YouTube's Top 10 Lists - Most Popular Videos by Genre for 2012

YouTubes Top 10 Lists   Most Popular Videos by Genre for 2012

YouTube Trends announced a whole bunch of other Top 10/Trending lists over the weekend, breaking down the videos into specific genres.  Some of them seem kind of a stretch or too vague, like "Top 10 Eye-Popping Videos" or "Top 10 Awe-Inspiring Videos," but hey, any reason to bring attention to some more content that may not have been given love by the overall Top 10.  Now, we're not going to play all the videos here, but we will cover some highlights and provide handy links just in case you would like to see them all.

YouTube's Top 10 Trending Videos by Genre for 2012

YouTube's Top Trending Sports Videos

We covered the #1 video in this category, the "Pepsi MAX and Kyrie Irving Present: Uncle Drew" video in the Top 20 YouTube ads post.  Although, that's weird, because it was #2 on that list.  But whatever.

This 12-second video of a ball boy with amazing reflexes gathered up 16 million views:

Everybody was in on this Call Me Maybe craze, including the 2012 U.S. Olympic swim team:

YouTube's Top 10 How-to and DIY Videos

And speaking of crazes, Gangnam Style's dance was one of the many things about that video that people took interest in, and the ins and outs of the dance was the #1 How-to video of 2012:

OK...this is just...freaking awesome:

YouTube's Top 10 Science Videos

The #1 video in this category is VSauce2's 47th episode of Mind Blow, which compelled viewers to click due to the "Is that what I think it is?" image, with accompanying text that assures you that it isn't:

Science is all kinds of fun with the Slo Mo Guys' "Rubber Bands vs. Water Melon," clocking in at #8:

YouTube's Top 10 Cover Videos

We've spoken many times about Walk Off the Earth's "Somebody That I Used to Know," which easily took #1 in this category.

Jayesslee's cover of Maroon 5's "Payphone" took 6th in this category, and it's real pretty:

And babedibabidibou did a nice cover of Flo Rida's "Whistle:"

YouTube's Top 10 Awe-Inspiring Videos

#1 in this category is this absolutely "touches all happy buttons" video documenting a pregnancy in stop-motion time lapse fashion, called "Introducing...:

YouTube's Top Trending Beauty Videos

These could sort of fit into the "how-to" category, but it goes to show how valuable "how-to" information is, and how many people are searching for this kind of stuff.  In the beauty category, bebexo explains how to make the Mermaid Tail Braid, and it's this category's #1:

And, why not?  How to look like a doll, courtesy of Venus Angelic:

YouTube's Top Trending Comedy Videos

Why You Asking All Them Questions? was the #1 video, which was also in the Top 10 overall.  Emmanuel Hudson was on that video, and here he is at #2, with his brother Phillip Hudson, on "Ratchet Girl Anthem:"

Jimmy Kimmel had a huge hit with "I Told My Kid I Ate All Their Halloween Candy," and then he did it again to tremendous success...and it might even be better than the one before it:

YouTube's Top 10 Pet Videos

Amazingly, no animal videos made the overall top 10 this year.  The top one was this "Fluffy kitten does not know what to do" video:

And this guy is swimming with a polar bear.  I just thought you'd like to know that:

YouTube's Top Political Videos

Barack Obama vs Mitt Romney, courtesy of Epic Rap Battles, took #1 here, and it was in the overall top 10.  But, Obama leveraging didn't stop there, nor did "Call Me Maybe," as somebody (BarackDubs) found Obama saying each of the words in the song and editing together to make it sound like he was singing it:

The Simpsons' Mr. Burns really, really liked Romney, which is a tremendous anti-endorsement:

YouTube's Top 10 Gaming Culture Videos

We talked about the #1 video here a couple of times, "Minecraft Style" from Captain Sparklez.  Here's #2 from Smosh, which created a song for Assassin's Creed 3:

FreddieW, of course, makes the list with "Skyrim Badass:"

YouTube's Top 10 Holiday Videos

We spoke about the top 3 videos here, ERB's "Moses vs. Santa Claus," the "Mistletoe Kissing Prank," and the Jimmy Fallon/Mariah Carey team-up for "All I Want for Christmas Is You."  #4 on the list is from the NBA, which got players to dribble the Christmas melody, "Ring Christmas Bells:"

Can Victoria's Secret models sing?  Eh, I don't care I guess:

There was a little something for everyone last year.


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