Youtube has grown to define the Internet and social networking in recent years. It has helped promote new fads, informed everyone on what’s happening anywhere in the world, provided a venue for people to communicate to a global audience, and make an anonymous individual famous than anything he can possibly imagine.
From the first video posted by Jawed Karim on his trip to the zoo in 2005 to the hottest music video in the Internet, Youtube has become a global phenomenon as it allowed more people than ever before to upload, share, and view videos anytime and anywhere in the world. Here are the top 10 Youtube videos of all time:
10. “Hahaha” by BlackOleg (155,320,227 views)
This lovely Internet video of a baby laughing is pretty hilarious. The baby boy doesn’t seem to stop laughing as the guy filming him, possibly his father, keeps making goofy sounds. It’s quite surprising for the Kazakh user to have this large following for this video when most of his online video collection is related to the training of the Presidential Guards.
9. “Pittbull – I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)” by UltraRecords (160,258,136 views)
“I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)” is a song by rapper Pitbull released as the second single from the album, Rebelution. The song samples "75, Brazil Street" by Nicola Fasano versus Pat Rich, which itself samples "Street Player" by Chicago. The core is from a song by Dominican rapper El Cata. The title is a reference to the Miami street Calle Ocho.
8. “Evolution of Dance - By Judson Laipply” by judsonlaipply (161,445,667 views)
Ever watched a middle-age, bald guy performing several dances from hit dance songs in his “Evolution of Dance” act. What makes it amazing is that his dancing skill was awesome and funny at the same time. On the top of the stage with the spotlight on him, the crowd never stopped showing their appreciation.
7. “Eminem – Not Afraid” by EminemVEVO (183,431,216 views)
“Not Afraid” is the first single from rapper Eminem's seventh studio album Recovery. The single was produced by Canadian producer Boi-1da. The song entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number one for the week ending May 22, 2010, making it the sixteenth song in Billboard's history to debut at number one and only the second rap single ever to debut at the top spot. On December 1, 2010, the song received two nominations in the 2011 Grammy Awards: Best Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap Song. As of January 2011, "Not Afraid" had sold over 3.4 million downloads in the United States alone.
6. “Miley Cyrus - Party In The U.S.A.” by hollywoodrecords (186,078,696 views)
Party princess Miley Cyrus teamed up with Dr. Luke, Claude Kelly, and Jessie J to produce this smash hit. “Party in the U.S.A.” peaked at number 2 on the Hot 100 thereby becoming Cyrus’ best-charting single to date and sixth-best-selling digital single of 2009.
5. “Eminem - Love The Way You Lie ft. Rihanna” by EminemVEVO (261,135,731 views)
Another Youtube music video hit for the Detroit rapper, the song features vocals from Barbadian singer Rihanna and is produced by British hip-hop producer Alex da Kid. “Love the Way You Lie” was number one on the Hot 100 for seven consecutive weeks giving Eminem his fourth number-one hit and Rihanna her seventh in the music charts. The song won the Best Rap/Hip-Hop Track award at the Teen Choice Awards 2010.
4. “Charlie bit my finger - again!” by HDCYT (269,340,292 views)
More simply known as Charlie Bit My Finger, is an Internet viral video famous for formerly being the most viewed YouTube video of all time. The 56-second Internet video features two English brothers, Harry Davies-Carr (then age three) and Charlie Davies-Carr (then one), where Charlie bites the finger of his older brother Harry. The boys' father uploaded the video online in May 2007. In their list of YouTube's 50 greatest viral videos of all time, Time ranked the online video at number one.
3. “Shakira ft. Freshlyground - Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” by shakiraVEVO (277,165,815 views)
It’s not only the vuvuzelas that made the recent FIFA World Cup a memorable one, it is the enigmatic song of Colombian singer Shakira. Released on May 11, 2010 for digital download, the song received generally positive critical reception, and became a worldwide hit.
2. “Lady Gaga – Bad Romance” by LadyGaga (331,824,192 views)
Lady Gaga’s music video “Bad Romance” made her a Youtube sensation. The accompanying music video shows her inside a surreal white bathhouse. There, she gets kidnapped by a group of supermodels who drug her and sell her to the Russian Mafia for sexual slavery. The music video ends with Lady Gaga killing the man who bought her. The music video received positive responses for its artistic treatment and visual imagery. “Bad Romance” was nominated for ten awards at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, eventually winning seven of those, including the Video of the Year. The video also received a Grammy nomination in the Best Short Form Music Video category.
1. “Justin Bieber - Baby ft. Ludacris” by JustinBieberVEVO (434,358,652 views)
Canadian teen sensation Justin Bieber is catapulted to the top with the most viewed Youtube video of all time. What makes it amazing is that, many users have viewed this online video for 10 months and even surpassed Lady Gaga by over 100 million views. The song has received positive reviews from critics who complimented the song's effective lyrics and chorus, and commended Ludacris' part and the song's ability to have an urban twist.