10 of the Funniest Vine Memes to Go Viral

A look back on some of the best memes to grace the Vine app

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UPDATE: The Vine service has been discontinued but we've left the information below for archive purposes. See our What Was Vine? article for more on this popular video sharing app.

Back when Twitter's Vine app was still around, memes took off in as little as a few hours.

Before you knew it, all the really big Viners were coming up with all sorts of different and clever ways to insert a particularly popular meme or joke into their own Vine videos. They often racked up thousands or even millions of views, likes, revines and comments while the meme was still hot.

While some of the memes that went viral on Vine were often inappropriate (either sexually explicit or vulgar in language), there were also lots of memes that were totally SFW (Safe For Work) and unbelievably hilarious.

Here are just 10 Vine memes look back on, along with links to their original sources—still accessible via Vine.co.

01
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Nothing But 'Yeet'

Yeet
Screenshot of Vine.co

"Yeet" was a strange type of dance that became popular both on Vine and YouTube. It involves swinging your arms and shoulders to the sides while yelling "yeet" to a beat. Viners would often yell "yeet" in their videos for comedic effect, or use a "yeet" sound effect.

02
of 10

What Are Those?

What Are Those?
Screenshot of Instagram.com

This meme showed a guy asking a police officer if he could ask him a question before pointing his phone to the officer's shoes and screaming "WHAT ARE THOSE?" Everyone on Vine certainly thought it was hilarious and worthy enough of being parodied over and over again.

03
of 10

The Potato Few Around My Room Song

Potato
Screenshot of Vine.co

A video was uploaded of a child singing a song where he swapped out the word "tornado" for "potato." After it gained about 10 million loops in two weeks, another was uploaded, this time taking the audio from the original and pairing it with a video of an actual potato tied to a string and attached to a ceiling fan.

04
of 10

My Name Is Jeff

Channing Tatum
Screenshot of YouTube.com

Viners started having a lot of fun with a short clip from the Hollywood film 22 Jump Street. In the scene, actor Channing Tatum tries to fake a foreign accent while trying to say "My name is Jeff" and fails terribly. Both the phrase and movie clip itself began showing up in thousands of Vines when it hit peak virality.

 

05
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The 'Just Girly Things' Meme

Just Girly Things
Screenshot of Vine.co

Just Girly Things is the name of a popular Tumblr blog that posts images with text over them, depicting relatable things that girls love to do. On Vine, the trend parodied the blog by showing a photo from the blog (often paired with background music of Vanessa Carlton's 100 Miles) and then acting out a scene that's completely exaggerated or unexpected.

06
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The Theme Song from Disney Junior's Little Einsteins TV Show

Little Einsteins
Screenshot of Vine.co

A song from a children's television show completely blew up on Vine after a trap remix version of it was uploaded to YouTube. Viners took every advantage of using it as the background music in their vines, often pairing it with ridiculous dance moves too.

07
of 10

I Eat Pears

Screenshot of YouTube.com

A clip from an interview with American hip hop artist Rick Ross features him explaining how much he loves to eat pears as part of his weight loss plan. Viners loved it, especially the very pronounced "P" sound that came out when he says the word pear. That was apparently enough for everyone to start incorporating the sound clip into their own Vine videos.

08
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You're Not My Dad!

You're Not My Dad
Screenshot of Vine.co

A sound clip saying "You're not my dad!" went viral after a Vine video was posted that featured a child dramatically yelling the phrase, followed by swearing and calling the the cameraman a "noodle head." It's one of the most identifiable and popular sound clips used across Vine.

09
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The Hollaback Girl Song

Hollaback Girl
Screenshot of Vine.co

There was a big trend on Vine that involved pairing the beginning of Gwen Stefani's Hollaback Girl song with videos of people falling down, getting punched, being hit in the head by something or any other accidental and painful situation. The video is almost always edited to quickly match and repeat the strong beat of the song for comedic effect.

10
of 10

Lebron James Kid

LeBron James
Screenshot of Vine.co

A vine featuring a child repeatedly saying "Lebron James" over and over in different clips at different angles quickly became a parody favorite. The sound clip had been used all across the video platform, and even over a year later since the original was first uploaded, it was still a relatively popular meme.