'Gangnam Style,' Gotye and 'Kony': Top 10 Trending YouTube Videos of 2012 (Video)
Psy's "Gangnam Style" topped the list of the most-talked about YouTube videos of the year.
The site released its top 10 trending videos of 2012 on Tuesday, which were determined by the number of views, shares, searches, parodies, remixes and responses each upload racked up.
While it was tough to match Psy's nearly a billion visitors in just six months -- making it the most-watched video ever -- a unique cover of Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" by a group called Walk off the Earth was runner-up, attracting over 140 million pairs of eyes.
"Kony 2012," the longest and most serious of the viral bunch, not only made an African warlord as famous as Katy Perry or Britney Spears, but the short film ranked third on the list
Here's the complete top 10:
PSY, "Gangnam Style" (over 971 million views): This inexplicable music video for an undeniably catchy single shot the South Korean K-pop artist to international fame, while inspiring too many parodies to count. All this despite the fact that hardly anyone actually knows what he's singing about.
Walk off the Earth, "Somebody That I Used to Know" (over 140 million views): What do you get when five people play one guitar? A unique cover of Gotye's ubiquitous radio hit.
"Kony 2012" (over 94 million views): This short film from Invisible Children, Inc., inspired social-media users around the globe to stop posting pictures of their food and start demanding that Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony be brought to justice for his crimes against humanity. Proving there's always a price to pay for fame, the film's viral success also inspired director Jason Russell to wander naked through streets of San Diego while yelling incoherently at oncoming traffic.
Carly Rae Jepsen, "Call Me Maybe" feat. Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez and Ashley Tisdale (over 54 million views): It's hard not to sing along with Jepsen's infectious pop hit -- and apparently, even harder not to film yourself doing so. A lot of other people had this bright idea, but they weren't as famous as Bieber, Gomez and Tisdale. It probably the only time either of the three famous friends wants to be caught lip-syncing.