YouTube’s top trending videos of 2012: Gangnam Style, Gotye, KONY 2012, Call Me Maybe, Barack Obama vs Mitt Romney, more


YouTube is once again doing its annual “YouTube Rewind” to shed some light on the top-trending videos of 2012. Google updated its YouTube Rewind Channel to include the last year’s worth of the most popular YouTube videos alongside some stats for each. For instance, Google noted the KONY 2012 30-minute documentary was the most shared video in the world during March, but PSYs’ Gangnam Style was able to top the majority of lists after approaching 1 billion views and becoming the most viewed YouTube video of all time in less than half the year.

YouTube’s top trending list globally is below, followed by the list for Canada, but you can head over to the YouTube Rewind Channel to see the top-trending videos for your country.

Top Trending YouTube Videos:  

  1. PSY – GANGNAM STYLE (강남스타일) M/V 
  2. Somebody That I Used to Know – Walk off the Earth (Gotye – Cover) 
  3. KONY 2012 
  4. “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen – Feat. Justin Bieber, Selena, Ashley Tisdale & MORE! 
  5. Barack Obama vs Mitt Romney. Epic Rap Battles Of History Season 2. 
  8. Dubstep Violin- Lindsey Stirling- Crystallize 
  9. Facebook Parenting: For the troubled teen.
  10. Felix Baumgartner’s supersonic freefall from 128k’ – Mission Highlights 

Top Trending YouTube Videos in Canada:

  1. PSY – Gangnam Style
  2. Somebody that I used to know – Walk off the Earth (Gotye cover)
  3. KONY 2012
  4.  “Call Me Maybe” featuring Justin Bieber, Selena, Ashley Tisdale, etc.
  5. Surprise Britney Learns ‘Gangnam Style’ from Psy 
  6. Steve Jobs vs. Bill Gates Epic Rap Battles of History Season 2 
  7. “Fallen Kingdom” a Minecraft Parody of Coldplay’s Viva la Vida (Music Video)
  8. Facebook Parenting: For the troubled teen. 
  9.  “Call Me Maybe” MattyBRaps & Cimrelli “Don’t call me baby” parody 
  10.  Felix Baumgartner’s supersonic freefall from 128k – Mission highlights

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