Good ol' 2011 is almost over and that means we've got some "end of the year" lists coming our way. One of my favorites? YouTube's list of the top ten most watched videos.
Yes, viewing all these videos at once feels like submerging one's head in a bathtub chock full of highly viral ear worms, but it's still a neat look at what entertained, horrified and mesmerized us over the last year.
According to the official YouTube blog, there were more than 1,000,000,000,000 — that's one trillion! — playbacks on the video sharing service this year. (That apparently breaks down to about 140 video views for every person on Earth, in case you're wondering.)
The folks at YouTube took a look at all those playbacks, threw out the ones connected to videos from major music labels, and figured out which ten clips captured the most eyeballs globally.
Rebecca Black's "Friday," a music video we love to hate, tops that list despite temporarily disappearing from YouTube at one point. She's followed by a dog who can't stop thinking about food, a catchy tune by the boys of Lonely Island (with Michael Bolton), some babbling babies, and other gems.
You can check out the full list below, but please keep in mind that some of the linked videos may contain language or content that isn't appropriate for children or work environments.
- Rebecca Black - Friday - Official Music Video
- Ultimate Dog Tease
- Jack Sparrow (feat. Michael Bolton)
- Talking Twin Babies - PART 2 - OFFICIAL VIDEO
- Nyan Cat [original]
- Look At Me Now - Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne, Busta Rhymes (Cover by @KarminMusic)
- The Creep (feat. Nicki Minaj & John Waters)
- Maria Aragon - Born This Way (Cover) by Lady Gaga
- The Force: Volkswagen Commercial
- Cat mom hugs baby kitten
Watched all of the videos? Great! Hit the comments below and tell us what you think about the list. Is it missing some of your favorite videos? Are you shocked that some received so many views? Are you still crying because you can't get "Friday" out of your head?
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