In the utopian world of YouTube, there are many symbiotic trends that leaves its long-lasting presence on us viewers. There isn’t any other video platform other than YouTube with the amount of user-generated content. This is where all the trailers, movies, music, vlogs, short films are available for free, and is also the birthplace for trends followed and loved by people around the world. This is the reason why by the end of 2017, memes and trends are becoming a cultural phenomenon or already has.
For all who are confused on what a meme is à “Meme” (pronounced /’miːm/, me-mm) describes a part of a culture or a trend that people (mostly youngsters) can easily relate to each other in a funny way. Or in other words, a meme is a collective joke that the entire internet is on.
These memes are part of YouTube, and that’s why YouTube showcased their top memes/trends in their 2017 year roundup rewind video. So, here are the top trending memes or YouTube trends that made the entire internet go gaga.
SLIME! – 17 billion related views
Homemade slime is sticky, gooey and all the rage, but what is it? When you combine ingredients like glue and laundry detergent you get a strange, flubbery substance. Over the last year, this concept has exploded on YouTube with numerous how-to and DIY videos for making slime at home and how to play with it. A growing segment of this generation is choosing the simplicity of slime as their preferred stress outlet. Aside from the visual and tactile elements of slime, the sound it makes when people play with it provides a type of ASMR relief.
Fidget Spinners – 8 billion related views
Fidget spinners are small, ball-bearing devices that the user can rotate between his or her fingers. The momentum of the toy provides a pleasing sensory experience, according to user reviews, while the challenge of tossing, transferring and twirling the spinners has spawned an entire universe of instructional YouTube videos. Fidget spinners emerged this spring, seemingly from out of nowhere, as a must-have gadget.
The Floor is Lava Challenge – 1.4 billion related view
The floor is lavais a game, played by people of all ages, in which the players imagine that the floor or ground is made of lava, and thus avoid touching the ground lest they get burned or otherwise injured. The players stay off of the floor by standing on furniture or the room’s architecture. The players generally may not remain still and are required to move from one piece of furniture to the next.Typically, any individual can start the game just by shouting “The floor is lava!” Any player remaining on the floor in the next few seconds is “out” and cannot rejoin the game for some period of time.
1000 Degree Knife – 644 million related views
1,000 Degree Knife Videos are recordings of knives heated until they are glowing hot which are used to cut through a variety of objects. After the videos began widely circulating in late 2016, some praised the content as oddly satisfying while others condemned it as a type of YouTube clickbait. Its origin was on December 18th, 2016 when the MrGear channel uploaded a video titled “Experiment – Glowing 1000 Degree Knife Vs Coca-Cola”. Within 11 days, the video accumulated upwards of 61 million views and 71,300 comments.
Face Full – 200 million related views
This is one of the silliest trends of the year 2017. Creators glued items all over their face in this funny looking trend. Some gave themselves a face full of rhinestones, others fuzzballs. One creator even gave himself a face full of comments! All in all, the trend gained more than 20,000 uploads, each one a different face than the last.
US Solar Eclipse – 186 million related views
This year, a total solar eclipse moved coast-to-coast across the United States. For those who couldn’t see it, or didn’t want to look right at it, YouTube was filled with over 175,000 videos related to the eclipse. This made for some astronomical numbers like 2 million peak live stream viewers, 186 million views, and 9.7 million watch hours.
Shooting Stars – 119 million related views
Creators from all over YouTube remixed hilarious moments from viral videos to the song Shooting Stars by Bag Raiders, editing their remixed subject into a psychedelic journey across the stars. The meme also led to a huge resurgence of the song, shooting the 9-year-old hit onto the Billboard dance charts in March.
Hurt Bae, The Scene – 26.5 million related views
In this video, two past lovers (Kourtney and Leonard) sit down and talk about some unrepentant infidelity. As the conversation continued, over 10 million viewers couldn’t help but sympathize with the sweet Kourtney, dubbing her #HurtBae.
Children Interrupt BBC News Interview – 25 million views
Professor Robert Kelly had a moment to shine during an interview with the BBC. However, his young children stole the show when they interrupted him live and on air. A couple dance moves and one quick-thinking mom had this video rack up 25 million views, while the trend as a whole, with parodies and reactions, received over 61 million views total.
Amtrak Snow-mo Collision Nick Colvin – 12.8 million views
Everyone loves a good snowball fight, that’s why it only took one day for this video of commuters being pummeled by snow to reach 4.5 million views. Since then, over 12.8 million views have racked up on this video, mostly from people warmly sitting in front of their computer.