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Vote Now: Viral Videos March Madness

Which of these viral videos were impossible to escape over the past year? Vote for the most maddening videos to advance in our March Madness bracket

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It's March Madness, People


It happens every time. You'll watch a video when it has, like 1,000 views and find it mildly amusing. Then, for weeks after that, every single one of your friends tweets it at you or watches it for the first time at a party. Holy crap, people are still just discovering this?

We know just how maddening these videos can be -- but now we need your input to know which you love to hate the most. Today's Steaming Sixteen kicks off with eight match-ups for you to dissect. Which of these videos were impossible to avoid? Which songs were stuck in your head for weeks on end--against your will?

We chose videos based on numerous scientifically researched categories: Total YouTube views, cultural impact, the cuteness of the cat in that "Kiss From A Rose" video... 

The match-ups are set. Now click through and vote on which of these viral phenomenons were the most maddening.

Refresh yourself on the videos soon, because the voting for this round ends at midnight (EST) on March 25! Come back next week to vote again in the Exasperated Eight!

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Gangnam Style....do we even need to tell you anything about it? This song was everywhere, quickly escaping the realm of YouTube and becoming a fixture at bars, nightclubs -- pretty much everywhere. It stands as the runaway leader in all-time YouTube views.

The Collective Soul Cat might not be as commonly known as Psy's huge single, but it's definitely cuter. Danananananana-meow.

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Cute little kids vs. a teenager and his grandma. Now you guys realize the true dastardliness of our diabolical match-ups. 

The debate here is one of substance: Is it more out-of-place to see toddlers jamming metal or grandmas bumping rap?

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And here...a faceoff with two of the best (or worst?) autotuned masterpieces of recent memory. 

In one corner, we have this guy who sat in his car and ate a Five Guys burger while reviewing it for the camera. The original video is great -- this is how bacon is supposed to taste! -- but this autotuned song took it into the stratosphere. 

Challenging, we have this woman who basically coined the phrase, "Ain't nobody got time for that!" We don't know about you guys, but this is a phrase that has entered our daily conversation. 

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Ah, an animal battle. We couldn't resist ourselves. 

Goats have come on strong recently in the public eye, with screaming goats and talking goats going viral. This one goat decides to help Taylor Swift sing the chorus of "Trouble" - we think we want to hear a full studio version with the goat as an official collaborative remix.

On the flip side, we have a man under the influence holding his kitten while singing/yelling Seal's smash single "Kiss From A Rose." This video never gets old.

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This is a tough one, because the Harlem Shake phenomenon is still very much occurring. It's really making the rounds, with professional basketball teams and entire college campuses making crazy 30-second long videos for it. On the flip side, we have this poor bird whose owner either plays too much Skrillex or who is just the next big EDM star.

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Tupac appearing at Coachella was one of the most memorable music events of 2012. Shocking and controversial, the hologram performance was talked about (and watched online) endlessly for months.

"Dumb Ways To Die" is a more recent viral event, pitting a soft, soothing indie melody against lyrics of the most ridiculous ways to die.

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Here's a tough choice between two very popular cover songs. First up, we've got this artsy take on Gotye's "Somebody that I Used to Know," featuring five people making an awesome amount of sounds using only one guitar. Facing off is one brave dude turning Lil Jon's "Get Low" into a crooning singer/songwriter anthem in the middle of a crowded coffee shop. 

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We couldn't have a bracket without a little Bieber. He enlists the help of some friends - namely Selena Gomez, Ashley Tisdale and a few others - to create a makeshift music video for Carly Rae Jepsen's huge hit, "Call Me Maybe."

To make this showdown an all-Carly affair, we put the Biebs up against perhaps the most un-Biebly group we could think of -- Insane Clown Posse. The duo offer live commentary of their first time watching the "Call Me Maybe" music video. 


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