What is Vaporwave and A E S T H E T I C? The Music And Art Style Explained


Hello Internet! And welcome to Behind the Meme! Where we take a look at the meaning and the origin of your favorite memes and trends! Today we have a look at – Vaporware & A E S T H E T I C. This video has been requested by a handful of my viewers but it’s been a hot topic on Reddit lately with many people asking questions and discussing the topic. It’s obvious that more people are becoming aware and interested in this unique topic and when I started to look into it it sparked my interest as well. So let’s see what it’s all about. Here. We. Go! So what exactly is Vaporwave and Aesthetic? Well first off, they are two separate things, but they are tied together. I know that sounds confusing, but let me explain. Let’s talk about Vaporwave. What is it? Well to put it simply, it’s a genre of music. A genre that doesn’t involve Justin Bieber. Thank God. But it is a genre that first evolved and originated from modern-day Internet culture sometime during 2011. What defines the genre is a heavy emphasis on eighties and nineties music and sounds. Particularly smooth jazz and elevator type music. Two of the most exciting genres of music. Am I right? As well as various other samples from a variety of songs all having a retro fill, which are often cut up, slow down sped up and edited in a variety of ways essentially creating something brand-new in the process. But as always, the best way to understand something is to see an example or in this case, hear an example. *music playing* That song is often cited as being one of the first uses of the genre, and has inspired countless other pieces of work. The genre has been described as the degrading a commercial music in an attempt to reveal the false promises of capitalism. Damn that shit’s pretty deep, and here I was just thinking it’s a music genre. Boy, was I wrong. Rock (wrong) that is absolute (wrong) proved over and over again (wrong) we actually at… Since it’s creation, the genre has spread online and become very popular amongst the listeners who are exposed to it’s sound. Now earlier in the video if you remember which I hope you do because if not you might have Alzheimer’s. I said that Vaporwave Anesthetics are different, yet tied together. So let me explain that. Generally Vaporwave is the genre of music and aesthetic’s stylized with the spacing of it’s letters, is the visuals that often accompany the music. The visuals are clearly influenced by the eighties and nineties and have a retro style that is defined by a handful of common characteristics. Such as Japanese lettering, retro computer and gaming elements, classic statues, soft pastel color schemes and an apparent low-quality. This style of art was soon adopted by Vaporwave enthusiasts and became very popular on Tumblr. Eventually both the music and art merge to make one. Together they have created a subculture on the Internet that many enjoy being a part of and sharing. In February of 2012 Vaporwave artist: Macintosh Plus released the album: Floral Shop, which perfectly blended the two worlds together *music playing* That album cover has helped make the aesthetic art style very popular spotting it’s own series of memes where people remix and parody the original art. Sometimes in humorous and strange ways. So that’s Vaporwave and Aesthetic, but it doesn’t end there. These two worlds have spawned a completely different yet related genre video here on YouTube known as Simpson wave. Simpson wave is a video remix series that features clips from the animated television show The Simpsons. Which are edited to include Vaporwave music as well as aesthetic retro visual effects. It sounds kind of strange because it is. *talking* When you stumble upon one of these videos, you know you’re on the weird side of YouTube and believe it or not this genre video is actually quite popular on YouTube with many of the videos getting hundreds of thousands of views. I’m not exactly sure why, but then again it is the Internet, the Internet is the place where things like this exist. Nothing to see here guys, just another asian kid having an orgasm over oranges, you know, Internet stuff. With the popularity of Vaporwave anesthetics growing, it has began to move from the underground Internet seen into the mainstream. So there you have it: Vaporwave anesthetics. Hopefully you understand it just a little bit better after this video. I’m not gonna lie, it’s kind of confusing, but the best way to understand something is to be exposed to it. In my opinion it’s not only unique and strange, but it’s also pretty interesting. It’s like people put a bunch of retro stuff in a blender, cut it all up and mix it together then put it in the oven and just saw what came out. Although you don’t put a blender in an oven so that doesn’t exactly make sense but you guys, you guys understand what i’m talking about. But HEY, that’s the Internet for you and on the Internet: Memes are king. Thank you all so very much for watching, make sure to subscribe so you can catch my next video and stay up-to-date on all your favorite memes. Who knows? You may learn about a meme you never knew about before. I’ll catch you guys next time. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

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100 thoughts on “What is Vaporwave and A E S T H E T I C? The Music And Art Style Explained”

  1. Chance Sola says:

    Vaporwave Macintosh plus …….. Where do i see that statue……. OCTO EXPANSION FINAL BOSS

  2. almond toast says:

    wtf, i had no idea this used to be a meme

  3. TrenTylite Nonamebitch says:

    Please stop making videos

  4. G Castles says:

    Do I need a doctor to prescribe these vapourwave anaesthetics?

  5. MRPHER says:

    Vicks Vaporrubwave, now that's cool

  6. gabriela arce says:

    나는 내가 음식.

  7. sisnege licayan says:

    I dont understand why his content can kill memes,can anyone explain why he is his content is hated.

  8. rezy 12 says:


  9. Titanboss321 Boi says:

    This gives me nostalgia for some reason

  10. Abigeyow says:

    V A P O R S T H E T I C
    – Abby

  11. airtoons says:


  12. Tonya Johnston says:


  13. James Vela says:

    A E S T H E T I C seems a lot like Seapunk.

  14. Yubi K. says:

    I love vaper wave and A E S T H E T I C

  15. Jess Rogue says:

    a n i m e i s a g e n r e

  16. Nicolette Corban says:

    This is def my aesthetic and I didn’t know it existed to other people till now

  17. DJ LEE says:

    Lee – Save the World (Vaporwave 2.0)

  18. cool gamer lol says:

    Macintosh plus is the real meme

  19. g o t t a s w e e p s w e e p s w e e p says:

    Is it bad that my phone is full of vaporwave?

  20. Neutral Guy says:

    Just an asian kid having a orgasm of orange

  21. Kingston_ PLAYZ says:

    D O B I G C H U N G U S

  22. SPAGGHETT says:

    i already forgot about this channel

  23. Vriuox Alacon says:

    5:05 i dont ussually condone animal violence but………

  24. Arth P. says:

    "Damnnnn that's deep"

  25. Gamer X Egypt says:

    *A E S T H E T I C*

  26. Ronald Maya says:

    When I think of "a e s t h e t i c", I mostly think of blue and pink/cyan and magenta.

  27. lucminax says:

    Just listened to S U R F I N G's INCUBO™. This video was sampled on the track "Waves". Fucking hilarious

  28. ghostemane says:

    Why you don't mention Resonance by Home

  29. Stuart FUCKING Pot says:


  30. DFW rider says:

    oh god this channel is even more normie than I expected, REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

  31. SuperninjaYTbro says:

    C R I N G E

  32. Vurdax says:

    I vaporwave my channel

  33. Softichill says:

    I know this video is from nearly 3 years ago, but it is extremely inaccurate.
    For people who've never seen the genre or Jack Stauber, I highly recommend you check this out:

  34. Pixel Doge says:

    Vapor wave and aesthetic are popular because everytime i listen these two makes me feel nostalgic

  35. Mod Apk Tutorials says:

    The music some originals but some of them having low bass high bass slow music fast music and its depressing

  36. Laura says:

    here you go, 10 hours version lol:

  37. NorthDakota Patino says:

    vaporwave and other genres with "wave" on the ending are pretty relaxing electronic genres of music, i think lo-fi hip hop and these genres are like the same since they got that relaxing vibe that most people are pleased of, i don't think it's strange but the more you listen to it , the more you appreciate it

  38. Zachmiko says:

    Dumb as shit Vaporware and Aesthetic aren't a meme. Vaporware is more interesting compare to your boring ass channel. Correct yourself.

  39. Cubic Ralsei says:

    you really didn't explain it properly

    at least you didn't kill the genre

  40. Joshua Morgan says:

    Vaporwave is use of music that should have been forgotten, should have never been remembered, it's disposable and the antithesis of classical perfection. It's soulless and without meaning. It's the elevator that will never get to the top floor and you have to ride it.

  41. Hammahhad says:

    a e s t h e t i c

  42. Zylodrax says:

    people who turn everything into a meme. their opinions dont matter

  43. Tales from the passion Crypt says:

    So… What about synthwave/retrowave? Is it the same thing or different? I'm way more into synthwave but vaporwave seems familiar

  44. Almighty Edgelord says:

    U talkin bout me?

  45. Panda YouTube says:

    S O A E S T H E T I C

  46. Bianca Albuquerque says:

    It's not weird at all. The music is smoothing and combined with the art gives you a relaxed and nostalgic feeling. Kinda sucks judging a genre so negatively when you don't understand it.

  47. Bluebee Majarimenna says:

    Vaporwave and aesthetics -> Vaporwave anaesthetics

  48. Nanami Tukusama ♡ says:

    0:20 Jessica Fletcher UwU

  49. XMYblueguy Gamer says:

    M e m e

  50. leaf says:

    This video introduced me to one of my top favorite genre's of all time, and to think that 3 to 4 years later, I'm a lot less of a normie than I was in 2016.

    Wait, this normie stopped making video's 6 months ago? Whoa? I didn't know that BTM looked like Steve Buscemi.

  51. lil cherry says:

    #simpsonwave for life 💜

  52. Joshua Mumford says:

    Wayyyy too mjuch lsd rn for this shit.

  53. HyperRyuu420 and RYHK HYPE says:

    Who misheard Vaporwave and Aesthetics as Vaporwave Anaesthetics???

  54. Blue says:

    So I may be wrong but what I got from this is that vapor wave is pretty much lofi hip hop along with those simpsons edits but on lsd

  55. MooMemeQueen says:

    I don’t see it as a meme, it makes me feel really calm, I like the style,music, such

  56. Gamer Vielfalt - Brawl Stars says:

    vapor is my life ❤️

  57. A kid From Malta. says:


    (That is a vaporave song)

  58. Zack Argyle says:

    "Vaporwave anesthetic" 2:21

  59. DER1CIRI TV says:

    If their are two James would it becalled jameses

    / Vaperwave plays

  60. Mr. Stick says:

    I’m not the only one who listens to vaporwave, right?

  61. Mikanarka says:

    I. F. E. E. L. G o. O. D

  62. OMemeChief says:

    People who make Bart Simpson edits are stupid

  63. 天安门大屠杀1989 says:

    Yikes man.

  64. suicide architect says:

    What's the name of this font aesthetic ? And where can I download

  65. justinissocool1 says:

    I fucking hate kids. I can’t do this anymore.

  66. Scibbs says:

    Bro you’re not on the wrong side of the internet you’re on the right one

  67. Maverick Yort says:

    The best part of the video : 1:08

  68. Shisui Uchiha says:

    Can anybody help me I still don’t understand what aesthetic means

  69. Reee Monro says:

    F A S H .wav

  70. Plz Stop! says:

    Who is watching this in 2 0 1 9 ?

  71. : says:

    its not a meme, its a lifestyle

  72. AplexaS 420 says:

    Leave vaporwave aloneeee

  73. Yubi K. says:

    I love vaporwave music.

  74. Kebab Remover says:

    Vaporwave is actually prety cool its not quite a meme

  75. Freya The Kitty says:

    I Still Don’t Know Why This Is A Meme

  76. Shironekoマ says:

    Aesthethic Onii Chan

  77. jouz 126 says:

    Pew pew behindthememe got shot my mew

  78. Linds Ryan says:

    Go watch Drive.

  79. Conner Reed says:

    let’s never watch this channel again

  80. Franklin Sharp says:

    So basically the ugly and stupid of the 80s revived?

    I'll pass wasn't a fan of most of this in the 80s!

  81. Skully1488 says:

    n o r m i e

  82. peanutbutterrobot says:

    so everything is a meme now? come on it's a music genre,don't be such a tool

  83. Rhonda White says:

    Was anybody else introduced to Vaporwave through This is Dan Bell's Dead Mall series? He had weird 80s infomercial stuff chopped up with video effects at the beginning of the videos. And at first I thought the music sounded distorted and hollow cuz it was echoing off the walls of the mostly empty stores.

  84. em j says:

    it’s not a meme….

  85. Lance Dudero says:

    0:27 what is the name of the dance like that

  86. im sad says:

    vaporwave is like the best

  87. That Green Crystal says:

    If behind the meme was a meme, how would it explain itself?

  88. em j says:

    3:36 is unfunny

  89. Trevor Seim says:

    Not enough drugs were taken for this example

  90. The Randomator says:

    I miss this guy

  91. David Flores says:

    Listen to dressing up by the cure.

  92. Teresita Marcelino says:

    Y E E T

  93. Wet_Dirt says:

    V A P O R W A V E. N E V E R D I E S

  94. jaden rhodes says:

    Tbh i hate aesthetic

  95. i don't check my notifications says:

    Everyone is here to complain about this video or "dae like the music unironically" and I'm just hear to say that S U R F I N G 's sample of Behind The Meme is absolutely delicious. Perfectly punctual. Go listen to Incubo.

  96. Arthur Morgan says:

    Rip bro

  97. A4Ahimsa says:

    WHY japanese keyboard s HAVE this FEATURE english doesn t 。 I want to know the true origin of AESTH ETIC it must have something to do with 「HENTAI」 。

  98. Monica Lun Tuanthawng says:

    Justin Bieber more like*jOssTin bLeEdEr*

  99. Doge Baseline YT says:

    Oh no I like rasputin😩

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