Memes / Music

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In the right context, any chorus/hook of a song can be a breeding ground for Memetic Mutation. Many examples here and whole Meme articles have been further mutated through Misheard Lyrics. Just do a YouTube search for them, you can't miss 'em. See also Stupid Statement Dance Mix and Ear Worm.

Just a warning: this page is a bit outdated. YouTube being YouTube, many of these links are broken, private, or removed.

Kanye West has his own section of memes, and so does Death Grips. Likewise, Caramelldansen has it's own page- please put entries for those in the Caramelldansen Vid page.


  • "I'm Too Sexy" by Right Said Fred produced the "I'm too sexy for my shirt" meme "III'm...too sexy for my shirt, too sexy for my shirt, so sexy it huuurts..." which later became "I'm too sexy for my _____" with any object replacing "shirt."
  • The musician Samwell became momentarily famous for the Camp Gay song "What What, In The Butt?," which led to more slash/yaoi parodies than could be counted generally consisting of the song overlaid on a particularly Ho Yay laden clip compilation or the like, and which itself even appeared on South Park.
  • "Crank That" by Soulja Boy became a memetic Ear Worm for a fair bit of 2007-08. It also produced a lot of "Crank That" parodies, especially "Kosha Boy", ''Crank Dat [1] and "Crank Dat Spiderman".
    • Soulja Boy's foray into odd, rambling songs allegedly inspired by anime produced a couple of others:"Bitch I looklike Goku," "Bitch I look like Gohan, smokin' up that marijuana" with a goofy Gohan face, and the song "Anime", consisting of lyrics like "Lookin' like Death Note" has given us "Anime, Annie-May, I'd fuck dat bitch, any day".
  • The Next Episode by Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg
    • "Smoke Weed Everyday", the last line of the song, is often remixed with various other items. Combined with a .gif of Snoop Dogg dancing in his video for "Drop it Like it's Hot", various weed-themed remixes have appeared.
    • Super Weed Brothers, Attack On Weed, and even a Pac-Man weed parody.
  • Lose Yourself by Eminem
    • The lyrics "His palms are sweaty/Knees weak, arms are heavy/There's vomit on his sweater already/Mom's spaghetti" made the song a perfect unintentional parallel to Spaghetti Stories, a meme commonly found on 4chan and similar websites about embarrassing stories of social awkwardness/ineptitude.note  The phrase "Mom's Spaghetti" is also in itself memetic. In context it refers to someone who is so nervous he vomited the last food he ate onto his clothes. It however sounds funny, and is memorable enough to make it the most recognizable, non-chorus part of the song.
  • Vaporwave was this to an extent once upon a time, though a lot of it was borne from Snark Bait. This song in particular really caught on. Once the genre started getting more attention, it didn't take long for people to start making remixes and joke mashups with it. This has died down as time went on, as vaporwave has grown considerably since then and has begun to be taken more seriously, but as a result, the genre now suffers from Public Medium Ignorance, as many people will still dismiss it as a meme, much to the chagrin of fans and artists.
    • In the same vein, "the aesthetic".note 
    • "It's just Diana Ross slowed down."note 
  • "I Love, I Love, I Love My Wife - But Oh! You Kid!" was "written" by Harry Von Tilzer in 1909.
    • The song immediately became a staple of Vaudeville performers.
    • It soon spawned countless knick-knacks, imitations, parodies, cartoons captioned with the song's hook, and a backlash by both Moral Guardians and people who were just sick of it. The song and phrase turned out to have a long shelf life; H. L. Mencken was complaining about it in 1921, and it's been referenced in works created many years after that. More information.
  • "98 PERCENT COMPLETE" became a meme in the X Japan fandom, as a result of Yoshiki Hayashi repeatedly stating that the first new album by X Japan in more than 20 years is "98 percent complete" on Twitter since 2010.
    • Yoshiki himself produced two minor memes related to him via his twitter: the Fan Community Nickname of "nurses," and many nurse-themed fan creations, and his love for bananas (which even managed to get noticed by Dole to the point that they mailed him several crates of bananas). Before that, there was the "Rice Monster" meme, created from a post he made on his then Myspace blog about a nightmare he'd had of being eaten by a "rice monster" as a result of a special rice diet he was on to get in shape for the band reunion. There's also the meme of him being a vampire.
    • Another related to X Japan is the Heath X Fernandes Cargo Ship, which resulted from Heath seeming to have an orgasm onstage at Lollapalooza 2010 due to the vibrations of his bass.
    • A short-lived meme happened in the '00s, "Lick pens," created by a famous lyrics translations page's attempt to avoid being banned by their ISP or attracting "enlargement" spammers, by removing the "i" from one word in the original lyrics for Stab Me In The Back. This meme is actually a way to tell how long someone's been a fan of the band for real - usually someone who references having heard of the meme has been around since at least 2005, and likely earlier. Unless they just read about it here.
  • Ylvis's The Fox became this within a day or two of the music video being put up on Youtube. The chorus is the most memetic part of the song. note 
  • Tay Zonday, "Chocolate Rain"
    • The whole song.note 
    • ScrewAttack once parodied this in their Shitty-Ass Game of the Year awards to explain just how bad Vampire Rain really was.
      • When nominated for the 360 SAGY: "Vampire Rain...! It's so boring you might kill yourself. Vampire Rain...! It's supposed to be like Splinter Cell. Vampire Rain...! Its load times are downright horrible. Vampire Rain...! No redeeming qualities at all!"
      • Winning the 360 SAGY: "Vampire Rain...! Its slow gameplay is like a bad joke. Vampire Rain...! It received over half of the votes. Chocolate Rain...! The song is not half as bad as the game. Vampire Rain...! Will make you want to sell your 360!"
    • Tay Zonday released a spoof of his own song entitled Cherry Chocolate Rain for a Dr. Pepper ad.
      • I move away from the mic to breathe in.note 
  • The Dancing Baby meme: One of the older memes that have since fallen out of favor, a GIF of a CGI dancing baby set to either The Macarena or The Blue Suedes' Hooked on a Feeling (the latter inspired by Ally McBeal). In the old days stuff like that pretty much went around via e-mail or appeared on websites.
  • Kick Out the Jams by MC5 has become a phrase in itself, especially with the epithat "kick out the jams, motherfuckers!!".
  • The Twelve Days of Christmas: "...and a partridge in a pear tree." note 
  • "Uptown Funk"
  • "Shit's Fucked":
    • Everybody Knows Shit FuckExplanation 
  • Time Machine ModulusExplanation 
    • "Hey this is actually pretty good, not cringeworthy at all" (and many variants thereof)Explanation 
  • Taylor Swift
    • It feels like a perfect night, to dress up like hipsters
    • You made a rebel of a careless man's careful daughter.
    • Haters gonna hate hate hate hate hate hate hate.
    • So it's gonna be forever, or its gonna go down in flames.
    • Ahhhh, oooooh, trouble, trouble, trouble.
    • Burning redddddd.
    • I can make the bad guys good for a weekend.
    • We are never getting back together, like ever.
    • I don't know bout you, but I'm feeling 22.
  • Beyoncé
    • I woke up like this.
    • Surfboard, surfboard, surfboard. Graining on that wood.
    • I've been drinking watermelon.
    • He better call Becky with the good hair.
  • Anyway, here's Wonderwall.
  • Bon Jovi:
    • "Shot through the heart! And you're to blame!" This line is popularly put over someone literally being shot in media.
  • Nickelbacknote :
    • The starting lyrics of the song Photograph became a pretty popular meme in 2015, where the photograph the lead singer is holding would be changed to something random and the lyrics themselves would be tweaked to represent it.
  • Plies' "Ran Off On Da Plug Twice" is known for the rapper doing a running man-style dance while saying aforementioned lyric. It became viral after football players do this dance when scoring a touchdown.
  • "Pimp My Metal" jokes in association to the Within Temptation song "And We Run", which is one of the few Symphonic Metal songs with rap sections, done by Xzibit.
  • "The Seventh Element" by Vitas.
    • "Weird Russian Singer,"
    • Chum Drum Bedrum
    • Ahaha, hahaha, hahaha, haaaaaa, blalalala ahaha!Explanation 
  • "Five, four, three, one! Off-blast!"
  • Bon Jovi, "Livin' On A Prayer"
    • Wooah, we're halfway there, woah, [insert image of something mundane or weird that has the same rhythm as "livin' on a prayer", preferably also that rhymes]!
    • An image of a lizard on a deckchair with the meme text "Woah, we're halfway there, woah, lizard on a chair" surfaced, it got popular and spawned its own spin-offs.
  • Usher, "My Boo".
    • "At niiight, I think of yoooouu/I want, to be your laaady babyyyy!"
  • Michael Jackson
    • "Cause this is Thriller! Thriller night!"
      • The zombie dance number from the music video is the most memorable thing about the song.
  • How could this happen to me...?Explanation 
  • Thanks to the "Epic Maneuvre" meme on Main/YTMND, "Ghost Love Score" by Nightwish is the go-to song when dramatic music is needed. Sometimes used to invoke Mundane Made Awesome, by playing the song over a clip of someone doing something completely normal.
  • "O Fortuna" is the go-to music to illustrate something sinister.
  • "It's Mr. Steal Your Girl". Explanation 
  • In an example some might find in bad taste, Gas Gas Gas, a song used in the Initial D anime, has apparently gained popularity on /pol/ by virtue of associations with a different kind of gas, as a look through the YouTube comments will attest. Which in turn has led to this. Make of it what you will.
  • Shout, shout, let it all out! These are the things I can do without, come on! I'm talking to you, come on! Explanation 
  • Corona's "The Rhythm of the Night" has two memetic mondegreens "Is this the Reebok or the Nike?" (possibly originated from Spanish) and "Jesus Humilha Satanas".
  • Drake's "Hotline Bling" had a memetic music video and many jokes out of the opening line ("You used to call me on my cell phone...").
  • You Reposted in the Wrong Neighborhood note , by Shokk, from the original video and just how good Casin fits to any mash up.
  • "It's So Cold In The D" note 
  • "It's My Life Whatever I Wanna Do" by Vennu Mallesh has spawned several jokes due to its goofy (and often grammatically incorrect) lyrics such as "I am a very good bad boy" and "My neighbor thinks that I am wasting my time/He don't know that he is wasting his time".
  • From Brazil, Charlie Brown Jr.'s song "O Coro Vai Come" has many memes out of the Singer Name Drop line "Meu tu não sabe o que aconteceu! Os caras do Charlie Brown invadiram a cidade!" (Man, you don't know what happened! The guys from Charlie Brown have invaded the town!"). Most notably, Trolling by saying the first part only to complete with the song lyrics, using the second part as a response to "you don't know\believe what happened", and of course, the original Charlie Brown being brought along.
  • Running in the 90s by Eurobeat Max Coverti, of Initial D fame. While it's been a meme since the days of YTMND, it's recently popularity on Tumblr and Youtube, often played over videos of something going at high speed, especially if it's drifting.
    • Eurobeat in general, or rather Eurobeat played on Initial D, has become a meme in itself, with tons of driving and drifting videos using tracks from the anime, most popular being Deja Vu. A good example of this kind of meme can be found here.
  • "Shooting Stars" by Bag Raiders is usually featured in scenes where people fly across the space.
  • "Whales" by Hail Mary Mallon (rap superduo composed of Aesop Rock and Rob Sonic) has received much attention due to being featured in numerous mashups, most famously one with "Tem Shop" off of the Undertale soundtrack.
  • Simple Minds' "Don't You (Forget About Me)" became this after it was featured in the How It Should Have Ended parody of Inside Out, despite it having alternate lyrics about Bing Bong in that video. This was just one of many usages of that song in popular media from the late 2000's onward (including Victorious, The Goldbergsnote , Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and most notably the "Bellas Finals" medley in ''Pitch Perfect") that caused the song to be put back into frequent rotation on radio stations, and lead to satellite radio station "80's on 8" making their own parody that airs in-between songs.
    • In a number of these instances, the chorus will chime in when someone is freeze-framed while pumping their fist in the air, as a direct reference to The Breakfast Club. See the aforementioned HISHE video and the end of the Kimmy Schmidt episode "Kimmy Kisses A Boy" for examples.
    • Don't you forget about me or my son ever again.
  • Bob Rivers' The Twelve Pains of Christmas is very popular among people who make AMVs. It's hard to not look for a popular animated show or movie and not see an AMV of that song.
  • "Sounds of Silence" by Simon & Garfunkel has become the catch-all song for any depressing or despairing moment. Or even just the first line, "Hello darkness my old friend..."


Memes not tied to a specific song

  • When you download MP3s, you're downloading COMMUNISM!note 
  • Everything except country and rap.note 
  • ONETWOTHREEFOUR!note 
    • Senzuri!note 
  • "I hate how Pavement took music so seriously."note 
  • When Post-Hardcore band Fugazi announced they were releasing a previously unheard album-length demo from 1988, Spin Magazine's twitter account mistakenly announced the demo was from 1888 (due to a typo, of course). Many jokes about the band having been around since the 19th century ensued.
  • "Darude - Sandstorm".Explanation  The Fine Brothers even did a YouTubers React episode on it.
    • An inversion has come up where, if a video actually does feature the song, someone will comment asking what the song is, then add "And don't say Darude - Sandstorm".
  • Put some respeck on my name!note 
  • Taking songs from kids media and giving them trap or dubstep remixes is popular on YouTube. The more bizarre and ironic it is, the better. For example, "I'm The Map" from Dora the Explorer, the theme to Little Einsteins, the Krusty Krab from SpongeBob SquarePants, and the theme to Caillou.
  • "Does Bruno Mars Is Gay?"note 
  • Once upon a time, a Belieber tired of the fanbase jealously hating on Justin's girlfriend made an image admonishing them. This turned out to be extremely exploitable.

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