Step aside Google Zeitgeist -- it's YouTube's turn to show off the top 10 videos added to the video sharing site in 2010. People watched more than 700 billion videos on YouTube this year and uploaded more than 13 million hours of video to the site.
It was also a big news year for YouTube. The site introduced YouTube Leanback, a service that lets you watch a never-ending stream of YouTube videos. YouTube also opened up HTML 5 support to PC users, won a court victory in its battle with Viacom and even made it into the Guggenheim Museum in New York.
This year's popular YouTube videos worldwide claimed more than 250 million views combined and included a hilarious take on a serious news story; a talented child star; a man who stood in awe before the power of nature (and rainbows); and, of course, the Old Spice Guy.
If you can't get enough of YouTube's top 10 check out the site's list of the top 10 most viewed music videos of the year. All view totals listed below were as of the time of this writing.
Date Added: July 31, 2010
Total Views: 47, 358, 900
About: It all started with this newscast about a home invader who tried to sexually assault Kelly Dodson of Huntsville, Alabama while she was sleeping. Dodson screamed for help and her brother, Antoine Dodson, scared away the attacker, who managed to escape. The outlandish nature of Antoine Dodson's statements to the press inspired this video. If you can't get enough of this song you can get the extended audio version on iTunes.
Date Added: February 2, 2010
Total Views: 51, 116, 911
About: Keisha's Tik Tok was a worldwide hit, and this parody of the song lampoons the original video's opening scene where Keisha wakes up in a bathtub after a night of partying. The video was produced by BarelyPolitical the same team behind Obama Girl.
Date Added: April 28, 2010
Total Views: 34, 057, 113
About: This cover of Lada Gaga's Paparazzi was a huge Internet hit and led to a record deal for Greyson Chance, then 12 years old, of Edmond, Oklahoma. Chance in October released his first single, Waiting Outside the Lines (iTunes).
Date Added: January 22, 2010
Total Views: 27, 401, 130
About: This video includes a parody of the Budweiser Wazzup commercial, creepy talking fruit, and a plot twist -- what more could you ask for from a one-minute video?
Date Added: February 4, 2010
Total Views: 24, 443, 514
About: The Old Spice Guy videos were a brilliant success on YouTube this year thanks to clips like this one, and the YouTube responses campaign in July. While the original is pretty funny, I prefer Grover's Smell Like A Monster.
Date Added: January 8, 2010
Total Views: 20, 929, 784
About: Who can forget Paul Vasquez's emotional reaction to seeing double rainbows in the sky? Despite what you might think, Vasquez said on Jimmy Kimmel Live that he was not under the influence of any herbal enhancements while he filmed this video. Check out Know Your Meme, a Website that tracks Internet Memes, to find out more about Vasquez and this video. Did you know that Vasquez had a brief career as a cagefighter?
Date Added: March 1, 2010
Total Views: 20, 179, 391
About: OK Go is most famous for its 2006 hit Here It Goes Again. This year's video features a very elaborate contraption to set off paint guns. The video was sponsored by State Farm Insurance.
Date Added: March 11, 2010
Total Views: 17, 761, 629
About: The Twilight Saga was a big hit in bookstores, movie theaters and, as it turns out, YouTube. Since the latest film's June release it has grossed more than $300 million at theaters worldwide, and is one of the top five grossing films of the year in the U.S., according to Box Office Mojo. Eclipse is one spot ahead of Inception and behind Avatar, Toy Story 3, Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland and Iron Man 2.
Date Added: March 2, 2010
Total Views: 19, 079, 269
About: When Jimmy Kimmel saw this video of adorable 3-year-old Cody crying over Justin Bieber, the late night host arranged for Cody to meet the teen idol.
Date Added: September 14, 2010
Total Views: 19, 326, 686
About: Gymkhana is a popular motor sport that requires a driver to get a car through an obstacle course as fast as possible. A typical Gymkhana course requires moves such as 180-degree turns, 360-degree spins and figure 8s. Take a trip with rally driver Ken Block as he negotiates a Gymkhana course at L'Autodrome de Linas-Montlhéry just outside of Paris. The 1.58-mile oval track features banks with an incline as high as 51 degrees, twice as steep as a standard NASCAR track. This video is a promo for DC Shoes; Block is the company's Chief Brand Officer.