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YouTube reveals 2010's most-watched

YouTube, like its parent company Google, has released a list of 2010’s most-watched videos, which should make for some great pub quiz questions.

The video-sharing site says that more than 13 million hours of video were uploaded to YouTube this year.

The most-watched video for New Zealand was Paul Henry’s acceptance speech at the Qantas Film and Television awards (pictured), followed by Rico from the Air New Zealand advertisements.

Globally, the most watched YouTube video of 2010 was Bed Intruder Song by YouTube partner Auto-Tune the News.

“The most-watched YouTube videos of 2010 reflect the people, places and events that captured our attention and imagination throughout the year,” said Mia Quagliarello, YouTube Community Manager.

“YouTube has become the world’s town square - a place where culture is created and shared. It’s a sign of YouTube’s growing importance as a platform for content creation that six of the top 10 most-watched videos globally were made-for-YouTube originals.”

In New Zealand, the most-watched videos were:

  1. Paul Henry Acceptance Speech - Qantas Film & Television Awards 2010

  2. Air NZ - Happy Hour

  3. Air New Zealand - Crazy About Rugby - Safety Video

  4. Old Spice | The Man Your Man Could Smell Like

  5. TIK TOK KESHA Parody: Glitter Puke - Key of Awe$ome #13

  6. Yosemitebear Mountain Giant Double Rainbow 1-8-10

  7. Boy New Official Trailer

  8. Teenage Dream(with me)

  9. Air NZ - The Intimate Art of Touch

  10. christchurch earthquake 4.38am 4 Sept 2010

Globally, the most-watched videos were:

  1. BED INTRUDER SONG!!! (now on iTunes)

  2. TIK TOK KESHA Parody - Key of Awe$ome #13

  3. Greyson Chance Singing Paparazzi

  4. Annoying Orange Wazzup

  5. Old Spice | The Man Your Man Could Smell Like

  6. Yosemitebear Mountain Giant Double Rainbow 1-8-10

  7. OK Go - This Too Shall Pass - Rube Goldberg Machine version


  9. Jimmy Surprises Bieber Fan

  10. Ken Block's Gymkhana THREE, Part 2; Ultimate Playground; l'Autodrome

Most searched for terms in New Zealand, by month, were:

  • January - Haiti

  • February - Luge

  • March - lady gaga telephone

  • April - omg usher

  • May - airplanes (b.o.b.)

  • June - billionaire

  • July - cody simpson

  • August - teenage dream

  • September - christchurch eathquake

  • October - dikshit

  • November - what’s my name
Other YouTube trivia:

  • YouTube reached 35 hours of video uploaded every minute, surpassing 24 hours in March.

  • The ‘subscribe’ button was hit for the billionth time - by someone subscribing to Machinima Sports

  • nigahiga became the first channel to hit 2m subscribers

  • Lady Gaga hit 1 billion cumulative views

  • Michelle Phan became the first woman on YouTube to achieve one million subscribers

  • Justin Bieber’s Baby became the most viewed video of all time with more than 400m views
And here’s the year in 90 seconds:

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