From the Harlem Shake to Renegade: The Evolution of Viral Dances in the 2010s

In the age of social media, viral dances have become a phenomenon that captivates millions around the world. These dances spread like wildfire, with people from all walks of life eagerly participating and sharing their own renditions. From the Harlem Shake to Renegade, let’s take a look at the evolution of viral dances in the last decade.

The Rise of the Harlem Shake

One of the earliest viral dance crazes that took over the internet was the Harlem Shake. Originating from a song by Baauer, this dance quickly gained traction in early 2013. The dance involved a group of people going wild to the beat drop in Baauer’s track. It was simple yet infectious, and soon enough, videos featuring people doing their own versions started flooding social media platforms.

The Harlem Shake became a global sensation within weeks. Celebrities, sports teams, and even entire workplaces joined in on the fun. This viral dance showcased how powerful social media can be when it comes to spreading trends and creating a sense of community through shared experiences.

Gangnam Style: A Global Phenomenon

In 2012, South Korean artist Psy introduced us to Gangnam Style – a catchy tune accompanied by an iconic horse-riding dance move. This music video broke records on YouTube, becoming the first video to reach one billion views on the platform.

The Gangnam Style dance craze swept across continents like wildfire. People from all corners of the globe were attempting Psy’s signature moves – often with hilarious results. The success of Gangnam Style proved that language barriers are no match for an entertaining and easily replicable dance routine.

The Whip/Nae Nae: A Dance for All Ages

Silento’s hit single “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” took over airwaves and playlists in 2015. The song came with a series of simple dance moves that anyone could follow along with. The Whip involved swinging one’s arm in a circular motion, while the Nae Nae required a swaying hip movement.

This viral dance quickly became a favorite at parties, weddings, and even school events. Its accessibility and catchy beats made it popular across all age groups, ensuring that everyone from kids to grandparents could join in on the fun. The Whip/Nae Nae showcased how viral dances can bring people together and create shared moments of joy.

Renegade: TikTok Takes Over

The most recent addition to the list of viral dances is the Renegade. This dance craze originated on the social media platform TikTok in late 2019 and quickly gained popularity among teenagers and young adults.

The Renegade is characterized by intricate hand movements, quick footwork, and rhythmic body isolations. Teenagers started posting their own renditions of this challenging routine, leading to an explosion of creativity within the TikTok community.

As with previous viral dances, the appeal of Renegade lies in its accessibility and shareability. Anyone can learn the dance by watching tutorials or joining online challenges. This democratization of dance has allowed people from all backgrounds to showcase their talent and creativity on a global stage.


Viral dances have become an integral part of our digital culture in the last decade. From the Harlem Shake to Renegade, these dances have brought people together, created moments of joy, and showcased the power of social media for spreading trends worldwide.

As we move into a new decade, it will be exciting to see what new viral dances emerge in response to evolving technology and cultural trends. One thing is for sure – as long as we have social media platforms connecting us globally, there will always be room for viral dances to captivate our hearts and bring us closer together through shared experiences.

This text was generated using a large language model, and select text has been reviewed and moderated for purposes such as readability.