YouTube hits 1,000,000,000,000 playbacks in 2011

Hitting 1 trillion of anything is a ridiculous achievement (unless you consider government deficit spending) and YouTube has just crossed that threshold while taking a look back at what 2011 had to offer. The YouTube blog posted up a year in rewind to take a look back at 2011 and to digest what was popular over the last 12 months.

Besides the awe inspiring size of 1 trillion, YouTube is more popular than ever and it allows for content discovery like no other platform on the Internet. The site also allows for ridiculous videos to go viral giving the average citizen a chance at Internet fame which entices many to submit, sometimes odd, videos to the platform.

Posted below are the top videos for the year in several different categories. If you have a personal favorite that is not posted below, hit us up in the comments so we can check it out.

Most viewed YouTube videos globally (excluding videos from major music labels)

  1. Rebecca Black - Friday (OFFICIAL VIDEO)
  2. Ultimate Dog Tease
  3. Jack Sparrow (feat. Michael Bolton)
  4. Talking Twin Babies - PART 2 - OFFICIAL VIDEO
  5. Nyan Cat [original]
  6. Look At Me Now - Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne, Busta Rhymes (Cover by @KarminMusic)
  7. The Creep (feat. Nicki Minaj & John Waters)
  8. Maria Aragon - Born This Way (Cover) by Lady Gaga
  9. The Force: Volkswagen Commercial
  10. Cat mom hugs baby kitten

Playlist for above entries.

Most viewed YouTube channels globally (excluding channels from major music labels)

  1. machinima
  2. IGNentertainment
  3. RayWilliamJohnson
  4. expertvillage
  5. BlueXephos
  6. smosh
  7. realannoyingorange
  8. roosterteeth
  9. thelonelyisland
  10. barelypolitical

Most watched videos from major music labels globally 

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

Playlist for above entries.

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MiukuMac said,
Good point.

For those who don't get it, the US trillion has 12 zeroes and the UK/German/Euro trillion has 18 zeroes.

Here I had always thought that the number system was universal, at least for English-speakers. Hmm.

El diablo! El diaaaablooo! .

Joking XD. But for christ sake! 1 Trillion playbacks?

Anyways I believe these numbers are biased. Why?
Well, YouTube player seems more broken every day, so for watching a video it needs to reload like 3 times, so it wouldn't surprise me that it got to this milestone by doing that.

Edited by Jose_49, Dec 20 2011, 5:31pm :

3dfxman said,
Not a bad list, however videos like Nyancat are proof how dumbed down our society really is.

It only proofs that the site is mainly used for entertainment.
What do you expected Stephen Hawkings?

3dfxman said,
Not a bad list, however videos like Nyancat are proof how dumbed down our society really is.

It only proofs that the site is mainly used for entertainment.
What do you expected Stephen Hawkings?

FMH said,
I can't believe I never saw the 'Cat mom hugs baby kitten' before.
It's so darn cute!

that;s still better than me. I only saw the two from among the top 10. makes me wonder which I rock I was living under in 2011.

Not really. It's just that her head is.. it's just weird. I can't point out why but there's something odd about it. >_>