YouTube announced its most-viewed videos of 2012 with an entertaining video mashup that parodies the top videos of the year.
Titled Rewind YouTube Style 2012, the video parodies PSY’s “Gangnam Style” and Carly Jae Repsen’s “Call Me Maybe,” while featuring a big set of stars acting out the entries in the list.
It’s no surprise that the South Korean music video “Gangnam Style” snagged the top spot. Making PSY a household name, the pop hit became the most-watched video in YouTube history, approaching 1 billion views worldwide in just six months.
Coming in at number two is Walk Off the Earth’s cover of Gotye hit “Somebody That I Used to Know,” which attracted 140 million views, plus a record deal.
Invisible Children’s KONY 2012 video about Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony’s use of child soldiers ranked third. The call-to-action video went viral in March which collected 31 million views in a single day.
It is followed by a video of Justin Bieber and his friends singing along to the smash hit “Call Me Maybe.” The infectious tune spawned a score of viral parodies and notched two Grammy Award nominations earlier this month.
The Obama vs. Romney Epic Rap Battle rounded out the top five, which featured well-known Obama impersonator Alphacat.
Noticeably, this year’s list was dominated by more professional entries and didn’t have many amateur home videos. According to Google Spokeswoman Wendy Bairos, this only showed that YouTube is evolving and “it’s become this vehicle for creativity, giving people a voice to kind of play around with.”
Check out the complete list of YouTube’s greatest hits of 2012 below:
1. “Gangnam Style” — Psy
2. “Somebody That I Used to Know” — Walk off the Earth (Gotye cover)
3. KONY 2012
4. “Call Me Maybe” featuring Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Ashley Tisdale, etc.
5) Epic Rap Battles – Obama vs. Romney
6) Dramatic Surprise
7) Why You Asking All Them Questions
8) Lindsey Stirling
9) Facebook Parenting
10) Stratos Highlights
News Source: ETOnline
Image Source: YouTube