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This article was published on December 18, 2012

PSY goes out on top as Google releases YouTube Rewind 2012 top trending videos

PSY goes out on top as Google releases YouTube Rewind 2012 top trending videos Image by: LOIC VENANCE
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Google has released its YouTube Rewind retrospective for 2012, and, as you’d expect, PSY has taken the top spot with his über-viral Gangnam Style. By comparison, Rebecca Black’s “Friday” topped last year’s list.

To go out with a bang, the company invited popular YouTubers to join in on a “YouTube Style” video that recreates some of the most-watched moments over the past year. Get ready for meme overload.

Here’s the top ten list:

  1. PSY – GANGNAM STYLE (강남스타일) M/V 
  2. Somebody That I Used to Know – Walk off the Earth (Gotye – Cover) 
  3. KONY 2012 
  4. “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen – Feat. Justin Bieber, Selena, Ashley Tisdale & MORE! 
  5. Barack Obama vs Mitt Romney. Epic Rap Battles Of History Season 2. 
  6. A DRAMATIC SURPRISE ON A QUIET SQUARE 
  7. WHY YOU ASKING ALL THEM QUESTIONS? .. #FCHW 
  8. Dubstep Violin- Lindsey Stirling- Crystallize 
  9. Facebook Parenting: For the troubled teen.
  10. Felix Baumgartner’s supersonic freefall from 128k’ – Mission Highlights

If you’re looking to continue down nostalgia lane, you can also play around with YouTube Rewind’s Interactive Timeline.

It’s been a massive year for YouTube, and users are now watching over 4 billion hours of content per month on the site. “Gangnam Style” became the most-watched video last month, dethroning Justin Bieber’s “Baby”.

➤ YouTube Rewind

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