23 Most Bizarre Songs That Rocked The Millenial Generation

When it comes to music, the definition of a classic differs a lot for a millennial than any other generation. Millennials are characterized for their disoriented, dark and strange sense of humor, so it’s no wonder every song on this list spurred its own collection of dank memes. Here’s a list of weird songs that rocked the millennial generation.

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#23. The Numa Numa Dance

The video of this song was made by American vlogger Gary Brolsma, after the Romanian song Dragostea Din Tei by O-Zone. Numa Numa Dance was released on December 6, 2004 on the website Newgrounds.com

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Less than three months after it came out,  it had been viewed more than two million times. Brolma now describes himself as an “unwilling and embarrassed Web celebrity.” I know, the photo is just as bizarre as the video.

#22. The Duck Song

Written by Bryant Oden, The Duck Song features a duck visiting a lemon stand every day and asking for grapes. I’m not gonna lie, the song is super catchy, and this extremely cute duck won everyone’s hearts.

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Hey, got any grapes?” became a meme and people started posting their own videos and poofs. Eventually, a couple of sequels came out too, and they’re all included in the 2009 album The Duck Song (And More Fun Songs!

#21. Chocolate Rain

This song here is quite more serious than the previous two. This viral video was uploaded by American musician Tay Zonday. The song is a metaphor for systemic racism and was awarded the 2008 YouTube Award in the “Music” category.

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The grave and hypnotic vocals combined with the cheesy drum loop makes this song such a classic. And let’s not forget the “**I move away from the mic to breathe in” footnote. Have you not heard it yet? Google it right now!

#20. He-Man Said Hey

This song, also known as “He-Man Said Hey,” is a parody dub of the iconic cartoon He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. Made by Prince Adam, the video features He-Man singing the Four Non-Blondes song What’s Up.

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The artist initially named the video Fabulous Secret Powers and it is also referred to as “YouTube’s National Anthem.” To this day, people still come back to comment they needed their daily dose of this bizarre piece of artwork.

#19. Shoes

The instant Internet hit Shoes was the debut single of comedian Liam Kyle Sullivan. It currently has over 65 million views on Sullivan’s YouTube account only and has even had minor success on iTunes.

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The song is relatable and catchy, perfect to celebrate the importance of footwear in your life. Believe it or not, the song won a People’s Choice Award and was even performed live… several times!

#18. The Gummy Bear Song

You know a song is popular when it has even been translated to Klingon. The Gummy Bear Song was made by Gummibär in reference to their gummy bears and has now been translated to 25 languages.

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The song became a sensation in Hungary, it spent eight months as top 1 in the ringtones chart before becoming an internet meme. We wonder how does “I’m a yummy tummy funny lucky gummy bear” sounds in Klingon, though.

#17. Potter Puppet Pals: The Mysterious Ticking Noise

Every millennial remembers Harry Potter, be it the books or the movies, as it had a powerful effect on our generation. And so did this puppet show web series parodying the Harry Potter novel series by JK Rowling, created by Neil Cicierega.

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Snape, Snape, Severus Snape, Dumbledore was the most popular episode of the series, with 137 million viewers! A simple (and quite bizarre) puppet show that we will never forget.

#16. Badgers

The flash cartoon meme by British animator Jonathan “Jonti” Picking (“Weebl”) consists of 12 animated cartoon badgers doing calisthenics, a mushroom in front of a tree, and a snake in the desert. I know, what a random variety of characters!

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Badgers was extremely funny and its lyrics were really catchy. Am I the only one who ha sung “mushroom mushroom! A snake, a snake, snaaake, a snaaake, oh it’s a snaaake” in the shower?

#15. Crazy Frog

Originally known as The Annoying Thing, Crazy Frog is a Swedish CGI-animated character created in 2003 by actor and playwright Erik Wernquist. Does this cute little grey creature ring a bell?

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This character doesn’t actually sing, but despite the lack of lyrics, the song is really catchy. This little fella even has its own merchandise and video game now! It also has its own YouTube channel, so check out the videos!

#14. The Keyboard Cat

This famous Internet meme is actually a screenshot of a famous video from 1987 named The Keyboard Cat, which stars a female cat called Fatso. The Keyboard cat became such a sensation that he came out as a fan of the Carolina Panthers in a National Football League advertisement that first aired during Super Bowl XLIX.

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Fatso passed away in 1987 and his owner adopted Bento, another cat that resembled Fatso. He used Bento to create the Keyboard Cat videos until 2018 when the second cat also passed away. The new star of the Keyboard Cat 3.0 videos is called Skinny. This guy just never runs out of cat actors!

#13. Crush On Obama

The internet viral video came out in June 2007. All of us remember the girl singing about her love for Obama (who was Senator of Illinois at the time) that spurred a series of parodies and remixes.

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Obama said to the Des Moines Register that “It’s just one more example of the fertile imagination of the Internet. More stuff like this will be popping up all the time.” He took it pretty well but said that his daughters were upset about it.

#12. It’s Peanut Butter Jelly Time

This internet phenomenon is a Flash animation based on a song of the same name recorded by DJ Chipman of the Buckwheat Boyz. I don’t know what’s more bizarre: the name of the song, the name of the band, or the animation itself!

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The cute pixelated banana, known as Dancing Banana, Peanut Butter Jelly, or Humba the Banana, ended up becoming an emoticon in several forums and is still used by millennials today. Click next to see another bizarre and pixelated cartoon.

#11. Nyan Cat

Nyan Cat was an internet video that eventually became a meme. The cute cartoon cat with a pop-tart for a body flies through space while a catchy Japanese song plays in the background.

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Even though there are lo lyrics to the song, it’s still catchy. In fact, you can enter Nyan Cat’s website and choose from a variety of cartoons with different themes. Now this is what I call imagination!

#10. Trapped In The Drive-Thru

This song is a parody of Trapped in the Closet by R. Kelly and it’s “Weird Al” Yankovic’s longest parody. Yankovic said he wrote this parody because he felt the original was “brilliant and wonderful and ridiculous all at the same time“.

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The video tells an extremely banal story of a couple’s attempts to pick up their dinner one night. Anyone can relate to the lyrics: “My wife says ‘maybe we should park, we could go eat inside,’ I’m wearing bunny slippers, so I ain´t leaving this ride“.

#9. Double Rainbow Song

The viral video filmed by Paul “Bear” Vazquez shows his enthusiastic reaction to a double rainbow which he described as the “Eye of God”. It was filmed in his front yard just outside Yosemite National Park, in the U.S. state of California.

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The video has more than 46 million views on YouTube. Bear even confirmed being sober while singing “double rainbow, double rainbow, it’s so intense.”

#8. Bed Intruder Song

Bed Intruder Song achieved immense viral success and became the most-viewed YouTube video of 2010 (excluding major label music videos, of course). The song has even been played live and more than 2,500 cover videos have been uploaded.

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The video was created by Auto Tune-The News based on an interview with Antoine Dodson, who was talking to a reporter about a home invasion. The “hide your kids, hide your wife” lyrics really got stuck in people’s heads.

#7. Motherlover

Andy Samberg and Justin Timberlake sang this song for Mother’s Day during their third collaboration, with Susan Sarandon and Patricia Clarkson appearing as their mothers. This is as pro as it can get!

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Samberg was reluctant to bring back the sketch duo but Timberlake actually convinced him and they wrote the lyrics together. It was aired on Saturday Night Live and has been a hit ever since.

#6. Sitting On ThaToilet

A YouTuber of the username “alonzochadwick” uploaded this video on September 2009. The funny thing is, the video was posted to get back at her sister for posting a photo of him on her MySpace page.

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In November 2009, the video exploded onto the Internet. They even made it to the Tosh.0 blog and spawned numerous remixes. He never thought the video would go so viral, or else I guess he would’ve thought it through.

#5. Banana Song

Banana Song (I’m a Banana) is a YouTube video posted by Onision on September 2009. The video took off after appearing on Tosh.0a show which shares and comments on online video clips.

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The iconic lyrics “I’M A BANANA! I’M A BANANA! LOOK AT ME MOVE!” sung by a man in a banana costume have inspired many copycats. There’s an idea for your next Halloween costume!

#4. The Hampsterdance Song

The Hampster Dance was one of the earliest memes ever. The site originally consisted of a single page with four cute hamster (and other rodent) GIFs. Its popularity later led to the creation of The Hampsterdance Song.

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The song was released in July 2000. It may not have any lyrics but it does have some great music for the silly hamsters to foot it. It may be silly, but aren’t those little fellas the cutest?

#3. The Mean Kitty Song

Sparta, also known as the Mean Kitty, is the cutest striped Tabby and Egyptian Mau cat. The Mean Kitty Song was written by his owner about the kitty’s first days in his new home.

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Sparta got his name because of his originally vicious behavior, similar to that of the extremely brave brutal Spartans. “And the one big thing I forgot to mention was that he wasn’t fighting, he just wanted attention“, says the owner.

#2. Nicolas Cage Wants Cake

The hilarious series of video remixes were made from a dialogue scene between Nicolas Cage and Téa Leoni in the film Family Man. It’s safe to say that this parody video became more viral than the film itself.

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Ok, that image of a turkey with a human hed is quite disturbing, but the lyrics are just hilarious. “I was saving it because I got nauseated by that pre-cooked rotisserie chicken“, says the song. You can enjoy the catchy lyrics as a Cage fan or as a cake fan!

#1. Never Gonna Give You Up

The song was recorded by British singer and songwriter Rick Astley on July 1987, as the first single from his debut album Whenever You Need Somebody. But the iconic thing about this song was Rickrolling.

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Started by users of 4chan, by May 2007, Rickrolling had achieved notoriety and its popularity increased after 2008 April Fools’ Day Joke. Media companies and websites pranked their users, even YouTube rickrolled all of its featured videos that day.

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