Rewind YouTube Style: Top 10 Trending Videos Of 2012


By Megan O'Neill 

2013 is fast approaching and as the year winds down, YouTube has released a list of the top trending videos of 2012.  The list of videos has been posted to the YouTube Rewind channel—a channel dedicated to reviewing the best videos of the year.  The top 10 videos were ranked by a combination of factors including views, shares, searches, parodies, remixes and responses.

Of course, Gangnam Style topped the list and, to celebrate, YouTube has changed their logo to a mini dancing Psy.  You can check out the full top 10 list below, but first!  YouTube brought together some of the top YouTubers to star in the following video mashup of some of the culturally defining moments of 2012, set to Gangnam Style and Call Me Maybe.  How many references can you spot?  Rewind YouTube Style!

YouTube trends manager Kevin Allocca writes on the YouTube blog, “2012 has been a big year for YouTube.  You’ve been watching over 4 billion hours of video a month.  Millions of creators are using YouTube channels to experiment with innovative forms of entertainment, explore their passions and interests, and take creativity and pop culture to new levels.  2012’s top trending videos showcase this creative ingenuity in ways we’d never before thought possible.”

So now we bring you (drumroll please!) the top 10 trending videos of 2012.  How many do you remember watching this year, and which is your favorite?


Somebody That I Used to Know – Walk off the Earth

KONY 2012

“Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen – Feat. Justin Bieber, Selena, Ashley Tisdale & MORE!

Barack Obama vs Mitt Romney. Epic Rap Battles Of History Season 2.



Dubstep Violin- Lindsey Stirling- Crystallize

Facebook Parenting: For the troubled teen.

Felix Baumgartner’s supersonic freefall from 128k’ – Mission Highlights

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.