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YouTube’s best and brightest have gathered for the annual “YouTube Rewind,” a cheeky year-in-review video that celebrates the trends, stars, and downright weirdest moments in the year of digital video.
This year’s installment played off popular music video trends, from DJ Snake and Lil Jon’s wall-smashing “Turn Down for What” video spoofed by PewDiePie, to Pentatonix and Bethany Mota singing “Let It Go” covers. It also paid tribute to the iconic ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, with various YouTubers splashing each other across time and space. Mainstream media even got in the game, showcasing people like Jimmy Kimmel and Big Bird, whose programs have massive digital footprints as well as TV ones. DJ Earworm, who wows annually with his United State of Pop video, provided the musical mashup for the clip.
Make sure you watch the whole way through, as it has two adorable buttons. First, everyone’s favorite hamster eating tiny things is snacking on a little fake YouTube button. Then, after the credit roll, we see a cartoon spoof on PewDiePie’s start to the video in “what really should have happened.”
YouTube also released a top videos of 2014 list, if you want to relive the biggest viral video moments of the year based on likes, shares, and comments.
- Mutant Giant Spider Dog (SA Wardega) by SA Wardega
- Nike Football: Winner Stays. ft. Ronaldo, Neymar Jr., Rooney, Ibrahimovi?, Iniesta & more by Nike Football
- FIRST KISS by Tatia PIlieva
- The Voice IT | Serie 2 | Blind 2 | Suor Cristina Scuccia – #TEAMJ-AX by TheVoiceOf Italy
- iPhone 6 Plus Bend Test by Unbox Therapy
- Bars & Melody – Simon Cowell’s Golden Buzzer act | Britain’s Got Talent 2014 by Britain’s Got Talent
- Budweiser Super Bowl XLVIII Commercial — “Puppy Love” by Budweiser
- Devil Baby Attack by DevilsDueNYC
- Goku vs Superman. Epic Rap Battles of History Season 3. by ERB
- 10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman by Street HarassmentVideo
Screengrab via YouTube Spotlight/YouTube
A former YouTube reporter for the Daily Dot, Rae Votta has more than a decade of experience in the digital and entertainment industries. Her work has appeared on AOL, Huffington Post, Out Magazine, Logo, VH1, Current TV, Billboard, and NYMag. She joined Netflix in 2016.