I love flash mobs. Love them. I know they might be a nuisance to some, but something about total strangers banding together to bust out into seemingly random dance and/or song just makes me smile. Unfortunately, flash mobs don’t happen very often in my part of the world, so I’ll have to make do with watching these. Hopefully you enjoy them as much as I do.
1. Glee. I’ve made no bones about my love for this show, so people bursting into “Don’t Stop Believing,” “Proud Mary,” “Golddigger” and “Somebody to Love” in Seattle in April of last year.
2. “Beat It,” Michael Jackson. A performance by the group Bounce in Stockholm, Sweden, to pay tribute to Jackson about a month after his death in 2009.
3. “Single Ladies,” Beyonce. This one had a corporate sponsor, but I think it’s still noteworthy. The purpose was to announce the free Beyonce concert in London put on by Trident gum.
4. Where’s Waldo. This one may be smaller scale and not as exciting as the dancing ones, but I had to give them props for the reference and for originality.
5. Pinball Wizard. Forty years to the day after the Who played “Pinball Wizard” at Woodstock, dancers celebrated them by performing for tourists in San Francisco’s Union Square.
6. Sound of Music. This one was also a bit more commercial – it was actually filmed for a Belgian advertisement. Still – it rocks.
7. I Gotta Feeling. This concert was held to kick off Oprah’s 2009 season – I love her reaction.
8. Hammertime. What I’d like to know is where they got that many gold Hammer pants.
9. Backstreet Boys. This mass dance took place a few weeks before a BSB concert in the Ukraine in 2009.
10. Telephone and Bad Romance, Lady Gaga. To implore Gaga to include a tour stop in Madrid, Spain, a bunch of people organized a flash mob set to two of her biggest songs.