Urlesque counts down the top 100 viral videos in the history of the web.


#25 - "Don't Tase Me, Bro"
During the question and answer period of a 2007 John Kerry speech at the University of Florida, an undergraduate journalism student named Andrew Meyer took the mic and asked a series of agitated and unintelligible questions. For some reason, this prompted the campus security to try to detain the student, and when he began flailing around kicking and screaming, they took out a tazer. He yelled "Don't taze me, bro" and a catchphrase was instantly born. The somewhat disturbing incident was captured on camera and posted to YouTube, where it would rack up 2.6 million views within a month. Nobody could seem to figure out who had acted more ridiculous -- Meyer for acting like a first class idiot, or the campus police for tazering a student who wasn't doing anything violent. -AB



#24 - Guitar ('Canon')

YouTube is all about showing off your skills and one of the earliest examples of viral musicianship in a video was uploaded by user "funtwo", who successfully took on Jerry Chang's challenging arrangement, 'Canon Rock,' in his own bedroom. It immediately shot him to viral stardom, as the neo-classical version of Pachelbel's 'Canon in D' impressed watchers all over the globe -- garnering the video over 55 million views to date. The guitarist was eventually identified as South Korean guitarist Jeong-Hyun Lim only after serious investigation, as he barely lifts his head throughout the performance. -LW



#23 - Free Hugs Campaign

As we move further into the text, e-mail and instant message communication world, we can oftentimes forget the impact of human touch and a big bear hug. Juan Mann and the Free Hugs Campaign take things a step further with the "sole mission to hug a stranger and put a smile on their face." Millions of views later, the video, soundtracked by Sick Puppies, spread Mann's awe inspiring message... all the way to Oprah and beyond. Reach out and hug someone! -KR





#22 - Tay Zonday, 'Chocolate Rain'

Baritone wonder, Tay Zonday took the intertubes by storm with his quirky, original tune 'Chocolate Rain' in April of 2007. Recorded in his Minneapolis apartment, Zonday struck a cord with internet surfers through his tune's odd lyrics and random subtitle-turned-catchphrase:"I move away from the mic to breathe in". Zonday claims the song's lyrics reference deep racial issues, but the cheezy vibe and resulting internet fame have overshadowed any possible intentions for spreading awareness. Like many of his contemporaries on this list, Zonday has made the full mainstream media circuit including multiple television appearances, parodied on South Park, included in Weezer's 'Pork and Beans' video, and an appearance in (and aiding in the creation of a song for) a Cherry Chocolate Dr. Pepper commercial. He continues to make make music and ride the wave of his web fame. -KR




#21 - 'One Night In Paris' (Paris Hilton Sex Tape)

Seen as the 2.0 version of the Pamela Anderson/Tommy Lee schlongfest, most pundits think that Paris Hilton's turn at bat is what really made her a "star". Unlike Pam and Tommy, however, Paris made it big online for the most part, and resulted in the wonderful debacle that can be described as "Paris trying to sue everyone on the internet who posted her video". The sex tape was endlessly parodied by everybody but your Aunt Louise, and made night vision not-sexier than it was even not-sexy before. Now move on... no links or embedded video here. Google it yourself, perv. -SL