20 Most Watched Videos from 2013

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YouTube is definitely coming out on top as more companies invest larger budgets in creating quality engaging videos. YouTube stats report more than 1 billion unique visits each month, with over 6 billion hours of video watched each month, and 100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute.

Surprise, humour and shock were the underlying common themes for the most watched non-music related video content for 2013.

Personally I was shocked by the volume of views Ylvis’s “The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)” received. With a total of 332,415,228 views, you had to be living under a rock to avoid hearing, watching or knowing about this clip. What started out as a joke by two Norwegian brothers hosting a T.V. variety show quickly became the most talked about and watched piece of content in 2013.

The Harlem Shake was a top trending internet dance craze that came about early February. YouTube reported there were 1.7 million parodies uploaded.

The year ended on a high with the touching WestJet Christmas Miracle: real-time giving video. This well thought out and planned stunt gave 250 WestJet travellers from three different airports an amazing surprise on arrival of their destination of Calgary. If you haven’t already, put your Christmas spirit hat on and watch.

An office favourite was “Funny Goats Screaming like Humans” video. It had enough views, most probably by the Speedwell staff, so it made the list.

Personal favourites have to be Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake’s “#Hashtag” skit, and Dove’s “Real Beauty Sketches”, plus the parody of “Real Beauty Sketches”.

Take a walk through the top 20 videos from 2013.


TITLE: THE NFL: A Bad Lip Reading — A Bad Lip Reading of the NFL
VIEWS: 46,486,622
PUBLISHED: Jan 15, 2013
TITLE: Harlem Shake (original army edition)
VIEWS: 98,446,864
PUBLISHED: Feb 10, 2013
TITLE: Funny Goats Screaming like Humans
VIEWS: 3,052,618
PUBLISHED: Feb 23, 2013
TITLE: Three – The Pony #DancePonyDance
VIEWS: 8,221,570
PUBLISHED: Feb 28, 2013
TITLE: Pepsi MAX & Jeff Gordon Present: Test Drive
VIEWS: 40,353,357
PUBLISHED: Mar 12, 2013
TITLE: K-Mart Ship My Pants
VIEWS: 20,527,920
PUBLISHED: Apr 10, 2013
TITLE: Dove Real Beauty Sketches
VIEWS: 61,545,338
PUBLISHED: Apr 14, 2013
TITLE: Dove Real Beauty Sketches (A Parody)
VIEWS: 43,287,170
PUBLISHED: Apr 17, 2013
TITLE: Evian Baby and Me
VIEWS: 70,179,636
PUBLISHED: Apr 19, 2013
TITLE: All eyes on the S4
VIEWS: 4,348,008
PUBLISHED: May 24, 2013
TITLE: Ylvis – The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)
VIEWS: 332,415,228
PUBLISHED: Sep 3, 2013
TITLE: Joking Bad – Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
VIEWS: 10,521,567
PUBLISHED: Sep 11, 2013
TITLE: #Hashtag with Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake
VIEWS: 20,668,815
PUBLISHED: Sep 24, 2013
TITLE: First World Problems Anthem
VIEWS: 4,725,017
PUBLISHED: Oct 3, 2012
TITLE: Telekinetic Coffee Shop Surprise
VIEWS: 52,772,095
PUBLISHED: Oct 7, 2013
TITLE: Virgin America Safety Video #VXsafetydance
VIEWS: 8,491,301
PUBLISHED: Oct 29, 2013
TITLE: Volvo Trucks – The Epic Split feat. Van Damme (Live Test 6)
VIEWS: 67,627,411
PUBLISHED: Nov 13, 2013
TITLE: iPad Art – Morgan Freeman Finger Painting
VIEWS: 12,485,988
PUBLISHED: Dec 2, 2013
TITLE: WestJet Christmas Miracle: real-time giving
VIEWS: 34,934,358
PUBLISHED: Dec 8, 2013
TITLE: Greetings from Chuck (The epic christmas split)
VIEWS: 2,241,825
PUBLISHED: Dec 19, 2013

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