Can you believe that we’re already halfway through a year of viral videos?
These days it seems like the internet meme machine blows things up, only to forget about them a day later. So you may need a reminder of the best moments in the past few months that united us all in tears, laughter, and occasionally, sweet, sweet keyboard rage.
Here are our picks for the top 15 videos the internet has loved so far in 2019.
1. Dad drags his daughter through an airport
Captured on the first day of January, someone witnessed a dad lovingly dragging his daughter through Dulles International Airport by the hood of her jacket. According to the person filming, she wasn’t screaming or crying, just chilling out and going for a ride. Big, big mood.
2. Gordon Ramsey’s sweet suffering on Hot Ones
Revenge is a dish best served extremely, extremely hot. While many a celebrity tongue has tasted the dreaded hot sauce spread on this season of Hot Ones, none was more satisfying to watch than Gordon Ramsey. Although he’s known for his fiery mouth, he gets absolutely wrecked. Who’s the “idiot sandwich” now, Gordon?
3. Midwesterners pouring boiling water into the air during Polar Vortex
Have you ever tried to fry and egg on the sidewalk during the summer? Well, this is the Midwestern version of that. It’s hard to remember that there was such a momentous weather occurrence just earlier this year with the Polar Vortex, but this isn’t the only viral video of cold air antics to come out of it.
4. Sweet Victory, but if they had actually played it at the Super Bowl
After the death of Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants, fans started a Change.org petition to include the song “Sweet Victory” as a tribute during the Super Bowl Halftime Show. So Maroon 5 obliged. Ish? It really kinda sucked. But this is interpretation of the performance we could’ve gotten is much more inspiring.
5. How would a sentient baguette move if it could?
Every year we’re collectively forced to make a decision that absolutely tears apart the fabric of the internet’s sanity. Yanny vs. Laurel. The Dress. This year it was how a baguette would move, if it were sentient — were you team worm, gallop, robot rotate, or caterpillar?
6. 1 hour and 44 minutes of dancing Pikachu
Before the release of Detective Pikachu, Ryan Reynolds tweeted about a supposed leak of the film which appeared mysteriously on a YouTube account called Inspector Pikachu. What followed was their marketing team’s ultimate troll — a clip of Pikachu dancing (a la the famous Key and Peele aerobics sketch) for the full runtime of the film. Well played, brand.
7. Dad put a mic on a 4-year-old during hockey practice
What’s better than tiny humans attempting to play sports? Capturing the real-time commentary gold from such activities. YouTuber Coach Jeremy mic’d up his son Mason while he was out on the ice and got some hilarious audio. The video even had an adorable sequel.
8. Keanu Reeves getting heckled at E3
Not every heckle is wholesome. But who can say a bad word to the internet’s forever lord and savior, Keanu Reeves? Reeves made a surprise appearance onstage at E3 this year to announce his upcoming appearance in the game Cyberpunk 2077. An audience member took the opportunity to express how we all collectively feel about Keanu — that he is absolutely “breathtaking.”
9. Tati Westbrook’s callout of James Charles
If you haven’t been following the Beautube drama to end all dramas, we suggest you read our breakdown of the series of events here. In the back-and-forth between makeup gurus James Charles and Tati Westbrook, we would’ve chosen Westbrook’s initial callout as one of the most influential videos of the year so far, titled “BYE SISTER.” But that’s since been taken down. Like all good internet feuds, this one ended in the Notes app.
10. ‘Jeopardy!’ record-breaking single day winner
Whether or not you’re a fan of Jeopardy!, James Holzhauer’s record-breaking win is a feat worth witnessing. He beat the all-time record of highest winnings in a single day, taking home $131,127. Holzhauer is also, apparently, a professional sports gambler.
11. How to make a Tyler, the Creator song
Indie rock singer/songwriter Left At London got a shoutout from Tyler, the Creator himself over a video she made breaking down his musical style to its essentials. She jokes about his lyrics, instrumentation choices, and themes of his albums — but it’s a pitch perfect parody.
12. Lil Nas X performing “Old Town Road” at an elementary school
After a video went viral of a classroom of kids going absolutely nuts to “Old Town Road,” Lil Nas X showed up to give them a surprise performance. Everyone is having fun here — the kids, the teachers, and the man himself. It’s always great to see when celebs treat even the smallest of fans with huge amounts of kindness.
13. Security camera captures a Dobby-like creature
Even though it’s easier now than ever before to doctor photos and videos, we all can’t help but love a good unexplained mystery. Vivian Gomez posted a video to Facebook of a security camera capturing an alien-like creature outside her home. It would have been terrifying, had it not looked like Dobby the house-elf from Harry Potter. At least we can all laugh the creepy vibes away this time.
14. This viral garlic hack which may (or may not) actually work
It was dumbfounding to find out that we had all collectively been peeling garlic the wrong way this entire time. Twitter user @VPestilenZ posted a clever trick that involves using a knife to gently stab and pull each individual piece of garlic out of its skin. While some had trouble executing the move on their own, one chef may have found the extra necessary step to getting it right. Huzzah!
15. Dad holding a full conversation with his babbling baby
DJ and Kingston Pryor enchanted the internet when a video was posted of their adorable conversation. Kingston made random babbling sounds and DJ responded with complete seriousness. In fact, they were so cute, that the marketing geniuses over at Denny’s snatched them up for a Father’s Day commercial. We’ll give this brand’s content a pass, just this once.