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YouTube Reveals its Most Watched Lists of Videos and Hot Search Terms

Updated on October 24, 2011

The video streaming website magnate, the YouTube made a groundbreaking move recently...

... For the first time ever YouTube is sharing its most watched lists of videos and some of its fastest-rising search terms to the public. From small time happenings that surprisingly get the global attention and even nod (a Minnesota wedding party that erupted into dancing), one of the great historic moments in human history (the inauguration of the very first Afro-American US President Barack Obama), some ubiquitous and expected (New Moon) and some truly unexpected but heartwarming (Susan Boyle pulling a big surprize in a talent search in UK). All of these great stories was been seen and told in YouTube, and all was inspiring, entertaining and above all connected every people (millions of them) in the internet regardless of the color of skin, social status in life, sex and age. Additionally, YouTube is also a haven for Hubbers in the wonderful realms of HubPages in reinforcing their well-loved Hubs with imported and embedded videos.

Now lets get the ball rolling and let's see what videos reigns on top in the charts of the powerhouse YouTube (in some instances however Youtube combined views across multiple versions of the same video).

Susan Boyle gaining worldwide fame with a near flawless rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream". Video from YouTube

Most Watched YouTube Videos (Global)

1. Susan Boyle, Britain's Got Talent, 120+ million views

2. David after Dentist, 37+ million views

3. JK Wedding Entrance Dance, 33+ million views

4. New Moon Movie Trailer, 31+ million views

5. Evian Roller Babies, 27+ million views

Most Watched Music Videos (Global)

1. Pitbull, "I know You Want Me," 82+ million views

2. Miley Cyrus, "The Climb," 64+ million views

3. Miley Cyrus, "Party in the USA, 54+ million views

4. The Lonely Island, "I'm in a Boat," 48+ million views

5. Ken Hilson, "Knock You Down," 35+ million views

The historic Barack Obama's inauguration speech. Video from CSPAN and YouTube

Here is the list of some fastest-rising search terms (Keywords or tags in HubPages hehehe) for each month of the year including December.

Fastest-rising YouTube search terms by month (Global)

January - inauguration (of US President Barack Obama).

February - christian bale (the effervescent star of Terminator Salvation and Public Enemies is taking a crack at stardom).

March - the climb (by Miley Cyrus).

April - susan boyle (the surprize package in the Britain's Got Talent that sweep online users with her stunning and captivating voice).

May - pacquiao vs hatton (two of the biggest star in boxing colliding in the ring, Pacquiao win this one with a crushing second round stoppage).

June - michael jackson Thriller (the King of Pop's legendary song is lording over the world's airwaves along with his other popular songs).

July - michael jackson (people still can't forget Michael Jackson's untimely death, as lamentations from his fans all over the world is evident here).

August - usain bolt (the current world's greatest sprinter and perhaps of all-time minus the steroids hehehe).

September - Kanye West (the famous rapper and producer getting much attention for this month).

October - paranormal activity (one of the much-anticipated and one of the most scariest movie of all-time, is a perfect fit for this year's Halloween).

November - bad romance (people go agog and gaga with the sizzling Lady Gaga this month whose songs are truly entertaining and oozing with so much energy).

December - tiger woods (the planet's premier golfer who gotten himself to a controversy this month, whoa tough luck for him, hope he'll pull through with this one).

Pacquiao demolished Hatton in just two rounds, a true display of sheer boxing power and wits. Video from YouTube.

Fastest-rising YouTube search terms by month (United States)

January - inauguration (of US President Barack Obama).

February - on a boat (by ft. T-Pain).

March - watchman ( a movie directed by Zack Snyder that focuses on cults and religious movements).

April - susan boyle (shows that looks can be deceiving and proved the saying "Dont Judge the Book by its Cover" is true).

May - pacquiao (the Filipino boxing icon is also a big hit in the US)

June - michael jackson thriller (Americans seems unstoppable in hearing this enigmatic song. Michael Jackson's unexpected demise is indeed drawing some huge lamentations across his homeland).

July - wedding (as expected this is the month to tie the knot with your darling).

August - send it on (the official Music Video of Walt Disney's Friends for Change).

September - kanye west (the famous rapper and producer getting much attention for this month).

October - paranormal activity (truly one of the scariest movie that was produced, Paranormal Activity is drawing buzz and raves this month).

November - adam lambert (the flamboyant and controversial runner-up in this year's edition of American Idol is creating great noise this month)

December - Tiger Woods (The planet's hottest golfer Tiger Woods is in hot water this month no thanks to his infamous extra-curricular activities).

My ninth hub in the Christmas HubChallenge...

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    • htodd profile image


      7 years ago from United States

      This is interesting post!

    • nicomp profile image

      nicomp really 

      8 years ago from Ohio, USA

    • Dolores Monet profile image

      Dolores Monet 

      9 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I love youtube but don't usually check out the most popular videos. There are so many creative, odd, and entertaining videos made by regular folks. I usually search a topic. It's amazing what people come up with.

    • quicksand profile image


      9 years ago

      Thanks General, wishing you a Great New Year too! :)

    • GeneralHowitzer profile imageAUTHOR

      Gener Geminiano 

      9 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      Hmm, qs nice to hear from you, perhaps a miracle brought you here how is it going. I don't see any problem with my videos I hope I am right though... Happy New Year Bro...

    • quicksand profile image


      9 years ago

      I am disappointed that often I find the phrase "sorry this video has been deleted for copyright violation." Often this happens to music videos.

    • M. T. Dremer profile image

      M. T. Dremer 

      9 years ago from United States

      I see a lot of people (especially young people) surfing on YouTube for hours a day. It constantly makes me wonder what could be so interesting that they would spend the entire day on a single website. It's nice to finally get a glimpse into what people are watching. And this may sound bad, but I'm just glad the highest searches aren't for dirty videos. :p

    • GeneralHowitzer profile imageAUTHOR

      Gener Geminiano 

      9 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      Likewise my dear pdh...

      Susan is indeed was fascinating and so surprising...

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      9 years ago from US

      Hi GH, look at Susan Boyle, LOL< nice hub, and sana makahabol ako, late na, Maligayang Pasko ulit, more hubs next year GH, Maita

    • GeneralHowitzer profile imageAUTHOR

      Gener Geminiano 

      9 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      @kader- hehehe i did this by purpose, no I aven't seen it yet...

      @truepal - yeah it is indeed thanks for the post TP...

      @walrus and dohn - hi guys whoa, today is Christmas day may you have a great day today...

      @cris and HP Roy - yeah YT is indeed an important site for most Hubbers...

      Thanks a lot guys for the visit... and Merry Christmas to all of you guys...

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      9 years ago

      hey i thnk some of the video are missing... Have you ever seen this "how to solve rubiks cube" it may have more than crore views...

    • truepal profile image


      9 years ago

      Most people prefer watching than reading.

      And at that place youtube is the best and biggest player with quality contents for everyone on every topic

    • H P Roychoudhury profile image

      H P Roychoudhury 

      9 years ago from Guwahati, India

      A hub appears to be incomplete without the contents displayed by a You Tube. Wish you Merry Christmas and happy New Year.

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      9 years ago

      What would I do without Youtube? Great hub my friend and Merry Christmas to you. Did he come yet? Santa?

    • Cris A profile image

      Cris A 

      9 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      I only go to youtube when I want something for my Hub or FaceBook account. Normally, I'd get to see youtube vids when they're recommended - links and all.

      Cool list - a look at pop culture! Thanks for sharing.

      Btw, I think Pitbull song's called I Know You Want Me, not Men! :D

    • dohn121 profile image


      9 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      YouTube videos have certainly helped me along the way to Hubbing success! I can't go one day without watching SOMETHING from YouTube! I don't even watch regular TV anymore, unless the New York Yankees or the New York Giants are playing!

      Great hub, by the way. YouTube definitely knew what they were doing by promoting these videos.

      Thanks, GH. Good luck on the Christmas Hubchallenge. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year ;)


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