What's the difference between a viral video and an internet meme? The latter applies to any cultural idea that travels widely across the internet in a short space of time, while the former specifically applies to video clips.
But given that some of the items we shared yesterday in our roundup of the best internet memes also appear in various lists of 2011's best viral videos, it seems that there is certainly some cross-over - especially as far as both Rebecca Black and The Honey Badger are concerned.
Here are some of the lists ranking 2011's best viral videos. To see each in full, click on the link in the title.
Please note, many of these clips feature NSFW language, and more than a few include painful-looking injuries. Thankfully, there are also kittens.
TIME Magazine Best Viral Videos of 2011
1. Rebecca Black, "Friday"
2. Ted Williams: A Homeless Man With a Golden Voice
3. Volkswagen's Darth Vader commercial
4. Michael Bolton, Lonely Island - "Jack Sparrow"
5. Jorge and Alexa Narvaez Sing A Father-Daughter Duet
6. Webcam 101 for Seniors
7. My Drunk Kitchen
8. Anderson Cooper Cracks Up
9. Thom Yorke Dancing to Everything
10. Honey Badger
Rebecca Black, "Friday"
Ted Williams: A Homeless Man With a Golden Voice
Michael Bolton, Lonely Island - "Jack Sparrow"
Wired Magazine's Underwire Blog Best Viral Videos of 2011
1. Cat Mom Hugs Baby Kitten
2. A.I. vs. A.I. Two Chatbots Talking to Each Other
3. Choosing Your Landing Spot FAIL
4. eHarmony Video Bio
5. North Korea Party Rock Anthem ft. Kim Jong Il
6. Nyan Cat
7. Super Bass By Sophia Grace Brownlee
8. Ultimate Dog Tease
9. Webcam 101 for Seniors
10. Bootleg fireworks gone wrong
Webcam 101 for Seniors
Super Bass By Sophia Grace Brownlee
Cat Mom Hugs Baby Kitten
Huffington Post: Lee Brenner's Top Viral Videos You Must Watch Before 2011 Ends
1. It Gets Better: Little Aussie Bully Eats Concrete
2. What It's Like to Be Shot and Left for Dead in Detroit
3. The Best Fake Film Trailer Ever: Live-Action Archie!
4. Warriors of Goja: Craziest Thing on the Internets This Year
5. Simply Brilliant: "Jersey Shore Gone Wilde"
Warriors of Goja
(Warning: Not for the faint of heart)
CBC Live 15 Best Viral Videos of 2011
1. Maria Aragon - Born This Way (Cover) by Lady Gaga
2. Ultimate Dog Tease
3. Jorge and Alexa Narvaez, father-daughter duet
4. Ted Williams: A Homeless Man With a Golden Voice
5. Volkswagen Commercial
6. Cat mom hugs baby kitten
7. Honey Badger
8. Zach Wahls Addresses Congress About Family, Civil Unions
9. Sexy Sax Man Careless Whisper Prank
10. Michael Bolton, Lonely Island - "Jack Sparrow"
12. Nope! Chuck Testa
13. Anderson Cooper cracks up
14. Emerson - Mommy's Nose is Scary!
15. Webcam 101 for Seniors
Zach Wahls on Family and Same Sex Marriage in Iowa
Athlon Sports 10 Greatest Sports-Related Viral Videos of 2011
(Editor's Note: Two of these are straight up commercials, and there is some pretty raunchy language in the Kenny Powers video, so be warned. Also, if you're wondering how the Honey Badger qualifies as a sports video, it's because LSU Tigers' cornerback and Heisman Award nominee Tyrann Mathieu has taken on the nickname "Honey Badger" this season.)
1. Kenny Powers Takes Over K-Swiss
2. Antelope Hits Biker
3. Tampa Rays Cameraman Falls Down
4. The Honey Badger
5. Holy Crap! It's Carp!
6. We Don't Need No Cats...We Need More Dogs
7. Water Skiier Smashes Face
8. Troy Polamalu Scares the Crap out of People at a Wax Museum
9. LeSean McCoy Jabs Andy Reid in the Stomach
10. Police Officers Trick Deadbeat Parents with Fake Alabama/Auburn Tix
Antelope Hits Biker
(Apparently, both animal and rider are OK)
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