You Spin Me Round

You Spin Me Round

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Updated Feb 03, 2011 at 06:48PM EST by Tomberry.

Added Feb 25, 2010 at 11:00PM EST by Tenkage.

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You Spin Me Round is a meme that began as YTMND fad based upon the 1984 pop song of the same name. While the lyrics of the song used the phrase as something of an idiom implying infatuation akin to the Elvis song “All Shook Up,” the YTMND fad takes the meaning of the song literally; displaying looped animations of people and objects spinning around.

The You Spin Me Round YTMND fad was created as an alternative to the “Ridin’ SpinnazYTMND fad, which is also centered around the theme of people and things spinning.

The meme eventually mutated from a YTMND fad to include a number of Youtube videos.

The Appeal

It’s no surprise to find a chart-topping pop song inspiring a large number of derivative works, even decades after it’s initial rise. This practice plays on an appreciation for all things retro. But this specific meme also incorporates a humorous recontextualization that removes the idiom and replaces it with the literal meaning of the word “spin” in a manner similar to, but different than Literal Music Videos.

About the song

“You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” is a song by Dead or Alive on their 1985 album Youthquake.
Released in November 1984, the record reached number one on the UK Singles Chart in March 1985, taking seventeen weeks to get there. In the US, it peaked at #11 in September of the same year.

This song was also the first UK number-one hit for the Stock Aitken Waterman production trio.
“You Spin Me Round” was re-released in 2003 at the same time as the Dead or Alive greatest hits album Evolution was released. The song reached #23 in the UK singles chart and was was re-released again on January 30, 2006 because of lead singer Pete Burns’ controversial time as a contestant on television series Celebrity Big Brother and reached #5.
(Source: Wikipedia)

Many other singers, such as Gemini Five, French band Indochine, GiGi d’Agostino, Dope, Danzel or even hip-hop singer Flo Rida did their own cover of the song as well.

The original music video can be seen below:


You spin me right round, baby
right round like a record, baby
Right round round round
You spin me right round, baby
Right round like a record, baby
Right round round round

Retro Pop Song + Looped animation = Y.T.M.N.D fad

The first YTMND iteration of the meme, You Spin Me Right Round Baby was created by user dmorgendorffer the 9th of May 2004.

But, as one can see, the only reference to the song lies down in the title. The animation is a loop of two people singing with no sound. The literal spinning theme had not yet formed.

It wasn’t until July the 26th 2004 that user Kihei brought up the idea to use the lyric of the Dope cover as a pun to a looped animation of a character spinning. The result: YOU SPIN ME RIGHT ROUND BABY
(Note: the YTMND wiki credits You Spin Me Round, created by user Sekkan the 19th of November 2004, as being the one that started the meme. However the wiki page is a stub in need of improvement.)

The first instance of the fad had only 1500 views. In a manner not dissimilar to the What Is Love? meme, the first instance was not the most influential in spreading the meme that eventually resulted in more than 400 YTMND occurances on the same theme.

The following is a list of the most popular instances of the meme, sorted by views:

Evolution: Meatspin affiliation

In March of 2005, the shock site was launched and featured a loop animation from an old-looking gay porn where a man is engaged in sexual intercourse with a transexual, for the sole purpose of shocking the viewer, even having a timer counting the remaining time one is looking at the webpage (in the form of a spin counter).
Thanks to youtube user Jason24568, we can have a safe for work glimpse at what the page looks like, as well as its timer :

[ Beware : The links given in the video description may be very graphic and extremely NSFW. Click at your own risk ]

It has to be noted as well that the meatspin phenomenon itself, as well as the “you spin me round” YTMND fad, is closely related to another YTMND phenomenon, already mentioned above : Ridin’ Spinnaz, which contains more information on it.

Youtube Loops

Following the YTMND trend, it is rather difficult telling exactly when and in which circumstances the meme hit Youtube.
One of the earliest instances is from the 4th of March 2007 with L Spins random XP :

Here, acording to the video description, the music is more of a fitting theme added to a loop version of the “Death note” series intro featuring the L character spinning on a chair.
That peculiar intro has been reused many times with that same track, as the following video from the 1st of April 2007 shows :

There is also a Wind Waker example from the 24th of April 2007 :

A Toy Story example from October 2007, gaining more than 200 000 views :

And it has also been mixed with a Youtube meme, called here Link’s eyes go round and round while I play fitting music from the 9th of September 2007 :

Youtube user Lanipator, well-known for his works on the Abridged Series, also used the literal spinning paired with the song in his “Yusuke spin” video from the 3rd of January 2008.

Many of these videos feature spinning moves from various video games, while others included popular cartoons and anime.

Video Game derivatives

Sonic spins right round

Kirby spins right round

Luigi makes Bowser spin right round


Bolt spins right round


Spinzaku right round

Asakura spins

Leekspin (and Miku Hatsune) right round

Mudkip spins right round

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