Much like what was done with Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me, Maybe” and Psy’s “Gangnam Style” during the past year, college sports teams across the nation have made their own versions of Baauer’s “Harlem Shake”.
In part due to the magazine now using YouTube views to determine song popularity, “Harlem Shake” sits at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 100 Chart, even though the song was released in May 2012.
For the uninitiated, a brief synopsis:
The dance starts out with one person dancing alone while others are still. When the beat drops, pandemonium ensues and participants use props and costumes to create a chaotic scene. From the crazy locations to the even crazier props, there are no boundaries when creating a version of this tune — trust us.
Below are a few of the videos from college teams we think best illustrate the song’s appeal. After you check out the clips, tell us which team you think does the best “Harlem Shake”.
Villanova’s men’s golf team got in on the action after senior co-captain Michael Kania saw some of the videos floating around online.
“As a team, we love to make short videos while we are on the road and Mike had the idea to make one in the offseason,” co-captain Steve Skurla said. “He had seen a few of the videos and texted the team late Friday night asking if we wanted to make one. It only took 30 [or] 45 minutes to make.”
When it came to where the team wanted to shoot the video, they decided the Severence Room on campus was perfect.
“[It's] is a very recognizable location for the student-athletes at Nova so it seemed very appropriate. It was also off the beaten path, so we were not worried about people walking in on us and questioning what we were doing,” Skurla said.
Winter Storm Nemo couldn’t stop the Connecticut track and field team from performing the “Harlem Shake” on its track, even if that meant being thigh-deep in snow.
Several team members bravely stripped down to just their shorts to dance in blowing drifts of snow.
The Georgia men’s swim and dive team wasn’t breathing when it did the “Harlem Shake”. Literally.
Sophomore Conor Sweeney said after having a team dinner, the team decided it should give it a shot after practice. “I didn’t even know that tables and chairs would be involved until someone just threw [them] in the water,” he said.
The team felt chaos ensue after they were told to go underwater and do something crazy for 30 seconds.
“We didn’t do it for noteriety,” junior Jameson Hill said. “There was not a whole lot of logistics … just get creative, bring whatever you have and just use your imagination.”
The creativity paid off. NBC’s Today show aired a segment about Georgia’s version and the video now boasts more than 27 million views.
Yes, that was a small tractor that rolled by.
The St. Leo’s baseball team went all out when it came to props and costumes, using their dugout as a backdrop to the video.
“Everyone has some crazy stuff at home,” junior Michael Callahan said. “We asked [everyone] to bring what they had at home [because] we were doing something after practice.”
A week earlier, Callahan had been on Twitter when he stumbled upon an adaptation of the video. He contacted his coach the following Monday and recieved the green light to make the video.
“I didn’t expect it to get so big,” Callahan said of the attention. “I did not expect MLB.com and the Today show and FOX News in Florida to pick it up.”
The Northwestern football team added a fun twist to spring training after a large group of players took over their locker room to the dance. (Something new is discovered each time the video is watched, such as the slow dancing couple on the right.)
While not the first football team to make a “Harlem Shake” video, Northwestern’s could be the most creative when it comes to dance moves and props.