Viral videos are not always completely original productions – and that’s not a bad thing. In fact, some of the most popular videos on YouTube today are parodies and often even surpass the popularity of the originals. As experienced parody connoisseurs (aka we spend our lunch hours watching them on a daily basis), we decided to compile a list of the best ones. With so many to choose from, it was a little difficult to come up with a ‘best ever’ list – but after careful consideration, we were able to dwindle it down to the following.
Based on one of the biggest viral successes of 2014 is First Lick. Instead of recording the first kiss between, two complete strangers, Jimmy Fallon’s entry is both endearing and hilarious at the same time.
The original Cadbury’s Gorilla was a massive hit back in 2007, using a Phil Collins classic to become one of the leading viral videos of that year. However, we have a slight weak spot for the parody starring the classic Star Wars character Chewbacca.
Yet another entry based on the Cadbury’s Gorilla comes from Wonderbra. Injecting a little bit of humour to a healthy dosage of sexy, it’s a fantastic effort that features a drummer who’s a tad less hairy than the original! The tagline is worthy of note as well, with “Two Cups Full of Joy” as the parody of the original “Glass and a Half Full Production”.
(Yet Another) Cadbury Gorilla Spoof
We know, we know. It’s our third spoof for the Cadbury ad, but we just couldn’t leave this one out. Featuring a gorilla going absolutely berserk on set, it shows the potential pitfalls of working with animals!
Smell Like a Monster
The original Old Spice ads already have a parody feel to it and it’s no surprise the series has been ridiculously popular in recent years, reviving the brand for the modern man and spiking sales like crazy. This has sprouted several parodies, but the Sesame Street version is easily our favourite – after all, who wouldn’t want to smell like a monster?
Dumb Ways to Valentine
Dumb Ways to Die is one of the most creative safety videos ever created and received plaudits far and wide – the inevitable sequel followed with Dumb Ways to Valentine. Short, sweet and to the point.
Dumb Movie Ways to Die
This one is perhaps one of our favourites, as it ties into our passion of the silver screen. Going over some of the biggest classics of the last few decades, this parody cleverly summaries some of the ridiculous ways protagonists have met their ends.
Jack Sparrow (feat. Michael Bolton)
We’re always impressed when major celebrities get involved in parody videos – it shows they have a sense of humour and don’t take themselves too seriously. Perhaps Bolton could join the Lonely Island on a permanent basis?
Cats + Advertising = Catvertising
Perhaps created by a team tired of the popularity of cat memes, this is a hilarious parody that is almost convincing – until you realise it’s all about cats. But aren’t they just adorable? Maybe the video isn’t a parody after all…