Google has released its annual list of the year’s top trending videos in Canada and not a single cat made the top 10.
It’s no surprise that South Korean rapper Psy, whose “Gangnam Style” video is the most watched YouTube video ever with more than 970 million views, snagged the top spot on the list.
The video has made Psy a household name. He performed his trademark dance Sunday in Toronto during halftime at a Buffalo Bills football game.
YouTube used to be a place to watch home videos about kids who just came back from the dentist and surprised kittens.
But this year’s list is dominated by more professional entries, most which show people putting their own spin on popular songs and videos.
Walk off the Earth’s cover of Gotye hit “Somebody That I Used to Know” came in at number two. The band from Burlington scored a record deal after their creative cover went viral.
It’s followed by Invisible Children’s KONY 2012 video about Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony’s use of child soldiers. The video went viral in March and sparked debate about Invisible Children’s intentions.
A video of Justin Bieber and his friends dancing and singing along to Carly Rae Jepsen’s catchy “Call Me Maybe” tune comes in at number four. This is the video that introduced Jepsen to Bieber’s gigantic fan base, pulling her out of obscurity. The song became a smash hit andnetted her two Grammy Award nominations earlier this month.
A video showing Britney Spears learning the Gangnam Style dance and highlights from Felix Baumgartner’s death-defying jump also made the top 10.
That the list doesn’t have many amateur home videos on it shows YouTube is evolving and people are becoming more creative with it as a platform, Google spokeswoman Wendy Bairos said. She is calling 2012 the year of the parody.
“It’s become this vehicle for creativity, giving people a voice to kind of play around with.”
The top videos seem to be racking up more viewers faster than past popular videos, suggesting clips are spreading — or becoming more viral — more quickly.
“(Rebecca Black’s) “Friday” topped last year’s list. It peaked at 6 million views in one day and it took about a month and a half to climb to 100 million views,” Bairos said.
But number three on this year’s list, KONY 2012, was watched more than 100 million times in just six days.
When making this year’s list, Google took into account more than just how many people watched each video.
How much people were talking about, responding to, liking and sharing each video also factored into where the video ranked.
“On YouTube, people don’t just view a popular video. They remix it, they share it, there’s parodies. There’s almost like this fan community that gets built that can extend far beyond just a watched page,” Bairos said.
“We like to call it a list of water cooler moments of the year.”
Google also released smaller top 5 lists ranking the top education, sports and comedy-related videos of the year in Canada.
Google’s top 10 trending YouTube videos in Canada this year
1. Psy — Gangnam Style
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. Britney Spears learns “Gangnam Style” from Psy
6. Steve Jobs vs. Bill Gates Epic Rap Battles of History Season 2
7. “Fallen Kingdom,” a Minecraft parody of Coldplay’s “Viva la Vida”
8. Facebook Parenting: For the troubled teen
9. “Call Me Maybe” MattyBRaps & Cimorelli “Don’t Call Me Baby” parody
10. Felix Baumgartner jump highlights