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Listening to Music on YouTube

Updated on June 25, 2012

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Music Videos are a Top Favorite

YouTube was originally the creation of three employees of PayPal™, the online money vehicle for sending and receiving payments via the Internet.

They started in a garage, where many computer-based companies started as far back in the 1980s. An example of this type of startup is the computer consulting company NorthStar, whose CEO, Tae Yun Kim, came to the USA and worked as a cleaning person while she advanced her computer venture in the garage in the 1980s. Successful in the eastern US, she moved to California, expanded and began a second business as well within a decade of her start. Both are active and profitable in the 21st century, joined by two additional realted businesses as well. Even more successful and with quicker earnings in the computer-related field of online entertainment, YouTube founders Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim, who began in a garage, sold their 2005 creation to Google near the end of 2006 for an outstanding sum - in much less than 1/5 the time it took Tae Yun Kim to create such technological wealth in a time before the Internet became accessible to the public.

YouTube is the second most-visited website globally as of the beginning of March 2008. In the United States, YouTube is fourth in number of visitors for the same date.

The favorite videos of the majority Youtube viewer, which is largely in the teens while spilling into the young-adult category, seem to fall into the broad categories of what can be considered "Odd News" or "Gossip", Electronics, Humor, and Music Videos, including parodies.

The following music videos illustrate some of the variety and breadth of music offerings on the supremely successful YouTube video website.

Pachebel on the guitar.

The following YouTube music video is listed at the time of this writing as the Top All Time Favorite with the most views.

This is quite an accomplished piece of musical work.

The Treadmills of OK Go

The Number 2 All Time YouTube Favorite is OK Go's choreographed antics on treadmills set to upbeat music. A more current video is offered below - a Tango in many colors from OK Go.

The Number 3 spot on the favorites list was from Alicia Keys and is unavailable in video.

"White and Nerdy"

Weird Al

"Weird Al" Yankovic's offering from the album Straight Outta Lynwood is in the Number 15 spot on the All Time Favorites.

Star Wars Parody

Another by Weird Al is hilarious as well as good music, but has not made the Top 50, except at science fiction conventions.

That Anakin Guy

Elvis: Run On


This one from Elvis is one of his lesser-heard numbers, but catchy and heard to stop listening to.

He recorded this song in 1960 with a special gathering of star performers, and again in 1966.

The 1966 RCA recording sessions finally resulted in the version used for the YouTube video.

British Comedy and Song

This is an old British recording from the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band of The Monster Mash (1969) and The Sound of Music (1967).

Monster Mash


At Number 99 on the All Time Favorites at the date of the original writing of this Hub, in Michael Jackson's 1982 Thriller music video, although it has nearly 85 millions views to 1/25/2011, seen at right).

Another fan favorite at YouTube is the music video from the Black Eyed Peas', displayed below.

All kinds of music from around the world is offered on YouTube, including the socially consiocus and the politically activist. YouTube is one of the best places online to go to listen to music. and Barack Obama - Yes We Can


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    • amackens profile image

      amackens 9 years ago

      Gotta love the Weird Al "White and Nerdy." Great post with lots of good content. Keep it up!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from North America

      Thanks very much -- I have found a lot of music on YouTube that I have not fond anywhere else. Glad you like Weird Al!

    • Stacie Naczelnik profile image

      Stacie Naczelnik 9 years ago from Seattle

      I could spend all day on youtube watching homemade music videos. Great hub.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from North America

      Thanks Stacie - there is so much to watch!

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      Kiz 9 years ago from Antioch, TN

      White and nerdy is on the CD 'Straight outta Lynwood' if I remember right. You can buy it at walmart. LOL

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from North America

      Cool. Weird Al iz just nutz enough!

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      sminut13 9 years ago from singapore

      good hub. i didn't know the history of youtube. they were actually made by employees of paypal huh. wow thanks for sharing.

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      Michelle Simtoco 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Quite Interesting Ms. Patty...

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from North America

      sminut13 - I'm especially impressed that they created such success in less than 2 years, when it took the other CEO about 10 years to make comparable money, because she did not have the Internet! I wonder what the three man are doing today?

      ripplemaker - Thank you, I'm glad you enjoy it.

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      jj34 9 years ago

      Quite Interesting :)

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from North America

      Thanks - YouTube is quite a wondeer.

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      MarloByDesign 9 years ago from United States

      Maybe you can answer for me, regarding the Top All Time Favorite "Pachebel on the guitar" - has be become famous from You Tube?

      Thanks for introducing me to him!

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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from North America

      I think he actually has gained fame from YouTube. Some of his friends and others seem to recognize him, in the comments to the vid, but I can't grasp his name. They don't seem to use it - but there are more comments now, so maybe someone has. It's kinda neat that a Baroque piece on guitar would rate so many views. The young man's talent top shelf AND he's being appreciated. :)

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      StarChild11 6 years ago

      Weird Al Rocks!

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