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Top 21 Best Meme Songs

Memes have become one of the most rapidly self-replicating and world-consuming aspects of human culture. More than any other social phenomenon, memes have crossed all orders.

No matter where you are from, what language you speak, or what your interests are, you’ve come across at least one or two that you laughed at. 

Of course, there are those of us who look at memes all day long. And some sit and make all these funny pictures, videos, and GIFs for us to pass along. 

Along with films and television… 

…one of the most memed parts of modern culture is music, from the super popular hits that everyone knows to obscure tracks and artists. There are people making memes about and with songs all over. 

So, I’ve decided to take a look at some of the best Meme songs out there. Let’s get started with…

Best Meme Songs

Top 21 Best Meme Songs

Let it Grow (Celebrate The World) from The Lorax

Album: Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax – Original Songs From The Motion Picture

Some might not understand how this song become a meme. But the Internet has proven that everything is fair game. This wonderful track features one of the final performances of that great lady, Betty White. 

The song started appearing in memes shortly after Betty’s passing. Some have pointed to this as proof that memes are a manifestation of society’s attitude towards events and persons.

All I know is… 

It works as a fantastic meme song and can be applied to numerous situations. The two most popular versions at the moment are probably swapping the verses and describing your troubles. 

Or, changing the word “Grow” to something negative like “die” and then aiming straight at something you dislike. 

Take On Me by Ah-Ha

Album: Hunting High And Low

You knew this one was coming, right? However, these three Norwegians probably had no idea this track would become one of the most memed pieces of music in history. 

YouTube and Vine are littered with videos that use this song. They are often accompanied by the funny hunched-over dance. The track has more than a billion views on YouTube. Something not too many hits from the 80s have been able to achieve since the inception of streaming. 

“Take On Me” was a struggle to get onto the chart, but it eventually hit #2 in the UK and then crossed the Atlantic to become #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The iconic music video features the group in a live-action pencil sketch animation and won six awards. 

Let It Go by Idina Menzel 

Album: Frozen (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Undoubtedly the most iconic and successful song from a Disney soundtrack for the 2000s and 2010s. Chances are you’ve heard this song a bunch of times on the radio. And you’ve seen it just as many times getting used in a meme. And why not? It’s the perfect song for memes

Disney thought that another version should be recorded and released by Demi Lavato before the film’s release. But, the version sung by Idina became an international platinum-selling hit. And, if you are looking for a great meme song, you can’t let this one go.

Roundabout by Yes 

Album: Fragile

Inspired by the band’s early touring days in England and Europe, “Roundabout” takes its name from the many roundabouts the group had to drive around to get to gigs. The original release became a Top 20 hit in the US and Canada and earned the writers Anderson and Howe a BMI Music Award. 

The song has enjoyed some revival in films and an episode of Family Guy since its release. But its big comeback came in 2012 thanks to a Japanese Anime series called “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Time.” 

The iconic “To Be Continued” ending text from the series, along with the song, became a viral template for memes. That acoustic guitar intro, those dramatic words, and that all-important freeze at the moment of “Oh #$%^.” Yes, this one works well for crises. 

A Thousand Miles by Vanessa Carlton 

Album: Be Not Nobody 

Inspired by a crush Carlton had on a fellow student at the School of America Ballet, “A Thousand Miles” remains the singer’s most successful and well-known single. The track’s instrumentation (specifically the intro and pre-chorus piano lines) has become as well known as the vocal lines. 

As far as the song’s use in memes, you can take your pick, from middle-aged men in women’s underwear to simple overlays of humorous sounds. “A Thousand Miles” has been used more than a thousand times in memes all over the internet. 

We Are Number One by Lazy Town

Album: We Are Number One

“We Are Number One” first appeared in the 103rd episode of the Icelandic children’s TV show “Lazy Town.” The episode was titled “Robbie’s Dream” and aired in 2014. While the track proved popular enough, it would take another two years for it to become a meme song sensation

Stefán Karl Stefánsson made it public that he had cancer. Aided by some thoughtful friends and his castmates on the show, an online fire was started. This quickly spread into a full-fledged GoFundMe campaign of fans doing parody videos to raise funds to cover Stefán’s living and medical costs.   

It’s one of the best meme songs, but also one that shows memes have the power to do good.

Ocean Man by Ween

Album: The Mollusk

Originally, this track appeared on Ween’s sixth studio album. While the single did reasonably well, it was by no means a chart-dominating hit. 

The obscure track from the obscure album was later included in the soundtracks of quite a few films, most notably “The Spongebob Squarepants Movie” in 2004. 

After being included in the end credits for the film, the song has risen from relative obscurity to relative fame. You’ll find it being used in a myriad of ways all over the internet. Sometimes just for the sake of pure randomness. Strange as this one might be, it’s one of the most meme-able tracks ever. 

Bring Me Back To Life by Evanescence 

Album: Fallen

When it comes to an over-the-top song for a meme, you’re never going to go wrong with the biggest hit the group ever produced. It has become their most enduring due to its frequent use in memes. 

The intensity of the delivery, the genre, and the dramaticism in the music video make this track perfect for memes. 

The Harlem Shake by Baauer

Album: Harlem Shake

Don’t even start to roll those eyes at me; you knew this one was coming. It’s probably the very first thing you think of when you think of a viral, world-conquering internet meme. 

This up-tempo hybrid mix of Trap, Hip-Hop, and a bunch of Dutch-sounding synths, ended up getting some sprinklings of lion roar as well. Baauer hoped that it would stand out. 

It most definitely did, to the right people too… 

When the song was used in a YouTube video that ended up going viral, it took less than a year for “The Harlem Shake” to become a world phenomenon. 

People perform them at work, at home, at parties, at college, school, and even church. Don’t even deny it; you’ve participated in one somewhere in the past, and you know it!

All jokes aside, it ended up going double-platinum. So, you can’t fault Baauer for using those lion roars. 

The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?) by Ylvis

Album: The Fox

Let’s get one thing straight, this has one billion views on YouTube, so there’s no denying its power. I mean, a billion views are Bieber and Sheeran territory. That’s got to make this the most successful novelty song of all time.

Every generation seems to have had its silly novelty song. One could bring up Steve Martin’s “King Tut” for the 70s, “Pac Man Fever” for the 80s, “Cotton Eyed Joe” for the 90s, and for us, there is “The Fox.” 

Strangely enough… 

Just like the folks in the 90s never got to figure out where Cotton-Eyed Joe came from, we will never know what the fox said. 

“The Fox” went platinum in multiple countries. Including the duo’s homeland of Norway, where it has been certified platinum a staggering twelve times. Keep in mind this is a novelty song originally intended for a stint on a TV show. 

Sandstorm by Darude

Album: Sandstorm

It’s always a bugger when an instrumental track becomes this popular. That’s because then people are always like, “What’s that super popular song that goes like “dadada daa daa?” I am quite sure that “Sandstorm” will go down as the most “dadadada” song in history. 

Due to the track’s popularity but no one knowing the name, people have started replying to any “What’s that song?” question with the answer “Sandstorm By Darude.” From this, a meme culture evolved. There is also the frequent use of the song in gaming videos, especially League of Legends. 

More than a decade after its release, it’s been given life by an army of YouTubers and nerds. That is the power of platinum-selling instrumentals from the 90s.

All-Star by Smash Mouth 

Album: Astro Lounge

An anthem for outcasts. That is what guitarist and writer Greg Camp set out to create when the label asked him for more tunes to go on the group’s second album. 

He succeeded in making an anthem. But I’m not quite sure he thought it would get resurrected in “Shrek.” Nor on the internet as one of the most-used meme songs in history. 

From a young baby taking their first steps to a meerkat squaring up against a cobra in the desert. This track works as a backdrop for so many underdog situations it’s unlikely ever to fade from meme culture. A triple-platinum hit with near-mythic status among memers for sure. 

Photograph by Nickelback

Album: All The Right Reasons

Some people might think that Chad is kicking himself for doing the scene where he holds up the photograph. The song was one of the group’s biggest hits ever, and probably still is. But, since becoming one of the best meme songs, it has become “That song from the meme we made.”

This double-platinum ballad of days gone by now gets used to show a picture of your dog, someone’s bank balance, or the most embarrassing moment. 

If you’re looking for an easy-to-use template, this is the one since you can find a ready-to-go meme or GIF template in a few minutes with a Google search. 

Crab Rave by Noisestorm

Album: Monstercat: The Best of 2018

The music video for this iconic meme song was developed by Eoin O’Brion using the Unreal Engine. He was likely oblivious to the impact this catchy little number would later have on pop culture around the world.

The song’s humorous nature and almost “ready-made” music video content made it an instant hit as a meme. That lead to the song later becoming a hit as well. 

The internet is littered with cover versions where people act out the lyrics and even do their own cool animations. But, if you ask me, few things can beat a catchy beat and some dancing crabs on a beach. 

The Time Is Now (John Cena Theme Song) by John Cena

Album: The Time Is Now

Videos of someone getting knocked out? Falling off a motorbike or skateboard? Maybe a video of a roommate knocking themselves unconscious with their roof-mounted fan. 

It might just be a random display of toughness or bravado or just some plain good feel-good vibes. Whatever the content, here is a song that can fill your meme needs. 

Some interesting trivia about this one. Cena’s cousin helped him produce it, along with his entire debut album. His cousin is known by the stage name Tha Trademarc. 

Jack Sparrow by The Lonely Island (feat Michael Bolton)

Album: Turtle Neck & Chain

I still can’t believe that this track even happened at all. But, sure enough, it did. And, even before it became widely used in internet memes, it was hot simply because of its ridiculous catchiness. 

But, when you combine the comedy styling of a group like Lonely Island and the immense talent of a singer like Michael Bolton, you’re going to end up with something that is pure gold. No matter what the subject. 

Since its release, the track got picked up by social media left and right. It can be used for random funniness, announcing that you’re finally starting your holiday, or perhaps getting into a Pirates of the Caribbean marathon. 

The Sounds Of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel

Album: Wednesday Morning 3 AM 

With such an iconic intro line, sung in such a monotone voice, of course, the internet was going to get its tentacles into this already historic piece of music. 

Before the internet…

This song was likely to come into your ears a least a few times anyway, and someone would have to explain it. Thanks to the thousands of memes that this song’s intro gets put into every day now, youngsters are learning about this wonderful song. 

Whether it’s some dark humor, a random Elmo in the snow, or just a humorous take on a power outage, this track provides just the right tone for an instant hit when placed in a well-thought-out meme. 

The X-Files Theme by Mark Snow

Album: The X Files Theme

This iconic theme was originally titled “Primoris Materia.” It has by now become so synonymous with anything strange or creepy that I can’t take a walk at night without hearing it in my head at least once. 

In meme culture, this track dominates all videos about things that are strange and unexplained. It has also been used in many videos where fakes (either things or people) get exposed for what they really are. 

September by Earth Wind & Fire

Album: The Best of Earth, Wind, and Fire

Iconic songs often become iconic memes, and “September” is a perfect example. This mega-hit from the golden days received an unprecedented revival thanks to the internet and meme culture.

I’m quite sure there are thousands of millennials who never would have known about Earth, Wind, and Fire had it not been for this song’s frequent use in internet memes. 

“Do You remember the 21st night of September?” You sure will after you get a hold of this one. 

What Is Love? by Haddaway 

Album: What Is Love?

Released in 1993, it was received by the world as an absolute instant dance classic. Then, it was revived in 1996 by the “Roxbury Guys” skit featuring Jim Carey and Will Ferrel. 

As soon as the internet rolled along, it didn’t take long for this classic track to become the subject of hundreds of memes. Looking for the ultimate dance tune for a dramatic meme? Look no further. 

Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley

Album: Wherever You Need Somebody

Chances are that you’ve been “Rick-rolled.” If you haven’t, you’re in for some proper meme action. The truth is that this is probably the most memed song in history at the moment. It’s absolutely perfect for any cheesy situation. 

Looking for Fun Songs?

If you are, take a look at our detailed articles on the Best Funny Songs of All Time, the Top Funny Karaoke Songs, the Top Songs About Monkeys, the Best Stripper Songs, the Best Songs About Tequila, and the Top Songs About Food for more enjoyable song selections.

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Best Meme Songs – Final Thoughts

Memes are one of the most prominent social conventions to come from the internet. Whether it’s finding a perfect scene from a movie to match with an iconic chorus line or just some random insertion of a tune after a video clip, thousands of memes take on a life of their own. 

More and more are being created every day. And I wonder which film and which song will be the next victim. But I probably won’t have to wait very long to find out.

Until next time, happy listening.

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About Jennifer Bell

Jennifer is a freelance writer from Montana. She holds a BA in Creative Writing and English, as well as an Associate of Applied Science in Computer Games and Simulation Design.

Her passions include guitar, bass, ukulele, and piano, as well as a range of classical instruments she has been playing since at school. She also enjoys reading fantasy and sci-fi novels, yoga, eating well, and spending time with her two cats, Rocky and Jasper.

Jennifer enjoys writing articles on all types of musical instruments and is always extending her understanding and appreciation of music. She also writes science fiction and fantasy short stories for various websites and hopes to get her first book published in the very near future.

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