Have you ever lost an hour or eight on YouTube? Jumping from video to video without realizing the world is moving around you? It’s crazy to think about just how easy it is to get lost in the world of music videos, TV show bloopers and cats doing, well, anything. My drug of choice is the live performance, and boy have I wasted a whole lot of time indulging.
The truth is I’m actually in the midst of a YouTube binge as I type. I’ve got Beyonce performing “Best Thing I Never Had” live on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in the background, which was preceded by “Run the World (Girls)” live at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards and before that, “Listen” performed immaculately on The Oprah Winfrey Show to promote Dreamgirls in 2006. As my playlist (and my coworkers) can attest, I’ve got a thing going on for Beyonce at the moment.
My YouTube binge started last night, following a conversation I had about *NSYNC’s stellar mash up of “Bye, Bye, Bye”, “This I Promise You” and “It’s Gonna Be Me” at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards. I couldn’t get it out of my head, so when I got home to my juiced up laptop, I went straight to YouTube and queued up the video. Pretty much instantly, as the related videos on the right hand side caught my eye, I realized I would not be going to bed at any sort of reasonable hour. The mash-up was followed by another from the same evening, Britney Spear’s ab-tastic performance of “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” and “Oops, I Did it Again”, then Eminem’s “The Real Slim Shady” which he performed with a gaggle of similarly do’d dudes, and finally, the surprise duet of the night from Christina Aguilera and Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit (remember when that was a thing?) singing the crap out of “Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You).” Oh, and I also threw in the 1999 VMA lip sync-tacular performance from Britney and the NSYNC guys, who were clad in my favorite stage ensemble from the time: mesh long-sleeved T-shirts.
So from that, the next logical step was the Super Bowl 35 Half-time Show. Featuring Brit, *NSYNC , Mary J. Blige, Nelly and Aerosmith, this halftime show was to me, then, what pizza is to me now after a long night out on the town: pure, greasy goodness. Justin and Britney were dating, Nelly still wore Band Aids on his face and Steven Tyler wasn’t looking like Cloris Leachman just yet. Can you guess my next step? That’s right; it was Whitney Houston singing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl in 1991. Arguably the best it’s been done… ever. Now I won’t get into the rest of my playlist, because I can tell I’m wearing you out, but I will say that Whitney brought me to Mariah which in turn spurred on more Beyonce, which led me on a winding road of viewing pleasure that somehow brought me to Hairspray‘s 2002 Tony Awards performance which was sadly (but necessarily) cut short when my Mac went gray and my
brain computer battery ran out.
Thankfully these binges don’t happen often, but when they do I like to just roll with it. I know I’ll never win against the mighty powers of YouTube, so I figure I might as well embrace it. There was a particularly bad spree, one that I’m reluctant to discuss, that unfortunately ran the course of Justin Bieber’s rise to stardom. I may not be proud of it, but it certainly led to certain level of appreciation for the young phenom.
So tell us in the comments – have you ever had your own YouTube binging experience? What’s your go-to video when you need a good laugh or cry? And be honest – have you ever watched Justin Bieber’s early videos?
“Baby” by Justin Bieber ft. Ludacris
“Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga
“On The Floor” by Jennifer Lopez ft. Pitbull
“Love The Way You Lie” by Eminem ft. Rihanna