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The 12 Best Viral Videos Of 2013

It was a time of Belgian truck splits, naked wrecking ball rides, screaming goats, vulpine linguistics and much more.

  • 01 /12 | Ylvis "What Does The Fox Say?"

    Prior to this year, the odds that anyone outside Scandinavia ever muttered the words "Norwegian comedy duo" would've been incredibly low. But the brothers Vegard and Bard Ylvisaker took an appreciation for cheesy R&B dance hits, gibberish and a small forest animal to create the "Gangnam Style" of 2013.

  • 02 /12 | Jimmy Kimmel "Worst Twerk FAIL Ever"

    For the latest in a long line of pranks, Jimmy Kimmel was able to pull off an extremely rare double hit. First as the original video itself of a poor girl setting herself on fire during a particularly vigorous twerk session. Then as a top-notch prank, not on poor innocent kids, but the entire Internet.

  • 03 /12 | Channing Tatum "Epic Splits"

    When a Swedish carmaker made an epic ad with two speeding trucks, a sunset, some Enya and the Muscles from Brussels, the star of 21 Jump Street and its upcoming sequel not only took notice, but took it as a challenge. It was quick enough to tap into the ongoing popularity of the original and outrageously funny enough to become a hit in its own right.

  • 04 /12 | Marina Shifrin "An Interpretive Dance For My Boss Set To Kanye West's Gone"

    When 20-something Marina Shifrin realized that her job wasn't fulfilling enough to justify the blood, sweat and tears she was putting into it, she did what any other self-respecting professional would do--go into the office at 4:30 a.m. and film an "I Quit" video to the tune of Kanye West's "Gone."

  • 05 /12 | Harlem Shake

    The original fan video that sparked it all was posted on February 2nd and by the end of the month there were 12,000 "Harlem Shake" versions earning more than 44 million views.

  • 06 /12 | Amanda Leroux "Baby Cries When Mom Sings"

    There's a lot going on here. This baby's unbelievably cute eyes, the fact that she cries and reacts with such raw emotion to her mom's singing voice and how it may or may not represent the unspoken bond between parent and child, and a pretty damn good a cappella Rod Stewart tune. It's all in there and it made more than 20 million people cry at work.

  • 07 /12 | Steve Kardynal "Wrecking Ball Chatroulette"

    Sure, the original may have more than 415 million views but this cover using Chatroulette from Steve Kardynal (who had caught the Internet's attention with his special treatment of Call Me Maybe) is mesmerizing, horrifying and hilarious while creatively tapping into a cultural phenomenon at just the right moment.

  • 08 /12 | Goats Yelling Like Humans

    Not a lot of mystery here. The title says it all. The proof of concept here is so strong Doritos even used to craft a Super Bowl commercial.

  • 09 /12 | Bad Lip Reading "The NFL"

    Football can take itself pretty seriously. The voiceovers on NFL Films can make WWII documentaries sound like a birthday party. So here come the Bad Lip Reading folks to take all that testosterone and controlled violence, and add some of the funniest, most random lines of dialogue ever recorded. Sports blog heaven. Oh, and then they went and did it again turning HBO's Game of Thrones into a medieval theme park.

  • 10 /12 | Carrie "Telekinetic Coffee Shop Surprise"

    It's a Candid Camera gag taken to frightening heights. To promote the movie remake Stephen King's thriller Carrie, the movie's special effects team hired actors, rigged up wires, pulleys, and remote-controlled furniture to make some people's coffee stop a bit more memorable.

  • 11 /12 | Matthew Clarke "Convos With My 2-Year-Old"

    Parents or anyone else that spends time around small children will know that some of the conversations that happen with these tiny humans can be frustrating, funny and unbelievable. Matthew Clarke found a way to put these interactions in a context that shows these conversations for what they are. He hired an adult dude to act like his daughter. The web series now has two seasons and is so funny, here's hoping it continues until it's called "Convos with my 12-year-old."

  • 12 /12 | Guillermo Del Toro/The Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror XXIV Couch Gag"

    Where to start. An acclaimed director with an infamous eye for detail takes over a 25-season old gag on a hit TV show. There's almost too much in here to praise, but for The Simpsons annual Halloween extravaganza, Guillermo Del Toro not only creatively kills most of the major characters, but also lets loose a stampede of traditional movie monsters, along with assorted ghouls of the modern horror genre.

There are apps and science that offer explanations for what makes one ad or piece of entertainment go viral over another. Some say it's simply a fate left for the gods (or Reddit) to decide. Over the last year, it's tough to see any real common traits among the best and most popular web videos. Aside from the millions of eyeballs, what exactly does a telekinetic freak out in a coffee shop to promote a movie share with a comedy duo from Norway with a catchy tune?

Each and every one of these videos were worthy of your time. This should both delight and terrify anyone trying to have their voice heard across the great expanse of the Internet. Whether its an obscure comedy team, movie promo, a pop star or an aging action hero using his flexibility to sell trucks, they demanded your attention and got it. The web doesn't divide entertainment and advertising along traditional borders. If it's good, it's good. Quality trumps all. Well, that and twerking.

In the gallery, Co.Create's picks for best viral videos of 2013.