Pros dominate YouTube 2012 hits

2012-12-18 08:47
Psy

Psy

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Video

Most Googled in 2012

2012-12-13 09:14

Which topics were most searched for this year? Google releases results in a stunning video. Watch.WATCH

San Francisco - Gangnam Style topped YouTube's list of the most attention-grabbing videos this year, as other professionally produced works outshined the amateur clips that had originally made the website famous.

"Almost everything on the list this year was created by professional or creative talent for an online audience," YouTube trends manager Kevin Allocca told AFP shortly before the results were released late on Monday.

"It's different from years ago, when homemade videos or random, funny stuff from smartphone cameras were the hits."

Music video Gangnam Style by South Korea's PSY became the most viewed YouTube video of all time and was on pace to log a billion views by the end of this year. The view count on Monday was slightly more than 971.5 million.

Second place was a Walk off the Earth music video, a rendition of a hit Gotye song featuring five people simultaneously performing on one guitar.

A Kony2012 video that was part of a viral campaign to bring accused Ugandan war criminal Joseph Kony to justice was the year's third-most attention-getting YouTube video.

The White House had praised the campaign, while a string of celebrities weighed in by tweeting links to the video and promoting the initiative by California-based non-profit group Invisible Children.

Kony2012 was reported to be the first cause-based video by a nonprofit to make YouTube's annual list of top videos.

While trends in Google searches provide insights into what people are interested in learning about, YouTube hits tend to be "a reflection of pop culture", according to Allocca.

Fourth place on the YouTube list went to a Call Me Maybe video in which stars, including Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez, ignited a lip-synching rage.

An Epic Rap Battles of History series episode that pitted a pretend Barack Obama against a Mitt Romney impersonator in a rap-powered debate came in fifth on the YouTube list.

The Top Ten list included a stunt in a Flemish town square to promote a television channel; "dubstep" violin by Lindsey Stirling; comedian Emmanuel Hudson; a father's reaction to his daughter's Facebook post; and Felix Baumgartner's free-fall from about 39km above the Earth.

YouTube is also seeing trends in how people are watching videos, with smartphones, tablets, and online social networks becoming preferred viewing venues, according to Allocca.

People watch more than four billion hours of video monthly at YouTube, according to the Google-owned video-sharing service.

Ratings for top videos factored in searches, remixes, parodies and other factors along with numbers of views.

Read more on:    youtube
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Autobraking: See just how good they are!

Just how good are automatic brakes on cars these days? Two VW models have been praised by top UK research centre Thatcham. Find out why...

 

Stay safe

Pro's and con's of accredited driver-training
Juvenile pillion riders? Play safe...
Need a family ride? SA's top Mommy Cars
Mom's driving-school dream come true
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Today is a good day to go large with your significant other. Let go of obligations, expectations and chores and let the day play...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.