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Twerking: “to work one’s body, as in dancing, especially the rear end.” It is the most groundbreaking dance of the last 200 years, and here are the best.

1. The McDonald’s Twerk:

The 20 Most Important Twerks Of All Time

A particularly important twerk, as some have argued that this is the twerk “that started it all.” With stomachs full of McChickens and booties eager to be popped, these brave young women stepped outside McDonalds and into the pantheon of legends.

2. The Hydraulic Twerk:

The 20 Most Important Twerks Of All Time

From there twerking began to grow in popularity, being used by many for more than a way to pop a booty. Here you can see a practical application of the twerk, helping to repair this busted car.

3. The Miley Cyrus Twerk:

The Miley Cyrus Twerk:

A huge twerk. Massive twerk. This is what really brought the twerk into the mainstream, into our homes, our living rooms. Miley didn’t plan the seed, but damned if she didn’t nurture that seed like it was one of her three children.

4. The “This Twerk Was Filmed In Front Of A Live Studio Audience” Twerk:

The 20 Most Important Twerks Of All Time

After Miley, one of our nation’s best and brightest actresses, endorsed the twerk, studios in Los Angeles frantically added CGI twerking to their summer blockbusters.

5. The Mini Cooper Twerk:

The 20 Most Important Twerks Of All Time

The first twerk ad. Some twerk purists cried foul at exploitation of the art form, but others simply saw it for what it was: a smart, well-executed ad.

6. The JC Penny Twerk:

The 20 Most Important Twerks Of All Time

Department stores would follow the Coops lead, allowing folks to twerk up and down the aisles, in the dressing rooms, and about the store. The children’s section, however, would remain off limits. That was until…

7. The Barney and Dora Twerk Combo:

The 20 Most Important Twerks Of All Time

Perhaps the most controversial twerk in histwerky (I tried). This twerk brought the dance into the homes of children of all ages, leading to a boom in babies named “Twerk.”

8. The Squidward Twerk:

The 20 Most Important Twerks Of All Time

Again, see above.

9. The Surprised Patrick Twerk:

The 20 Most Important Twerks Of All Time

Again.

10. The “That’s So Raven” Twerk:

The 20 Most Important Twerks Of All Time

When the Disney Channel gets on board, you know shit is serious. That’s the reason the Iraq war started.

11. The Jurassic Park Twerk: