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10 Most Popular Types of Viral Videos

Updated on September 1, 2011

Social media and viral videos in particular are comprised of virtually every genre, type, category, and field imaginable. There's long and short, uplifting and tragic, scientific and artistic, modern and classic, and so on. In this hub, we'd like to focus on the 10 most popular types of viral videos we come across. If you're not acquainted with viral videos, be sure to read Getting Started with Viral Videos.

Animals, Babies, and Cute

Who doesn't love animals? Or better yet or who doesn't love cute baby animals? or cute babies? Exactly, no one. There are an abundance of cute animals, cute babies, and cute cuties viral videos. There are high traffic blogs devoted solely to this genre. Enjoy the seemingly infinite exuberance and adorableness from babies and animals.

Talent and Skills

Another irresistible category is talent and special skills. An exceptional singer, musician, artist, performer, dancer, athlete, even yoyo-ist can turn heads and draw a lot of attention. Besides for their incredible talents, sometimes their age, height, or 'x factor' sets them apart from the rest and makes their performance that much more spectacular and interesting to watch.

Viral Marketing and Commercials

So much has changed in the last 5 years: The number of people online, the amount of time spent online, the size of the audience watching videos. All of the growth online has attracted corporations, advertisers and marketers to promote their products and services through viral marketing campaigns. These videos typically have high production quality and while many viewers may not even recognize that they're viral marketing campaigns due to their subtlety, some of the videos are very open about their motives.

Funny Awkward and Embarrassing

You know when it's wrong to laugh but you can't help yourself? Fails, epic fails, and even disastrous fails are a very popular genre online. Thankfully, some videos are genuinely funny without a victim, while others are awkward and/or embarrassing kinda like 'The Office' or 'Arrested Development.'


Justin Beiber, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry. Need I say more?

Nerdy Stuff

There's quite a market online for nerdy, geeky, and techie videos. Whether it's math, science, engineering, video games, computers, sci fi, or comics, the nerds and geeks are here to stay and have plenty to watch and share.


A compilation video can highlight patterns that most people would probably miss or intensify a genre you're already familiar with. Watch the videos below and you'll see what I'm talking about.

Spoofs and Remixes

Imitations, satires, and parodies are excellent techniques for expressing an opinion on someone else's work. Some remixes are so well done that the final product is almost an entirely new creation.

Tragic and Dramatic

You may have heard a story in the news about the devastation in Japan or severe flooding not too far from your hometown. The gravity of the situation does not 'hit you' until you watch it. Dramatic videos often touch on the struggles, trials and tribulations of ordinary people just like yourself.


Memes are ideas or concepts that spread from person to person. Some of them are interesting or bizarre, while others are annoying but addictive to many.

Looking for more?

At Viral Viral Videos, we're always on the lookout for the highest quality, most interesting, funny viral videos. Be sure to tune into VVV for the web's best viral videos.


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