YouTube is the one website that can make you laugh, make you cry and make you wonder where the last three hours of your life went. As a tribute to this beloved internet phenomenon here is the list of the top 10 best YouTube videos in 2008 as counted by votes on the Best of YouTube.
Music – using only sounds from Windows
Over 24,000 people gave this video five-star rating, and agree that this one-of-a-kind “music video” is one of the best of the web for 2008. This is a 2:30 video that was featured not just on YouTube, but won the “Forward – The Viral Video Award”. If you haven’t yet seen it (which means you’ve probably been living under a rock) you can check it out on the YouTube website here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsU3B0W3TMs
Christian the Lion
After raising a lion cub to adulthood, these two men were forced to release him into the wild. If you don’t believe that animals have a memory, this captured footage of their touching reunion is sure to change your mind. Even after a year in the wild and becoming leader of his own pride Christian shows us that true friendships last a lifetime. To check out this amazing footage check out the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adYbFQFXG0U
Frozen Grand Central
Talk about things that make you go “hmmmm”. In this YouTube video over 270 people are caught on tape and on cue freezing in Grand Central station for over two minutes, successfully perplexing onlookers at their statuesque appearance. If you want to see something that is truly fascinating and bizarre, check out this and other Improve Everywhere videos starting here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwMj3PJDxuo
Yoyo kid – Grant Johnson
What this kid is able to do with a yo-yo is only something I could do prior to whacking myself in the forehead. This is a little boy with some seriously impressive skills. This is one YouTube video that won’t feel like is a waste of your time. This video packs a lot of “wow” power. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eORRvfCzjcg
Mona Lisa with 12,000 Post-it notes
Have you ever wondered if there was something you could do that was more creative with your left over post it notes other than collect them on your desk? Wonder no more! This is a truly amazing rendition of this famous portrait done with nothing more than multi-colored post its. I just hope he didn’t put my missed calls in this rendering…
If you’ve ever had one of those cats that always made you feel like they were sneaking up on you, then you will identify with this crazy stealth cat video. You’ve never seen a cat quite this stealthy, because once you’ve relaxed it’s too late. Check out this crazy kitty’s antics here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdvLEiWzEvQ
Capitol building built by 22,000 cards
Nominated for the People’s Choice Webby awards this is one amazing feat of “card-istry”. He builds the entire capitol building using 22,000 cards (approximately 423 decks if you were curious). To check out this truly amazing sculpture you can see it for yourself here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvLkjuYunRw
What were they thinking?
Nominated as one of the Best of YouTube you can see some seriously demented and stupid acts performed by everyday folks that leaves you with nothing more to say than “What were they thinking?” To answer this question for yourself, visit this video in all of its grandeur at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmJdQWuVqmM
Transport 20 Bricks on your Head
This video gives the phrase “use your head” a whole new meaning. You can watch actual footage of a man single-handedly transporting over 20 bricks on his head at one time. If you want to see footage of one of the world’s worst jobs, check out the video for yourself here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lV-iP1jSMlI
Britain’s Got Talent – Michael Jackson
One of the hands down best performed Michael Jackson impressions you will probably ever see. Suleman Mirza and Madju Singh give a great surprise performance that you can watch again and again, courtesy of our fine friends at You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0X2rbfF1n0
And there you have it, the wacky, the kooky, the cool and the just plain amazing videos nominated for the Best of You Tube awards in 2008. Will yours be there in 2009?