Top 10 Oldest YouTube Videos

YouTube has come a long way since its launch in 2005. With over 1.3 billion videos in its archive and its biggest stars earning six-figure salaries, it has become one of the most powerful social media platforms around. of the market.

And it all started with a visit to the zoo…

Here are the top 10 videos ever posted on YouTube.

1. “Me at the Zoo”, Jawed Karim – April 23, 2005

2. ‘My Snowboarding Skillz’, MW – April 23, 2005

3. ‘Tribute’, GP – April 24, 2005

4. “Premature baldness”, Paul – April 28, 2005

5. “Carrie rides a truck”, Jones4Carrie – April 30, 2005

6. ‘Cybergoon Squad’, Greg – May 2, 2005

7. ‘Vernal Lullaby’, Adam Quirk – May 2, 2005

8. ‘Pajamas and Nick Drake’, Steve – May 22, 2005

9. “First Back Flip on YouTube!”, Cobaltgruv – May 24, 2005

10. ‘Stadion Bayen Munchen’, Dominos – June 13, 2005

1. “Me at the Zoo”, Jawed Karim – April 23, 2005

The very first YouTube video was posted on April 23, 2005. Just 18 seconds long and filmed on a grainy camera, the video features Jawed Karim – one of the founders of YouTube – discussing the length of the human tube. an elephant at the San Diego Zoo. Amazingly, it has over 90 million views.

“Okay, here we are in front of the elephants,” a young Karim says to the camera. “What’s cool about these guys is that they have, uh, really, really, really long trunks, and that’s cool. And that’s about all there is to say. “

2. ‘My Snowboarding Skillz’, MW – April 23, 2005

Hot on the tail me at the zoo was a music video that would pave the way for YouTube’s many “failed” videos. Entitled My snowboarding skills – the z putting him really firmly in that 2000s era – this 10-second clip, also posted on April 23, 2005, shows that the MW uploader’s snowboarding skills are almost as good as the camera quality.

3. ‘Tribute’, GP – April 24, 2005

The third video to be uploaded to YouTube, April 24, 2005, doesn’t look too different from some of the TikToks doing the rounds on social media today. The only video of GP user, Tribute shows a man jumping between two walls and screaming, before being congratulated by the cameraman at the end. The five-second clip has no context and seemingly no purpose, just like many viral clips today.

4. “Premature baldness”, Paul – April 28, 2005

The fourth video to be uploaded to YouTube, April 28, 2005, shows a long-haired man known only as Paul shaving off a bald spot in his blonde locks during a lively walk on Waikiki Beach, Hawaii. . Unlike previous clips, this is a video that has been cut and edited, and comes with a description explaining that Paul wanted to know what he would look like at the age of 50.

The video has since gone unlisted. We can’t imagine why…

5. “Carrie rides a truck”, Jones4Carrie – April 30, 2005

The fifth video to upload to YouTube is exactly as the title suggests. This short, silent 15-second clip shows a girl named Carrie riding in a truck. Granted, it’s a toy truck of the coin-operated variety, but other than that, the video pretty much does what it says on the box. It was uploaded on April 30, 2005 by user Jones4Carrie, who was responsible for most of the early videos uploaded to the platform.

6. ‘Cybergoon Squad’, Greg – May 2, 2005

Cybergoon Squad is the sixth video, and the first animated video, to be uploaded to YouTube, and it also takes the title of the first truly bizarre clip to surface on the site. This five-second animation shows three cyborg-esque characters hurrying through a metal tunnel. Who knows where they’re going, or why, but the clip has nearly 160,000 views.

7. ‘Vernal Lullaby’, Adam Quirk – May 2, 2005

This grainy clip is the seventh YouTube video to be released and shows scenes in New York on the Queens of the Stone Age track This lullaby. It is one of the longest clips of YouTube’s debut, at one minute 23 seconds. It appears to be the first of many fan-made music videos that can now be found on the platform.

8. ‘Pajamas and Nick Drake’, Steve – May 22, 2005

The eighth video on the list really paved the way for one of YouTube’s uncontrollable genres: cat videos. The 30-second clip, showing a pet owner teasing his cat with a string toy in a dimly lit room, has been viewed over 120,000 times and was uploaded by a man known simply as Steve, who , whether he knows it or not, has become the trendsetter of a generation.

9. “First Back Flip on YouTube!”, Cobaltgruv – May 24, 2005

As you can tell from the title of this one, user CobaltGruv knew he was ahead of the game. This minute-long clip was much richer than the handful of YouTube videos that featured it preceded. There are captions streaking across the screen in fancy blue font, psychedelic music, and there’s even a slow-motion as the man manages to backflip off the roof of his house onto his lawn. Unlike many early YouTubers, this user is still active today with back flip and how-to videos, though thankfully his editing skills have grown over time.

10. ‘Stadion Bayen Munchen’, Dominos – June 13, 2005

And finally, the tenth video uploaded to YouTube is a 40-second panorama of the Olympiastadion in Munich, Germany. The camera quality is extremely grainy and jittery, but the clip, taken from the top of the bleachers, gives you a panoramic view of the impressive structure, if you squint hard enough. Uploaded on June 13, 2005, it has had 23,000 views and is the first football-related video to appear in YouTube’s archive.

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