Happy Birthday YouTube: Our Favorite Videos Ever
Friday, April 23, 2010 - 10:00 AM
Youtube turns five today, and we want to share our favorite internet videos ever. Add your own! (one link only please) - and a line or two about why you love it - in the comments section!
The first YouTube video was uploaded on April 23, 2005. It's called Me at the zoo, and shows founder Jawed Karim at San Diego Zoo.
Lots more have been uploaded since then, and here are our favorites. Click here to expand this post and see all of our picks for the best Youtube video EVER...
Brian Lehrer: George Allen introduces Macaca
After this video of Virginia Governor George Allen went viral, pols of all stripes were put on notice that the public is watching, not just the media pros.
Megan Ryan: Charlie bit my finger - again!
I'll go with a classic. A few seconds of random family life that were hilarious and memorable to onlookers far and wide. I haven't watched it in years but can still hear that kid's voice, "ow, Chawlie."
Paige Cowett: Goat yelling like a man
Because Youtube is for laughing.
Lisa Allison: Runner Jumps Over Catcher in Amazing Play
I think youtube is great for catching the latest craziest flotsam and jetsam of pop culture, so my favorite is the last one I've seen.
Alan Smith: Auto-Tune the News #2
It’s delightful to go see the news stories we’ve reported on become musical masterpieces, and they even get some social commentary in there sometimes as well. Everyone else is representing “classic” you tube hits – Someone needs to bring the new school!
Jody Avirgan: Dress Sexy at My Funeral
On the drive between Gerlach and Empire, Nevada. The cameraman hits record, and the car lurches forward. A quick pan around to reveal his face, a bike, then back to the landscape. It's a private moment broadcast to the world, and the best incidental music video the band Smog could have hoped for. After watching this, a friend wrote me that "maybe before the internet this would have been a poem."
Valerie Lapinski: City relaxation .
A video that I accidentally found when researching web videos for a stress segment for Brian's TV Show! The music, the landscape, and the woman's regard for the chair...I just think it's fabulous and also a bit poignant. However, it will probably never go viral.
Rachel Senatore: Hey Jude
Alright, despite all the funny videos I've watched over and over again, I'm going to go with the Hey Jude kid. He makes me smile. Plus...it reminds me of the cassettes (that are still out there, somewhere) of my dad playing Bob Dylan songs on his guitar and five-year-old me singing along/shaking a tambourine in the background. I wasn't nearly as talented as this kid - and thankfully, that was long before YouTube...
Amanda Magnus: Crazy Indian Video... Buffalaxed!
Indian music video with an English transcription that I think is really funny and dead-on.
Sydney Beveridge: Box Tops - The Letter
When rock artist Alex Chilton died recently, I read up on his early work. After a few clicks, I came upon this 1967 hit of his "The Letter." I enjoyed the taste of entertainment tv of yore and seeing him (with quite a voice at 16!) in The Box Tops. The band has a few winks at the audience too--a nod to the independent rock to come (perhaps some of today's popsters will follow suit).
Youtube is ideal for showcasing beatboxing -- watching the performer twist his mouth and face is the only way to believe all those sounds are coming out of one person. Pretty amazing!
Matt Gurry: Planet Unicorn
I think the Planet Unicorn series represents Youtube at its best, actually: somebody creates a product that people would like; no one would ever spend money to distribute it; creator can get it out there nonetheless. The guys here did just that.
Okay, now it's your turn! Post a link to your one favorite (one only please!) and a line or two about why you love it in the comments section below.