Since going viral on February 5th with 300,000 views within 24 hours, Youtubers have spawned countless parodies of the Harlem Shake.
The video is a quick 30 second clip that features the song “Harlem Shake” by Baauer and begins with a lone person dancing while everyone else minds their own business. Then when the beat drops it suddenly cuts to a crazy dance party complete with outrageous masks and eccentric dance moves. Although the premise is simple, it is just as satisfying.
Thanks to the Internet, a simple and highly entertaining concept has explode amongst millions of viewers and been shared for the world to see. Originally uploaded by video blogger Filthy_Frank, the Harlem Shake has since been parodied by IGN, Derrick Comedy, CollegeHumor, BuzzFeed, Jimmy Fallon and T-Pain. But firemen, families, campuses and offices have also created their own video renditions. The Harlem Shake surely rivals breadcasts, Internet Memes, planking and flash mobs for sheer brilliance and pure amusement as more parodies are bound to surface online.
It has even been declared the new "Gangnam Style." I am not sure if that is a good or bad thing though...
Here are links to some of my favorite adaptations of the Harlem Shake. Beware that even though the clips are short they are highly addicting and may suck you in for hours.
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
I am determined to do my own parody with some friends to see how many views we could potentially accumulate. But the thing with viral videos is they are here one day and then gone the next. Trends change quickly especially on the Internet.