13 Classic Viral YouTube Videos from the ‘00s You Forgot You Were Obsessed With

A definitive, accurate, not-at-all-biased ranking.

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Please slip into your comfiest checkered Vans, because we’re about to take a long trip down memory lane, all the way back to the early-to-late aughts, when your life consisted of velour tracksuits, custom-covered flip phones, and a near-constant stream of loud, obnoxious references to these 13 hugely viral YouTube videos, below.

Get ready for a big ol’ dose of oh-my-god nostalgia and to mutter, "wow, I feel old," approximately 100 times to yourself.

13. Peanut Butter Jelly Time

“Peanut butter jelly with a baseball bat.”

VIEWS: 27.7 million

12. Evolution of Dance

From Elvis’ “Nothin' But a Hound Dog” to Outkast’s “Hey, Ya!” this clip was straight-up magic.

VIEWS: 300 million

11. Salad Fingers

“The feeling of rust against my salad fingers is almost orgasmic.” Still terrifying. Still hate this.

VIEWS: 31 million

10. Mr. Trololo

Yes, this song has been stuck in your head for almost a full decade.

VIEWS: 26.4 million

9. Mortal Kombat Theme

That time the comedy duo Smosh created a super grainy music video for Mortal Kombat, and the internet lost its collective mind.

VIEWS: 29.3 million

8. Muffins

“Imaaaginary muffin!”

VIEWS: 27.7 million

7. Very Scary Car Driving

You to your friends: “No, no, it’s fine; I promise. Just watch it.”

VIEWS: 9 million

6. Potter Puppet Pals

“It’s a pipe bomb!”

VIEWS: 160.4 million

5. Numa Numa

When lip-synching to O-Zone’s “Dragostea Din Tei” could get you viral. Fact: This video still holds up. And I hate myself.

VIEWS: 26.7 million

4. Badger, Badger, Badger

“Snake! A snake! Oooh, it’s a snake.”

VIEWS: 24.3 million

3. Charlie the Unicorn

"It's a leopluridon Charlie!"

"A MAGICAL leopluridon!"

VIEWS: 30.3 million

2. Shoes

“Shoes. Shoes. Shoes. Oh, my god, shoes.”

VIEWS: 62.3 million

1. Chocolate Rain

Just…no words needed.

VIEWS: 145 million