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YouTube in 2015: Stanky legs, Liam Neeson and a six-foot man in a water balloon

Looking at the cultural trends of 2015, YouTube’s annual list of the most popular videos is perhaps the most interesting. After all, falling down the YouTube rabbit hole in a spiral of viral videos, epic lolz, and wasted afternoons is an occupational hazard for anyone who spends their days in front of a computer.

While last year’s list (excluding music videos) was topped by the downright terrifying “Mutant Giant Spider Dog”, this year’s slightly tastier Heaven King dance crew who choreographed to Silento’s “Watch Me” took the top spot for the biggest” trending” video of 2015. It’s based on a combination of views, shares, comments, and likes rather than just the number of views. Those with children will no doubt have experienced this video and others repeatedly ad nauseum throughout the year. And for those who haven’t, count yourself lucky that you don’t know what a “stanky leg” is.

Perhaps even more surprising is what comes in at number two: the live-action clash of clans Revenge Super Bowl commercial with Liam Neeson. For those who don’t know, clash of clans is a freemium mobile MMO strategy game developed and published by Supercell and one of the highest grossing and popular mobile games of all time. Liam Neeson is known for talking gruffly into a phone and threatening to kill people. Combine the two and you have over 83 million views and pure YouTube gold. That also makes the clash of clans ad also the most popular game video of the year.

The rest of the Top 10 list is a collection of viral favorites from throughout the year, including “Justin Bieber’s Carpool Karaoke”, “6ft Man in 6ft Giant Water Balloon” and of course the “Crazy Plastic Ball PRANK!!” Even Barack Obama managed to slip in at number 10 with “Mean Tweets – President Obama Edition”.

The most popular YouTube video of 2015.

Global Top 10

  1. Silento- Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) #WatchMeDanceOn
  2. Clash of Clans: Revenge (official Super Bowl TV commercial)
  3. Crazy plastic ball PRANK!!
  4. Love has no labels | Diversity & Inclusion | Advertising Council
  5. Lip Sync Battle with Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart and Jimmy Fallon
  6. Justin Bieber Carpool Karaoke
  7. Six-foot Man in Giant Six-foot Water Balloon – 4K – The Slow Mo Guys
  8. Golden boy Calum Scott hits the right note | Audition Week 1 | Britain’s Got Talent 2015
  9. Dover Police DashCam Confession (Shake It Off)
  10. Mean Tweets – President Obama Edition

British Top 10

The most popular YouTube video of 2015 in the UK.

Leaving the US aside and looking only at the UK’s much more sophisticated tastes, Calum Scott’s Britain’s Got Talent audition takes the top spot. (On reflection, maybe the UK shouldn’t be so proud of that.) Other top 10 videos in the UK include the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens Official Teaser #2”, “Frozen Let it Go – In Real Life” , and – in case you had any illusions that the UK wasn’t obsessed with football – an ad for FIFA 16.

  1. Golden boy Calum Scott hits the right note | Audition Week 1 | Britain’s Got Talent 2015
  2. Justin Bieber Carpool Karaoke
  3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens Official Teaser #2
  4. Crazy plastic ball PRANK!!
  5. Frozen Let it go – in real life
  6. FIFA 16 – Play Beautiful – Official TV commercial
  7. ‘INSIDE OUT’ Makeup Tutorial (Disgust, Sadness, Joy, Anger & Fear)
  8. Lip Sync Battle with Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart and Jimmy Fallon
  9. Six-foot Man in Giant Six-foot Water Balloon – 4K – The Slow Mo Guys
  10. Don’t mess with karate kid Jesse | Audition Week 2 | Britain’s Got Talent 2015

Gaming Top 10

The most popular gaming video of 2015 on YouTube.

At the top of the list of games is clash of clansfollowed by “Real GTA”, a live-action version of GTA V. The rest of the list consists of ‘Star Wars Battlefront Reveal Trailer’, ‘Final Fantasy VII – E3 2015 Trailer | PS4’ and ‘WARNING: YOU WILL DIE | Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 – Part 1’.

  1. Clash of Clans: Revenge (official Super Bowl TV commercial)
  2. Real GTA
  3. Star Wars Battlefront reveal trailer
  4. Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 Teaser Trailer
  5. WARNING: YOU WILL DIE | Five Nights at 6. Freddy’s 3 – Part 1
  6. Discover Pokémon in the real world with Pokémon GO!
  7. Fallout 4 – Official Trailer
  8. Elsewhere Play Grand Theft Auto V (Elsewhere React: Gaming)
  9. Halo vs Call of Duty
  10. Final Fantasy VII – E3 2015 Trailer | PS4

Music Video Top 10

The most popular music video of 2015 on YouTube.

Finally, there are the ever-popular music videos, which dominate views on YouTube. I must confess to number one on this list – Wiz Khalifa, “See You Again” ft. Charlie Puth – hadn’t heard until now. Considering it’s racked up an astonishing 1,166,000,000 views this year, I officially declare that I’m no longer down with the kids. It’s time to trade my skinny jeans for sensible pants, Friday nights at home, and possibly a Porsche to polish on the weekend. [Is that a euphemism? -Ed.]

  1. Wiz Khalifa, “See You Again” with Charlie Puth
  2. Maroon 5, “Sugar”
  3. Ellie Goulding, “Love Me Like You”
  4. Major Lazer & DJ Snake, “Lean On” ft. MO
  5. Taylor Swift, “Bad Blood” with Kendrick Lamar
  6. David Guetta, “Hey Mama” with Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha and Afrojack
  7. Sia, “Elastic Heart” with Shia LaBeouf and Maddie Ziegler
  8. Fifth Harmony, “Worth It” ft. Kid Ink
  9. Adele, “Hello”
  10. Silentó, “Look at Me” (Whip/Nae Nae)

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