In 2013, we learned what the fox said and discussed it at length in musical verse, joined in with the Harlem Shake, ate with the animals and saw Miley get a Chatroulette makeover
Norway's Ylvisaker brothers accumulated over 276 million views since 3 September 2013 with the musical meme of the moment, "The Fox," becoming international internet stars in the process.
It would have been the 4th most viewed music video of 2013, between offical videos for Katy Perry's "Roar" and "We Can't Stop" by Miley Cyrus, had YouTube included it in the more conventional rundown.
In fact, music played a central part in four more of YouTube's top 10 trending vids this year, as the Harlem Shake shook the unlikeliest of places, a surprise Chatroulette cover of "Wrecking Ball" put smiles on the faces of perfect strangers, "YOLO" united stars of pop, hip hop and comedy, and "Mozart vs Skrillex" pitted old against new.
By contrast, "How Animals Eat Their Food" needed no soundtrack other than the wails and grunts of wild beasts at trough time, "The NFL: A Bad Lip Reading" relied on a superb alternate dub, and "Mozart vs Skrillex" was -- depending on your point of view -- a celebration or decimation of two musical maestros.
2013 also cemented the influence of a well-orchestrated marketing campaign. Promos for Evian bottled water, Volvo trucks, and another film adaptation of "Carrie" comprised three of the year's top trending videos.
But after watching that dancing baby skit, who didn't think there was something dodgy in the water?
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