Viral Dances that Shaped the 2010s

Alaysha Harden

Throughout the 2010s, there have been many artists and public figures who have created dances that took the internet. Whether they intended for the dance to become popular or if a commoner made it go viral, these dances have become a part of our culture. The rise of social media and technological access in the 2010s allowed the everyday person to participate in viral dances and potentially go viral as well. Let’s see how many of these dances you remember doing!



The dougie popularized by “Teach Me How to Dougie” by Cali Swag District

The Jerk from “You’re a Jerk” by The New Boyz


“Bernie Lean” by ATM & IMD

“Cat Daddy” by Rej3ctz


“Gangnam Style” by Psy


“Harlem Shake” by Baauer

This song was the start of an ever expanding impact of viral internet dances. Not only were people of all ages recording and posting their own versions of dances, but celebrities began to participate in the fun.

Twerking goes mainstream with Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke’s 2013 VMA performance

Despite “Blurred Lines” being a song that suggests that consent is not clear and can be assumed when under the influence, the song was successful enough for a performance. This crossover was also a moment where Miley Cyrus continued her streak of attempting to be “black” and sent modern America into a moral panic with her "twerking."

“Red Nose” by Sage The Gemini


Shmoney Dance from Bobby Shmurda’s self incriminating song


The Whip and Nae Nae was brought back into popularity by “Watch Me Whip/Nae Nae” by Silento

“Look at My Dab” by Migos

“Hit the Quan” by iLoveMemphis

Matuidi Charo’s soccer/ futbol celebration dance was popularized by the ending of a French rapper Niska’s song “Freestyle PSG” which features Rako, Brigi, Trafiquinte, and Madrane.

“Milly Rock” by 2 Milly

The Milly Rock was further popularized by Playboi Carti’s song “Magnolia."


The Hit Dem Folks dance is said to have originated in Georgia with Bankroll Fresh’s song “Walkin In." Like many dances of this time, the dance inspired the song “Hit Dem Folk” by Shuicide Holla that people began to use for their dance videos.

“Juju On That Beat” by Zay Hilfigerrr and Zayion McCall

The Running man challenge was a dance to the song “My Boo” by Ghost Town DJ’s.

“Me and my friends, we get turnt up” from “My Friends” by Mr_Hotspot

“Bet you can’t whip like me” by iAmDLOW


Floss popularized by The Backpack Kid

“Rolex” by Ayo & Teo

“Gwara Gwara” by L.A.X

Billy Bounce


“Shoot” by BlocBoy JB

“Shaku Shaku” by Afro B featuring Team Salut

Orange justice by Roy Purdy


The woah by Krypto9095 featuring D3mstreet

Shiggy created the Keke challenge off of Drake’s song “In my Feelings”

Kangsta Wok by The Future Kingz

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