Earlier this month YouTube released their top 10 list of the most-viewed videos of 2011 and I gotta admit that I was a little disappointed. Sure, the roundup included some cute videos like ‘Cat mom hugs baby kitten’ and the amazing Volkswagen Super Bowl commercial ‘The Force’, but for me there were so many other amazing viral videos that stood out in my mind from the past year. That’s why I decided to put together a list of 10 of my personal favorite hilarious YouTube videos from 2011. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
#1 – Webcam 101 for Seniors…
‘Webcam 101 for Seniors’ has got to be my number one favorite viral video of this year. It’s been viewed over 9.2 million times (and I think I’ve personally watched it at least 300!). It’s simply impossible to not smile when you watch this adorable couple learn how to use their webcam. Love it!
#2 – Ultimate Dog Tease
My number 2 pick is the only video on my list that made YouTube’s list of the Top 10 most-viewed videos of 2011. It’s in their number 2 spot as well, with over 81.6 million views and features an amazing “talking” dog. Since this is a dog clip, I want to take a second to mention another great dog clip that almost made my list—‘Denver Official Guilty! Dog’ is also worth a quick watch if you haven’t seen it.
#3 – 20th Century Fox Flute Edition
Ever since I first saw this video in August I’ve used it as a cheer-me-up when I’m not in the best mood. No matter how grumpy or down in the dumps I am, watching this video always makes me laugh.
#4 – The Dalai Lama walks into a pizza shop…
An Australian news anchor tries to tell the Dalai Lama a joke and the results are hilarious.
#5 – YouTube Challenge – I Told My Kids I Ate All Their Halloween Candy
This Jimmy Kimmel video has been one of the fastest growing videos of the year, racking up over 26.3 million views in less than two months. Back around Halloween he asked parents to tell their kids that they ate all their Halloween Candy and video tape it. The reactions are priceless.
#6 – Daddy Long Legs, Who Did Name You?
This year German DJ Flula Borg became a YouTube sensation with a collection of videos poking fun at the English language. I love most of this guy’s videos, but my personal favorite (which was also his first video of this series to go viral) cracks me up every time.
#7 – Mariachi Connecticut Serenades a Beluga Whale
Seriously, folks, how could you not include a video of a Mariachi band serenading a beluga whale on a list of the funniest videos of the year?
#8 – TAKEOUT – Pie (Pwning N00bs)
#9 – Cat gets caught barking by a human and resumes meowing
The title says it all.
#10 – I’m a Stupid Cat! – NSFW Lyrics
OK, this last one is a bit of a guilty pleasure. The lyrics are a little NSFW, but this song is awesome. I get it stuck in my head at least once a week and it always makes me smile.
BONUS: Oprah And The Yelling Goat
I am including this one as a bonus because it is not exactly new. While this video went viral in 2011 it is actually a remix of the ‘Goat Yelling Like A Man’ video that went viral back in 2010. But it is just too hilarious not to give it a shout-out on my list.
Awesome FX Award: How to avoid getting hit by a train
And finally, I’m including this video because, though I wouldn’t describe it as “funny” it is just too awesome not to mention.
What was your favorite video of 2011? Feel free to share it will us in the comments below! I hope you enjoyed my top viral video picks of 2011. I can’t wait to see what 2012 has in store!
Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast 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.