Pinetown truck accident tops YouTube’s most watched list

2013-12-12 18:13

The scene of a speeding truck ploughing into four cars in a horrific accident in Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal, that made headlines earlier this year was the most watched video on YouTube in 2013 in South Africa.

The video has received more than 960 000 views.

It was followed by the What does the Fox Say? video by performance duo Ylvis, which was also the top-trending music video globally for 2013 on YouTube.

The video has amassed more than 276 million views globally.

Also on the South African top 10 most watched YouTube videos, in eighth spot, is a British Airways advert of rugby player Bryan Habana racing against one of their new A380 planes – and winning.

Footage of the Westgate Mall attack in Kenya also made the top 10 list, as well as a video of a biker riding unsafely with a small child on the East Rand.

A video showing a seven-year-old girl stealing an iPhone in a restaurant was the sixth most-watched video on YouTube in South Africa, while the exclusive footage by National Geographic of a jaguar attacking a crocodile came in at fourth position.

When it comes to music videos, South Africans lapped up Miley Cyrus’s biggest hits. Wrecking Ball and We Can’t Stop were the most watched music videos on YouTube in the country. Katy Perry’s Roar was third, while Psy of Gangnam Style fame’s Gentleman M/V and Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines rounded out the top five.

When it comes to channels, the most popular channel in South Africa this year was a gaming channel called PewDiePie followed by TheEllenShow, clips of a US talk show hosted by comedian Ellen Degeneres, and music competition XFactorUSA was also in the top three.

Mdu Comics, a channel started by animator Mdu Ntuli when conventional methods proved fruitless, was also in the top 10. The channel has more than 30 000 subscribers.

About six billion hours of video is watched every month on YouTube and 40% of the viewership comes from mobile phones.

The full lists:

Top 10 videos watched in South Africa in 2013, excluding major music labels

1. Shocking Pinetown truck crash footage by enewschannel

2. Ylvis – The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?) [Official music video HD] by tvnorge

3. Halls – Klein Kimmie by HallsSA

4. Jaguar Attacks Crocodile (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO) by NationalGeographic

5. How Animals Eat Their Food | MisterEpicMann by MisterEpicMann

6. Seven-year-old girl steals iPhone by jessostrin

7. Dove Real Beauty Sketches by doveunitedstates

8. British Airways – Man vs Plane by FlyBritishAirways

9. Exclusive video footage on the Westgate attack by CCTVAFRICALIVE

10. Biker riding unsafely with small child 2013 08 25 by Rad Bonos

Top 10 channels in South Africa in 2013

1. Miley Cyrus – Wrecking Ball by MileyCyrusVEVO

2. Miley Cyrus – We Can’t Stop by MileyCyrusVEVO

3. Katy Perry – Roar (Official) by KatyPerryVEVO

4. PSY – GENTLEMAN M/V by officialpsy

5. Robin Thicke – Blurred Lines ft. TI, Pharrell by RobinThickeVEVO

6. Rihanna – Stay ft. Mikky Ekko by RihannaVEVO

7. Ylvis – The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?) [Official music video HD] by tvnorge

8. Rihanna – Pour It Up (Explicit) by RihannaVEVO

9. DJ Ganyani ft FB – Xigubu (Official Music Video) by GanyaniEntertainment

10. P!nk – Just Give Me A Reason ft. Nate Ruess by PinkVEVO

Global Top 10 Trending Videos for 2013

1. Ylvis – The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?) by tvnorge

2. Harlem Shake (original army edition) by kennethaakonsen

3. How Animals Eat Their Food | MisterEpicMann by MisterEpicMann

4. Miley Cyrus – Wrecking Ball (Chatroulette Version) by SteveKardynal

5. baby&me / the new evian film by EvianBabies

6. Volvo Trucks – The Epic Split feat. Van Damme by VolvoTrucks

7. YOLO (feat. Adam Levine & Kendrick Lamar) by thelonelyisland

8. Telekinetic Coffee Shop Surprise by CarrieNYC

9. THE NFL: A Bad Lip Reading by BadLipReading

10. Mozart vs Skrillex. Epic Rap Battles of History Season 2 by ERB

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