Happy (almost) New Year, lovely Social Times readers! ‘Tis the season for 2012 roundups, and you’ve likely already seen a whole slew of lists of the top videos of 2012 based on which got the most views and shares. But there were lots of great videos in 2012 that didn’t make “the top lists” and we decided to compile some of the best of these videos that didn’t quite go viral.
All of the videos in our list have yet to hit the 1 million view mark (at least as of today) but they are so worth watching. Enjoy!
POP! Goes the weasel.
The tension as this baby casually sits by, oblivious to what will happen when the jack-in-the-box pops open, is almost unbearable! But when the the weasel finally goes pop, the reaction isn’t quite what you’d expect.
38 Seconds With Gustavo Almadovar
This 2008 video lay dormant on YouTube until this fall, when it started to take off thanks to shares on Reddit, Comedy Central, Jezebel and other sites. It currently has almost 1 million views. Gustavo Almadovar! Gustavo Almadovar! Gustavo Almadovar!
Sarah Donner and the sleepy kitten
This sleepy kitten loves the ukulele. And we love this sleepy kitten.
Morgan Freeman recording some Duke Nukem Material
This video, which has racked up just over 323,000 views since August, features a Morgan Freeman impersonator recording a voiceover for the video game Duke Nukem. Personally, this may be my favorite video of the year and it has been the source of many-a-laugh for me over the past few months. Warning: The language in this video is definitely less than safe for work.
Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade
Best dog Halloween costume ever? I’d say so!
Reading Rainbow Remixed
This year, PBS Digital Studios partnered with John D. Boswell, aka melodysheep, to remix PBS personalities from Bob Ross to Mister Rogers, Julia Child and others. Most of these remixed videos have racked up millions of views. The latest, a remix of LeVar Burton from Reading Rainbow, currently stands at 560,000 views, but it is worthy of many, many more!
How to inflate a dog like a balloon
I’m not really sure what to say about this video. Just that I wish my dog could do something as silly as this!
If You Ever Need Someone – The Family Bones
I am a huge stop motion fan and this awesome post it stop motion music video from The Family Bones really stood out for me this year. Beautiful!
Mario – Post It Life
And while we’re on the subject of post it stop motion…here’s another amazing work of post it awesomeness that racked up 893,000 views this year.
Baby I Lobe You – An Autocorrected Love Song
Almost as much as I love stop motion, I love to hate autocorrect snafus. This awesome love song is all about hilarious inaccurately autocorrected text messages. It’s got just over 369,000 views to date.
What was your favorite video of 2012? Feel free to share it with us in the comments below!
Megan O’Neill is the resident web video expert here at Social Times. Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.