This video is a bit older, but I would say it was the first “viral video” I ever saw. These types of videos are very popular in the gaming community and the first place the captures were really doable were with PC gaming. I think just about everyone who played or still plays World of Warcraft has had an experience with a group like this one. Either over planning, or that one guy that doesn’t follow the plan. Blizzard added an achievement to the game “Leeeeeeeeeeeeeroy!”, as a result of the popularity of this video. The achievement awards the title of “Jenkins” to players who kill 50 of the whelps you see in the video within 15 seconds.
All About That Bass
I stumbled on this a few days ago. I hadn’t heard of the artist before but it has jumped from around 20 million views to over 30 million in a very short time. I think this video is getting a lot of attention for a couple of reasons. The song is catchy, it has a very happy feel to it and this is emphasized in the video by the use of bright colors and lighting. It also has a body positive message and that is a topic that is getting a lot of attention currently. On the flip side some people are upset about the lyrical content and feel that is is “skinny shaming”. There have been some fairly nasty comments left on the video.
This is a very impressive independently made video for the song Sail that has gotten ove 100 million views. I think the popularity of the song pared with the production quality of the video have helped propel it into viral video status.