Here are the most popular videos on YouTube from last year that have made the grid.
1. KONY 2012
Invisible Children is a movement trying to end the conflict in Uganda and creators of the film Kony 2012. They hoped it would pace up the arrest of Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) leader Joseph Kony, who has been abducting Uganda’s youth for nearly three decades.
With more than 100 million views in six days, Kony 2012 became the most viral video in history.
However the movement did not end up so well as the video’s creator, Jason Rusell, was charged with public drunkness and lowd behavior in the Pacific Beach neighborhood.
The campaign was criticized for the simple view of the events of the region. Partly not to mention the abuses of the Ugandan government, through the People’s Liberation Army of Sudan, but also very complex ethnical and religious region. The appearance of this campaign coincides with the discovery of a large oil field in , Lake Albert, Uganda, in 2009.
2. Gangnam Style
PSY, a South Korean rapper, sings, dances and jams out for four minutes to an aggressively hypnotic techno track, while he is surrounded beautiful women ,by horses, a carousel and old people. So naturally, because of it’s elements, the video became very popular.
The original lyrics speak of the perfect girlfriend. The words sung during the chorus have been translated into English: “Big Brother is Gangnam Style”, “the idiom” Oppa! “Being a term used by a familiar Korean girls to call an older male. The term “Gangnam Style” in slang, is comparable to the English slang “swag” or “Yolo” .
3. A Dramatic Surprise on a Quiet Square
“A Dramatic Surprise on a Quiet Street,” an ad by TNT, takes place in a “little town in Belgium” in a square. TNT’s ad agency, Duval Guillaume Modem, placed a large red button there and invited passers-by to “Push to Add Drama.”
4.Opera duo Charlotte & Jonathan — Britain’s Got Talent 2012 audition
Jonathan Antoine and Charlotte Jaconelli had a stunning opera performance on Britain’s Got Talent and gained more than 1.1 million views in three days.
The seven-minute video shows the two of them talking about their friendship up until then and then singing for the judges and the audience.
5.Call Me Maybe
Technically, “Call Me Maybe” didn’t come out in 2012 but earlier, the song being released in Sept. 2011 in Canada.
The Biebs happened.
One tweet from Justin Beiber rocketed Jepsen into international web stardom. “Call Me Maybe” rushed in from Harvard athletes, celebrities, half-naked models, Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster.
6. Catch the Ice Dude
The German that attempted this did not only not make the splash that he intended but also had a painful thud when attempting his cannonball trick.
The man’s friend posted the video on YouTube, thus offering laughs for the Internet . Watching the video we hope the diver feels better, but who wouldn’t after 1.5 million shares?
7. Somebody That I Used to Know
The song is a smash hit itself being one of YouTube’s most-viewed clips ever. It’s been shared over 17 million times.
Check out a ton of covers and parodies of the song and these were the ones that made the video so popular.
The single was a surprise remaining number one for eight weeks in Australia, a record that dates back to 1996 when the band Savage Garden wrote the song Truly Madly Deeply. While Kimbra was named best female artist of the year, Gotye was named Best Male Artist and Best Producer.
8. Best Job
Right before the London Olympics, Procter & Gamblethough to release a message to mothers worldwide, and it’s an absolute tearjerker.
The ad features mothers on four continents and shares their journeys while raising their young children when become in time, Olympians.
In first three days, the video had received over 700,000 views on YouTube and had been shared over 2 million times.
9.Donna the Deer Lady
This lady, as she’s now known, called up a local Fargo radio station and asked to know why the Minnesota and North Dakota transportation departments allow deer crossings be posted in such high traffic areas.
The radio station posted the video on YouTube and since then, Donna the Deer Lady, has learned the truth about deer crossing signs.
It went wildly viral, hitting almost 2.5 million views in only 10 days.
10. Arrested Drunk Guy Sings Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
Robert Wilkinson, was arrested for intoxication by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and did not agree with the charges at all and after, in slurred speech, pleaded his case, decided that the moment was musical enough to bring up Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.
Despite his highly inebriated state, Wilkinson gets to the end of the song. The performance has been shared over one million times.