The Harlem Shake Takes YouTube By Storm

Gangnam Style?  What’s that?  The world seems to have forgotten all about Psy as a new trend has taken YouTube by storm—The Harlem Shake.  This new 30-second dance meme consists of one person in a group, generally in a mask, awkwardly dancing to “Harlem Shake” by Baauer.  About 15 seconds in, when the song goes “Do the Harlem Shake,” everyone else joins in, frantically dancing the “Harlem Shake”, a dance popularized in 1981.

The Harlem Shake shenanigans can be traced back to a video uploaded by vlogger Filthy Frank on January 30, 2013.  The video opened with four dudes in spandex dancing to “Harlem Shake.”  Here’s the full dancing clip from Filthy Frank’s video:

Within days, YouTubers were uploading parodies of Filthy Frank’s video.  The first example, which has also become one of the most popular with over 3.5 million views since February 2, features a bunch of guys doing the Harlem Shake in a bedroom.

Over the past week, the Harlem Shake has blown up the YouTubes, with everyone from office workers to firefighters and even bananas jumping on this weird new trend.  Each 30-second video seems weirder and more random than the next.  Check out a few examples below and let us know what you think.  Have you uploaded a Harlem Shake video yet?  If so, feel free to share it with us in the comments!

Harlem Shake v4 (Firefighter Edition)

Harlem Shake – version Banana

Harlem Shake V4

Harlem Shake v3 (office edition)

Harlem Shake v8 (New Media Strategies – Soon to be MXM Social Edition)

Megan O’Neill is the resident web video expert here at Social Times.  Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.

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