Posted byon 09/26/2012 at 2:43 AM
#30 Tay Zonday, “Chocolate Rain” (2007)
What It Was: A self-recorded track about racism (we think?) that became one of the first viral hits of the Web 2.0 era and made an Internet celebrity out of the unexpectedly baritone grad student Tay Zonday.
What Happened Next: Zonday became one of our first professional Youtube stars, appearing alongside his fellow memes in Weezer’s “Pork and Beans” music video and popping up in nerd-friendly web series The Guild, among other places.
Where Are They Now?: This summer, Zonday covered “Call Me Maybe,” because of course he did.
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