December in Review: The Month in Trends

December 31, 2010

YouTube Trends is not yet even a month old, but we've covered a pretty diverse array of videos in the blog portion of the site over the past few weeks. As we reach the end of the month (and the year) we wanted to look back at some of what we explored since we officially unveiled the site back on the 13th:
We also...

Check back in 2011 as we continue to bring you YouTube's biggest videos, trends, and phenomenon every day!

4 in the Afternoon: Here Comes 2011

Twice each day we scan our YouTube metrics as well as websites on the cutting edge of internet culture to discover the most buzzed about videos.
Happy New Year 43 Languages Snow Pile-Up Remote Beer Cannon
  1. As the U.S. prepares to ring in the New Year, celebrations have already begun across the world. Here's the fireworks display in Auckland, New Zealand.
  2. A "Happy New Year" message in 43 different languages to start things off for 2011. As seen on High Definite.
  3. The winter weather continues to wreak havoc with this footage coming in of a 20-car pile-up in Colorado Springs. (Contains some profanity.) As seen on Reddit.
  4. A demonstration of an iPhone controlled beer cannon/mini fridge. As seen on Gizmodo.

Tag! New Year's Resolutions

Whether you followed-through on last year's list or not, the time has come for new New Year's resolutions. And nothing ensures that you'll stick to your guns like publicly posting a video on YouTube so that the world can hold you accountable.

In the last week, there's been an influx of New Year's resolution videos as people prepare to begin 2011 on the right foot. But we've also noticed an interesting trend utilizing the popular "tagging" device on YouTube, in which one YouTube user will virtually "tag" another user (or group of users) in his or her video and request that those tagged respond via video. For example, in this case, Glamourista16 created this video back on December 18, inviting a number of other popular YouTube users to share their New Year's resolutions:

As more and more people have been tagged, more and more have uploaded videos naming their resolutions for 2011. A quick YouTube search for "tag New Year's resolutions" produces more than 300 results at the time of this post ( you filter the results by uploaded this month, you'll get more than 100 results).

Making your resolutions is one thing, but how about keeping them?

Prepping for New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve is one of those holidays with a lot of build up, and this week, YouTube experts have been posting videos with tips, advice, and walkthroughs for everything from making cheese tortas to professional off-site DJing for the big night.

First, we've seen that makeup, style, and nail tutorials have been very popular in the past 24 hours with more than one hitting our Most Shared list. We've collected this playlist with some of the most popular ones:

(Use the arrows to navigate between videos or watch them all here)

We're also seeing quite a few clips cropping up offering guides for both hors d'oeuvres and, of course, cocktails:

(Or watch them all here)

Bonus: It may not be a New Year's Eve look, but this is definitely our favorite new make-up tutorial.

4 in the Morning: 7 Billion Memes

Twice each day we scan our YouTube metrics as well as websites on the cutting edge of internet culture to discover the most buzzed about videos.
7 Billion Leopard Attack Snow in the Desert Memes of 2010
  1. National Geographic has released this compelling, stylized promo examining the boom in our global population. As seen on Viral Viral Videos.
  2. This footage of a leopard attack in India has drawn nearly a million views in less than a week's time. As seen on Storyful.
  3. Last night, searches spiked for something unusual that appeared Thursday in Phoenix, Arizona...snow.
  4. As 2011 approaches, RocketBoom's "Know Your Meme" team reveal the most notable internet phenomenon of the year.

Around the World: International Sports Highlights

December 30, 2010

This site regularly showcases top sports videos, such as the current Blake Griffin highlight reel (in the 4@4) and the "Crazy Free Throw" (showcased as a 'Trending Videos' the last few days).

However, these videos are almost always highlights from sports that are most popular in the US, such as football and basketball. For today's quick trip around the world we're showcasing the most viewed highlights from sports that are less popular in the US (well, not sure if "paintboarding" is popular anywhere except YouTube actually...).

United Kingdom:
UK's Cricket team does the "Sprinkler" Dance
New Zealand:
Paintboarding -- coming to a skate park near you

4 in the Afternoon: Foam Funnel Dunks

Twice each day we scan our YouTube metrics as well as websites on the cutting edge of internet culture to discover the most buzzed about videos.
Blake Griffin Highlights Beers + Vuvuzela Banned Zoosk Ad Foam Weapon Leaguen
  1. "Blake Griffin" is the top YouTube search in the last 90 days associated with the word "dunk." Now, the NBA has just put out a highlight reel of the Clipper forward's three months of league play, and it's already made our Most Shared list.
  2. A second use for the famous vuvuzela captured at a hockey game in Rochester. As seen on BuzzFeed.
  3. Dating site Zoosk says this ad, which is now appearing among our Most Shared videos, was banned in Europe.
  4. This promo for the "Foam Weapon League" hit YouTube in November, but is drawing some new attention today. As seen on Fark.

2010: The Year in Review

Nothing helps us move on to the next year like re-capping the last. With 2010 waning, the time has come for some year-in-review reflection videos by YouTube users, from the best in video games to a re-cap of the Supreme Court's biggest cases. Tech gurus are covering highlights in the mobile, gadget and robot industries, fashionistas are naming their favorite beauty products of 2010, and self-proclaimed "music nerds" like theneedledrop are going through their favorite albums of the year:

Active news and political vlogger, DavisFleetwood, ran through the top 10 news stories of the year.

And if you're looking for a more fun way to reminisce about 2010, TheFineBros put together this creative, interactive shooting range video/game.

For a playlist of other 2010 retrospectives, read on.

Airport Chaos in Moscow

So if you thought the airport craziness this week following the blizzard in the northeast was bad, take a look at what happened in Moscow's airports this week. Following an ice/freezing rain storm, Domodedovo airport was left without power for a time causing major delays.

One YouTube user posted his two-day experience in a series of very short clips -- titled "Hell in Moscow Airport" -- which can be viewed in the playlist below. According to him, traffic jams were so bad that some cars were driving backward down the highway (first video) and thousands of people were stranded at the airport with little to no train or bus service and price-gouging taxis.

Here's more good video from after the blackout.

On top of that, long delays at a second airport, Sheremetyevo, resulted in passengers starting some sort of angry drum circle. Footage of the "revolt" was posted by some fellow travelers and is currently among the Most Viewed clips in Russia:

Inside YouTube Search

Every morning, we comb through YouTube's search data to investigate top spiking search terms and the videos they lead to:
  • tyreke evans - The Sacramento Kings guard is one of today's top searches following his incredible buzzer-beater shot against the Memphis Grizzlies last night.

  • auld lang syne - Searches are already on the rise for this song as New Year's Eve quickly approaches. (Here's the Mariah Carey version)

  • billy taylor - Searches are also up today for this Jazz performer, broadcaster, and educator who passed away this week at age 89.

4 in the Morning: Award-Worthy Clips?

Twice each day we scan our YouTube metrics as well as websites on the cutting edge of internet culture to discover the most buzzed about videos.
Man in a Blizzard Musket Robbery World of Warcraft Kinect Hack Kitten Sees Reflection
  1. A recent video shot by filmmaker Jamie Stuart is generating a lot of buzz following this statement: "This film deserves to win the Academy Award for best live-action short subject." - Roger Ebert
  2. The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary in Canada is seeking assistance in their investigation of an armed robbery and posted this footage of the crime, which was committed with a ...musket. As seen on BoingBoing.
  3. The latest example in the Microsoft Kinect "hack" trend comes in the form of motion-controlled World of Warcraft gameplay. Mashable What's the "Kinect Hack" trend?
  4. A kitten sees her reflection for the first time. As seen on The Daily

Around the US: What Are Old & Young Viewers Watching?

December 29, 2010

One of the greatest parts about the YouTube Trends dashboard is the ability to dive into YouTube viewing patterns not only by location, which we've done many times on this blog before, but also by age and gender.

The two videos posted below (and yesterday's 4 @ 4s) are very popular amongst YouTube viewers on the opposite ends of the age spectrum. AT&Ts 10 minute-long documentary warning against the perils of texting while driving is very popular amongst viewers age 55+. The second video below, 9 year-old skater Starr Andrews performing to Willow Smith's popular song "Whip my Hair", is fittingly popular amongst YouTube viewers between 13 and 17 (the same viewers that drove Willow's song to YouTube stardom).

Check out the dashboard for yourself to see how other groups differ in their YouTube viewing patterns.

AT&T Don't Text While Driving:
AT&T's video warning against texting while driving
Whip my Hair Skating:
9 year-old Starr Andrews skating to "Whip my Hair"

4 in the Afternoon: Baby Cricket Apocalypse

Twice each day we scan our YouTube metrics as well as websites on the cutting edge of internet culture to discover the most buzzed about videos.
The Day After The Baby Who Doesn't Like Anything The Cricket Sprinkler Some Facts About Women
  1. This seemingly apocalyptic footage was captured in Coney Island the day after the snowstorm in the northeast. As seen on BuzzFeed. See lots more on-the-scene videos from the storm here.
  2. This cute bathtub baby likes no people, holidays, or activities. As seen on Reddit.
  3. English cricketers one way to celebrate their big win with a unique victory dance: the Sprinkler. As seen on Deadspin.
  4. This video -- which delivers some advice for men about their female partners -- may have been posted in July, but it's just getting attention this week. As seen on HuffPost.

How Keenan Cahill Became a Lip-Sync Star

Yesterday, we posted our list of the 10 Most Shared videos of 2010. Topping that list was a lip-synced performance of Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream," delivered by then-rising YouTube star Keenan Cahill.

Cahill, a high school sophomore with a rare disorder, had been posting videos of himself singing and lip-syncing pop songs since last October with some notice. But it wasn't until his version of "Teenage Dream" -- which has been viewed over 24 million times, was acknowledged by Katy Perry herself, and became one of our most heavily shared videos -- that Cahill began to take off and started averaging millions of views per week.

Between last October and this August, Cahill's videos were viewed 2.6 million times, which may seem like a lot. But compare that to the 125.7 million views he's drawn since. In addition to creating several popular new lip-syncs, Cahill has also done cameo videos with 50 Cent and WGN's morning show team.

As you can see in this chart showing views from this Fall, that 50 Cent cameo created a big spike for Cahill in November (mouse over the dots for more info):

More of Cahill's most popular videos:

See also - Top 10 Most Shared Videos of 2010

Queensland Residents Post Flood Footage

Major flooding in Queensland, Australia recently has now led to large evacuations and over a billion dollars in likely damages. We've collected some of the footage posted in the last few days of the flooding from residents in cities like Dalby, Bundaberg, and Chinchilla. You can view them here:

(Use the arrows to navigate between videos or watch them all here)

Inside YouTube Search

Every morning, we comb through YouTube's search data to investigate top spiking search terms and the videos they lead to:
  • nyc tow truck new york - For the second morning in a row, there is a big spike in searches for this video, reportedly of NYC workers damaging a parked SUV with a snow plow. (Contains profanity.)

  • Kennedy Center Honors - Searches are up this morning for the Kennedy Center Honors, which aired last evening and featured tributes to Oprah Winfrey and Paul McCartney.

  • lakers vs spurs - Searches are also up today for highlights from last evening's Lakers-Spurs NBA matchup.

4 in the Morning: So Many Bright Colors

Twice each day we scan our YouTube metrics as well as websites on the cutting edge of internet culture to discover the most buzzed about videos.
Graphic Violence Russian Kurt Cobain Colorful Sparks New Year's Eve Makeup Tutorial
  1. The gentlemen at Corridor Digital use their visual effects expertise to deliver another inventive action short. As seen on High Definite.
  2. Though it was posted earlier in the year, this video from Russia of a Kurt Cobain sound-alike street performer is now drawing some attention this week. As seen on Reddit
  3. A display of beautiful colors thanks to the combination of electricity and iced-over trolley lines in Russia. The Daily
  4. One of our Most Shared Videos today is this tutorial from YouTube makeup wiz Michelle Phan who walks her viewers through a look for New Year's Eve.

Around the World: My BlackBerry is Not Working

December 28, 2010

Normally we use this "Around the World" series to highlight videos that are going viral in different parts of the world, but today when browsing the YouTube Trends Dashboard we noticed something interesting: the following video, a sketch from the BBC, was the single most shared video in many countries (Netherlands, South Africa, and New Zealand, as well as top 5 most shared in India and Australia).

Often this "one video fits all countries" occurs when there's a new Bieber or Gaga music video, but two old guys in a shop making jokes about fruit / smartphones? That doesn't happen every day. Most interestingly, this video wasn't featured at all on the top 10 most shared in the US, so it's a truly 'international' hit.

4 in the Afternoon: Whip Your Flag Back and Forth

Twice each day we scan our YouTube metrics as well as websites on the cutting edge of internet culture to discover the most buzzed about videos.
Golfer Skeet Shooting Countries of the World Whip My Hair Skate Using a Tree as a Spare Tire
  1. Among today's Trending Videos is this clip of pro golfers attempting the tough task of nailing clay pigeons with golf balls.
  2. A little boy receives a box of flags for Christmas and is able to impressively rattle their names off. As seen on Fark.
  3. We've seen the song "Whip My Hair" by Willow Smith used in a variety of ways, but this is the first figure skate version of it. As seen on BuzzFeed.
  4. Spotted on a highway: the most creative replacement of a spare tire that we've come across. As seen on The Daily

R.I.P. Teena Marie

Following the passing of legendary R&B singer/songwriter Teena Marie, the day after Christmas, searches for the soul diva's name have spiked this week on YouTube.

We've also seen an influx of tribute videos uploaded in her honor.

The legendary Grambling State University marching band did this cover of the famous Teena Marie-Rick James collaboration, "Fire and Desire":

And rock musician Lenny Kravitz posted a personal message to his YouTube channel paying his respects. This is one of the Most Shared videos on YouTube today:

Top 10 Most Shared Videos of 2010

In the lead-up to the holidays, we shared 12 days of top 10 lists from 2010 covering a slew of genres and categories. Today, we've got one more interesting one.

We dug through our data to pull out the top 10 Most Shared videos of the year. These are the videos from the past year that had the most views from social networks like Facebook and Twitter. Each of the top 10 had at least 1.5 million views via sharing platorms. Interestingly, a significant portion came from the latter part of the calendar, and YouTube's biggest lip-sync star this Fall, teenager Keenan Cahill, makes more than one appearance.

Find the full list below (warning: #3 contains profanity) or view it as a playlist:

Update: #2 is no longer available and has been removed.

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• More cool lists here.

Note: This list excluded pro music videos.

Inside YouTube Search

Every morning, we comb through YouTube's search data to investigate top spiking search terms and the videos they lead to:
  • time lapse snow - There's a rise in searches today for time-lapse clips from this weekend's snowstorm in the northeast. We compiled quite a few here.

  • snow plow hits car - There is a spike in searches this morning likely for this video, which was featured in today's 4 @ 4, reportedly of NYC workers damaging a parked car with a plow. (Contains profanity.)

  • patriot pilot, chris liu - Searches are up this morning for the pilot who secretly filmed alleged security flaws in the San Francisco airport and posted them online.

  • magic beer - There's a rise in interest today for this popular clip, which demonstrates a beer dispenser that fills up glasses from the bottom.

Across the Country: What Everyone's Listening To

Using our Trends Dashboard we noticed that this holiday season every city has its own unique jingle that YouTubers are singing (or dancing) along to.
Cincinnati, OH:
You might have heard of the Dougie--this is Cincy's newest popular dance
Salt Lake City, UT:
BYU's Divine Comedy troupe spoofing Katy Perry

Santa Barbara, CA:
Lakers stars sing along to Jingle Bells
Des Moines, IA:
A local church's service is the area's most shared video

4 in the Morning: Puppets, Plows, PSAs

Twice each day we scan our YouTube metrics as well as websites on the cutting edge of internet culture to discover the most buzzed about videos.
Village Puppets SUV vs Plow Don't Text and Drive Kitten Playing Foosball
  1. Footage of this unique halftime performance from last week's UConn-FSU game has made an appearance as one of our Trending Videos.
  2. This video, which appears to show NYC sanitation workers damaging a parked car as they remove a plow from the snow, is now featured on a number of sites today. As seen on Reddit. Warning: The gentleman who captured it from his window uses a number of swears.
  3. AT&T is drawing some attention with this 11-minute documentary on the dangers of texting-while-driving. As seen on Mashable.
  4. Rec-room sports + kitten = Happy Tuesday, everyone. As seen on BuzzFeed.

Boxing Day Haul Videos

December 27, 2010

Christmas Day bounty is one thing, but for the savviest of shoppers, it's all about Boxing Day - December 26 - when the real sales kick-in. For many excited consumers, the first order of business when they get home from the mall is to create a haul video, long a popular genre on YouTube, in which a user walks her (or his) viewers through each new item procured. Yesterday, we saw an uptick in holiday haul-related uploads as buyers eager to show off their new purchases shared their deals on YouTube.

Curious to see what's hot this season? Here's a playlist with a selection of Boxing Day hauls:

(Use the arrows to navigate between videos or watch them all here)

Are we naive to hope this is a good sign for the economy?

4 in the Afternoon: Cheesy, Robot Sheep

Twice each day we scan our YouTube metrics as well as websites on the cutting edge of internet culture to discover the most buzzed about videos.
Like a Cheesehead Giant Robot Walks Rise and Fall of Cauliflower Sheep POV Swords
  1. One of today's Most Shared videos is this parody music video by a group of Green Bay Packers fans.
  2. YouTube user JMEMantzel has been documenting his construction of a giant robot. He's now got it to walk and that footage is among our trending videos today. (Skip ahead to 5:20)
  3. At a food festival in Wales, a giant cauliflower sheep is erected over two days and, subsequently, comes crashing down. As seen on BuzzFeed.
  4. Dizzying, unique footage captured by attaching a camera to the end of a sword. As seen on Gizmodo.

Time-Lapse, On-the-Scene Footage of Northeast Blizzard

The first big blizzard of the season hit America's northeast last night, pounding cities like New York and Boston with over a foot of snow. This morning, we saw searches for footage of the storm from those locations spiking as amateur and professional clips from the storm were uploaded to the site.

Some of the most serene and beautiful footage came from YouTube users who created time-lapse videos of the storm and the heavy accumulation of snow. We've collected this playlist of some of the best:

(Use arrows to navigate between videos or watch them all here)

There's also a lot of great on-the-scene footage from inside the storm showing the heavy snow and winds endured by some who were brave enough to venture out yesterday and last night:

(Use arrows to navigate between videos or watch them all here)

Inside YouTube Search

Every morning, we comb through YouTube's search data to investigate top spiking search terms and the videos they lead to:
  • teena marie - One of the morning's top searches is for Motown singer Teena Marie, who passed away over the weekend at age 54.

  • new york snow, snow boston - The northeast was hit with a blizzard yesterday that's left many searching for videos from the big apple and bean town of the rough winter weather. We'll have lots more shortly.

  • mike singletary - The San Francisco 49ers coach was fired last night.

  • maribelle anes - Searches are up this morning for this YouTube singer who's started to build a fanbase on the site in 2010.

4 in the Morning: Presents and Anesthesia

Twice each day we scan our YouTube metrics as well as websites on the cutting edge of internet culture to discover the most buzzed about videos.
25 Years of Christmas Sedated Stick Shift Wii Freakout Light Saber Gift
  1. One of our Trending Videos is this montage of one family's Christmas mornings spanning 25 years in their lives.
  2. Another one of our top Trending Videos is this clip of a "Car Aficionado" enjoying himself while sedated during the removal of his wisdom teeth.
  3. Some excitable children open a Nintendo Wii for Christmas. As seen on BuzzFeed.
  4. One Star Wars fan got a pretty cool light saber replica this Christmas. As seen on Reddit.

Trendsmas Recap: 2010's Top Videos

December 24, 2010

It was 12 days ago that we officially launched YouTube Trends to the world. And each day since, we've been sharing lists of the top trends and videos from the year that was, spanning nearly every major genre and category in online video.

Here's a quick recap of the many top 10 lists we put out showing 2010's best and most popular...

  1. Sports Videos
    News & Politics Videos
    Movie Trailers

  2. Parodies

  3. Non-Profit Videos

  4. Tech Culture Videos

  5. Hip-hop Music Videos

  6. Vehicle and Automobile Videos
  1. Animal Clips

  2. Most Discussed Videos

  3. Short Films

  4. 'People' Videos

  5. International Music Videos

  6. Holiday Videos
So, a Merry Trendsmas to all, and to all a goodnight!

(Note: We'll be back to tracking trends all next week, so be sure to check in Monday for more interesting videos and video trends!)

Top 10 Holiday Videos of 2010

For the final list in our 12-day holiday countdown, we've gone through all the holiday videos featured on YouTube Trends this month and pulled together a list of the Most Viewed holiday clips.

The biggest hit of the holiday season was the Hallelujah flash mob performance in a mall food court in Ontario, Canada. The holiday flash mob phenomenon was maybe the biggest and most widespread video trend of the season as well.

Though they didn't make the list we also saw: Some great SantaCon videos from San Francisco and New York. Santa bust a move, leak his naughty list, and rappel from an air force helicopter. Holiday mashups, zombies, camels falling, beer bottle carols, and dogs with hands. And got Christmas wishes from Alaska, New Zealand and even space. (And don't forget this dark, funny short from eastern Europe.)

The full list of the ones that did make it is below or you can watch them in a playlist here.

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• Check out the rest of our 2010 lists for the top 10s in:

Tech CultureHip-hopVehiclesAnimalsMost Discussed
Short FilmsPeopleInternational musicHolidays

4 in the Morning: Alaskan/Electronic Holiday Cheer

Twice each day we scan our YouTube metrics as well as websites on the cutting edge of internet culture to discover the most buzzed about videos.
5th Grade Hallelujah How an Engineer Puts Marshmallows in Hot Chocolate 12 Days of Christmas Violin Bohemian Rhapsody
  1. We've seen quite a few Hallelujah videos hit YouTube recently, but this one, which is among our Most Shared and comes all the way from Alaska, might be the most diminutive.
  2. Two employees at Edmund Optics create an elaborate Rube Goldberg machine to put marshmallows in their hot chocolates. As seen on Underwire
  3. The Chicago Bulls send their holiday greetings with this off-key version of the "12 Days of Christmas." As seen on Vulture.
  4. A four violin rendition of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody." As seen on Reddit.