Happy New Year!

Alright, here we are fellow 2012 survivors. Better luck next
time, Mayans! On the dawn of this New
Year, we are sure you are all bundled safely in your homes, drafting self
improvement resolutions and dreaming of everything that is to come in the next
twelve months.  But, as the song says,
should auld acquaintance be forget and
never brought to mind? We on the fourth floor believe that, as important as it
is to look forward, there is something to be said for reflection. In that spirit, take a moment to properly lay
2012 to rest with this collection of the year’s most influential and important
viral vids.

KONY 2012

Made by charity Invisible Children to bring international
attention and hopefully arrest of the Ugandan LRA leader Joseph Kony, the video
became the most viral video in history with over 100 million shares in six
days. The video gave rise to the
“slacktivism” phenomenon and the
bizarre coverage of video creator Jason Russell’s arrest for public drunkenness
and lewd behaviour.

Gangnam Style

K-Pop superstar Psy hit international status with his epic
viral hit Gangnam Style. This video
honestly looks like it is straight out of a Stefon sketch. It has everything; a
well dressed Korean in a horse stable, a child krumping on the beach, old people
on a disco bus, man boobs in a sauna, a carousel and a sweet rave scene, AMONG MANY
OTHER THINGS. A hit isn’t a hit without
a little controvery- Psy was blasted for anti-American sentiments expressed in
a 2004 rap, but he has since apologized and performed for US Troops and Obama.
No hard feelings, Psy- without you we wouldn’t have this.

Call Me Maybe

We knew Carly Rae Jepson was going to be a serious artist
and household name when we saw her open for Hanson at the Phoenix this year
(True story. And it was awesome.) The rest of the world followed after Justin Bieber posted this video, confirming suspicions that he is in fact, a genius marketing robot. Although Call Me Maybe technically came out in 2011, the year 2012 saw
the song achieve meme status and was covered by pretty much everyone in the
entire world including Katy Perry, Nickelback and of course, Cookie Monster. MTV crowned it “Song of the
Year” and it’s pretty much been reluctantly stuck in our heads for
approximately 8765.81 hours (THANKS A LOT, CARLY).  

Somebody That I Used
to Know

This Gotye song got major play and viral status this year, cuz lets face it – its a real jam. The whole
shebang got the SNL treatment with both a musical guest appearance and a video
parody. In addition to the success of the song itself, many of it’s covers became viral hits in their own right. We can thank Gotye for thrusting
Kimbra into the spotlight and hopefully she can achieve mainstream status as
more than just “that girl from that song”.

This Supercut of
Claire Danes crying

You know when you notice something and you’re like “hmm that’s
weird…” but nobody else says anything, so a whole decade goes by and still
nobody says anything. BUT THEN this happens and you’re like “RIGHT?!”
and we’re like, you’re welcome.