A few days ago, Patrick listed the Top 10 Music Videos played on YouTube in 2010. That same day, the website also released another year end list- The Most Watched YouTube Viral Videos. Just to clarify, this list excludes major label music vids but includes everything else including movie trailers. The list is also comprised of parodies, indie music videos, music covers and random hilarity. I’m almost certain you’ve all seen the majority of these.
Let’s take a trip down memory lane at some of the videos that caused many of us to copy and paste the link to our Facebooks, Twitters and IMs accounts. I know I’m guilty of charged in a couple of instances.
Number of Views: 17.9 million (as of press time)
What do you get when you give millions of tween girls internet access? You get Twilight’s trailer for it’s third installment into YouTube’s Top 10 list for 2010. With “Breaking Dawn” hitting theaters in 2011, expect that trailer to make a serious run for most viewed that year.
Number of Views: 19.5 million (as of press time)
In a year where Justin Bieber hit the masses beyond his pre-teen fanbase, it only makes sense a video related to the mop-haired singer would be one of the most viewed in 2010. In another YouTube video, 3-year-old Cody cries incessantly about her undying love for her idol, Justin Bieber. In the clip below, Jimmy Kimmel arranges a surprise meeting with Cody and the Biebs. I can’t believe almost 20 million people watched this clip. Oprah does the same thing practically once a week on her show.
Number of Views: 20.0 million (as of press time)
What is Gymkhana? It’s a type of motorsport that’s growing in numbers around the world. It involves racing on courses that are very complex using cones, tires and barrels as obstacles. Apparently it’s a thing. The video clip below features professional rally racer, Ken Block, driving a Ford Fiesta through a course. The clip garnered more than 7 million views during its first week. INSANE.
Number of Views: 20.7 million (as of press time)
Rock alternative band OK Go created a second music video for their single “This Too Shall Pass”. It’s a good thing they did because the four-minute clip captured in one shot sequence is amazing. Think of it as a life-sized Mouse Trap board game but without a mouse to catch. It features more than 700 household objects causing a domino effect over a half-mile course.
Number of Views: 21.2 million (as of press time)
Paul Vasquez aka Hungrybear9562 posted the video on YouTube on January 8, 2010. But it wasn’t til Jimmy Kimmel linked to the video on Twitter and declaring it the “funniest video in the world” did it catch on fire. Numerous YouTube users have since used clips of Vasquez’s voice and reaction to the double rainbow in their fan videos.
Number of Views: 25.1 million (as of press time)
Who knew hocking Old Spice would be a springboard to an actor’s fledgling career. Isaiah Mustafa was virtually unknown until a cocky monologue taken in a single take in front of computer-generated images propelled him into national consciousness. Since then he’s appeared on numerous talk shows including The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The commercial itself won the Grand Prix for film at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival and in July 2010 the ad won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Commercial.
Number of Views: 27.9 million (as of press time)
The “Whassup” Budweiser beer commercials were a big hit from 1999-2002. The catchphrase had been deemed passe, that is until an animated annoying orange resurrected it. While the Twilight trailer view count was most likely increased by teen girls. The success of this video is mostly likely because of teenage boys having internet access. Tit for tat, I guess.
Number of Views: 34.5 million (as of press time)
At the beginning year, “Bad Romance” parodies were all over the internet. In the end it wasn’t a parody but an inspired cover by an Oklahoma 6th grader that would have the country talking. So much so, his performance landed him on The Ellen Show and inspired the talk show host to create her own record label. Naturally, her first signed musical act would be Greyson Chance. He’s notoriety has often been compared to that of Susan Boyle.
Number of Views: 49.4 million (as of press time)
What started as a brief interview on a local news station regarding the attempted rape of his sister by an intruder in her bedroom, in the projects of Lincoln Park, has turned Antoine Dobson as 2010′s internet superstar of the year. His “passionate” flamboyant ghetto style inspired The Gregory Brothers to make a musical viral video. The song even hit Billboard’s Top 100. Dobson has parlayed his fifteen minutes of fame to savvy businessman. He became the pitchman for “Sex Offender Tracker” app for smartphones and authorized Halloween costumes relating to the original incident.
Number of Views: 52.4 million (as of press time)
Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok” was Billboard’s Song of the Year for 2010. It’s only fitting a parody of her hit topped YouTube’s video countdown as well. The Key of Awesome comedy troop created original lyrics to her hit song, suggesting her trashy image was a manufactured one. If you haven’t seen it yet, you have to. The lyrics are pretty amazeballs.