2. Greyson Chance Channels Lady Gaga
Skeptics may have found Greyson Chance's rise to fame suspiciously fast, but we doubt the 12-year-old singer/songwriter and pianist ever imagined that his middle-school talent show cover of Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi" would generate this much buzz. An appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," featuring a phone-in by Gaga herself, followed just days after the performance hit the web, and Chance promptly signed deals with DeGeneres' new record label and Gaga and Madonna's management. The music video for Chance's debut single, "Waiting Outside the Lines," features about 10 times as many fawning girls surrounding his piano, but we'll always remember how it all started with this clip.
1. "Bed Intruder Song" Becomes a Hit
Viral video auteurs the Gregory Brothers first made their name with "Auto-Tune the News," in which pundits' musings were vocally manipulated to make everyone sound like T-Pain. But the Brothers took things to a far more hilarious level in 2010 with the YouTube and iTunes success of "Double Rainbow Song," and quickly followed that with the even catchier "Bed Intruder Song," the most-viewed independent YouTube video of the year. It all started with a local news clip of Huntsville, Ala. resident Antoine Dodson, who was reacting to a "rapist" that had broken into his sister's bedroom. Somehow, the Gregory Brothers turned this darkly comical report into viral video gold and got everyone singing, "hide your kids, hide your wife!" "Bed Intruder Song" debuted at No. 89 on the Hot 100 in August, and Dodson performed the track at the BET Hip-Hop Awards. Run and tell that, homeboy.