1. YouTube has released the 25 Top Trending Music Videos of 2013, which included “Gentleman” by PSY, “Wrecking Ball” and “We Can’t Stop” by Miley Cyrus, and “Roar” by Katy Perry among others.
2. However, if we check out the list of most popular music videos by country, local music dominates YouTube’s trending charts. Lend an ear to what the rest of the world has been grooving in 2013.
3. Arab Region
YouTube consolidated all data from Middle East and North Africa. All songs in the Global Top 25 are nowhere in this year’s list of most trending music videos in the Arab region. Instead, the top honor goes to “Asaad Wahda” by Lebanese singer Elissa.
“Gentleman” settled for number 2 in Argentina’s YouTube Trending list, while “Wrecking Ball” and “We Can’t Stop” reached the fourth and eighth spots, respectively. The top spot goes to the reggaeton ditty “El Amante” by Daddy Yankee (featuring J Alvarez). I mean, how can PSY outview a video with THAT thumbnail?
Austrians got the groove on over “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (featuring Ray Dalton), which topped the country’s list. At close second is “Das Kleine Küken Piept” (The Little Chick Peeps), the German version of the popular Italian novelty song “Il Pulcino Pio”. (Also, animals sound amusing in German.)
This sultry music video of “Show Das Poderosas” by Anitta dominated YouTube Brazil. “Gentleman” is at number 5, while Demi Lovato’s “Heart Attack” settles at eighth spot.
While the sixth top global trending music video “Blurred Lines” by American-Canadian Robin Thicke (featuring T.I. and Pharrell) is at number 4 in Canada, we shift the spotlight to Canada-born-and-raised Drake and his music video for “Started From The Bottom”, which is at ninth spot. (“Wrecking Ball” takes the top spot.)
“El Amante” also takes the top spot in Chile’s most trending music videos, followed by “Gentleman”. At number three is “Propuesta Indecente” by American Bachata artist Romeo Santos.
Colombia grooved to “Mi Noche” by local urban artist Reykon (featuring Kannon), edging out “El Amante” and “Gentleman” at second and third place, respectively.
10. Czech Republic
“Gentleman” is 2013 most trending music video in this side of Europe, in a list peppered with American and British tracks. Czech urban artist Ben Cristovao manages to sneak in with “Bomby” at number 6.
Danish pop act 8Ball squeezes in between “Gentleman” and “Wrecking Ball” with its number two single “Gustav” (featuring Gustav, who makes you wanna say “Yasssss!”).
Finnish music figures prominently in its local YouTube Trending Music Videos List, with rapper Cheek taking top spot with “Timantit on ikuisia”. “Gentleman” is at number two.
“Gentleman” is not that popular in France, ending up at fifth spot. The French listened most to “Papaoutai” by rapper Stromae.
The Greeks are like “Gentleman” what? Miley Cyrus who? The top global music videos are absent in Greece’s local chart, with “Eleges” by boyband Melisses leading the pack.
15. Hong Kong
PSY remains popular in Hong Kong, with “Gentleman” grabbing the top spot in the local YouTube trending chart. Following his trail is Shiga Lin with “Once Said”.
Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” (globally at number 17) takes the top spot. Also, Hungarians bobbed their heads to the country’s number 3: “Nekem ez jár” by Majka, Curtis, BLR (featuring Pápai Joci).
“We Can’t Stop” and Lady Gaga’s “Applause” (globally at number 25) are the only non-Indian songs in the local chart at second and sixth spots, respectively. The subcontinent’s most viral music video is of “Jeene Laga Hoon”, the theme song of Bollywood romantic comedy “Ramaiya Vastavaiya”.
P!nk’s “Just Give Me A Reason” and “Gentleman” are no match to Geisha and her single “Lumpuhkan Ingatanku”, which takes the title of Indonesia’s most trending music video of 2013.
While Ireland’s list includes “Wake Me Up” at number 3, its Irish cover by Lurgan manages to creep into the tenth spot.
Eyal Golan must be REALLY popular in Israel, as four of his music videos are on the top four in the local trending charts. This one, “All The Dreams”, takes the top spot.
Two Italian singles battle the top spot for the local trending music video chart, with “Cigno Nero” by rapper Fedez (featuring Francesca Michielin) winning.
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has three entries in Japan’s most trending music video list. Leading the list is “Ninja Re Bang Bang”, which sounds awesome!
While “Gentleman” grabs the top spot in Malaysia’s top trending music videos list, it is 11-year-old Tegar who has captured the hearts of Malaysians as his single “Aku Yang Dulu Bukan Yang Sekarang” lands at number two.
“Gentleman” also dominates YouTube Mexico’s most trending list, but “Mi Razón De Ser” by Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga is the country’s anthem of 2013.
25. New Zealand
While “Blurred Lines”, “Wrecking Ball”, and “Gentleman” take the top three spots, New Zealand showed their love on native Kiwi Lorde. Her song “Royals” is number 8 on this country’s list of most trending music videos on YouTube.
Nigeria’s most trending list is all-local, with “Ada Ada” by Afrobeat artist Flavour taking the number one spot.
It is odd that YouTube does not include Ylvis’ “The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?)” in Norway’s list of most trending music videos. (It is relegated on a separate list for viral videos.) At least another one of the brotherly duo’s comedic creation, “Stonehenge”, is on this list at number seven.
“Gentleman” and Katy Perry’s “Roar” give this country’s list a one-two punch. At number three is the heavily reggae-influenced “Lord Patawad” by Basilyo.
Disco polo remains a popular music genre in Poland, with “Balkanica” by Piersi taking the country’s top spot among trending music videos in domestic YouTube.
Local darling Andra takes the top spot with her summery single “Inevitabil va fi bine”.
“Gentleman” is Russia’s top trending music video of 2013, while Natali’s “Oh God, What A Man!” takes second place.
Much like Nigeria, Senegal’s list of top trending music videos embraces local hits or songs from artists in other parts of Africa. TiTi, one of Senegal’s most popular female singers, can brag her single “Jiggen Feem” takes the number one spot.
33. South Africa
In contrast to other countries in Africa, only one domestic track makes it in South Africa’s most trending music videos list. “Xigubu” by DJ Ganyani (featuring FB) takes the ninth spot.
34. South Korea
PSY takes the top spot in South Korea’s top trending music videos for the second year in a row with “Gentleman”. Next on the list is “I Got A Boy” by Girls’ Generation, which recently won “Video of the Year” in the first YouTube Music Awards.
Spain has a well-kept secret to the rest of the world: a 15-year-old pop sensation named Abraham Mateo. His single “Señorita” is the hottest music video on YouTube España. “Gentleman” and “Wrecking Ball” could only reach fourth and fifth slots, respectively.
“Gentleman” got edged out of YouTube Taiwan’s top spot with Eurodance-influenced “Sister” by Jeannie Hsieh.
Dr. Jose Chameleone’s single “Badilisha” is Uganda’s most trending video in YouTube. You gotta love the tropical feel of the song.
“Gentleman” also leads in Ukraine’s top trending music video list, followed by two Russian tracks. At number four is pop singer Ani Lorak and her single “Orange Dreams”.