Here are the top 5 trending YouTube videos of 2012:
5 Epic Rap Battles: Obama vs Romney – 47 Million Views
I feel like something important happened in the United States this year. Now I remember: the Curiosity Rover successfully landed on Mars! That, and there was a presidential election! Just like with most presidential elections, there is a lot of humor and general parody surrounding it, and this election was no different. The YouTube channel “Epic Rap Battles” came out with a very funny, and very popular, video of what it would be like if Obama and Romney had a rap battle. The video spouts the culturally relevant issues surrounding both candidates with a humorous spin, and includes *SPOIL ALERT* Abraham Lincoln slapping them both at the end of the video.
4 Call Me Maybe Lip-sync – 56 Million Views
The song “Call Me Maybe,” from Carly Rae Jepsen’s debut Album “Kiss,” has made its rounds both online and off this year and was ranked the #2 hottest song of 2012 by Billboard Magazine (beaten out for the top spot by Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know”). This song, combined with a video of Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, Ashley Tisdale, and others lip-synching to the song, is what brought it to the number 4 spot for trending videos of 2012. The video shows Bieber, Gomez, Tisdale, and others dancing around, wearing fake mustaches, and mouthing the lyrics to the song.
3 KONY 2012 – 95 Million Views
The infamous KONY 2012 video, created by Invisible Children, Inc., takes the third spot as most viewed video of 2012. The video describes, in 30 minutes, how the cult and militia leader Joseph Kony is manipulating followers and using young children to staff his militia. The awareness of this video was pushed forward thanks to celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Angelina Jolie, George Clooney, Jay-Z, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Ryan Seacrest and many more. Collectively through the use of this video, and the activism of the previously named celebrities, troops from the African Union were sent to thwart Joseph Kony’s plans.
2 5 Peeps 1 Guitar – 142 Million Views
If you have yet to hear Gotye’s song, “Somebody That I Used to Know” then congratulations for just coming out of your 1+ year coma. The song was released in the United States January of this year and has received many covers, one of which is the winner of the number 2 spot by the Canadian indie band Walk Off The Earth. After hearing their cover of his song, Gotye tweeted, “I know who to ask for help with acoustic versions of Somebody: Walk Off The Earth. Hilarious and brilliant.” Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page popularized the use of a double-neck guitar, one man seemingly playing two guitars at the same time, but Walk Off The Earth takes the polar opposite approach and has five people simultaneously play a single 6 string guitar. Their prowess at music and the entertaining nature of their video is what leads them into the number 2 spot.
1 Gangnam Style – 989 Million Views
Released July 15th of this year, PSY’s song has gone on to receive nearly 1 billion views on YouTube (If the video hits 1 billion by the end of the year, it will be averaging 5.8 million views per day, or 242 thousand views per hour – Get back to work, people!). Lyrically, PSY’s song describes a woman who is classy by day, but knows how to let loose by night, and himself as a guy who can do the same thing. The joy of this video, and the main reason it’s received nearly 1 billion views, isn’t because of the lyrics but the humorous nature of the video accompanying the song. PSY shows off a dance he created that rivals the Macarena, and beyond the dance the rest of the video involves him doing humorous things like a dance off in a garage, lying on the floor of an elevator while a man is above him doing pelvic thrusts, and getting sprayed in the face as he walks next to two beautiful women with what could be whip cream. PSY’s sense of humor, and the tremendous amount of views this video has received is what makes it the number one video of 2012.