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Just when the Backstreet Boys and 'Nsync were fading from memory, '90s fever catches up again with the Second Coming of the Boy Band. Already ridiculously popular in their native U.K., the preteen quintet One Direction has made enough of a splash in the U.S. for the predictable boy band backlash to occur. This particular parody doubles as a nice introduction to the band if you haven't heard of them yet.

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The Walk Off the Earth video of five people playing one guitar spawned approx. five billion parodies. This is one of the better ones, achieving at least some competency in playing 1/5 of a guitar per person while sharply observing the likely economic situation of a band that can only afford one guitar between the five of them.

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This Gotye parody might finally be the Gotye parody to put all other Gotye parodies to rest (please?). Comedian Eric Schwartz wrote this version of "Somebody That I Used to Know" as meta-homage to his once-favorite single, now bludgeoned to death by covers, parodies, and endless radio replays.

Watch out for the shout-outs to prior versions, including the Star Wars parody, the five-people-playing-one-guitar cover, and a Jewish rendition.

It's a sentiment everyone shares, but by making this version, aren't you just becoming part of the problem?

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The music video of "hot" girls who "sang" about their "problems" went viral last week, and it's already spawned several parodies. This one is a lot easier on the ears, but (1) it features a dude in drag, and (2) makes a lot of great points about what it takes to get hits on YouTube these days.