YouTube’s 20 Most-Viewed Ads of 2012

Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai

1. My Time is Now (Nike)

The second-biggest sporting event of the year, next to the Olympics, was soccer's Euro 2012 -- which explains why this ad was the most-viewed. The commercial is filled with soccer stars such as Ronaldo, Iniesta, Ribery and Neymar, who are challenged by a group of unknown players who invade a stadium in the middle of a game between France and the Netherlands.

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2012 is coming to an end, so it's time to recap the 20 most-viewed ads on YouTube this year. It was a big year for sports and car commercials. In fact, almost all of these ads feature a sports star, a car or both -- and many were broadcast during the Super Bowl.

The most-viewed commercial was a Nike ad featuring some of the biggest soccer stars in the world going up against a huge crowd of unknown players. Volkswagen continued its successful series of Star Wars-themed ads, while Old Spice somehow placed four commercials in the top 20.

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Think With Google, which provides information on consumer trends and industry research, compiled this list. Watch all 20 ads in the gallery above.

This story originally published on Mashable here.