Many of the viral videos
racking up millions of views online just aren't right for kids, be it because of inappropriate language or because the humor of the video relies on stuff kids just wouldn't know about. There are, however, several great viral kids videos
online. Here are the top 20:
It's no accident SMP Films' "The Mean Kitty Song" has well over 22 million views; the video's combination an adorable kitten and a catchy song has led to internet gold. The fact that "The Mean Kitty Song" is so funny and completely suitable for kids makes the video all the more special.
Filipino-American video blogger Christine Gambito created her video "Mixed Nuts" to help show the world how crazy dealing with her family could sometimes be. In the video, Gambito, who goes by the online persona Happy Slip, comes home just after witnessing a scary traffic accident and tries to tell, her mother, her father and her aunt all about it. She never gets to tell the story, though, because her family members (each also played by Gambito in different costumes and wigs) keep interjecting to change the subject. The humor of the clean and very funny video struck a chord with many on the Internet, garnering it over 4 million views.
The Potter Puppets (puppet versions of the Harry Potter classics Severus Snape, Ron Weasley, Harry Potter, Dumbledore and Hermione) all hear a ticking noise. And rather than try to find out the source of that ticking sound, they use the repetitive noise as a metronome to break into self-involved song. The odd, fun video takes a somewhat dark turn towards the end, but the rather funny (and rather popular, at almost 65 million views) video is still great for kids and adults alike.
This viral video
is an internet classic and is one of the most viewed videos on YouTube ever (at over 87 million views). It's also one of the simplest videos as well; a Swedish father keeps making weird noises, prompting his baby, the adorable William Nilsson, to laugh in his strange, deep-voiced-for-a-baby laugh. The universal humor of the video lies in this simplicity and makes it suitable for the youngest of kids all the way to someone as old as, say, the Queen of England, who was shown the video in 2008.
In Luke Barats and Joe Bereta's viral video
sensation "Mother's Day," the viewer is given the opportunity of being a fly on the wall while two brothers (played by Barats and Bereta) argue over how to take a photo they're planning on sending their mom for Mother's Day. Sibling rivalry turns to rage and this comedy duo (who go by the name Barats and Bereta) deliver a classic viral video
good for viewers young and old.
Brandon Hardesty is a very funny comedian and actor whose work on the web has been praised by The Village Voice
. But if Hardesty's time-honed talent is his comedic acting, his inborn gift is to make ridiculously funny faces. And in the web classic, "Strange Faces and Noises I Can Make III," Hardesty does just that and the resulting video has some of the funniest noises and faces you will ever see.
When Melody Oliveria got a new webcam that had some funny effects, like putting mustaches, beards and hats on its subject, she decided to record a video showing that off and put it up on YouTube. One has to wonder if when she was recording that simple demo, Oliveria knew her video was about to be a viral sensation?
Recipe for viral video
mega-hit: two adorable kids, 1 camera, stir gently. Brothers Harry and Charlie, two adorable kids hailing from the United Kingdom, are unlikely stars of one of the most watched videos online, ever. The boys' father set a camera down to record them doing funny stuff. And at first, they oblige. But then Charlie, a teething baby boy, bites down hard on Harry's finger. And as Harry's laughter turns to tears, a smile comes over our faces -- these are just two adorable kids being completely and utterly real. Awww!
One of the few crossovers from the regular Top 20 Viral Videos list
. The video's creator and star, overweight and quirky internet celebrity Gary Brolsma, taped himself singing along to Moldovan pop group O-Zone's song "Dragostea din tei." The combination of the incredibly strange song and Brolsma's weird dance moves made the video an instant internet sensation that has spawned several imitators, but nothing beats the original.
Were any of the Numa Numa imitation videos to give the original some competition, it'd be "Crazed Numa Fan" by Brooke Brodack, who goes by the online monicker Brookers. In the video, Brodack plays the titular role of a crazed Numa Numa fan, obsessed with Gary Brolsma and his Numa performance. Where Brolsma's original video found its humor in the slightly overweight star's laid back lip-dub performance, the "Crazed Numa Fan" video squeezes laughs out of Brodack's frenetic, over-the-top delivery.