We all were glued to our phones and tablets as Felix Baumgartner jumped to Earth from 128,000 feet in the air. Eight million people were watching the live stream – breaking records and becoming YouTube’s 10th most viral video of the year.
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Frustrated father Tommy Jordan took to YouTube to confront his daughter, who had been posting rebellious messages about her parents on her Facebook page. After giving her a verbal lashing, he took out his gun and pumped a few rounds into her laptop. The result was a controversial video that was shared, and debated, all over the place. Did he go too far?
Lindsey Stirling’s dubstep violin video, set inside and outside of a cool looking ice cave, was a huge hit. It’s been viewed 39.5 million times.
It was a big year online for comedians Emmanuel and Phillip Hudson. Through their “Spoken Reasons” YouTube channel, they released “Why You Asking All Them Questions?,” which would rack up about 40 million views. WARNING: Some of the content here might be NSFW, depending on your office, I guess!
TNT wanted to promote their dramatic programs in Belgium, so they came up with a public stunt. The result was this spot and 40 million views on YouTube.
You knew there HAD to be something from Election 2012 in this list. The guys from Epic Rap Battles put together this spoof of a tough-guy Mitt Romney taking the attack against the President. WARNING: There is some minor NSFW language and behavior here, along with an appearance from Abraham Lincoln! It’s been viewed 46 million times.
Justin Bieber and friends loved Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” so much, they decided to put together their own lip dub version. Little did they know they would inspire a craze that had dozens of other groups doing the same thing. None seems to top the Biebs in vid views though, this one generated about 55 million.
KONY 2012 might not be the most viewed video of the year, but it certainly captured the attention of the country for a day. In just 24 hours or so, the film was viewed more than 30 million times. Later, critics would attack it, and Invisible Children (the group who put it together), but it remains one of the year’s most talked about viral videos.
5 peeps, 1 guitar. Walk Off The Earth’s cover of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” has been viewed 140 million times. Proof that a simple, well executed concept can go far.
This should be a shock to nobody, seeing that Korean rapper PSY’s “Gangnam Style” video is the most viewed YouTube video OF ALL TIME. The video is approaching 1 BILLION views in a hurry, not even the most awful of parody videos seem to be stopping its surge.