These are YouTube's most popular videos for 2013

Remember 2012 when PSY was the number one "thing" on YouTube? The video for his song "Gangnam Style" became the first clip on YouTube to surpass 1 billion views and it remains the number one video clip of all time on the site, generating 1.8 billion views as of this writing.

Well, it looks like PSY is on top of the most viewed music videos of 2013 as well. YouTube has released a list of the top 10 music videos of the year and "GENTLEMAN M/V" from the pop singer is number one, with close to 600 million views.

Here's the top 10 music video list of 2013 on YouTube. You might notice that aside from PSY, the other nine videos come from the VEVO music network, which posts the official videos from many of the world's biggest pop artists:

1. PSY - "GENTLEMAN M/V" by officialpsy
2. Miley Cyrus - "Wrecking Ball" by MileyCyrusVEVO
3. Miley Cyrus - "We Can't Stop" by MileyCyrusVEVO
4. Katy Perry - "Roar (Official)" by KatyPerryVEVO
5. P!nk - "Just Give Me A Reason ft. Nate Ruess" by PinkVEVO
6. Robin Thicke - "Blurred Lines ft. T.I., Pharrell" by RobinThickeVEVO
7. Rihanna - "Stay ft. Mikky Ekko" by RihannaVEVO
8. Naughty Boy - "La La La ft. Sam Smith" by NaughtyBoyVEVO
9. Selena Gomez - "Come & Get It" by SelenaGomezVEVO
10. Avicii - "Wake Me Up (Official Video)" by AviciiOfficialVEVO

While PSY may be the number one music video maker on YouTube, the site also has a separate list of the top 10 "trending" videos; in other words, clips that were not meant to generate lots of views but went ahead and did so anyway. In this case, the catchy video for the pop song "The Fox (What Does The Fox Say) by Ylivs became the top trending YouTube video of 2013 with over 275 million views.

Here's the full top 10 trending video list of the year including the original "Harlem Shake" clip, that cool Jean Claude Van Damme split ad for Volvo Trucks and more:

1. Ylvis - "The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)" by tvnorge
2. "Harlem Shake (original army edition)" by kennethaakonsen
3. "How Animals Eat Their Food" | MisterEpicMann by MisterEpicMann
4. "Miley Cyrus - Wrecking Ball (Chatroulette Version)" by SteveKardynal
5. "baby&me / the new evian film" by EvianBabies
6. Volvo Trucks - "The Epic Split feat. Van Damme" by VolvoTrucks
7. "YOLO (feat. Adam Levine & Kendrick Lamar)" by thelonelyisland
8. "Telekinetic Coffee Shop Surprise" by CarrieNYC
9. "THE NFL : A Bad Lip Reading" by BadLipReading
10. "Mozart vs Skrillex. Epic Rap Battles of History Season 2" by ERB

As they did in 2012, YouTube got a ton of their most popular video creators together to make a new clip (posted above) that celebrated the pop culture trends on the site in 2013.

Source: YouTube

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Same here and in fact, have never even heard of most of them!

Spicoli said,
2001? Pop music started sucking in the late 80s!

Except, I'd say the early 80's!

This highlights the power of media in peoples lives. Something Jobs recognized and his common sense approach to providing people easy to access media is a testament not to how smart he was as much as how stupid all the other guys were at the time the iPod became popular.

freak180 said,
At this point who gives a crap about youtube. They really f'ed up!

Probably the billion users who use it every month. You realise its the 3rd most popular site on the internet right?

They did mess up a bit by enforcing a Google+ account for comments, but how else were they gonna fix the comment system? I think the top 10 most stupid things I've read in my life were on the old youtube comment system.

Question: who controls the music industry nowadays? I stopped following pop music back in 2001 (when music actually had melody).

Hard to tell considering some established artist are releasing their music under their own labels or via DL, and some are still tied with recording companies.

The pattern now these days, if you are a new singer or band, and you have become very popular, the recording company will sign them for a long term deal and milk the heck out them. Once the contract expires, they get release. The recoding companies doesn't want the artist to get too much power, thus dictating what they can have in their contract - money wise.