LONDON: Tuesday 19th December 2006.
Christmas on the Internet is a time for lewd humor, kitsch, nostalgia and musical whimsy. At any rate, thats the conclusion to be drawn from this year’s top 10 most viral Christmas videos, according to Web chart company ViralVideoChart.com.
Justin Timberlake’s SNL skit has beaten Larry the Cable Guy and the cast of Scrubs to this years top spot. Timberlakes lewd musical skit, offering tips on a homemade Christmas gift, trumped both Daniel Whitney’s set of redneck carols and the surreal Charlie Brown mashup, produced for a Scrubs cast Christmas party three years ago.
At number four is a slick depiction of the secret and violent life of Gangsta Santa, leaving dead kids and ponies heads in his wake, while number five sees animated Indian popstar Boymongoose take on Bollywood hunks, corrupt sports stars, nosey inlaws and a totally insufficient dowry in a satirical version of the Twelve Days of Christmas.
Number six is the well-loved Christmas Lights Gone Wild. In December 2004. Carson Williams, an electrical engineer from Mason, Ohio, spent several weeks sequencing 88 Light-O-Rama channels to control 16,000 Christmas lights. Two years later the video of this holiday lighting spectacular has been viewed over a million times on YouTube.
The final four videos on the chart are all musical numbers. Billy Idol musters a restrained version of White Christmas, Mariah Carey and Wham! entertain with their seasonal standards, while supermodel Heidi Klum goes all out for a kitsch winter wonderland.
Scott Button, CEO, ViralVideoChart.com says: Large quantities of extended family plus a goodly measure of alcohol can make Christmas a stressful time. We all need a release, and YouTubes top Christmas clips have been providing relief to millions.