The 10 Most Watched Ads on YouTube in May

You'll see lots of familiar viral brands on the May 2016 YouTube Ads Leaderboard, presented by Google and Adweek, ranking the most-watched ads of the month on the video site.

Among them: GoPro (which placed two spots on the list), Evian and Procter & Gamble. But it was Knorr—not traditionally a maker of viral spots—that had the month's biggest smash hit. The #LoveAtFirstTaste video notched more than 30 million YouTube views in May, and is now closing in on 60 million total.

See all 10 spots below.

To be eligible for Adweek and Google's YouTube Ads Leaderboard, videos must be marked as ads on YouTube (i.e., they get some paid views) but must also earn significant organic views. The algorithm factors in paid views, organic views and audience retention (how much of a video people watched).

Note: One part of the Leaderboard methodology changed slightly this month—there is no longer a date restriction. Under the previous methodology, spots had to have been uploaded during the month in question; now, spots uploaded in prior months are eligible. Nothing about the algorithm itself has changed. 


Cricket Wireless “#PhotoMombing! Because Moms Are the Bomb!”

Creative Agency: Shareability
Media: MEC
Views: 968,555


Temptations Cat Treats “Catterbox”

Creative Agency: adam&eveDDB
Media: Starcom (Buying), Mediacom (Planning)
Views: 1.0 million


Benzac “ThingsYou Wish You Could Control In High School”

Creative Agency: BuzzFeed
Media: Assembly
Views: 1.1 million


McDonald’s “Angry Birds”

Views: 2.1 million


GoPro “Man and Grizzly Bear – Adventures with Bella”

Creative Agency: GoPro Original Productions
Media: IPG Mediabrands
Views: 2.6 million


Lufthansa “Everyone’s Fanhansa”

Creative Agency: Kolle Rebbe
Views: 3.3 million


GoPro “GoPro Awards: On a Rocket Launch to Space”

Creative Agency: GoPro Original Productions
Media: IPG Mediabrands
Views: 3.9 million


P&G “Thank You, Mom – Strong”

Creative Agency: Wieden + Kennedy
Views: 5.4 million


Evian “Baby Bay”

Creative Agency: BETC
Media: Group M
Views: 7.2 million


Knorr “#LoveAtFirstTaste”

Creative Agency: Mullenlowe
Media: PHD, Mindshare & Reprise Media
Views: 33.2 million

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