Bongo Cat rules the internet with musical memes

All hail Bongo Cat.


Joseph Knoop

Internet Culture

Posted on Sep 16, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 6:25 am CDT

All hail Bongo Cat, the latest meme from the depths of Twitter. It’s all in the name, really. Bongo Cat started life as a gif of a cat (made by Twitter user @StrayRogue) slapping his little paws down on a table, as if to play the bongos, which is exactly what Twitter user @DitzyFlam did.

The internet wasted absolutely no time in applying Bongo Cat to more and more ridiculous parodies. There’s an assortment of classic rock songs to enjoy, complete with visual effects.

There’s also a parody of “We Are Number One” from the kids show LazyTown.

Of course, a meme wouldn’t be complete without plenty of video game music parodies, and Bongo Cat has plenty to choose from. Here’s some of the best.

There are some solid tracks from the Legend of Zelda games.

As well as the Nintendo Wii theme.

There’s also a song from the weird anime JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures.

And then, of course, there’s the really weird, meme-within-a-meme material. First up on the block is this parody of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Here’s Bongo Cat struggling to reach his own bongos.

And here’s Bongo Cat getting whipped.

Every school kid’s worst nightmare.

And perhaps my personal favorite, Bongo Cat meets Screaming Cowboy.

Correction: Stanley Kubrick was the director of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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*First Published: Sep 16, 2018, 9:44 am CDT