Fan Finds Numa Numa Song on 20 Year Old Xbox

An original Xbox console dating back to 20 years serves as a sort of time capsule, containing one of the biggest meme songs of the time.

Memes have been a part of the internet for nearly as long as it’s existed. They used to take on different forms, of course, and there were fewer of them in the earlier days of the internet.

One of the early memes to reach extreme popularity, coming even long before the infamous Rick Roll, is the Numa Numa song. Not to be confused with the Call of Duty: Vanguard Numa Numa map, the song was everywhere on the internet in the early 2000s, due to a combination of a viral video that led to it taking off in the English-speaking world, and the natural catchiness of the tune. So many people liked it, in fact, that some even went through the effort of adding it to their personal playlists, and that apparently includes one original Xbox console.


Redditor LowDrag_82 showed off the dashboard of a classic Xbox that’s 20 years old at this point. Browsing through the system’s files, they showed that there is custom music loaded onto the system. The browser revealed several songs saved by artist O-Zone, including Dragostea Din Tei, the actual title of the ‘Numa Numa’ song. The files are still in working order, and the user demonstrated it by starting up Numa Numa.

To anyone not in the know, Numa Numa got its start back in 2004, when a recording of internet user Gary Brolsma dancing to the song made waves. The meme was dubbed ‘Numa Numa’ due to it being one of the few lyrics English speakers were able to pinpoint, as the song is in Romanian. The original Numa Numa meme video stands at 60 million views on YouTube, and as it existed before the platform gained popularity, it’s seen a significant amount of circulation outside of YouTube on sites like Newgrounds. Needless to say, most people using the internet around the turn of the century will likely remember the catchy tune and funny video.

Fans in the comments marveled at the find, amused that someone would go through the trouble of putting the song on their Xbox. Getting custom files onto most consoles wasn’t the easiest thing back in the day, so someone went to a decent amount of trouble to do it. The presence of additional songs raises the possibility that the former owner actually enjoyed O-Zone’s music regardless of the iconic meme, but that’s something that will probably never be known for sure.

This old Xbox is serving as a sort of time capsule, a glimpse into the popular memes of the time. Perhaps in the years from now, gamers will be finding songs like ‘Never Gonna Give You Up‘ or Smash Mouth’s ‘All Star‘ on newer systems.

Source: Gamerant

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