Hello and welcome to Legends of the Internet! This is something a bit different where I take a look at all the wacky, weird and awesome things that populate the Internet, cover what they are and explain why they exist. Today we will be covering We are Number One, the ultimate meme of 2016!
What is “We are Number One”?
“We are Number One” is a song in an episode of the Icelandic children’s show Lazytown. I bet you are asking yourself: “Why are you talking about this and why is it considered a meme?”. Don’t ask me. Nobody knows how it started. One day it was just a Lazytown song. The next it was a meme as widespread as the likes of Harambe and MLG. The general concept to this meme is that someone takes the video and… well pretty much just messes it up in any way they can. Some generally popular ways to mess it up however are replacing every single ‘one’ in the video with something such as an anime or Mike from Monsters Inc getting nutted(I wish I was joking) and playing around with the part in the song where Robbie says “Look at this net that I just found”. I could spend hours trying to explain this to you but it is better to show not tell so here are some of my favourites.
Why was it created?
No one even knows WHO created the first “We are Number One” meme however the meme may have been spawned by popular Youtube RIP(converting CD music to MP3) creator SilvaGunner who in essence is a meme himself but that is a story for another day. On September 13th Silvagunner created a troll RIP of We are Number One said to be from “Lazytown: The Video Game”. Not long after this video We are Number One videos quickly grew in popularity and now, there is no end to them.
Some purpose has been found in this meme however. Many of the people who made these chaotic videos included a link in the description to a GoFundMe page to raise enough money to treat the actor for Robbie Rotten, Stefan Karl, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Due to the popularity We are Number One and Lazy Town was gaining thanks to the meme over 100,000 dollars was raised to help Stefan. When people tell you memes are pointless and a waste of time I suggest you tell them this to prove otherwise.
Who creates these… things?
A number of people are responsible for making these videos but there are two main channels responsible for creating this content. MrMrMANGOHEAD(currently at almost 160,000 subscribers) and grandayy(currently at almost 75,000 subscribers). These two prophets of the meme produce the majority of We are Number One videos some of them being extremely complicated. They even make MONEY from producing these joke videos through Patreon.
It is no wonder that We are Number One has been given the title of Meme of the Year 2016. This is a title that’s all the more impressive considering it was up against the likes of Harambe, Arthur’s Fist and Damn Daniel. Even now, this meme juggernaut shows no signs of stopping with many videos still being created daily.
Stefan Karls’ GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/2tm9tqk
MrMrMangoHead’s Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/MRMRMANGOHEAD
Grandayy’s Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/grandayy