What Pinoys watched on YouTube in 2012

Posted at 12/18/12 10:17 PM

MANILA, Philippines - A South Korean global Internet sensation and a channel featuring Filipino rappers battling like modern-day "Balagtasan" poets are the most popular on YouTube for Filipinos in 2012.

The video-sharing website on Tuesday revealed that as expected, PSY's "Gangnam Style" video was the top trending video for the Philippines and the world this year.

The video clip has been watched online more than 971 million times.

It added that most of the trending videos in the Philippines in 2012 are music videos, with the exception of the official trailer of Marvel's "Avengers Assemble."

"Pinoys also proved that YouTube is the best platform to showcase talent and be discovered, with the example of a YouTube video featuring Zendee Rose Tenerefe singing in a mall. The video, which gained more than two million views, launched her singing career," according to a statement released by YouTube.

FlipTop Battles, which showcases Filipino rappers competing against each other in the underground scene, is the top YouTube channel in the country this year.

The channel has more than 234 million views, with 207,182 subscribers as of December 18.

Pinoys also showed their interest with Korean music, with SMTOWN or S.M. Entertainment and officialpsy amond the top channels, according to YouTube.

Top global trending videos:

  1. PSY - Gangnam Style: This crazy Korean pop music video surprised the world by becoming the most viewed video of all time in just six months.
  2. Walk off the Earth: The most-viewed cover song of 2012, otherwise known as “5 people, 1 guitar” attracted 140 million views this year.
  3. KONY 2012: For one week, this was the most-shared video in the world. The cause-based video was March’s top search and garnered the most views ever for a YouTube video in a single day (31 million).
  4. Call Me Maybe - Bieber, Gomez, Pena: This video covering the song of the summer kicked of a trend of lip sync videos that spanned from the Harvard baseball team and celebs to Olympians and the President (sort of).
  5. Epic Rap Battles - Obama vs. Romney: This episode, featuring well-known Obama impersonator Alphacat, is from YouTube’s “Epic Rap Battles” which drew over 250 million views this year (that’s 25 million views per episode). It also points to a larger 2012 trend: videos of Obama and Romney were viewed well over 2 billion times.
  6. Dramatic Surprise: What happens when you place a mysterious sign in the middle of a Flemish square? The world wanted to know as this video brought in 25 million views in the first week it was posted, with 10 different countries viewing it over 1 million times each.
  7. Why You Asking All Them Questions: Comedian Emmanuel Hudson’s popularity exploded this year, especially in the southern US with almost half of this video’s 39 million views coming from mobile devices.
  8. Lindsey Sterling: Lindsey’s trademark dubstep violin styles created a lot of buzz this year- especially in the US, Germany and Poland. This video, which was shot by fellow YouTube creator Devin Graham, has over 500,000 likes and 100,000 comments.
  9. Facebook Parenting: A father’s reaction to his daughter’s Facebook post set off a storm of controversy, discussion, and response videos, with 11 million views in just one day.
  10. Stratos Highlights: This live stream of Felix Baumgartner’s free-fall from 128,000 feet shattered previous live stream records with 8 million concurrent views. Since then, 14,000 videos have been posted mentioning "Felix Baumgartner" and the recording posted to YouTube has attracted 30 million views.

Top global channels:

  1. boyceavenue
  2. ERB
  3. HolaSoyGerman
  4. JennaMarbles
  5. lindseystomp
  6. PrankvsPrank
  7. TheFineBros
  8. ThePianoGuys
  9. theslowmoguys
  10. Vsauce

The list is part of "YouTube Rewind 2012," the countdown of the most popular videos on the website this year.