YouTube Reviewing 2011 – The Most Watched Videos and Interactive Timeline

YouTube Rewind 2011All the biggest social networking services on the web are summarizing the year and this time it is the turn of the most popular video site on the web, YouTube, to present its own 2011 Year In Review. This yearly review is probably reflecting the best video trends of the year over the internet as YouTube has more than 150 million visitors just from the U.S. alone every month (according to this report) and considered the third most visited website online.

In the announcing post, YouTube has published a nice short video-clip (watch it below) hosted by Rebecca Black, one of the most watched persons in online videos this year. The yearly summary is covering 13 different countries from all over the world and one worldwide that is aggregating all the video stats from all countries combined together. Additionally, YouTube also released an interactive timeline of the defining moments of 2011 (available at the bottom).

The review (for each country or for the global section) is divided very smartly to these three categories- Most watched yearly videos without the major music labels videos, most watched music videos from major music labels and fastest rising search terms on a monthly basis. Let’s go over the most viewed videos of the year worldwide and the top rising search terms:

Most Watched Yearly Videos (Music Labels Excluded)

  1. Rebecca Black – Friday (@rebecca)
  2. Ultimate Dog Tease (@klaatu42)
  3. Jack Sparrow (@thelonelyisland)
  4. Talking Twin Babies – PART 2 (@jayrandall22011)
  5. Nyan Cat (@saraj00n)
  6. Look At Me Now (@karmincovers)
  7. The Creep (@thelonelyisland)
  8. Maria Aragon – Born This Way (@rojuanearagon)
  9. The Force: Volkswagen Commercial (@Volkswagen)
  10. Cat mom hugs baby kitten (dragomirnet86)

Most Watched Music Videos (From Major Music Labels)

  1. Jennifer Lopez – On The Floor ft. Pitbull (@JenniferLopezVEVO)
  2. LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem ft. Lauren Bennett, GoonRock (@LMFAOVEVO)
  3. Bruno Mars – The Lazy Song (@ElektraRecords)
  4. Nicki Minaj – Super Bass (@NickiMinajAtVEVO)
  5. Pitbull – Give Me Everything ft. Ne-Yo, Afrojack, Nayer (@PitbullVEVO)
  6. Pitbull – Rain Over Me ft. Marc Anthony (@PitbullVEVO)
  7. Jessie J – Price Tag ft. B.o.B. (@JessieJVEVO)
  8. LMFAO – Sexy and I Know It (@LMFAOVEVO)
  9. Katy Perry – E.T. ft. Kanye West (@KatyPerryVEVO)
  10. Katy Perry – Last Friday Night (@KatyPerryVEVO)

Fastest Rising Search Terms

  • January – Ted Williams
  • February – Born This Way
  • March – Tsunami
  • April – Judas
  • May – Bin Laden
  • June – Last Friday Night
  • July – Rehab
  • August – Drake Headlines
  • September – Rock in Rio
  • October – Simoncelli
  • November – Skyrim
  • December – ? (TBA)

Here is the defining moments of 2011 interactive timeline: