On Dec. 1, YouTube released a slew of data that highlighted how creators were able to “innovate under challenging circumstances.”
“From videos and creators that released content both before and during the pandemic, the lists reflect how the world changed and how creators quickly adapted to our new normal,” the company said in a press release.
As part of this data set, YouTube determined the top trending videos on the platform for 2020. The video-sharing platform sorted top performing videos by content creators and musical artists separately.
These are the videos that YouTubers apparently couldn’t get enough of this year.
Top Trending Videos
10. “Some Good News with John Krasinski Ep. 1” – SomeGoodNews
The debut episode of John Krasinski’s uplifting news series scored some major numbers.
9. “Quarantine Stereotypes” – Dude Perfect
The comedy channel’s skit on different pandemic personality types was a hit with fans.
8. “Ricky Gervais’ Monologue – 2020 Golden Globes” – NBC
Ricky Gervais’ opening remarks at the Golden Globes ceremony this year were met with a polarizing response, which of course meant everyone wanted to watch them.
7. “Minecraft Speedrunner VS 3 Hunters GRAND FINALE” – Dream
This Minecraft challenge had gamer Dream racing to win as three friends tried to stop him from doing so.
6. “I’m Coming Out.” – @NikkieTutorials
In this bittersweet video, beauty guru Nikkie de Jager revealed to the public that she was transgender after someone tried to blackmail her with her secret.
5. “I Bought The World’s Largest Firework ($600,000)” – MrBeast
In this video, altruistic YouTuber MrBeast put some of the world’s largest (and most expensive) explosives to the test.
4. “We Broke Up.” – Jeffree Star
In this video, controversial makeup artist Jeffree Star announced he and his boyfriend Nathan Schwandt broke up after five years.
3. “First Debate Cold Open – SNL” – Saturday Night Live
In this Saturday Night Live skit, Chris Wallace (played by Beck Bennett) moderates the first presidential debate between Donald Trump (played by Alec Baldwin) and Joe Biden (played by Jim Carrey).
2. “Building the Perfect Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder” – Mark Rober
Mark Rober’s hilariously elaborate bird feeder was designed to keep squirrels out by nearly any means necessary.
1. “8:46 – Dave Chappelle” – Netflix is a Joke
Comedian Dave Chapelle discussed racial equality in this short Netflix special.
Top Music Videos
10. Lil Baby – “The Bigger Picture (Official Music Video)”
Lil Baby used his platform to speak out against police brutality for an effectively moving video.
9. YoungBoy Never Broke Again – “Lil Top [Official Music Video]”
YoungBoy Never Broke Again kept it simple and rapped in a warehouse with his homies for this viral hit.
8. Drake – “Laugh Now Cry Later (Official Music Video) ft. Lil Durk”
Drake’s easy breezy and always meme-able video for this smash hit was filmed at Nike’s headquarters.
7. Roddy Ricch – “The Box [Official Music Video]”
It’s the song that spawned millions of viral TikToks and memes and solidified Roddy Ricch as a major player in hip-hop.
6. DaBaby – “ROCKSTAR FT RODDY RICCH [Audio]”
“Rockstar” nabbed DaBaby three Grammy nominations, including Record of the Year.
5. Cardi B – “WAP feat. Megan Thee Stallion [Official Music Video]”
Cardi B returned from a long hiatus with this ferocious Megan Thee Stallion collab that broke records and made lots of men upset.
4. NLE Choppa – “Walk Em Down feat. Roddy Ricch (Official Music Video)”
The track off of NLE Choppa’s debut album Top Shotta saw NLE Choppa and Roddy Ricch chilling in a futuristic city neighborhood.
3. Lil Baby x 42 Dugg – “We Paid (Official Video)”
2. 6IX9INE- “GOOBA (Official Music Video)”
The success of Tekashi 6ix9ine’s colorful summer jam proved most people didn’t care the hip-hop community labeled him a snitch.
1. Future – “Life Is Good (Official Music Video) ft. Drake”
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