Original Upload Date: April 22, 2007
The original viral YouTube content creator, Tay Zonday wrote and performed "Chocolate Rain" to speak about institutional racism. Unfortunately, the Internet largely missed the point, and instead latched onto the monotony of the song—it droned on for close to five minutes—and Tay's deep, flat, baritone voice. As with all things amateur, the earnestness of the performance counts a great deal; his deer in headlights stare and his attempts to not breathe into the mic are a portrait of adolescent awkwardness.
Tay still performs songs, both originals and covers. You can check out his latest work on his YouTube channel, and here's a video of him singing "Chocolate Rain" for the song's 10th anniversary. Both Tay and YouTube have come so far.