Friday Five: Best. Videos. Ever?

youtube_340To commemorate YouTube’s fifth birthday (April 23 is the big day), Time recently posted a list of YouTube’s 50 greatest hits. The list is based on popularity, so you’ve got the usual suspects: Evolution of Dance, Dramatic Chipmunk, Susan Boyle’s debut and so on.

There’s nothing wrong with many of these selections (I could watch Dramatic Chipmunk all day long). But there is a difference between something that is “great” and something that is “popular.” The self-titled debut album by Ramones never even sold half a million copies, but music critics everywhere agree it’s one of the greatest rock albums of all time. So, on the theory that greatness is in the eye of the beholder, I give you five of my favorite YouTube videos.

Battle of the Album Covers
Great animation of album cover art as they fight to the death. Contains some graphic violence. (Get it? Graphic violence?)

Hitler finds out KU lost to UNI in the 2010 NCAA tournament
The latest — and funniest — in a series of parodies of the German film Downfall, about Hitler’s personal demise.

Chad Vader: Day Shift Manager
If you aren’t a Star Wars geek, you might not appreciate this series of videos about Darth Vader’s younger and less talented brother, Darth. Here’s the pilot.

Facebook abuse
Greg lays down the law to his office colleagues about appropriate use of Facebook. May not be safe for work.

Miss Teen South Carolina Calls 911
Must viewing for all US Americans.

Bonus (but not embeddable) music video: The Zimmers – “My Generation.” Great work by one of the world’s oldest rock bands, The Zimmers. And a great message.

What are your favorite YouTube vids? Please share.

Author: andrewcareaga

Higher ed PR and marketing guy. Communications director for Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) in Rolla, Missouri, USA. Slow runner, mediocre guitarist, lover of music and puns, and an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. I blog and Tweet about #highered, #music, #gocards and #random stuff.

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