Viral videos of the week: Breaking Bad recap, quitting to Kanye, and Macklemór

6 Oct 2013

Still from '"We Are Brothers" By Baddy Paris and Rufus Starlight. A Best Man Song.' via Filmhat on YouTube

We take a look at some of the most-viewed and most-shared videos on the web. This week features the food chain at work, the quiet beauty of GTA V, a working mother’s ‘quit-eo’, another Irish-language hit from Coláise Lurgan, a musical look back on Breaking Bad and Stephen Colbert’s determination to keep it going.

About 100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, 500 years of video watched on Facebook every day, and more than 700 YouTube videos shared on Twitter each minute, ensuring there is always video trending on the web.

With so much video available for viewing, we take a look at some of the viral videos that have caught our eye this week.

Breaking Bad series recap and tribute song

It’s the end of Breaking Bad as we know it – and we’re not fine. At least, that’s how this ode to the beloved TV series goes, while reminding us of the events that transpired over five seasons, 62 episodes and two years of anti-hero Walter White’s life. Filled with graphic content and spoilers, of course.


Uploaded: 30 September 2013

Stephen Colbert kidnaps Vince Gilligan

Speaking of Breaking Bad, chat-show host Stephen Colbert seems to have taken a tip from last week’s viral videos to heart, kidnapping show creator Vince Gilligan and trying to force out more episodes. Again, we must warn you of spoilers – and the use of Jesse Pinkman’s favourite word.


Uploaded: 1 October 2013

‘I Quit’ – the WAHM version

This week, Marina Shifrin started a new YouTube trend: the ‘quit-eo’. When she uploaded a video of resignation, it went viral and inspired others to issue their leaving papers in similar fashion. Namely, Brenna Jennings, a work-at-home mother (WAHM) who’s had enough.


Uploaded: 30 September 2013

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis as Gaeilge

It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Coláiste Lurgan’s Irish-language music videos, and they have impressed us once again. This time, it’s tough to keep up with the rapid-fire rapping as Gaeilge as the Gaeltacht students take on ‘Can’t Hold Us’, but they clearly did the song-makers proud and even snagged a celebrity introduction from Macklemór and Riain Mac Lughaidh.


Uploaded: 29 September 2013

Life is cruel

While we’re covering the evils of the animal kingdom, over 15m viewers have watched this video of a young rabbit that was nursed to health and released back into the wild – which bears that name for a reason. Prepare for heartache, viewers. Nature is a cruel mistress


Uploaded: 25 September 2013

We Are Brothers

Baddy Paris and Rufus Starlight didn’t want their brother to neglect them when he got married, so they made an Eighties-style music video ensuring he would never forget where he came from. As you do.


Uploaded: 23 September 2013

Grand Theft Auto V time lapse

Spent all weekend immersed in a life of crime playing Grand Theft Auto V, have we? Take some time out to relax and watch the sun pass through the clouds in this magnificent time lapse created from game footage. It not only serves as a testament to the detailed work of the game’s creators, it also gives you something to do while you wait for GTA Online to load.


Uploaded: 30 September 2013

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Elaine Burke is the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. She was previously the editor of Silicon Republic.