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In just a few weeks, Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” has ignited an online phenomenon, with groups of people all over the world posting their own version of the 30-second freakout meme. As the “Harlem Shake” mania has reached a fever pitch, the song has debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s revamped Hot 100 chart, while Baauer, the young EDM whiz behind the track, has become Billboard’s latest cover star.

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It’s hard to pick just 10 “Harlem Shake” videos in the thousands that already exist, but these are the half-minute snippets that have kept us coming back amidst the explosion. Check out Billboard.com’s 10 favorite “Harlem Shake” videos, and then tell us which one is your personal staple in the comments below.

First up is the one that seemingly started it all: two weeks back, an Australia-based longboarding crew called The Sunny Coast Skate uploaded a clip of four dudes in a dorm-style setting bugging out to Baauer’s beat. It’s since been acknowledged by Youtube as the official kickstarter of the viral trend:


There’s a ton of “office freakout” versions of the meme, but this one, which has amassed 1.4 million YouTube views, has always struck us as the most inspired. Keep shaking that walker, big guy:


Norway might have the world’s most pop culture-savvy battalion — their version was one of the first big spinoffs to hit YouTube (back on Feb. 10) and has since almost twice as many views as the original:


Credit the University of Georgia‘s men’s swim & dive crew for taking this once-underground dance trend… underwater:


Brooklyn indie duo Matt & Kim know how to make a good viral vid (even if it means walking naked through Times Square), so they took time out while playing a gig in Troy, N.Y.’s RPI Fieldhouse to get their audience in on the fun:


Over five million YouTube viewers watched the “Harlem Shake” turn these firefighters into a a raging Spider-Man and, um, chicken-man:


This creative YouTuber took some classic “Peanuts” footage from “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and got the gang doing the dance to Baauer, with Snoopy on guitar, Schroeder on keys, and Pigpen on stand-up bass:


At a Florida Gators-Kentucky Wildcats basketball game, an arena full of Rowdy Reptiles supporters joined the fun, with the Albert the Gator and the cheer crew leading:


NBC’s “The Today Show” did a special Valentine’s Day take on the “Shake” — although their crew might need some more dancing lessons.


Taking the famous Red Bull wings to the next level, this team of skydivers recorded surely the most gravity-defying version of the craze:

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Baauer (Courtesy Mixed Management)

Baauer (Courtesy Mixed Management)

In a surprising move, it was announced this week that Billboard and Nielsen have changed the methodology which determines the Hot 100 singles chart by including authorized YouTube views in the equation.

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The long-standing music chart institution will now count the streaming YouTube data (calculated by Nielsen) alongside sales, on-demand audio streaming services such as Spotify and radio play, both digital and terrestrial. The changes will be reflected on a slew of charts ‑ Hot Country Songs, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, R&B Songs, Rap Songs, Hot Latin Songs, Hot Rock Songs and Dance/Electronic Songs.

“The very definition of what it means to have a hit is ever-changing these days,” said Billboard’s editorial director Bill Werde. “TheBillboard charts are the ultimate measure of success in music, and they constantly evolve to reflect these new music experiences.

“When the charts launched over 70 years ago, a hit was defined as selling copies of a single or generating airplay,” Werde continued. “While those avenues are still viable, one needn’t look any further than Cee Lo, Gotye, PSY or now Baauer to know that a song can be a massive hit on YouTube alone.”

The aforementioned Baauer is reaping the benefits of the changes, as his meme-generating single “Harlem Shake” has shot to #1 onBillboard’s Hot 100, replacing fellow independent artist Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop,” which had been in the top spot four weeks running.

Many of the countless viral “Harlem Shake” videos are counted as well as the original video, as the new ranking system also utilizes YouTube’s Content ID system (via a company called INDmusic), which allows Baauer’s record label (Diplo’s Mad Decent imprint) to monetize any video using the song that they see fit. According to Billboard, Mad Decent was generating revenue from no less than 4000 different “Harlem Shake” clips on YouTube, totaling over 30 million views as of February 14.

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Baauer is among the many artists scheduled to perform at this year’s Coachella music festival in Indio, CA, in April. While the two-weekend event sold out in record time, a limited number of tickets for the second weekend (April 19-21) are on sale here.

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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

 

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