Earlier today, YouTube published a list of most watched and most sought after videos of 2009. Susan Boyle’s inspiring rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” on Britain’s Got Talent was the clear winner with more than 120 million views. This is hardly a surprise, since that video was instrumental in transforming Susan Boyle into an overnight celebrity. In fact Susan Boyle was also one of the top trending topics for 2009 on Twitter.
“David After Dentist” and “JK Wedding Video” were two amateur videos which went viral this year. The later (JK Wedding Video) was obviously helped by the fact that, the US sitcom “The Office” used it as an inspiration for the wedding scene of two popular characters (in the episode Niagara).
Teen sensation Miley Cyrus ruled the roost when it came to music videos and was the only artist to appear twice in the most watched music videos list. However, Pitbull’s “I Know You Want Me” managed to edge out Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb” and became the most watched music video of the year.
YouTube also shared monthly stats on the fastest rising search terms. The shortlist is an effective indicator of the events that captured public imagination during this year. Michael Jackson’s death, Obama’s Inauguration, Tiger Woods’ infidelity, Susan Boyle’s sudden rise to fame and Kanye West’s inanity were some of the events which piqued people’s interest.
Most Watched YouTube videos:
1. Susan Boyle – Britain’s Got Talent (120+ million views
2. David After Dentist (37+ million views)
3. JK Wedding Entrance Dance (33+ million views)
4. New Moon Movie Trailer (31+ million views)
5. Evian Roller Babies (27+ million views)
Most Watched music videos on YouTube:
1. Pitbull “I Know You Want Me” (82+ million views)
2. Miley Cyrus “The Climb” (64+ million views)
3. Miley Cyrus “Party in the U.S.A.” (54+ million views)
4. The Lonely Island “I’m On a Boat” (48+ million views)
5. Keri Hilson “Knock You Down” (35+ million views)
Fastest Rising YouTube Search Queries:
February: christian bale
March: the climb
April: susan boyle
May: pacquiao vs hatton
June: michael jackson thriller
July: michael jackson
August: usain bolt
September: kanye west
October: paranormal activity
November: bad romance
December: tiger woods
The full list can be viewed at the official YouTube blog.