Happy Birthday, YouTube!

ELLE’s edit of the best video on the web

MOST POPULAR

Who can remember the world before YouTube? Not many of us – which is testament to just how much has changed in the eight short years since founder Jawed Karim posted this 20-second clip of himself at San Diego Zoo and spawned a cultural phenomenon.

In honour of this auspicious day, check out Team ELLE’s Top 10 pick, in no particular order, of the best of the ‘Tube.

(Warning: your productivity is about to seriously decrease.)

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1. I’m Elmo And I Know It

Striking a blow for innocence everywhere (and even catchier than the LMFAO original). Kids! Look at these crayons!

2. Charlie Bit My Finger

A classic for a reason.

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3. Sonya The Slow Loris

Because everybody loves tickles. Just maybe not quite this much.

4. The Sneezing Baby Panda

The look of surprise on the mother panda's face is hilarious. Every. Single. Time.

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5. MTV’s Best Kiss – The Notebook

Words will not do this clip justice but a few things to note about Gosling as you watch:

He and McAdams were actually dating when this happened

He's chewing gum – it's just hot

He's wearing a Darfur t-shirt so he's even finding time to make a political statement

His half-macho, half-Mr. Sensitive posturing is unbelievably sexy

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6. How Animals Eat Their Food

Our favourite is the whale. No, wait – the groundhog. Or the flamingo…

7. Baby Laughing At Ripping Paper

We defy you not to laugh. It is just not possible.

8. Double Rainbow

A man is overcome with emotion upon capturing a double complete rainbow. And when we say overcome, we mean verging on a complete existential meltdown. Brace yourself.

9. Cara, Rosie and Jourdan Do The Harlem Shake

The video that made it ok.

10. Baby Monkey (Going Backwards On A Pig)

Please don’t hate us if you can’t get this song out of your head for the next two years.

The Director

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