First, what is a meme? Basically, a meme on the Web is a phenomenon, fad, sensation, rumor, or oddity that gets passed around quickly to large numbers of people; this can be via email, word of mouth, blogs, Web sites, chat, pretty much any kind of Web communication.
As we close the chapter on the first decade of the 00's, it's time to look back on the top memes on the Web these past ten years. Here are the top 20 Web memes that you've probably seen in one form or another somewhere on the Web; some are funny, some are weird, but they're all wildly popular.
The infamous Dancing Baby actually first got its start way back in 1996 with an email that was passed around to literally millions of people. Once the Dancing Baby made his (or her?) way onto the popular show "Ally McBeal", its place in Web meme history was assured.
"All your base are belong to us" is a snippet of text that was incorrectly translated within a Japanese video game, and then popularized in a short cartoon.
"Chocolate Rain", sung by deep-voiced Tay Zonday, quickly gained popularity for the singer's deep voice and the oft-repeated chorus, as well as the phrase "I move away from the mic to breathe in".
The Star Wars Kid's claim to fame is a home video showing him very exuberantly wielding a make-believe Jedi light saber.
Charlie the Unicorn, part of the eccentric FilmCow studio, is a somewhat tragic figure who has to endure all sorts of crazy shenanigans put upon him by his two unicorn friends.
The Evolution of Dance is a video put together by comedian Judson Laipply; it showcases at least 20 different dance styles ranging from Elvis Presley's "Hound Dog" to N'Sync's "Bye Bye Bye".
The "Bert is Evil" phenomenon is based on a website featuring the classic Sesame Street character in a number of historical events and situations, offering satirical "proof" that Bert was, in fact, evil.
Images of cats with funny captions have pretty much taken over the Web. The captions, mostly written in Internet slang called "lolspeak", are whimsical, witty, or just downright weird.
This video of a little boy coming home after a dentist appointment is hilariously funny and went viral all over the Web within just a few weeks of upload. "Is this real life?"
Wedding entrances are solemn, stately affairs....that is, until the JK Wedding Entrance Dance made its way onto YouTube. The couple choreographed a fantastic entrance number featuring all their maids of honor and groomsmen to Chris Brown's "Forever".