG!!!

As the title states everything, this viral video is not about animals, babies, or dancing.

This video was uploaded in July 2010 by Schmoyoho, which received 143 million views and 1.2 million engagements.

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The Gregory Brothers took the eccentric television interview which Antoine Dodson gave after his sister’s attempted assault and it became a mass hit.

8) Rebecca Black – Friday

Uploaded on March 2011 to Ark Music Factory’s channel, this video had all stuff to become viral. It had 166 million views before its removal from YouTube in June 2011.

Although, the “official version” was uploaded in September 2011 to Rebecca’s channel. It had 131 million views and 1.8 million engagements.

9) KONY 2012


It was YouTube’s seventh year i.e. 2012 when uploaded on the platform and overall it had 102 million views and 1.8 million engagements.

This incredible score shows that even an unknown entity can still create a global impact in social media through strong content and a savvy marketing strategy.

10) Uncle Drew | Chapter 1 | Pepsi Max

This Pepsi video went viral in May 2012, the seventh year of YouTube. It had 54.6 million views and 213,000 engagements.

Now, this video is 4 minutes and 59 seconds long. So, it doesn’t look like an ad, does it?

It was an ad, but also offers useful, and practical lessons about making a parody/comedy skit/prank video that can go viral.

11) PSY – GANGNAM STYLE (강남스타일) M/V


It’s “PSY – GANGNAM STYLE (강남스타일) M/V.”

This viral video was uploaded in July 2012 and got 3.3 billion views and 21 million engagements.

It was a video for the song and went hit because the song is catchy as well as hot girls, lunacy, and a funky dance.”

12) Dove Real Beauty Sketches | You’re more beautiful than you think (3mins)

Has anyone made you feel beautiful than you think? This viral video does.

This three-minute Dove video gathered 68.5 million views along with 180,000 engagements.

Reason for being the video viral was its emotional marketing strategy.

13) Lazy Sunday

Lazy Sunday wasn’t only a viral video, rather it was the first one to put YouTube on the map.

The video uploaded was a plagiarized copy of the Saturday Night Live skit, “The Chronicles of Narnia Rap.”

This video garnered 1.2 million views in its first 10 days.

It was also reported that visits to YouTube had increased up 83% after the upload of the video.

14) Evolution of Dance

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Evolution of Dance was a rare dancing video that went viral. The uploaded video gathered 305 million views and 1.5 million engagements, according to sources.

Unfortunately, users can’t see this video anymore as it comprises content from Warner Music Group (WMG), which has blocked it in the U.S. based on copyright.

15) FIRST KISS

“FIRST KISS” is only romantic video in the list that garnered 138 million views and 641,000 engagements.

In the description of the video, you would found “We asked 20 strangers to kiss for the first time….”

WREN, an unpopular brand took the industry by storm and showed a small brand can do great even with limited resources.

16) Always #LikeAGirl

Always #LikeAGirl is a viral video that garnered 67 million views and 331,000 engagements after its upload in June 2014.

17) 10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman

Rob Bliss Creative uploaded this video in October 2014, and it gathered 48.3 million views and 175,000 engagements.

This video has more credentials as it generated 279 response videos which received a total of 147.7 million views and 1.6 million engagements.

18) Ping Pong Trick Shots 3 | Dude Perfect

This video was uploaded in April 2017 to Dude Perfect’s YouTube channel. This viral video had 39.5 million subscribers and as this was sponsored by Oreo received 197 million views and 5.4 million engagements.

19) Laughing Chewbacca Mask Lady

Laughing Chewbacca Mask Lady video was uploaded in May 2016 by Candace Payne to her Facebook page.

The initial name to the video was “It’s the simple joys in life”.

The video got 175 million views and 6.4 million engagements.

20) Obama out:’ President Barack Obama’s hilarious final White House correspondents’ dinner speech

This video is different from the rest of the viral videos.

Before the upload of the video, no one had thought that then-president Obama’s hilarious final White House correspondents’ dinner speech video will go viral.

This video got 28.3 million views and 283,000 engagements.

21) Ylvis – The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?) [Official music video HD]

Here is another viral video from the music industry. The September 2013 video had received 838 million views and 7.2 million engagements.

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It was an official music video in HD.

22) Red Bull & NBA’s Social Media Videos

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The last viral video was from Red Bull uploaded in November 2017 on its Facebook page.

The video was “Door in the Sky” which got 49 million subscribers, it got 258 million views and 5.8 million engagements.

Conclusion

Viral videos are undoubtedly a great source of traffic generation. But, at the same time, you need to know which top viral videos have made it to social media.

Here is a list of top 22 viral videos on YouTube and Facebook.

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FAQs

What is the most viral video of all time? ›

"Baby Shark Dance" became the first video to reach eight billion views in February 2021, nine billion views in July 2021, and ten billion views in January 2022.

What is the best viral video? ›

14 of the Top Viral YouTube Videos Everybody Talks About:
  • “Charlie bit my finger – again!”
  • “Children interrupt BBC News interview."
  • “Leave Britney Alone”
  • “Rebecca Black – Friday”
  • “Daft Hands – Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger”
  • “Miss Teen USA 2007 – South Carolina answers a question."
  • “Numa Numa”
13 May 2021

What is the greatest YouTube video of all time? ›

The most viewed on YouTube is Baby Shark Dance - Pinkfong Kids' Songs & Stories (simply called Baby Shark).

What are some viral YouTube videos? ›

Here, a look back at some of the best viral YouTube videos ever created.
  • Charlie Bit My Finger: 2007. ...
  • Tillman the Skateboarding Bulldog: 2007. ...
  • Daft Hands: Harder, Better, Faster Stronger: 2007. ...
  • Robert Kelly's Kids Interrupt His BBC Interview. ...
  • Will It Blend: 2010. ...
  • Shoes: 2007. ...
  • "Friday" by Rebecca Black: 2011.
10 Apr 2018

How much is 1 billion YouTube views worth? ›

A YouTube video with 1 billion views can make upwards of $5,000. According to a variety of sources, YouTubers can make anywhere from $0.01 to $0.30 per ad view with an average of $0.18 per view.

Who has a billion views on YouTube? ›

Most popular YouTube videos based on total global views as of September 2022 (in billions)
CharacteristicNumber of views in billions
"Despacito"- Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee7.97
"Johny Johny Yes Papa" - LooLoo Kids6.46
"Shape of You" - Ed Sheeran5.8
"See You Again" - Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth5.63
6 more rows
22 Sept 2022

What was the 1st viral video? ›

It all started more than 25 years ago. Before social media, even before the internet for some people, there was the dancing baby. The 3D-rendered, diaper-clad baby doing some version of the Cha Cha is widely known as the first viral video or meme.

Who made the first viral video? ›

Santa (1995). Brian Graden sent copies of Jesus vs. Santa to several of his friends, and from there it was copied and distributed, including on the internet, where it became one of the first viral videos.

Who was the first viral YouTube? ›

One of the first viral videos that helped to put YouTube on the map was Lazy Sunday. Uploaded in December 2005, it was a bootleg copy of the Saturday Night Live skit, The Chronicles of Narnia Rap.

What is the most viewed video? ›

The 20 Most Viewed YouTube Videos
  • “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran (5.83bn views) ...
  • “Johny Johny Yes Papa” by LooLoo Kids (6.5bn views) ...
  • “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi, featuring Daddy Yankee (7.99bn views) ...
  • “Baby Shark Dance” by Pinkfong Kids' Songs & Stories (11.54bn views)
5 days ago

What is the most disliked video on YouTube? ›

Revenge 😂

Which song has most views in 24 hours? ›

Top music videos
  • "Butter" BTS. YouTube. 108.2. ...
  • "Dynamite" BTS. YouTube. 101.1. ...
  • "Pink Venom" Blackpink. YouTube. 90.4. ...
  • "How You Like That" Blackpink. YouTube. 86.3. ...
  • "Ice Cream" Blackpink and Selena Gomez. YouTube. 79.0. ...
  • "Boy with Luv" BTS ( feat. Halsey) YouTube. ...
  • "Lalisa" Lisa. YouTube. 73.6. ...
  • "Permission to Dance" BTS. YouTube. 72.3.

What YouTube video has the most views 2022? ›

However, the video with the most views on YouTube is 'Baby Shark Dance' by Pinkfong Baby Shark – Kids' Songs & Stories which has 11.45 billion views as of writing.

How many views is a viral video? ›

There are simply too many videos with that many views to make them all stand out. It's safe to assume that currently, it's better to aim at gaining at least 5 million views to reap the benefits of going viral.

Where can I find viral videos? ›

10 Best Viral Video Curation Websites
  • BestOfYouTube. The BestOfYouTube is one of the most commonly used viral curation sites online. ...
  • Devour. ...
  • ClipADay. ...
  • RightThisMinute. ...
  • Wimp. ...
  • ClassicViralVideos. ...
  • VideoSift. ...
  • VideoBash.
6 May 2020

How much money does 100k views make? ›

For example, if your RPM is $5 and you get 100,000 views per month, you can earn $500 per month. So, while you'll need to have a minimum number of subscribers to get into YouTube's program so that you can start earning money, it's actually the number of views that will impact your earning potential.

How much money do you make with 1000000 subscribers? ›

How much does a YouTuber with 1 million subscribers make? The average YouTuber with 1 million subscribers typically makes roughly $60,000 a year. If you're considering becoming a YouTuber as an easy way to earn some cash, first you should check out these options first.

What is the record for most viewed video in 24 hours? ›

“Butter” (BTS)

One day after its debut, “Butter” surpassed “Dynamite” in terms of views. Because of its 108 million views in 24 hours, K-Pop has taken over the top spot in the YouTube “Most Viewed” ranking.

What is the top 10 most viewed video on YouTube? ›

  • “Baby Shark Dance” by Pinkfong (10.6 billion views) ...
  • “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi feat. ...
  • “Johny Johny Yes Papa” by LooLoo Kids (6.3 billion views) ...
  • “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran (5.7 billion views) ...
  • “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa feat. ...
  • “Bath Song” by Cocomelon Nursery Rhymes (5.3 billion views)
18 Oct 2022

What is the fastest YouTube video to reach 1 billion views? ›

Daddy Yankee" in terms of total views, Adele's record for fastest video release to generate one billion views still stands as of September2022.
...
Fastest viral videos to reach 1 billion YouTube streams as of September 2022 (in days)
Artist: Song (release date)Days needed to reach 1 billion views
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22 Sept 2022

Who is the first Vlogger? ›

The First Vlog & Early Vlogging (2000-2004)

Adam Kontras was the first to accomplish this on January 2nd, 2000 when he posted a 15-second video of himself sneaking a cat into his apartment building. He had been documenting his personal journey for friends and family to Los Angeles to make it in show business.

What was popular before YouTube? ›

Google Video & Vimeo were the most popular & readily available video storage and watching sites before Youtube..

How did videos go viral before YouTube? ›

YouTube wasn't always the number one platform that sent the funniest and most shocking videos off into a virtual abyss of viral glory. Before the video-sharing platform came around, people had to post clips on web humor sites, on forums, and by email.

What was the first online video? ›

Wax or the Discovery of Television Among the Bees, originally released in 1991, is the first film to be streamed on the Internet. Due to bandwidth limitations, it is broadcast at 2 frames per second rather than the standard 24 frames per second.

How many views do you need to get paid on YouTube? ›

To get paid by YouTube, you first need to reach a balance of $100 or more from views. This means you'll need to garner 20,000 views if you receive $5 per 1,000 views. To make this happen, YouTube created the YouTube Partner Program, which allows you to get paid through advertisements on your page.

Is 10k views on TikTok viral? ›

Videos that get between 1000–3000 views mean you have a mid-tier account. Videos that get 10,000+ views mean you have a “head” account.

Why do videos go viral? ›

Whether it's the way that on-camera talent talks or the editing style, the personality of the video should be cohesive with your overall marketing strategy. Connection. Videos go viral because they connect with their audience. They make people laugh, inform, teach, persuade.

What is the 3rd video on YouTube? ›

The third video to be uploaded to YouTube, on April 24 2005, doesn't look too dissimilar to some of the TikToks making the rounds on social media today. The sole video from user GP, Tribute shows a man jumping between two walls and screaming, before being congratulated by the cameraman at the end.

Where can I watch deleted YouTube videos? ›

One of the easiest ways to watch deleted YouTube videos would be to access the Wayback Machine. It is a digital archive of the Internet containing over 500 billion pages and continues to expand every single day.

How do I find deleted YouTube videos? ›

How do I find deleted YouTube videos?
  1. Copy the URL of the deleted video and go to Internet Archive's Wayback Machine. ...
  2. Paste the URL in the URL box and press Enter.
  3. Select a snapshot from a date and time where the video was available.
  4. Right-click the video and select Save video as to download it.
16 Aug 2022

What was the 1st viral video? ›

It all started more than 25 years ago. Before social media, even before the internet for some people, there was the dancing baby. The 3D-rendered, diaper-clad baby doing some version of the Cha Cha is widely known as the first viral video or meme.

What was the very first video to go viral? ›

Frosty (1992) and Jesus vs. Santa (1995). Brian Graden sent copies of Jesus vs. Santa to several of his friends, and from there it was copied and distributed, including on the internet, where it became one of the first viral videos.

What was the first video to ever go viral? ›

"Lazy Sunday," the second SNL Digital Short, was the first viral video on YouTube. It aired on the December 17,2005 episode of Saturday Night Live.

What was the very first viral video on YouTube? ›

One of the first viral videos that helped to put YouTube on the map was Lazy Sunday. Uploaded in December 2005, it was a bootleg copy of the Saturday Night Live skit, The Chronicles of Narnia Rap. So, how popular was this video?

What was popular before YouTube? ›

Google Video & Vimeo were the most popular & readily available video storage and watching sites before Youtube..

How did videos go viral before YouTube? ›

YouTube wasn't always the number one platform that sent the funniest and most shocking videos off into a virtual abyss of viral glory. Before the video-sharing platform came around, people had to post clips on web humor sites, on forums, and by email.

Where can I find viral videos? ›

10 Best Viral Video Curation Websites
  • BestOfYouTube. The BestOfYouTube is one of the most commonly used viral curation sites online. ...
  • Devour. ...
  • ClipADay. ...
  • RightThisMinute. ...
  • Wimp. ...
  • ClassicViralVideos. ...
  • VideoSift. ...
  • VideoBash.
6 May 2020

How many views is a viral video? ›

There are simply too many videos with that many views to make them all stand out. It's safe to assume that currently, it's better to aim at gaining at least 5 million views to reap the benefits of going viral.

What is the most watched TikTok? ›

The Most Viewed TikTok Videos of All Time
  1. Zach King's Magic Ride – 2.2 Billion Views. ...
  2. James Charles' Christmas Sisters Party – 1.7 Billion Views. ...
  3. Zach King's Unexpected Hiding Spots – 1.1 Billion Views. ...
  4. Glass and Cake Illusion by Zach King – 966.4 Million Views. ...
  5. “M to the B” lip-Syncing by Bella Porch – 690.6 Million Views.
24 Aug 2022

What makes a video viral? ›

The term “viral video” is about the speed and distribution path an internet video can follow through organic social media sharing. The volume and velocity a video gets shared at each time it's viewed, the bigger the spike in total number and geography of viewers increases...

What was the first online video? ›

Wax or the Discovery of Television Among the Bees, originally released in 1991, is the first film to be streamed on the Internet. Due to bandwidth limitations, it is broadcast at 2 frames per second rather than the standard 24 frames per second.

When did going viral become a thing? ›

The expression going viral is older than you might think. It was coined before the internet took off, in the 1980s, by marketing managers who came up with the novel idea of relying on customers to spread information about a product.

Who was the first Youtuber? ›

The first youtuber was Jawed Karim who was also a founder of YouTube.

Where can I watch deleted YouTube videos? ›

One of the easiest ways to watch deleted YouTube videos would be to access the Wayback Machine. It is a digital archive of the Internet containing over 500 billion pages and continues to expand every single day.

What was the second YouTube video? ›

I just happened to do a search of the first uploads ever to YouTube, and it turns out the 2nd video ever uploaded to the site is titled “My Snowboarding Skillz” uploaded on April 23, 2005. The video was only beaten by “Me At The Zoo” which was uploaded by YouTube's co-founder Jawed Karim.

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