Wednesday, 16 December 2009

What You Watched and Searched for on YouTube in 2009

This year has been the biggest yet for online video, and for the first time we're sharing our official Most Watched lists and some of the fastest-rising search terms on YouTube. Some moments were big (President Obama's inauguration), some small (a Minnesota wedding party erupts into dance), some expected ("New Moon"), some surprising (Susan Boyle) — but all of them inspired, entertained and connected millions of people around the world via YouTube.

For these lists, we looked at view counts of YouTube's most popular videos this year (in some instances we aggregated views across multiple versions of the same video):

Most Watched YouTube videos (Global):
1. Susan Boyle - Britain's Got Talent (120+ million views)
2. David After Dentist (37+ million views)
3. JK Wedding Entrance Dance (33+ million views)
4. New Moon Movie Trailer (31+ million views)
5. Evian Roller Babies (27+ million views)

Most Watched music videos on YouTube (Global)*:
1. Pitbull "I Know You Want Me" (82+ million views)
2. Miley Cyrus "The Climb" (64+ million views)
3. Miley Cyrus "Party in the U.S.A." (54+ million views)
4. The Lonely Island "I'm On a Boat" (48+ million views)
5. Keri Hilson "Knock You Down" (35+ million views)

Then, to determine the fastest rising search terms for each month, we examined the billions of queries that people searched for on YouTube (through December 15):

Fastest Rising YouTube search terms by month (Global):
January: inauguration
February: christian bale
March: the climb
April: susan boyle
May: pacquiao vs hatton
June: michael jackson thriller
July: michael jackson
August: usain bolt
September: kanye west
October: paranormal activity
November: bad romance
December: tiger woods

Fastest Rising YouTube search terms by month (U.S.):
January: obama inauguration
February: on a boat
March: watchmen
April: susan boyle
May: pacquiao
June: michael jackson thriller
July: wedding
August: send it on
September: kanye west
October: paranormal activity
November: adam lambert
December: tiger woods

There are a lot of interesting nuggets in here. The fastest rising U.S. search term in July was [wedding], clearly related to "JK Wedding Entrance Dance," the third Most Watched YouTube video of the year. And while [michael jackson] was Google's fastest rising search term in 2009, [michael jackson thriller] was the faster rising search on YouTube. Movie trailers ("New Moon," "Watchmen," "Paranormal Activity") and inspirational moments (Susan Boyle, Usain Bolt) were popular, as were sensational celebrity scandals (Christian Bale, Kanye West and, most recently, Tiger Woods).

We hope to expand these lists in the future, so if there are any "Most Watched" categories you'd like to see in 2010, let us know by leaving a comment below.

Jamie Davidson, Associate Product Manager, recently watched "Top 10 quirky science tricks for Christmas parties."

*Note: Some music videos may be unavailable in your country due to copyright restrictions.


BWE Wrestling - BW Entertainment said...

Would be great to see rankings for individual countries.

m.shehata said...

All of them are in english!. What about other languages?!

rosamariastriegel said...


tan93 said...

I dont believe it Miley Cyurs 7 Things got 104+ million views and yet pitbull is at the top miley cyrus had the more views and that applies to the first list aswell 7 Things would come in second if those views were counted but at;east we know Miley Cyrus is one of the most listened to artist on the worlds largest video sharing site ... amazing acheievement

Ruro said...

I can't help but notice, but Lonely Island's "Jizz in my Pants" is now over 73 Million views. The video itself was posted 6th December 2008, so suffice to say at least 70 Million of the views occured this year.

It's nice to see "I'm on a boat" there, but that is one obvious discrepency. The blog mentions nothing about relegating video's posted before 2009.

In that instance, I can only assume the phrase "Jizz in my pants" is too rude to be said and thus disqualified!? XD Or it's copyright-restricted somewhere, thus disqualified...

Not that I'm bothered - it's just an observation!

bishowkt said...

"Fall of the Republic" full length video



xxfruit said...

that's great!

l said...


For Music videos, Idk what happened but Avril Lavigne - Girlfriend was up there, with 125 million (yes, million) views.

Being... the most watched thing on youtube, despite no one mentioning it and it getting removed (probably due to some copyright bullshit)

As someone else has said already Kizz in my pants should definatley be there, WHY ISNT IT? Perhaps an explanation of how this chart is made would be nice.

and if it's for videos only posted in 2009, Lady GaGa Just Dance has 90 million views currently, posted in June. and Lady GaGa - Bad Romance has 48 million views and that's only been up for around a month.

This list is so obviously fixed it makes me sick.

Bahramerad said...

@This list is so obviously fixed it makes me sick.ME TOO !
instead of this bullshit -- Youtube should update the uploaded video's more often !

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cabinet96 said...

i would like to see most watched sport videos and maybe for individual sports. e.g. most watched football vids, tennis vids, cricket vids, rugby vids, golf vids etc...

would really appreciate it

Gordon said...

The last Queen of England died in 1603, over 400 years ago. You should refer to the Queen of the UK or Great Britain & Ireland. This type of statement is being made too frequently, by people who have forgotten that our country includes Wales, Scotland & N. Ireland.Please spread this information to everyone .

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