The most-watched YouTube videos of 2012 in one handy blog post

Amazing feats, goofy music and an epic rap battle top the year's viral videos

YouTube today has released its list of the Top 10 YouTube Videos of the Year.


In case you were busy doing other things and not hanging out on YouTube or Facebook all year, here's the list, counting down from #10 to #1 in true Casey Kasem style:

#10: Felix Baumgartner's free fall from 128,000 feet: Don't say space, because a lot of NASA people might get upset. But this launch from way, way up high was viewed live by many viewers, and also got 30.5 million views since mid-October:

#9: Facebook Parenting: For the troubled teen: A dad gets annoyed with his 15-year-old daughter's Facebook rant, so he basically shoots her laptop and videos it. Viral video born, with more than 35 million views.

#8: Dubstep Violin - Lindsey Stirling: I gotta admit, I've never seen this one. With more than 38 million views, I'm not sure why I missed this video in late February, maybe it was the "dubstep" headline. I'm still not sure what that is. But if you're looking for a video of some epic violin playing with icy scenery, this is the video you need to watch.

#7: Why You Asking All Them Questions?: Again, another video I missed during the year, this one has more than 39 million views, and seems to be very popular with the kids (so I hear). A bit NSFW, in case you're reading this at work.

#6: A Dramatic Surprise on a Quiet Square: As part of TV channel's TNT promotion for its Belgium launch, this viral video was created with some pretty impressive stunts. It's like a flash mob, but with more action and adventure instead of singing:

#5: Epic Rap Battles of History (Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney): I try to stay away from political videos and rap videos, so this one is another one I missed. But with more than 45 million views, a lot of people have different tastes than I do.

#4: "Call Me Maybe" by Carley Rae Jepsen (Featuring Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez and others): My kids listen to this song almost daily, so there's not much more I can add to this. If you haven't heard this song or watched this video (or one of its millions of parodies), I need to know the location of the rock you're living under:

#3: KONY 2012: The epic viral video (it's almost 30 minutes long) and social media campaign that aimed to raise awareness about Joseph Kony's crimes is interesting to watch, as many viewers (94.4 million and counting) have attested. But as of this writing, Joseph Kony is still at large. Success or not?

#2: Somebody That I Used to Know - Walk off the Earth: A cover of the Gotye song (which was also parodied non-stop during the year), this video has been seen more than 140 million times to grab the #2 slot. Go Canada!

#1: PSY's Gangnam Style: Like there was any doubt. The video has been viewed more than 971 million times (we're not that far from 1 billion views, a huge feat). PSY is now a global megastar and has thousands of people imitating his dance moves (as well as creating their own parody videos). Again, if you haven't seen this or heard of it, send me the address of your rock.

That's it for 2012? What do you think will be the biggest 2013 trends in viral videos? More music videos (yeah, likely). More social commentary? (probably not). At least we won't see more cat videos (or will we?). Let me know in the comments below.

Keith Shaw rounds up the best in geek video in his blog. Follow Keith on Twitter at @shawkeith. For the latest IT news, analysis and how-tos, follow ITworld on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

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