best-of-2012

The 50 Most Viral Videos Of 2012

We laughed, we cried, we shared.

50. Cat Copter

Posted: 6/3/2012
Viewcount: 1,296,784

People mourn the passing of loved furry friends in different ways, but I’m pretty sure this is a first.

49. Fresh Impressions on Brandmarks (from my 5-year-old)

Posted: 1/29/2012
Viewcount: 1,454,459

Can you name a logo when you see it? This little girl breaks down a list of famous brand names in the most adorable way.

48. Countdown (Snuggie Version)

Posted: 7/9/2012
Viewcount: 1,661,549

Beyonce’s ‘Countdown’ gets snuggified.

47. Reporter Scares Baby

Posted: 9/15/2012
Viewcount: 1,731,409

This reporter accidentally gave a report on a local family-fun farm while he was on site attempting to scare babies. He’s since been placed on traffic duty.

46. Gay Men Will Marry Your Girlfriends

Posted: 11/20/2012
Viewcount: 2,189,876

This CollegeHumor video inspired fear in the hearts of homophobes everywhere. The threat? If you don’t support the marriage of gay men in love, they might just marry your girlfriends, and beat you at your own game. I mean, do you even know the difference between hummus and baba ganoush?

45. Bus Monitor Karen Gets Bullied

Posted: 6/20/2012
Viewcount:: 2,376,288

Things worked out okay for Karen after she was bullied: she made the rounds on all the talk shows, got a ton of money donated to her and is now an anti-bullying advocate.

44. Obama Sings Al Green

Posted: 1/20/2012
Viewcount: 3,010,514

While campaigning in New York, President Obama wanted to thank Al Green for performing at the event. He did so through song.

43. Surprised Red Panda

Posted: 11/14/2012
Viewcount: 3,249,738

People love animals acting like humans. People love pandas. This has both.

42. “Baby Got Back” Sung By the Movies

Posted: 8/13/2012
Viewcount: 3,261,766

What the title says: take people saying the words to Sir Mix-A-Lot’s classic song “Baby Got Back” in the movies and make a new music video for it.

41. 2012 Big Bay Boom “Bust” San Diego Fireworks Show Fail

Posted: 6/4/2012
Viewcount: 3,434,856

Because of a technical malfunction, all of the fireworks at this San Diego fireworks show went off at the same time, which took about 30 seconds.

40. Bodyform Responds: The Truth

Posted: 10/16/2012
Viewcount: 3,509,294

Bodyform, a British sanitary napkin company, responded to a Facebook post from a disgruntled consumer with a full-on ad.

39. A Toy Train in Space

Posted: 9/20/2012
Viewcount: 3,734,632

A very cute little boy and a very creative dad strapped a toy train to a balloon and sent it to the stratosphere.

38. Fake Celebrity Pranks New York City

Posted: 8/21/2012
Viewcount: 4,566,261

The title says it all: some dude pretends to be famous and people (mostly New York tourists) believe him, because he has a bodyguard and an entourage

37. Waiting for an iPhone 5…for no reason

Posted: 9/22/2012
Viewcount: 5,339,910

Rachel doesn’t even really want the iPhone 5, but she decides to wait in line with everyone else because she doesn’t trust online shopping.

36. That Gotye Song

Posted: 7/11/2012
Viewcount: 6,385,687

Nicholas Braun and Kyle Kaplan starred in ABC Family’s “10 Things I Hate About You” together, and are apparently friends in real life. They bring us a video about how everyone feels about Gotye’s “Somebody You Used To Know”.

35. Henri 2, Paw de Deux

Posted: 4/4/2012
Viewcount: 6,480,508

Cats: even more self-important when they’re French.

34. Whedon on Romney

Posted: 10/28/2012
Viewcount: 7,308,644

In which Joss Whedon endorses Mitt Romney for president of the ‘Zombie Apocalypse’.

33. Will the Real Mitt Romney Please Stand Up

Posted: 3/19/2012
Viewcount: 7,626,555

One of the best political videos of this election, this video asks the question that so many were wondering; will the real Mitt Romney please stand up?

32. Mister Rogers Remixed | Garden of Your Mind | PBS Digital Studios

Posted: 6/7/2012
Viewcount: 7,791,471

PBS collaborated with Symphony of Science and produced this inspirational, autotuned message from everyone’s favorite neighbor.

31. 6 Year Old BEAUTY QUEEN

Posted: 1/10/2012
Viewcount: 8,683,059

It’s hard to remember a time before Honey Boo Boo but this viral video was one of her first introductions to the world.

30. Mitt Romney Style (Gangam Style Parody)

Posted: 8/12/2012
Viewcount: 8,901,593

Just when you thought there couldn’t be any more “Gangam Style’ parodies, Collegehumor produced this video lampooning former presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

29. A Conversation With My 12 Year Old Self: 20th Anniversary Edition

Posted: 7/5/2012
Viewcount: 9,055,402

32-year-old filmmaker Jeremiah McDonald has a conversation with his 12-year-old self in this clever video 20 years in the making.

28. President Obama: “I’m Really Proud of All of You.”

Posted: 11/8/2012
Viewcount: 9,126,918

After a long and hard-fought election, Obama shares an emotional thank you with his campaign staff.

27. Chris Rock - Message for White Voters

Posted: 11/3/2012
Viewcount: 10,016,531

Chris Rock makes a satirical case for why President Obama is in fact whiter than Mitt Romney. Addressing racist white voters who want a white president, Rock argues that golf-playing, Portuguese water dog-owning “Barry” Obama is “juuuuuuust white” for the job.

26. 2 Year Old Sings Adele

Posted: 3/6/2012
Viewcount: 10,730,450

The only thing better than watching Adele sing Adele is watching this girl sing Adele.

25. Dora the Explorer Movie Trailer (Collegehumor)

Posted: 7/5/2012
Viewcount: 11,027,640

In 2012, the world faced annihilation at the hands of an insidious fox of a man, and turned to the one hero with the cajones enough to stop him… DORA.

24. Please Move the Deer Crossing

Posted: 10/8/2012
Viewcount: 11,156,347

Donna of North Dakota just can’t understand why deer can’t read the damn deer crossing signs. Gosh, can’t they just cross somewhere else, like in a school zone?

23. Sesame Street: Share It Maybe

Posted: 7/10/2012
Viewcount: 12,167,663

Carly Rae Jepsen’s humongous hit “Call Me Maybe” spawned no shortage of parodies and covers, but few were as beloved as Cookie Monster’s plea for generosity, “Share it Maybe.” Share it, people did—all over the internet.

22. Sweet Brown - Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That (Autotune Remix)

Posted: 4/13/2012
Viewcount: 12,290,774

After escaping a fire in her Oklahoma City apartment building, tenant Sweet Brown gave News Channel 4 an interview so compelling it had to be remixed. Ain’t nobody got time for bronchitis, but millions made time for this catchy, informative, and hilarious delivery of hard-hitting news.

21. Thanksgiving Song

Posted: 11/7/2012
Viewcount: 13,145,068

Just when we thought no song or music video could be more inane than Rebecca Black’s chart-topping hit “It’s Friday,” the genius producers at Ark Music Factory outdid themselves with another exploration in mediocrity: “Thanksgiving.” The world watched as the even less talented “singer,” 12-year-old Nicole Westbrook, crooned into a turkey drumstick, reminded us when New Years happens, and hosted a bizarre kids-only Thanksgiving dinner. “Nothing is forbidden,” Nicole raps. Clearly.

20. Twins dance to guitar

Posted: 8/8/2012
Viewcount: 13,442,081

These precious 11-month old twins may not be able to talk or use utensils, but they sure know how to rock out highchair style. The synchronized head-bop is the cuteness clincher.

19. Kristen Bell’s Sloth Meltdown

Posted: 1/30/2012
Viewcount: 13,875,063

Kristen Bell loves sloths….no seriously guys, she really, really loves them.

18. Kid Dances to Rack City With Grandma

Posted: 1/3/2012
Viewcount: 14,016,392

Who wouldn’t want to let the world see their hip grandma bust a move to “Rack City”— Tryga’s explicit and derogatory ode to boobs and bitches? In this at once impressive and disturbing gem, 13-year-old Frank Trimboli of Texas, aka “Frank Twitchy,” lipdubs with Grams as his backup dancer. Whether she appreciates the irony, we’ll never know, but Grandma Twitchy can definitely get freaky.

17. Moses VS Santa Clause - Epic Rap Battle

Posted: 12/10/2012
Viewcount: 14,905,180

It finally happened, Santa and Moses throw down in an epic rap battle. Bonus? Moses is portrayed by the one and only Snoop Dogg!

16. A Bad Lip Reading Of Twilight

Posted: 9/4/2012
Viewcount: 16,043,464

Both Team Jacob and Team Edward can get behind this interpretation of some of Twilight’s most dramatic scenes.

15. Isaac’s Live Lip-Dup Proposal

Posted: 5/25/2012
Viewcount: 16,777,454

When you combine a surprise proposal with a well planned out lip-dub, you get this viral video magic. Spoiler alert: She says yes!

14. Tired of Bronco Bama and Mitt Romney

Posted: 10/30/2012
Viewcount: 16,786,391

This year’s election season was especially tiresome, even little four year old Abigael felt discouraged.

13. Harvard baseball team covers “Call Me Maybe”

Posted: 5/6/2012
Viewcount: 16,958,032

The Harvard baseball team sure knows how to kill some time on the road. Here they cover “Call Me Maybe”, with dance moves included!

12. Catch The Ice Dude

Posted: 9/28/2012
Viewcount: 22,493,558

Helpful tip: When attempting a cannonball into a frozen pool, make sure the ice will actually crack.

11. Glozell Cinamon Challenge

Posted: 1/30/2012
Viewcount: 24,147,046

Glozell has a faithful legion of fans and when they requested she undertake “the cinnamon challenge”, she obliged with hilarious results.

10. Dragon Baby

Posted: 11/2/2012
Viewcount: 24,243,844

For those of you that remember Iron Baby, here is his little brother, Dragon Baby. Kickin’ some stuffed animal ass and takin’ names.

9. My First Hardcore Song’ by 8 yr old Juliet OFFICIAL

Posted: 1/19/2012
Viewcount: 24,701,072

Now HERE’S a metal song I can show my grandmother.

8. Opera duo Charlotte & Jonathan - Britain’s Got Talent 2012 audition - UK Version

Posted: 3/24/2012
Viewcount: 27,216,971

Everyone had themselves another Susan Boyle moment when Charlotte and Jonathan opened their mouths and blew us all away. We then all had another in a countless string of Simon Cowell moments when he stomped all over poor Charlotte. Damn it, Simon!

7. Felix Baumgartner’s supersonic freefall from 128k’ - Mission Highlights

Posted: 10/14/2012
Viewcount: 30,543,131

The entire world watched as one of our own jumped further out into the void than anyone had ever been before, and cheered when he landed back home on his own two feet.

6. Dumb Ways To Die

Posted: 11/14/2012
Viewcount: 33,571,986

A sweet, jaunty tune that you won’t hate having stuck in your head about getting mauled by bears, decapitated in a plane crash, blowing your house up, and other incredibly stupid ways to bite the bullet.

5. Facebook Parenting: For the troubled teen.

Posted: 2/8/2012
Viewcount: 35,407,654

Parents across America watched this video with righteous vindication! They came together and said, “Yes! This is how you raise a child! This is how you- WHOA, is that a GUN?!”

4. Extremely Scary Ghost Elevator Prank in Brazil

Posted: 11/26/2012
Viewcount: 52,808,397

As this video got passed around the web, it made the whole world sit up and say, “How the hell is that legal in Brazil!?”

3. Kony 2012

Posted: 3/5/2012
Viewcount: 94,487,237

KONY 2012 galvanized a lot people around a cause, moreso than any Obama or Romney video, moreso than any other video calling for action this year. Thanks to it, the world knows of Joseph Kony and his horrific war crimes.

2. Call Me Maybe

Posted: 3/1/2012
Viewcount: 361,050,393

A cute girl singing and washing a car, a ripped dude mowing the lawn and working on his engine, and a garage band. What’s more American than that? …Wait, they’re Canadian?

1. Gangnam Style

Posted: 7/15/2012
Viewcount: 970,386,864

Yes, you’ve heard this song everywhere your ears were for the past five months, but have you seen the video? No star of a music video this year was clearly having as much fun in it as Psy was. Just look at him yell at that butt.

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