20 of the Best Viral Videos of 2014 You Really Need to See

Dave Parrack 25-12-2014

It’s almost impossible to predict what videos will go viral and which will simply disappear without racking up any views. Every kind of video you can imagine is uploaded to YouTube on a daily basis, but only the very best rise to the top.

This year, like every year, was a great year for online videos. For every entirely forgettable damp squib there was a gem that stood out from the crowd. And these are the clips we’re looking at today… the best viral videos 2014 had to offer.

The Best Viral Videos Of 2014

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Despite all this, there’s a chance you haven’t seen one or more of them, so let’s sit back and enjoy the best viral videos of 2014. With a few lines of added snark from yours truly.

Kutiman – Thru You Too – Give It Up

It’s not the best song of the year, but it is better than Anaconda by Nicki Minaj. Google it and tell me I’m wrong.

Apparently Kid

Apparently, this kid has a bright future. Apparently, he isn’t at all likely to grow up with a big head from being famous for five minutes.

Magic For Dogs

Magic for dogs. Otherwise known as cruelty to animals. Still, at least it isn’t cats being disrespected.

Linda, Honey, Just Listen

I’m not sure whether this kid needs a clip around the ear or praise for being able to stand up for himself. Perhaps it’s both.

Grandmas Smoking Weed

Watching anyone smoking weed is quite amusing. Watching grandmas smoking weed for the first (bit probably not the last) time is mesmerizing.

Lion King Cast Take Over Airplane

These are all either talented entertainers doing what comes naturally, or annoying show-offs who need to shut up and let me enjoy the rest of the flight in peace.

Worry About Yourself

She’s cute, she’s fiercely independent, she’s a viral video star. And all before the age of five.

KLM’s Lost & Found Service

It may just be a commercial but who can fail to be impressed by the customer service, and fall just a little bit in love with Sherlock.

Epic Building Swoop

Paragliding isn’t something I have ever imagined myself doing, but this video makes me want to try it. Only once though, as I probably wouldn’t survive the ordeal.

Denver The Guilty Dog Strikes Again

Denver became a viral video star a few years ago, but viewers still haven’t tired of that butter-wouldn’t-melt expression on his face.

Japan’s Slow-Motion Walkers

These Japanese guys walk in synchronized slow motion. I don’t know why, and I don’t really care either. I just know it’s highly watchable.

Ken Block’s Gymkhana Seven

You would think after doing six of these gymkhana videos, Ken Block would have run out of ideas. Think again. This feels as fresh as the original.

Tony Hawk Rides A Hoverboard

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Drone Flying Through Fireworks

Fireworks are always amazing to watch, but watching them through the eyes of a drone flying through the middle of a display ups the ante considerably.

Bill Gates’ Ice Bucket Challenge

We could have picked any number of the multitude of Ice Bucket Challenge videos that went viral Water Woes: 20 Of The Best Celebrity Ice Bucket Challenge Videos [Weird & Wonderful Web] With each person who gets doused nominating three more people, the Ice Bucket Challenge has spread quickly. And we have now seen enough videos to make a list of the best so far. Enjoy it. Read More , but Bill Gates’ effort was always my personal favorite.

The Dancing Traffic Light

They call that dancing? OK, so it’s better than my feeble attempt at dancing at any wedding reception, but that’s not really saying much.

Hero Cat Saves Kid From Dog

Possibly the feelgood news story of 2014 was the hero cat who saved his young owner from being mauled by a neighbor’s dog. We told you cats are awesome 8 Purrfect Cat Websites For Feline Lovers Cats are everywhere online… as photos shared by friends on social networking sites, as cute pics on Reddit, on any of the cat-centric Tumblr sites, and even here on MakeUseOf. Oh, and then there’s Nyan... Read More .

Arnie Works At Gold’s

Who better to train flabby people up until they lose weight and get fit than Mr. Arnold Schwarzenegger himself. Hasta la vista, fatty.

Kicked In The Head By A Train

Possibly the strangest video to go viral in 2014 was one which showed nothing more than a guy being kicked in the head by a passing train. Because selfie.

Spider Dog Prank

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Continue The Conversation

We hope you enjoyed this list of some of the best viral videos of 2014. To be honest there were plenty more which could have made the cut. Which is where you come in. Please continue the conversation in the comments section below, telling us all about your favorite viral video of 2014.

It doesn’t matter whether it’s funny, entertaining, musical, informative, educational, or offbeat, if it was uploaded to the Web in 2014 and you like it, then it counts. Unless it’s pornographic, obviously. As much as you may “enjoy” that type of video, this isn’t the time or the place for that kind of thing Pornography Addiction: The Hidden Struggle & How to Break Free [Feature] Anon22 discovered Internet porn when he was just 12 years old. For around 10 years, Anon22 has enjoyed pornography using his computer once or twice a day, a compulsion that he claims ruined his social... Read More .

A Debt Of Gratitude

In order to compile this list of viral videos you need to see, we received a lot of great comments from the MakeUseOf readership. Obviously. As ever, our readers proved to be an invaluable part of the site you’re reading right now.

These readers took the time to answer the question, What Was Your Favorite YouTube Video Of 2014?, and their responses helped us compile this article. Noteworthy comments include those from David, bom, Leesha Heard, and suzybel.

Image Credits: Petras Gagilas via Flickr

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  1. Dave
    December 29, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Great list of vids. Thanks for digging them all out. Love that World Order video.