The Harlem Shake is an Internet meme in the form of a video of people performing a skit to the song Harlem Shake. Being a meme, the video was replicated using the same concept by many people, which eventually led to it becoming viral in early February 2013, with thousands of “Harlem Shake” videos being made and uploaded to YouTube every day.
The form of the meme was established in a video uploaded on February 2 by five teenagers from Queensland, Australia known as The Sunny Coast Skate. The video started a viral trend of people uploading their own “Harlem Shake” videos. The teenagers’ video, in its turn, was a follow-up to a video by a YouTube comedy vlogger named Filthy Frank featuring a part where several costumed people danced to the song Harlem Shake by Baauer.