YouTube reveals the moments that captivated the world in 2012, with a list of the top 10 trending videos of the year. It also comments on how the site is becoming a go-to source for news and a place to share world-changing ideas.
You participated in conversations at a global scale, uploading videos to share ideas on everything from nonprofit campaigns, to political satire, to new and surprising voices and talents. Plus, all over the world, you tuned in for the most up-to-date news footage of presidential elections, natural disasters and more.
You can check out the top trending YouTube videos below:
1. PSY – GANGNAM STYLE (강남스타일) M/V: This Korean pop sensation is the most-viewed YouTube video of all time, approaching 1 billion views.
2. Somebody That I Used to Know – Walk off the Earth (Gotye – Cover): The most popular cover song of the year, with over 140 million views.
3. KONY 2012: Invisible Children’s video attracted over 30 million viewers during one day, giving it the all-time 24 hr record.
4. “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen – Feat. Justin Bieber, Selena, Ashley Tisdale & MORE!: Carlos Pena’s music video featuring all his friends to Carly Rae Jepsen’s song Call Me Maybe.
5. Barack Obama vs Mitt Romney. Epic Rap Battles Of History Season 2: Impersonators turn the presidential election into a rap battle.
6. A DRAMATIC SURPRISE ON A QUIET SQUARE: This stunt from TV channel TNT Belgium gave people drama when they pressed the big red button located in a Flemish town.
7. WHY YOU ASKING ALL THEM QUESTIONS? .. #FCHW: Nearly half of the views of comedian Emmanuel Hudson’s video came from mobile devices.
8. Dubstep Violin- Lindsey Stirling- Crystallize: The musician mixes dubstep with a violin.
9. Facebook Parenting: For the troubled teen: This man’s teenage daughter wrote a Facebook post he thought was disrespectful, so he took her laptop into a field and shot it.
10. Felix Baumgartner’s supersonic freefall from 128k’ – Mission Highlights: The Austrian completed a record-breaking jump from the edge of space, reaching a maximum of speed of 833mph.