By Sam Edelstein
On December 6th, YouTube revealed the top trending videos of 2018. What qualifies for a trending video? YouTube explains, “We looked at views, likes, shares, searches, parodies, remixes and responses to identify the videos that everybody talked about in 2018.” Let’s take a look at the top 5.
#5: “Do You Hear “Yanny” or “Laurel”? (SOLVED with SCIENCE)” by asapSCIENCE
Who can forget the great Yanny-Laurel debate that took the internet by storm in May 2018. Well, the fellows at asapSCIENCE decided to get to the bottom of the controversy. Why do some people hear Yanny while others hear Laurel? With 50+ million views, the video explains that different factors such as the device used to play the recording and your age play a part in what you hear. Your brain unconsciously chooses which frequency of the yanny-laurel recording to listen to. The video ends by putting the debate to rest. The recording is really saying the word Laurel. I still choose not to believe it. #yanny
#4: “Walmart yodeling kid” by Sonell Official
The video of a tiny blonde boy wearing cowboy boots and bowtie yodeling in a Walmart went viral back in April. The video got shared all over the internet, changing 12 year old Mason Ramsey’s life forever. Since the video was posted, Mason has been signed by a record label and debuted his first single, “Famous”, earlier this year. I will never forget the wonderful memes that came along with this video.
#3: “we broke up” by David Dobrik
Back in June, popular YouTube vlogger David Dobrik announced that he broke up with his girlfriend and YouTuber co-star Liza Koshy. In the emotional video, Dobrik and Koshy explain that they are still close friends, but that they need to work out some things within themselves that’s making it difficult for them to stay together, The news certainly broke the internet and it just goes to show that YouTube stars are becoming more like mainstream celebrities.
#2: “Real Life Trick Shots 2 | Dude Perfect” by Dude Perfect
For the past 9 years, Dude Perfect has been been wowing us with their seemly impossible trick shots. Whether it’s basketball, ping pong, frisbee, or anything else, Dude Perfect continues to impress. With over 137 million views, “Real Life Trick Shots 2” contains trick shot versions of common household chores (i.e. taking out the trash, making a bed). With fantastic editing and incredible skills, Dude Perfect prove why they are #2 on this years list.
#1: “To Our Daughter” by Kylie Jenner
Kylie Jenner’s ode to her daughter Stormi took the internet by storm and has since ranked up 75+ million views. This video shocked fans when it was released since Kylie had been quiet about her pregnancy. With tons of new footage, the video acted as a birth announcement and also a mini-documentary so that one day Stormi can watch it and see how much her parents love her.
Well that’s the top five! Who knows what 2019 will have in store…