We'll leave it up to the cultural anthropologists of the future to unravel the significance of the fact that Rebecca Black's "Friday" was the most watched video on YouTube in 2011. Just a brief look at the basic statistics of YouTube's viewership this year, however, clearly shows how much of a force Google's video sharing site has become. According to YouTube's own data, the site saw more than one trillion (1,000,000,000,000) playbacks this year. That's an astonishing 140 views for every person on earth, or, as Google puts it, "more than twice as many stars as in the Milky Way."
Last year, the "Bed Intruder Song" took the top billing in YouTube's annual top 10 list. This year, it was Rebecca Black's "Friday." While there wasn't a single cat video in last year's top 10, this year saw two of them make the list ("Nyan Cat" and "cat mom hugs baby kitten"). Sadly, my favorite cat video of the year didn't make the list, though.
Here is the complete top 10:
Most viewed YouTube videos globally (excluding videos from major music labels) (playlist)
this is so nice that a YouTube in 2011: Over 1,000,000,000,000 Playbacks, 140 Views for Every Person on Earth....
Looks like they let the YouTube PR department 'tweak' their stats big time! Their lists leave way too much data out of the analysis. They excluded two of the most popular videos of the (spanish guys pretending to have a baby and some random Asian thigh massage) Both these videos made it into the top 10 of all-time this year except of course they aren't good PR for YouTube I guess? And Friday at number 1? Hardly... They must count all the parody videos and unauthorized videos of her too? And how is she NOT considered a major label musician? She is!!! By excluding all the major label musicians from the top 10 of the year they exclude the majority of the the top 10 most viewed videos of the year. I wish YouTube could be a bit more sanguine about data summaries