You’ve likely landed at this article looking for one of two things. Number 1: an explanation of what this “Harlem Shake” thing is. Number 2: To see more Harlem Shakes!
We’ve got you covered with both.
Technically, the “Harlem Shake” was a dance move from the ’80s. It began in New York’s Harlem, and was popular in music videos. Then, in 2011, it was the title of an electronic song produced by Baauer. Now, in 2013, the song has become the track of many viral videos.
According to YouTube, that’s the video that started the real viral trend. As of Feb. 11, there have been over 12,000 “Harlem Shake” videos, and they’ve been watched more than 44 million times. Now, YouTube says, over 4,000 of these crazy dance videos are being uploaded per day. Read more about Harlem Shakes here: Harlem Shake’ Shakes It Across YouTube, With Over 44 Million Views.
Now, of course, the competition is on for the best Harlem Shake video on the Internet. We leave you with some of our favorites.
written by joanna stern for abcnews.go.com