Have you ever heard of Pentatonix? Of course you have. But not for their singing, instead for their incredible covers of popular songs that went viral on YouTube. It’s a story as old as time; boy meets girl (or in this case, boy meets internet). When the classical-crossover vocal group posted early videos like “Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two) ,” classic songs with a modern twist became a huge hit. Now, years later, YouTube has turned into a breeding ground for original artists and new artists alike to post awesome covers and challenges. This is why I’ve compiled a list of top 10 artists who went viral on YouTube.
1. Gentleman – Psy (2013)
Gangnam Style star Psy’s new music video crossed the 100 million views mark on YouTube on Wednesday, shattering another record on the video-sharing site since its much-anticipated weekend debut. The video for Gentleman, the long-awaited follow-up to the South Korean singer’s global hit, has received 117,548,221 views so far.Oh my goodness, I love this song! I think Psy is very daring for being his own self and fighting for what he believes in, even if that means dancing gangnam style. I listened to it all the time last year — it’s so catchy! The previous record was set by the video of Britain’s Got Talent star Susan Boyle singing I Dreamed A Dream in the TV show, which received 100 million hits in just over a week in 2009, reports AFP. I learned this from watching YG Family videos where you can see Psy performs “Until The End.”
2. Gangnam Style – Psy (2012)
Let me introduce the dance craze that has taken the web by storm. Started in the summer of 2012 with an exciting music video by Psy, Gangnam Style has already set new records on social media networks such as Facebook and Google+. Even though it’s only a couple of months old, so far it’s officially the most watched YouTube video of all time. What’s not to like? It combines fun beats and catchy lyrics while showcasing a great example of stylish dancing.
3. Love The Way You Lie – Eminem (2010)
Before we dive into one of my favorite Eminem songs, I want to tell you a bit about myself. I like to work outside. Whether it’s mowing the lawn or getting some good old fashioned leaf raking done. The sounds of nature and the smell of freshly cut grass can make anything better, even working. So, when I’m not working outside you might find me taking a walk in our small woods. Every time I walk through there I see something new, either a plant I’ve never noticed before or an interesting looking fungus growing on a log. Regardless of what it is each time it reminds me that there is always more to learn and more to see when you stop pursuing your goal and just enjoy where you are right now. This also brings me to my favorite Eminem song, Love The Way You Lie .
4. Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen (2012)
Call Me Maybe, the second studio album by Canadian singer and songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen, was released on September 14th, 2012. The record spawned the hit singles “Call Me Maybe” and “Good Time”. Both tracks reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. Hey, what’s up? It’s me, you know, your neighborhood Internet marketing company. And I notice that you don’t have a blog post talking about the latest viral craze — “ Call Me Maybe ” by Carly Rae Jepsen. Now, I know this song isn’t exactly new and it was released back in 2012. But it is pretty catchy and lots of fun to sing at the top of your lungs. Heck, maybe you’re already a fan of Carly Rae Jepsen while your competition is still downloading the tracks from iTunes.
5. Baby – Justin Bieber (2010)
I love this song. It has great lyrics and a catchy tune. I can’t get it out of my head. It just really makes me feel something good. This is a great song for music to listen to when you’re driving around or just having fun with friends. You can find many tracks by Justin Bieber on YouTube and other music sites if you want to hear more of his stuff.
6. Waka Waka – Shakira (2010)
Hey everyone! Did you know there’s a song in the World Cup 2010 official song titled “Waka Waka”? Well I’m sure most of you did. But did you know that the entry was done by Colombian singer Shakira? That’s right! The first time I heard the song, it made me smile and think more about the World Cup. This upbeat and vibrant track is truly inspiring. It will surely get you psyched for the tournament. 🙂
7. Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye (2011)
As the album’s lead single, “Somebody That I Used To Know” is a ballad about the regret that comes from losing someone special. “Somebody That I Used To Know” became a worldwide hit, topping charts in over 20 countries including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany and Hungary. On January 10, 2012 the song was also named iTunes Single of the Year for 2011.
8. Rolling In The Deep – Adele (2010)
Let’s face it – the month of December is the most wonderful time of the year. It’s cold, there’s snow outside, you get to celebrate Christmas (or whatever festive holiday you prefer!), and there are plenty of great new albums out to play. If you’re looking for some new tunes to get you into the spirit of the season, check out Rolling In The Deep by Adele. This jazz-inspired pop album is full of songs that are sure to get you through these cold months ahead. To preview a few tracks before you buy this album, just click on any of the buy buttons below!
9. On The Floor – Jennifer Lopez (2011)
On The Floor is a dance-pop song written by RedOne, Sandy Vee and Claude Kelly. It was produced by RedOne and Sandy Vee in collaboration with Axident Records. The track serves as the first single from Jennifer Lopez’s greatest hits album Dance Again…The Hits and was released to US iTunes on December 12, 2011. It received mixed reviews from critics who compared it to Lopez’s previous singles which led to its moderate chart success……………………..
10. Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO (2011)
Party Rock Anthem is the debut single by American electronic music duo LMFAO, featuring British singer Lauren Bennett and American rapper GoonRock. It was released in June 2009 and re-released in February 2011 as the second single from their album Party Rock. The song peaked at number one on the New Zealand Singles Chart, number three in Australia, number four in Ireland and United Kingdom and number ten in the United States, where it attained multi-platinum certifications from RIAA.”
The individual personalities and approaches of these video creators make each one unique, so we’re not going to sit here and tell you that all viral YouTube stars are in for the same ride. But the end result is inevitably fame—a point made abundantly clear in this ranking of the top 10 YouTube stars who went viral.