What YouTube’s Most Watched Videos of 2011 Say About Us


Always offering a slice of life, YouTube has revealed their top ten viral videos of the year. The most-watched clips include talking animals, babies, creeps, and Michael Bolton (not to be confused with “creeps”). Check out the list past the break where we try to figure out what each ranking says about us as a society. Leave your theories below.

10. Cat Mom Hugs Baby Kitten

Collective warm fuzzies make us feel like the world isn’t so cruel after all. Or maybe we just don’t want to believe that cats own the Internet and have been brainwashing us for years as pawns in their nefarious conspiracy (which probably involves Photoshop and a shaky iPhone). Keep hugging. Please?

9. The Force: Volkswagen Commercial

We can ignore the pre-packaged nostalgia of this mid-level car commercial for an ounce of magic and discovery. This year’s version of the Don Draper Kodak Carousel moment proves that we’ll continue to happily park our butts front row and center as long as the thing we’re cooing over has Star Wars attached to it — and pint-sized geekery always seals the deal.

8. Maria Aragon – “Born This Way” (Cover) by Lady Gaga

One day we’ll all be working for YouTube wunderkind.

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

The absurd antics of today’s popular performers — repurposing yesteryear’s absurdist, transgressive gurus — are only amusing when sung by likable, nerdy comedians or Nicki Minaj.

6. “Look At Me Now” – Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne, Busta Rhymes (Cover by @KarminMusic)

Even though there are legitimate MCs of the Caucasian and female persuasion, we’re apparently still seriously impressed when one can do this.

5. Nyan Cat [original]

See number 10. The felines are banking on this: resistance to meowspeak, pop tarts, rainbows, and Japanese pop is futile.

4. Talking Twin Babies – OFFICIAL VIDEO

Baby gibberish is the new yoga.

3. Jack Sparrow (feat. Michael Bolton)

If SNL can’t be consistently funny anymore, we’ll make damn sure that the sketches far more entertaining than the show get the love they deserve.

2. Ultimate Dog Tease

It’s ranked second, because we still find humiliating dogs in embarrassing Halloween costumes more amusing.

1. Rebecca Black – Friday (OFFICIAL VIDEO)

“Kickin’ in the front seat Sittin’ in the back seat Gotta make my mind up Which seat can I take?”

Universal problems.