While you’re on the Internet today, you have to be careful not to fall for any April Fools’ Day pranks and not to click on the mysterious new music symbol icon on any YouTube videos. That’s unless you want to be blasted with a sample of Darude’s “Sandstorm”, the 1990s trance song that’s become one of the Internet’s biggest memes. YouTube’s Darude “Sandstorm” button appears on most YouTube videos, except for a few channels like ABC News that’s been spared or left out of the joke.
For April Fools’ Day 2015, YouTube has inserted the Darude “Sandstorm” button in most of the site’s videos. Furthermore, if you search for any song title like “Stay with me”, “Paint it black” or “Mmmbop”, YouTube will ask, “Did you mean: Darude – Sandstorm by Darude.” Because, yes, Darude “Sandstorm” is always the right answer.
The Internet phenomenon that is Darude “Sandstorm” began when YouTuber GameStream uploaded a video of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare gameplay footage with “Sandstorm” playing in the background back in 2007, per Know Your Meme . Bur the meme really blew up from Twitch and YouTube users began falsely identifying any background music as “Darude – Sandstorm”. “What song is playing in the background?” is a popular question to ask on YouTube and the answer will invariably be Darude “Sandstorms”.
YouTube like other Internet companies (ahem, Google) love hiding Easter eggs for April Fools’ Day. This year Google Maps has turned into a game of Pac-Man, while last year’s the search giant turned its Maps into a Pokemon game.