Videos that went viral before YouTube happened. & |  Photo Credit: YouTube
These days it is quite popular for photos and videos to go viral and become a social media sensation overnight. YouTube is the go-to platform to find educational, entertaining, funny, and even bizarre videos on the web. But there was a time before YouTube.
People made videos even before YouTube existed and some of them even went viral (we don’t know what viral was called in the era before YouTube).
Here is a list of 7 videos that went viral before YouTube, Twitter, and other social media platforms we use today existed:
Viral videos before YouTube
Dancing Baby (1996)
A 3D animation of a baby dancing in a diaper to a Swedish rock song had created a buzz in the late 1990s. The Dancing Baby, also known as the Oogachaka Baby, went viral via forwarded email chain messages in 1996, during the first stage of the World Wide Web.
All Your Base Are Belong to Us (1998)
A video game character’s incorrect grammar made people laugh around the world. The robotic sound is from the game Zero Wing. The character’s grammatically incorrect catchphrase “All your base belongs to us” became a viral hit in the early 2000s after it was shared on sites such as Something Awful and Newgrounds.
Peanut Butter Jelly Time (2002)
In 2002, a flash animation of a banana dancing to The Buckwheat Boyz’s song “Peanut Butter Jelly Time” was shared on popular Internet forum Offtopic. The video was created by Ryan Etrata. The video was nothing but an animated banana dancing to the song.
Star Wars Kid (2003)
A teenage boy enacted a Star Wars fight scene with a pretend lightsaber. The video is believed to be uploaded on Kazaa from where it spread like wildfire. Eventually, the video was transformed into parodies and remixes. According to estimates, the Star Wars Kid video has been viewed more than 1 billion times.
Badger Badger Badger (2003)
Badger Badger Badger is a flash animated cartoon that appeared on weebls-stuff.com first. The video features a bunch of badgers, some mushrooms, and a snake, all dancing to a nonsensical song that just repeats the word “badger” as several badgers pop up. Then some mushrooms repeat the word “mushroom” a couple of times and lastly, a snake slithers on the screen saying, “snaaaake, it’s a snaaaaake!”
Numa Numa (2004)
An enthusiastic fan of Moldovan pop music filmed himself dancing and lip-syncing to O-Zone’s Dragostea din Tei. He uploaded the video on an entertainment site named Newgrounds in 2004.
The Llama Song (2004)
In 2004, a DeviantArt user posted a video of a weird song about llamas. Several photos of llamas appear every time the word “llama” was sung. The song also lists some random items, people, and ducks.