The 10 Funniest Harlem Shake Videos

This wacky and inexplicable dance craze took over the nation... and YouTube.

Just when our world had been rid of the bizarre Gangnam Style dance craze, another one rose up to take its place in the internet hall of fame: The Harlem Shake.

The "Harlem Shake" was ubiquitous in 2012/2013. Put simply; everybody and their brother was doing it! While this dance has technically been around since the early 1980's, it wasn't until 2012 that the dance craze truly took off and became a viral trend.

So what exactly is the Harlem Shake?

In August of 2012, American producer Baauer released an Electronica version of the song on YouTube. Months later, in February of 2013, YouTube user "Filthy Frank" uploaded his video of himself and several other Spandex-clad people dancing to about 30 seconds of Baauer's song. Just to make things even weirder, everyone in Filthy Frank's video was wearing some sort of latex/spandex costume.

Before you could say, "Shake it," the parodies started popping up like dandelions. These videos all follow the same format: they are about 30 seconds long, and the first half shows a single dancer doing a little head bob or hip thrust. Around 15 seconds in, the lone dancer is joined by a lot more people, most of whom are wearing silly costumes and doing hilarious, hip-thrusting dance moves. It's weird, it's funny, and... well, it's no wonder this thing became such a hit online.

Here are ten of the funniest examples of the Harlem Shake dance craze.

Courtesy: YouTube.

This is the video that started it all, a quick clip of a bunch of Spandex-clad men boogying to Baauer's electronica version of the song. We don't know much about YouTube user Filthy Frank, and we're not sure how much we want to know. More »

This oddball office version of the dance has been viewed over 32 million times on YouTube since it was uploaded. These coworkers seem like a lot of fun... I wonder if they're hiring? More »

Uploaded by YouTuber Matt McClard, the caption says it all, "Mom was out, and this video happened." This is one 30 second video that is guaranteed to make you smile.

You've got to love a father who has a great sense of humor! More »

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Via YouTube/SRQ Hammockers.

This video features a fun compilation of sports-related Harlem Shake randomness. At the height of the craze, entire arenas filled with people would pause in order to get their Shake on. More »

Leave it to the hilarious humor site CollegeHumor to nail this latest web craze! Get a peek inside their hip office space while their staff members don Angry Bird masks and get their Shake on. More »

Like College Humor, funny website Break decided to get in on the Harlem Shake action with this quirky video. I think they have the best costumes of the bunch! Is that dude on the left holding up a Mark Zuckerberg mask? More »

This Canadian university knows how to party! Watch as these coeds stage not one, but two awesome Harlem Shake dance-offs. Extra credit for shaking their groove thangs in bikinis in the middle of winter. More »

Got no friends, but still want in on this dance craze? With a little creative editing, you can party with several versions of yourself. Forever Alone meme, anyone? More »

VIa YouTube/davidnguyenstudio.

If you like half-naked models, and really, who doesn't? Then this video is for you! It starts with a man calmly folding clothing at a table and then explodes into bikini-clad ladies doing the Shake. Why? Because why not, that's why. More »

While the majority of the east coast was battening down the hatches in preparation for winter blizzard, Nemo, these folks decided to get their dance on in the middle of Park Avenue in New York City. More »

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