The Stories behind YouTube's Most Viewed Videos of 2011

December 20, 2011

Over the course of 2011, we at Trends have been tracking popular YouTube phenomenon each and every day. So now that YouTube has released its list of the year's most-viewed videos, we went back to the archives to see how these clips became popular in the first place:

1. "Friday" - Rebecca Black

2. Ultimate Dog Tease

3. Jack Sparrow (feat. Michael Bolton)

4. Talking Twin Babies

5. Nyan Cat

6. Look At Me Now - Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne, Busta Rhymes

7. The Creep (feat. Nicki Minaj & John Waters)

8. Maria Aragon - "Born This Way"

9. "The Force"

10. Cat Mom Hugs Baby Kitten

And what about everything else?

Want more 2011 nostalgia? Check out and the timeline below to dive in to some of the unique and interesting stories that played out on YouTube this year: